Members

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As of August 16, 2016

Fareed Amin, Toronto (Lay Member), Chair

Having served in the public service at the provincial and municipal levels for more than 25 years, Fareed Amin is currently the Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Ontario at Walton Global Investments Ltd.  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 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.

Madam Justice Sharon Nicklas, Regional Senior Justice, Hamilton

Justice Sharon Nicklas attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and was called to the bar in 1994. She was an Assistant Crown Attorney in Hamilton, Brantford and Kitchener, as well as the Deputy Crown Attorney in Kitchener prior to her appointment in 2007 to the Ontario Court of Justice. Justice Nicklas presided in Kitchener for six years, where she also served as local administrative judge. In August 2013, she was appointed to the position of Regional Senior Judge for the Central West Region. She is currently a member of the Ontario Judicial Council. Justice Nicklas is appointed to the Committee by the Ontario Judicial Council.

Madam Justice Roselyn Zisman, Milton

Justice Roselyn Zisman graduated from the University of Toronto (Hon. B.Sc. 1971), obtained her LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1974, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1976. Justice Zisman was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in April 2007 and presides in the Region of Halton in family and criminal matters. She is a representative of the Ontario Court of Justice on the Family Law Rules Committee, the former chair and now member of the family judge’s educational committee and the chair of the Advisory Committee on Family Law to the Chief Judge’s Office. Previous to her appointment, she was in private practice specializing in family law, including child protection, custody and access, divorce, child and spousal support, property issues and Hague Convention cases. Justice Zisman was a panel member of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, a member of the advisory committee to the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, co-chair of the Family Lawyers Association, and on the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association – Family Division. Justice Zisman is a frequent speaker, panelist and writer on family law issues including domestic violence, child protection, child abduction and custody and access issues in high conflict proceedings, trial advocacy, legal reform and improving access to justice. Justice Zisman has been invited to provide presentations in several provinces throughout Canada and the United States and in Japan and Vietnam by the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association, National Federation of Law Societies and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Canadian government. Justice Zisman is appointed to the Committee by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice.

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.

W. Ormond Murphy, Ottawa (Lawyer)

Ormond received his Bachelor of Laws (1975) from Queen’s University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1977. He is currently practising in association with Tierney, Stauffer, primarily in the fields of estates and trusts and civil litigation. Ormond has been actively involved in continuing legal education and has been a guest lecturer in programs on family law and estates and trusts for The Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario Bar Association, County of Carleton Law Association, University of Ottawa Law School and Carleton University. Ormond is author of Inter Vivos Gifts and Evidentiary Presumptions, Special Lectures of The Law Society of Upper Canada, 1996. Ormond was President of the County of Carleton Law Association in 1995, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the County and District Law Presidents’ Association from 1996 to 2008, serving as Chair from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Murphy is appointed to the Committee by the County and District Law Presidents’ Association.

Frank E. Walwyn, Toronto (Lawyer)

Frank is a partner at WeirFoulds LLP, one of Canada’s oldest law firms. Frank appears as counsel on complex multi-jurisdictional litigation matters. He is licensed to practise law in Canada, and is also a member of the bars of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis. Frank is repeatedly named as one of Canada’s top lawyers in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation in The Best Lawyers in Canada. Frank also holds an appointment as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. Frank participates on many legal and community boards and initiatives, including: a member of The Advocates’ Society (TAS) International Training Committee; former President and member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL); membership in the Ontario Bar Association (OBA); member of the board of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), a specialty clinic that produces and delivers public legal education to communities in Ontario that are low-income or who otherwise face barriers to full participation in the justice system; and membership on the Steering Committee of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project, which is aimed at diversifying Toronto’s leadership landscape. Frank has been recognized often for professional excellence and for his significant contributions and dedication to the community, including as a recipient of The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Lincoln Alexander Award (2013), an Alumni Award of Distinction from Ryerson University (2012) and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). Frank speaks regularly to various audiences on diversity issues, and is a frequent presenter at continuing professional development seminars in many areas dealing with the litigation process, including seminars put on by the OBA, TAS, CABL, The Law Society of Upper Canada, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Bar Association and the Judicial Education Institute of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Frank is appointed by the Ontario Bar Association to the Committee.

Sylvie Beauvais, Toronto (Lay Member)

Sylvie Beauvais has been the Associate Vice-President (Central-Southwest) at Collège Boréal since February 2014.  In this senior supervisory position, she is responsible for the overall management of all Central-Southwest programs and services, including campuses and Access Centres in Toronto, Peel, Barrie, Hamilton, London and Windsor.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters in Education – School Administration from the University of Ottawa.  She has also earned a Diploma of Higher Specialized Studies in Adult Education from the Université du Québec en Outaouais.  She has over 30 years of experience working in the college environment, with stints at the Cégep de l’Outaouais, La Cité collégiale in Ottawa and Colleges and Institutes Canada, among others.  Throughout her career, Ms. Beauvais has held a range of positions related to business development, education, international affairs, Canadian immigrant integration, applied research and health sciences.  She sits on the board of the Canadian Club of Toronto and is a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Jean Hébert, Orléans (Lay Member)

Jean Hébert has lived in Orléans since 1997.  He was born in Québec, where he obtained his Bachelor Degree in Political Sciences with Honours in Public Administration from Laval University.  Mr. Hébert has been in consulting services since 2006, in the areas of strategic planning, project/program/policy development and management, and strategic communication.  As a consultant, he has worked extensively in the education sector, with francophone communities in minority situations across the country, in organizational performance, and in community organization.  He has worked for more than 25 years with various provincial and federal departments at the senior management levels as consultant, senior advisor and ministers’ chief of staff, and for a national Crown corporation as special advisor to the Board Chair and as a director in the business development area.  Mr. Hébert also worked in economic development areas as industrial commissioner, including in the tourism industry.  He is involved and continues to volunteer in his community in social and economic development areas.  Since 2011, he is a member of the board of the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO), a provincial delegated administrative authority, where he has sat on many committees such as Audit and Risk Management, Governance and Human Resources, and Legislative and Regulatory Review.  He now serves as Chair of the Board and sits on the Executive Committee.

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.

Brian Mullan, Ancaster (Lay Member)

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Brian is a career police officer who retired as the Chief of Hamilton Police Service in December 2009. 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 is active in his community, having served as Chair of the Hamilton Community Care Access Centre, the Hamilton District Health Council, and he is the Immediate Past President of Eastern Canada Chapter of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates. Brian is currently a Member of the Board of Governors for Mohawk College and he is the Vice President of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation.

Kathleen O’Keefe, Toronto (Lay Member)

Kathleen O’Keefe is the President of Crillion Benefits Advisory Group Inc., an employee benefits and insurance advisory firm that serves small and medium enterprises across Canada.  She has been involved in the employee benefit and pension business since1993, when she joined London Life Insurance Company.  She is a founding member of The Benefits Alliance Group and a member of the Toronto Board of Trade.  Kathleen has been an active mentor for over 12 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, as well as fundraising for their national organization.  Additionally, she was the Chair of the Canadian Children’s Aid Foundation Women’s Golf Classic from 2012-2015 and is a Young Patron Member for the Royal Ontario Museum.  Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, Ontario.

Gabriel Tremblay, Blind River (Lay Member)

Mr. Tremblay retired in 1999 after 29 years in the teaching profession at the elementary level. He graduated from Laurentian University with a Major in Sociology and Political Science. He possesses a broad range of experience: Councillor, Town of Blind River for 24 years; Director of AFMO (Association Francaise des Municipalites de l’Ontario); Member of Blind River Police Board; President for the North Shore Region of AEFO (Association des Enseignants francais de l’Ontario); President of the Holy Family Parish Church Council; President of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 189 and presently a Life Member (served in the late 50’s in the Royal Canadian Air Force). He continues to be involved and presently is the President of Blind River Non-Profit Housing Corporation, a Board Member of Algoma District Services Administration Board representing the territory without municipal organization, and Director of the Blind River Development Corporation.