2015-2017 SOAR Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.