2019-2021 SOAR Board of Directors
Dan Abrahams (Vice President)
Daniel J. (Dan) Abrahams is General Counsel at Professional Engineers Ontario, the engineering regulator. Previously Dan was at the Law Society of Ontario, where he served in a variety of senior counsel and leadership roles, most recently as Manager, Trustee Services. He came to the Law Society from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, where he was Senior Counsel and leader of the mediation group in the Tribunal Counsel Office. A longtime community volunteer, SOAR member and member of the SOAR Conference Committee for nearly three years, Dan was elected to the SOAR Board of Directors and became a Vice-President in 2017. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Trinity College and of the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law.
Susan Adams graduated with degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Western Ontario and an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Susan is the Executive Director at WSIAT and started her career as a Tribunal articling student and following her call to the bar, continued at the Tribunal working on strategic projects as Counsel, Special Projects and Executive Assistant to the Tribunal Director. Susan is currently on secondment at a related workplace insurance system agency, as the Director, Office of the Worker Adviser.
Robert Blair (Vice President)
Robert is the Manager Adjudication Legal Services in the Office of the Secretary to the Ontario Securities Commission. 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. Prior to a career in law, Robert was an investment banker with two major bank-owned investment dealers in Calgary and Toronto. In addition to his involvement with SOAR, Robert is a member of CCAT’s Tribunal Excellence Committee and was a member of the OBA’s admin law section executive.
Keith is an experienced adjudicator and administrator who presently heads the Adjudicative Tribunals of CPA Ontario. These four Tribunals deal with Disciplinary, Appellate, Accreditation, and Capacity matters for the 100,000 members of CPA Ontario. Previously, Keith was a Vice Chair/adjudicator with the Workplace Safety Insurance Appeals Tribunal, the Toronto Licensing Tribunal, and the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council. He has written a Conflict Resolution Guide, and co-edited the SOAR Manual for Ontario Adjudicators. Keith is presently serving his second stint on SOAR’s Board of Directors.
Genevieve Currie (Secretary)
Genevieve Currie is a lawyer who has worked in administrative justice from a variety of perspectives. She is currently Ombudsman Investigations Counsel for the City of Toronto Ombudsman. She was previously General Counsel to the Patient Ombudsman, Counsel to the Ontario Ombudsman, an Assistant Crown Attorney and a litigator with a large law firm where, among other things, she prosecuted for a professional regulator and represented clients before various tribunals and coroner's inquests. Genevieve was called to the bar in 2001, after clerking for the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Heather Gibbs (President)
Heather Gibbs is a lawyer with over 15 years of experience in administrative law, as an adjudicator, mediator, and counsel. She is currently Manager of Legal Services at Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario, and Counsel to the Environmental Review Tribunal. Ms. Gibbs was a Vice-Chair with the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal for close to a decade, and formerly with the Immigration and Refugee Board, and the Child and Family Services Review Board. Ms. Gibbs’ earlier work includes legal counsel to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Canada and Africa, and a lawyer in private practice. Ms. Gibbs is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Common Law program, and holds an undergraduate degree from Western University. Heather Gibbs is currently President of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR). Her volunteer activities for SOAR have included co-chairing the annual conference, the steering committee for the 2018 Leadership Forum, and collaborating with Osgoode PD as a decision-writing coach and panelist. Ms. Gibbs speaks English, French and Spanish.
Elizabeth Nastasi (Treasurer)
Liz Nastasi is a lawyer, dispute resolution practitioner and educator. Liz is currently Counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General at the Safety Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunal Ontario (AABS-LAT). Prior to this she was Counsel with FSCO’s Legal Services Branch in the litigation group. She is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1996. Liz has extensive mediation and adjudication experience. For 7 years Liz was an Arbitrator and the Senior Arbitrator at FSCO, where she adjudicated and resolved over 1000 disputes. Liz was also a Mediator with the Ontario Human Rights Commission as well as Legal Counsel with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Liz was also a volunteer mediator in the criminal court as part of an Adult Justice Committee diversion program. Liz is a dedicated trainer, teacher, and coach. She has worked as a Dispute Resolution Educator with York University and delivered administrative law courses at Osgoode’s Professional Development LLM programs. Liz has also been teaching various courses in the paralegal program at George Brown College since 2010 including employment and human rights and tribunal practice and procedure. Most recently, she created Osgoode’s first online to help prepare foreign trained lawyers for their certification exam. Liz’s past employment highlights include family and insurance law. She was also a Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Housing and from 1997 to 2000 Liz worked overseas as an Immigration Consultant in Korea, where she acquired exceptional and impressive karaoke skills and a love for all things spicy.
Noeline has worked as a lawyer and adjudicator in a variety of administrative law areas within both federal and provincial jurisdictions. Among her current tribunal work, she is a part-time Member of the Condominium Authority Tribunal, where she mediates and adjudicates cases using an innovative online platform. Previously, she was an Assistant Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, where she was involved in the recruitment and training of adjudicators and mediation officers. Noeline holds Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Toronto and York University, a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. She has served on the Board of Directors for a number of non-profit organizations and has been a member of the SOAR Conference Planning Committee since 2016
Blair Roedding is an experienced adjudicator presently appointed as a full-time member of the Ontario Parole Board. Before joining the Parole Board he practiced in the areas of administrative law, corporate law, and real estate. Past experience also includes working in the areas of corporate finance and derivatives trading, volunteer work as a director of a food bank, and sitting as a member of the Halton Hills Committee of Adjustment. Blair graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and has earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Western Ontario.
Voy Stelmaszynski (Past President)
Voy Stelmaszynski is a retired lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in the tribunal sector of labour and employment, primarily with the Ontario Labour Relations Board. He has graduate degrees in Slavic Languages and Literatures and previously worked as a court interpreter; he is also a published translator. Voy is Past President of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators and continues to serve on several of SOAR’s committees. He has presented on a variety of topics including labour, employment standards, occupational health & safety, administrative law, ethics, and privacy. He remains active in the administrative justice community. Voy was the 2017 recipient of the Tom Marshall Award of Excellence for Public Sector Lawyers presented by the Ontario Bar Association. His proudest accomplishments are his daughters, Kasia and Talia.