2015-2017 SOAR Board of Directors
Kwame Addo is the Director, Investigations & Conflict Resolution at the Office of the Ombudsman, City of Toronto. He is responsible for overseeing the investigation and review of complaints received from the public regarding the delivery of City services. Prior to joining the City Ombudsman, Kwame worked as an investigator for Ombudsman Ontario. Assigned to the Ombudsman's Special Ombudsman Response Team (SORT) in June 2005, he acted as lead investigator on several high-profile SORT investigations, including Newborn Screening and the Special Investigations Unit.
Robert is Manager, Adjudication Legal Services in the Office of the Secretary, Ontario Securities Commission. The Office of the Secretary provides support to the Commissioners in their exercise of their responsibilities and provides counsel to Commissioners on adjudicative matters, administrative law, corporate law and corporate governance. The Office of the Secretary is responsible for the fair, impartial and efficient operation of the Commission's adjudicative proceedings. Before joining the Ontario Securities Commission, Robert practiced in the areas of securities, commercial, class action, and construction litigation. Before embarking on a career in law, Robert was an investment banker with two major bank-owned investment dealers, in Calgary and Toronto, and advised clients regarding mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity underwritings.
Lori Coleman (Treasurer)
Lori Coleman is the Director of Strategic Business Services at Social Justice Tribunals Ontario. Previously, she served as the Chief Operating Officer/Registrar at the Health Boards Secretariat. In these positions, Ms. Coleman has provided leadership to staff throughout periods of change and transition while ensuring that operational and business services were delivered in ways that integrated quality, efficiency and accountability. With a focus on modernization, she works to offset fiscal constraint by leveraging technology and electronic communications with a goal of increasing opportunities for access to justice. Ms. Coleman has volunteered on the planning committee for the SOAR annual conference since 2008 and has served on the SOAR Board of Directors since 2012.
Brian Cook (Vice-President)
Brian Cook was appointed as a Vice-Chair of the new Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in September 2008. A Vice-chair of the Tribunal adjudicates and mediates Applications brought under the Ontario Human Rights Code. From 1990 to 2008, he was a Vice-Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT), adjudicating appeals from decisions of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. He holds an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School in Alternative Dispute Resolution (2005). Brian has been a member of the Board of Directors of SOAR since 2009. He has participated as a coach in the SOAR Adjudicator Training program.
Since 2009, Sherry has been a Vice-Chair with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. In that role, she conducts hearings either alone or as Chair of a tripartite panel, addressing a multitude of legal issues, while maintaining the standards of excellence of the adjudicative process. Since 2010, Sherry has also been member of the Discipline Committee of the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council where she conducts hearings and writes decisions on matters relating to breaches of OMVIC's Code of Conduct. Sherry previously worked for ten years as Tax Litigation Counsel for the Department of Justice. Her community involvement includes founding a pro-bono outreach and legal clinic, in conjunction with Pro Bono Law Ontario, mentoring students through the Law Society of Upper Canada, mentoring law students and new lawyers within her community, volunteer judge with the Ontario Bar Association's high school law week mock trial, volunteer speaker to Middlefield Collegiate Institute, and fundraising at various educational institutions.
Heather Gibbs (Secretary)
Heather Gibbs is a Vice-Chair of the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal (Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario). Ms. Gibbs has over 15 years of experience in administrative law, as an adjudicator, mediator, and lawyer. She is a former member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and of the Child and Family Services Review Board of Ontario. She practiced law and later worked in Canada and abroad as legal counsel with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Ms. Gibbs is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Common Law program, and holds an undergraduate degree from Western University. Ms. Gibbs has been an active supporter of SOAR, currently on the Executive Committee of SOAR’s Board of Directors and a decision-writing coach, and formerly as a member and co-chair of the organizing committee for SOAR’s annual conference. She speaks English, French and Spanish.
Jason Glover (Vice-President)
Jason Glover currently sits on the Social Security Tribunal of Canada. In that role, he applies his expertise in adjudicating appeals from the Ministry of Employment and Social Development. Jason is also a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus) Alumni Association. For several years, he has been involved with the Provincial United Way and the Scarborough Hospital Foundation Philanthropic Council. He has been recognized by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services with a Public Service Recognition Award. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto.
Emanuela Heyninck (Past-President)
Emanuela Heyninck is currently serving her third term as head of the Pay Equity Commission for Ontario, an independent agency of the Ministry of Labour. The Commission enforces the Ontario Pay Equity Act, which aims to redress systemic gender compensation issues. Since 2010, Emanuela has also served as a part-time adjudicator for the Health Professions and Health Services Appeal and Review Boards. HPARB reviews decisions of the complaints committees of the various regulated health professions. HSARB hears appeals from decisions made by OHIP regarding health insurance coverage. She is currently President of the Society of Adjudicators and Regulators and has served on several of SOAR's committees and on the Board of Director and Executive. She is a member of several Advisory Councils, including Conestoga College and the University of Western Ontario Student Law Clinic and is a mentor at Brescia College. She holds an Hon. B.A. in Italian and French from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. Before her appointment she practiced civil, family and administrative law in London, Ontario for 25 years. Her past community involvement has included several terms on the Executives of the London Chamber of Commerce, the London Business and Professional Women's Club, the Middlesex Family Lawyers Association, the Middlesex as well as the Ontario Collaborative Law Group, Hospice of London and Investing in Children.
Ian R. Mackenzie is a labour arbitrator, mediator, adjudicator and trainer. He has a private arbitration and mediation practice and is a part-time member of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT). Ian is also on the roster of adjudicators under the Canada Labour Code and the roster of arbitrators for the Ontario Police Arbitration Commission. He was a full-time vice-chair at the federal Public Service Labour Relations Board from 2005 to 2011. He was a vice-chair at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) from 2011-12 and a part-time adjudicator until 2016. Ian has also trained adjudicators on conducting hearings and is a frequent panelist at administrative law conferences. He also writes about adjudication on slaw.ca. Ian is a trustee of the Ontario Bar Association Foundation. He has a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Sociology (Carleton University). He has an LLB from the University of Windsor and has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1992. Ian has been on SOAR's Advocacy and Innovation Committee since 2015 and a Member of the Board of Directors since 2016.
Sophie Martel is a bilingual Vice-Chair with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT). Previously, she worked as a lawyer with WSIAT. Recently, she was also appointed to the Law Society Tribunal, Hearing Division. Sophie obtained an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa and her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto. She has been a member of the SOAR Board of Directors since 2013. She is also part of the faculty of the SOAR/Osgoode Certificate in Adjudication course where she coaches new adjudicators.
Voy Stelmaszynski (President)
Voy Stelmaszynski is a Solicitor at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Prior to joining the Board, he was Legal Counsel to the Office of Adjudication, a Ministry of Labour agency responsible for employment standards and occupational health and safety appeals. He holds a Master's degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures (U of Toronto) and an LLB from the University of Windsor. He has spoken at a variety of conferences on employment standards, health and safety, privacy, accessibility and conflict of interest. Mr. Stelmaszynski is an executive member of the Public Sector Lawyers Section of the Ontario Bar Association and the board of directors of College Montrose Children's Place, a non-profit family resource centre. He continues to serve on several SOAR Committees: Education, SAMN, By-Law Review, as well as the annual SOAR Conference Planning Committee.
Janice Vauthier serves as Chair of the Health Professions and Health Services Appeal and Review Boards. She is a graduate of the University of Windsor Law School. Prior to joining the Health Boards, Ms. Vauthier practiced litigation in Northwestern Ontario. In addition to her private family practice, Ms. Vauthier had many years’ experience as an Ontario Legal Aid mediator in the Thunder Bay area. She has represented the private bar as a member of the Law Commission of Ontario Research Advisory Board. She has been active in the Ontario Bar Association for many years serving on Council and previously as an Executive member and Co-Chair of the OBA Institute between (2010 -2012). She is a member of the Society of Ontario Regulators and Adjudicators Conference Organizing Committee and is also an active community member, having chaired numerous organizations in Northwestern Ontario.
Gary Yee has chaired three Ontario tribunals – the police complaints Board of Inquiry (1993), the Social Benefits Tribunal (2009) and the Licence Appeal Tribunal (2012). He was involved in the creation of two tribunal clusters – the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO) in 2011, and then the Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario (SLASTO) in April 2013, at which time he became Associate Chair of the LAT, and he was the interim Executive Chair of the SLASTO during 2013. Gary’s past positions include special advisor at the Immigration and Refugee Board, manager of legal services at Ombudsman Ontario and executive director of a legal aid clinic. He was called to the Bar in 1985. In addition to his LL.B. from University of Toronto, he has an LL.M. in Law and Regulation from Osgoode Hall Law School. Gary had been on the Executive and Board of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals (CCAT) for several terms, until May 2015. In the 1990s, he was a SOAR Vice-President, and he co-chaired the 1997 COBA conference. In 2016, Gary returned to the SOAR Board of Directors, and he is co-chairing the 2016 SOAR Conference. Gary has received a number of honours, including the SOAR Medal in 1999, and the inaugural Daniel Mark Public Sector Lawyer Award from the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) in 2014.