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 was the Executive Director at WSIAT for many years and previously worked on strategic projects as Counsel, Special Projects and Executive Assistant to the WSIAT Director. Susan recently completed a secondment at a partner workplace safety and insurance system agency, as the Director, Office of the Worker Adviser. She is currently Director, Office of the Employer Adviser.
Kwame Addo is the Ombudsman at Ryerson University. He was previously 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. Kwame has been a long standing member of the SOAR Board.
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.
Heather Gibbs (President)
Heather Gibbs is a seasoned dispute resolution professional who has worked on all sides of the hearing room; as a mediator, litigator, adjudicator, and tribunal counsel. She has provided legal advice to provincial, federal, and international governing bodies. Heather is currently Assistant Deputy Chair, Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB), where she manages a team of adjudicators. She has extensive tribunal experience as a legal advisor at Tribunals Ontario, and adjudicator with the Canadian Environmental Protection Tribunal, the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal, the Child and Family Services Review Board, and the Refugee Protection Division of the IRB. She has been legal counsel to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Canada and Africa and formerly practiced administrative law. Heather holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa and an undergraduate degree from Western University, as well as a certificate in public sector leadership from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, and in negotiation and mediation from the University of Windsor.
Trevor Guy is a lawyer with a long-standing interest in administrative law. After graduating from Osgoode Hall and his call to the bar in 2006, he started practicing administrative and commercial law litigation at a national full-service firm. Eventually, his interest in administrative law took him to the Ontario public service, first to the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, then to Tribunals Ontario, where he advises the cluster’s tribunals on a wide range substantive and procedural matters, and acts on the litigation arising from the tribunals’ decisions. He currently teaches administrative law as part of Osgoode’s Professional Development LLM program for NCA students.
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
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.