As of December 23, 2020
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 ministries: Agriculture, 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 Aston Joseph Hall, Regional Senior Justice, Toronto
Justice Aston Joseph Hall currently serves as the regional senior judge for the Toronto Region of the Ontario Court of Justice. Previously, Justice Hall was the local administrative judge in Scarborough, and a member of the court’s education secretariat. Justice Hall was called to the bar in 1995, and in 2009 opened his own law firm, Aston J. Hall and Associates. Justice Hall was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 2011. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Justice Hall immigrated to Canada in 1983. Justice Hall studied law at Osgoode Hall, where he was president of the Black Law Students’ Association and the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada. Justice Hall also holds a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall. As regional senior judge of the Toronto Region of the Ontario Court of Justice, Justice Hall exercises the powers of the Chief Justice in his region, subject to the authority of the Chief Justice. This includes scheduling court hearings and assigning cases to individual judges. Justice Hall is appointed to the Committee by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice.
Mr. Justice Peter K. Doody, Ottawa
Justice Peter K. Doody is a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice, sitting in Ottawa. He was appointed to the bench in 2016. Justice Doody was called to the bar in 1982 and practiced as a litigation lawyer with a national law firm for over 30 years. He was the managing partner of the Ottawa office and sat on the firm’s National Council. His practice covered a wide range of areas, from constitutional law to criminal law, commercial litigation and insurance law. He was on the Board of Directors and executive of The Advocates’ Society, lectured frequently for the Law Society and other legal organizations, and was an adjunct professor at the law faculties of the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University and the law department at Carleton University. He has served on the court’s Education Secretariat and is a member of the Ontario Judicial Council. Justice Doody 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.
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 federal budget. At the provincial level, as Chief of Staff and advisor to two senior Cabinet ministers, Rachel provided advice on a 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. In the last five years, Rachel has worked as a senior associate with Harper & Associates Ltd., an international consulting firm led by former Prime Minister Harper, and as an instructor at Carleton University’s Riddell Program in Political Management. She also appeared as a regular panelist and commentator on CBC’s Power & Politics, and was a recurring contributor to the Institute for Research on Public Policy’s Policy Options magazine. Rachel currently works as a member of the public policy team for Facebook Canada.
Geewadin Elliott, Neyaashiinigmiing (Lay Member)
Geewadin Elliott was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and is a proud Potawatomi Anishinabe citizen of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation in Neyaashiinigmiing. He has 20 years of concurrent public service and Indigenous relations experience advising government, private and public companies on culture, socioeconomics, relationship building and community engagement protocols. In 2019, after a 15-year career with the Ontario Provincial Police and Rama Police Service (Detective Constable), Geewadin pivoted toward First Nations business development and now enjoys his role with Aecon Group Inc. as Manager for Indigenous Relations for Canada-East. As a forward-thinking Indigenous leader, Geewadin has a vision to build strong partnerships among First Nations throughout the Great Lakes area to promote knowledge sharing and capacity development. Through his initiative (The Potawatomi Nation Economic Development Summit), tribal and business leaders from the United States and Canada meet quarterly to discuss nation building, economic development and trade. In 2014, Geewadin was appointed by leadership as community trustee for the Edkaagmik Nbiizh Neyaashiinigamiingninwag Edbendaagzijig Trust (Coldwater Land Claim). He proudly serves on the Board of Governors at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora and as an elected council member of The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. Geewadin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Marketing) from Michigan State University in 1999 and a diploma from the Ontario Police College in 2006, where he was selected as class leader by command staff. Geewadin enjoys cultural gatherings with his family and is a woodland style pow wow dancer.
Edward Langley, Hamilton (Lay Member)
Edward Langley was born in Toronto and has lived mostly in the west GTA, including his current home in Hamilton. He attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, where he obtained his BA in Psychology with a minor in History. Edward’s professional career has been primarily focused in the insurance industry, including his current position as a Business Development Agent with Allstate Insurance Canada. In his professional development, Edward fulfilled the requirements to complete his Certified Insurance Professional (CIP) and his Other Than Life (OTL) industry leading designations. Edward believes strongly in giving back to his community. He completed a Level 2 certified instructor program with Hockey Canada, and coached minor hockey in Toronto and Mississauga for almost 20 years. Through various corporate partnerships, he has been involved in supporting such organizations as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, United Way, and the Saltfleet Stoney Creek Youth Soccer’s Active Start Program, a grassroots organization that provided facilities, uniforms and instruction to eligible families in the community.
Brian Mullan, Hamilton (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.
Trevor Townsend, Toronto (Lay Member)
Trevor Townsend was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1991, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science) from the University of Western Ontario. After graduation, Trevor worked briefly in the pharmaceutical industry before commencing a career on Bay Street within the financial services industry as a Financial Advisor. Trevor is Senior Vice President within the Wealth Management Division of Canaccord Genuity Corporation in Toronto. Over the past 25 years, Trevor has successfully built an advisory practice providing counsel to affluent investors and private corporations on the public markets. He has also pursued additional education within the investment industry, earning his Certified Investment Manager (CIM) designation, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). Trevor believes strongly in giving back to the community and considers volunteerism to be of the utmost importance. He has taken great pride in supporting countless charitable causes throughout his career. More recently, Trevor was a founding Board member of The Pindoff Family Charitable Foundation from 2015 to 2018. Trevor is currently a Board member with the Alma Children’s Education Foundation, which assists with children’s educational initiatives in both Peru and Bolivia.
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.