Members

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As of April 8, 2019

Fareed Amin, Toronto (Lay Member), Chair

Fareed Amin currently serves as the CAO, Town of Collingwood.  Mr. Amin worked in the public service in Ontario at the provincial and municipal levels for more than 25 years.  During his tenure with the Ontario Public Service, Mr. Amin served as the Deputy Minister with the following ministriesAgriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Energy and Infrastructure; Municipal Affairs and Housing; Consumer Services; Economic Development and Trade; Citizenship and Immigration and the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs.  Mr. Amin also worked as the Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Finance.   At the municipal level, Mr. Amin was the Deputy City Manager at the City of Toronto.  Mr. Amin is a member of a number of not-for-profit and charitable organizations.  He is on the Executive Committee of Lifeline Syria and the President of the Islamic Institute of Toronto.  Mr. Amin serves on the Board of Governors for Seneca College and the University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus).  Mr. Amin has an undergraduate degree in Applied Geography and Planning from the University of Guyana; a Certificate in Public Administration from the University of Toronto; a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University in Kingston and a Certificate in Leadership from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.

Mr. Justice Patrick Boucher, Regional Senior Justice, Sudbury

Justice Patrick Boucher received his B.A. (Hons) from McGill University and his LL.B. from Ottawa University.  After his call to the bar in 1998, he entered private practice and spent most of his time in family and criminal litigation.  Since his appointment to the Ontario Court of Justice in 2009, he has been a local administrative judge for Cochrane North, a director of the Association of Ontario Judges, an education chair for the Northeast and a member of the Chief Justice’s Judicial Pre-trial Best Practices Working Group.  Since his appointment as regional senior judge for the Northeast Region in July 2015, he has been an active member of several of the Chief Justice’s Executive Committees and has worked on educational programming for the Court.  He is currently a member of the Ontario Judicial Council.  Justice Boucher is appointed to the Committee by the Ontario Judicial Council.

Mr. Justice Martin P. Lambert, Timmins

Justice Martin Lambert received his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 1984 and was called to the Bar in 1986.  He was an associate and partner at Riopelle, Carr, Lambert, Ellery from 1986 to 1992 and was the Crown Attorney in the District of Cochrane North from 1992 to 1999. Justice Lambert was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 1999. He was the local administrative judge in Cochrane from 2001 to 2003 and has been the local administrative judge in Timmins since 2003. He served as Regional Senior Judge for the Northeast Region from June 2012 to July 2015. Justice Lambert is a member of the Ontario Conference of Judges. He is a member of the committee which drafted the new Criminal Rules of the Ontario Court of Justice. He sat on the Ontario Judicial Council from August 2013 to July 2016. Justice Lambert is appointed to the Committee by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice.

Mr. Justice Paul Robertson, Toronto

Justice Robertson was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 2003.  He obtained his law degree from the University of Toronto in 1990.  He was an Assistant Crown Attorney in Toronto from 1990 to 1994, when he joined the defence bar.  Between 1999 and 2002, he was the Chair – Criminal Justice Section of the Ontario Bar Association.  He has served the Court in various capacities, including as a Local Administrative Judge, Co-Chair of the Toronto Regional Education Conference, faculty for the National Judicial Institute’s Judges and Jail program, and is a frequent lecturer at legal education conferences.  His present responsibilities include representing the Court in the design of the New Toronto Courthouse (NTC), the re-design of the Metro West Courthouse as the New Toronto Bail Centre and the designing and executing of an amalgamation plan for consolidating existing court operations into the NTC. Prior to law, Justice Robertson worked in urban land development and has a degree in Environmental Studies (Urban Geography) from the University of Waterloo.  Justice Robertson is appointed to the Committee by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice.

Gerald Chan, Toronto (Lawyer)

Gerald is a partner at Stockwoods LLP, where he practises criminal, constitutional, and regulatory litigation.  He has been counsel in numerous cases in the Supreme Court of Canada and he is a member of the Ontario Inmate Appeal Duty Counsel Program (a roster of lawyers who argue pro bono appeals for indigent inmates in the Court of Appeal for Ontario).  Gerald has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Best Lawyers in Canada, Lexpert, and Benchmark Litigation.  He is co-editor of For the Defence; associate editor of the Canadian Rights Reporter; co-author of Sentencing, 9th ed. (LexisNexis, 2017); and co-author of Digital Evidence:  A Practitioner’s Handbook (Emond, 2017).  He sits on the Board of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers.  Before his call to the bar, Gerald clerked for the Honourable Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada and graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School as the co-gold medallist.  Gerald is appointed by The Law Society of Ontario to this Committee.

Katherine Hensel, Toronto (Lawyer)

Katherine Hensel is the founder and principal lawyer at Hensel Barristers.  She was called to the bar in 2003.  She began a litigation practice with McCarthy Tetrault in Toronto, and in 2004, Katherine joined the Ipperwash Inquiry (an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of an Anishnaabek man, Dudley George), as Assistant Commission Counsel.  She served the Commission in that capacity until the release of its report in 2007.  In 2007, Katherine joined Stockwoods LLP in Toronto, before leaving to establish Hensel Barristers in 2011.  Katherine has built a diverse practice focused on serving First Nations and their members.  She has provided advice and acted in disputes concerning:  the assertion of Aboriginal, treaty, and other Constitutional rights; the duty to consult; employment law and wrongful dismissal; commercial matters; public inquiries (including the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Inquiry currently underway, where she is counsel to two parties with standing); Coroners’ Inquests; inherent jurisdiction; governance; child welfare matters; and select criminal cases.  Along with her litigation practice, Katherine has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law since 2009.  In 2012, Katherine was counsel to Attawapiskat First Nation.  The First Nation successfully applied to the Federal Court to have the decision of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs to appoint a Third Party Manager declared unlawful.  In 2013, Katherine was awarded the Minaake Award for Human Rights and Advocacy from the Native Women’s Resource Centre and the Advocate Society’s 2013 Arleen Goss Young Advocates’ Award.  Katherine is appointed by the Ontario Bar Association to the Committee.

Cheryl Siran, Kenora (Lawyer)

Cheryl received her Bachelor of Laws (2005) from Robson Hall at the University of Manitoba and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006.  She is currently the managing partner at Hook, Seller & Lundin LLP in Kenora practicing primarily in the fields of real estate transactions and civil and estate litigation.  Cheryl has been actively involved in volunteering in the legal community throughout her career despite the challenges faced in doing so from a rural/remote location in the province.  Cheryl is a Past Chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA), formerly the County and District Law Presidents’ Association (CDLPA).  She was Chair from May 2014 to November 2015 and was a Board member from May 2011 to May 2018.  Cheryl also currently sits on the Board of LibraryCo, after being appointed in November 2015.  Cheryl is appointed to the Committee by the Federation of Ontario Law Associations.

Rachel Curran, Ottawa (Lay Member)

Rachel Curran is a lawyer by training, and has nearly 15 years of experience in public affairs, including extensive experience providing strategic and policy advice to the Prime Minister of Canada and federal and provincial Cabinet ministers.  As Director of Policy to the Prime Minister, Rachel was closely engaged in all matters involving the federal government, including foreign and defence policy, trade negotiations, economic affairs, immigration, transportation, energy and the environment, indigenous affairs, social development and intergovernmental relations.  She was directly responsible for setting and implementing the government’s policy agenda over the course of four years, and oversaw all major governmental initiatives including the preparation of the annual $280-billion federal budget.  At the provincial level, as Chief of Staff and advisor to two senior Cabinet ministers, Rachel provided advice on a wide range of political, policy and legislative issues related to public safety, including law enforcement, residential tenancy, consumer protection, automobile insurance, road safety, gaming, liquor licensing and distribution, and provincial emergency management.  Rachel currently works as a senior associate with Harper & Associates Ltd., an international consulting firm led by former Prime Minister Harper, and is an instructor at Carleton University’s Riddell Program in Political Management.  She also appears as a regular panelist and commentator on CBC, and is a recurring contributor to the Institute for Research on Public Policy’s Policy Options magazine.

Asha Luthra, Mississauga (Lay Member)

Asha Luthra is a post graduate from the Bombay University where she majored in Economics.  She started her career as a lecturer at MV and Lu College but moved to work with Air India in their sales and marketing division.  After migrating to Canada and working for a wholesale group, she started her own venture called Joy Tours n Travel, looking after the travel and hospitality needs of special groups.  Asha is the Head of AL Consulting and also Director of Business Development with the Excelsior Financial Group dealing with investments both in Canada and India.  She has been a strong advocate for issues concerning women and was a faculty for the Indian Junior Chamber for a number of years.  She was the first woman State President for Maharashtra of the widely-known organization called Jaycees.  She has been a member of various voluntary organizations.  She was also appointed as a Justice of Peace for the Maharashtra State – India.  In 2008, she became the first female President of the 35-year-old organization called the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce.  Asha is President of Rotary Club of Mississauga Malton and is also Advisory member of Lambton College.

Brian Mullan, Ancaster (Lay Member)

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Brian was a career police officer who retired as the Chief of Hamilton Police Service in December 2009.  He is a former member of the Parole Board of Canada.  He has received the Police Exemplary Service Medal and he has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Merit for Police.  Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  He is a graduate of the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, Virginia and the F.B.I’s prestigious National Executive Institute.  Brian has also attended the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business, Mohawk College and Bay Area Leadership Program.  Brian has been active in his community, having served as Chair of the Hamilton Community Care Access Centre, the Hamilton District Health Council, and he has been the President of Eastern Canada Chapter of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates.  Brian is also a former Member of the Board of Governors for Mohawk College and a former Vice President of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation.

Karin C. Vogt, Stoney Creek (Lay Member)

Karin C. Vogt has enjoyed an extensive career in both the private and public sectors as well as wide-ranging experiences in community development and capacity building. Karin is currently employed at CURIE (Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange), where she provides direct support to the Chief Operating Officer and other senior staff. Previously, she was Executive Assistant to the President at Pearson Dunn Insurance Ltd. In her role as the Senior Campaign Manager for United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton, Karin formulated and directed the organization’s policy development, stewardship planning and implementation for Leadership and Major Gifts. The recognition of her contribution in these areas resulted in an appointment to Mohawk College, where she taught an extension program on Marketing, Fundraising and Public Relations in the Not for Profit Sector. Previously, Karin was Councillor Constituency Coordinator and Policy Advisor at the City of Hamilton. Karin’s professional accomplishments were equally matched by both her leadership and grassroots community contributions. For her contributions as President of the Hamilton Canadian Club, the Rotary Club of Ancaster, support of women across the broad sectors of the Hamilton community, as well as numerous fundraising chairs, Karin was nominated for the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Athena Woman of the Year Award and the Ancaster Citizenship of the Year Award. Karin continues to be involved in a number of community undertakings within the broader Hamilton community.