Board advisory committees

Board advisory committee members

Advisory committee members are selected every three years. These are the current members of Legal Aid Ontario's Board Advisory Committees.

Aboriginal issues advisory committee

Christa Big Canoe

Christa Big Canoe is a First Nation woman, mother and lawyer who aspires to increase access to justice for Aboriginal people. Known as a passionate advocate for First Nation children and women's rights, she is the legal advocacy director at Aboriginal Legal Services.

Paula Corbiere

Paula Corbiere, a lawyer from MChigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island, holds a B.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School. Since she was called to the bar in 1999, Ms. Corbiere has worked in the justice program at the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising Tribal Council. She has been its justice manager since 2012.

Sarah Dover

Sarah Dover is a Brantford-based criminal defence lawyer whose practice focuses on working with Indigenous clients. She appears at all levels of courts in Ontario, including as duty counsel in Indigenous Peoples Court.

Margaret Froh

Lawyer Margaret Froh is the president of the Mtis Nation of Ontario. She is also a member of the Debwewin Implementation Committee and the Aboriginal Justice Advisory Group established under the 2013 Iacobucci Report: First Nation Representation on Ontario Juries. In addition, she is a faculty member at the Banff Centre's Lougheed Leadership Institute, specializing in Indigenous governance, leadership and management.

Barbara General

Barbara General is a member of and justice coordinator for the Six Nations Elected Council, Six Nations of the Grand River. She is Onondaga, Beaver, and has a M.S.W. from the University at Buffalo. She has worked in First Nations communities in south Ontario, British Columbia and the United States for the last 30 years providing front-line work as a community counsellor, university research assistant and child welfare coordinator in human services and crisis intervention. She has taught social work courses at the university and college levels.

Arthur Himinuk

Arthur Huminuk is Grand Council Treaty #3 justice director in Kenora.

Jason LeBlanc

Jason LeBlanc is executive director of Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI). An Inuk from Goose Bay in Labrador, Jasons life has been a mixture of old and new Inuit: he was brought up to learn traditions, hunting and fishing in his homelands, and then he attended school, including Acadia University. He began his career with TI when he moved to Ottawa more than 15 years ago. He held operational and financial management roles for his first ten years at TI, and has been its executive director since February 2012. His knowledge of traditions and understanding of culture, coupled with his education and keen sense of community development, have served the community well, resulting in a dramatic increase in Inuit-specific services during his time at TI.

Stacia L. Loft (Iekhahatahkhe)

Stacia L. Loft (Iekhahatahkhe) is Kanienkeha:ka (People of the Flint Mohawk) from Kenhte:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory). She is currently a program manager at the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, where she focuses on Aboriginal court work, Aboriginal community justice and Gladue writer programs as well as the homelessness partnering strategy at friendship centres and delivery sites across the province. In December 2015, Stacia was elected as a Councillor with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation.

Shane Monague

Shane Monague is 20 years old and is part of the Miskwaadesi (Painted turtle) clan. He is from Beausoleil First Nation (Christian Island) and is currently living and attending school in Sault Sainte Marie.

Christina Ninham

Christina Ninham is a First Nations lawyer from Oneida Nation of the Thames. She has practiced family and child protection law since she was called to the bar in 2001. Her primary focus is on addressing the needs of many First Nations and marginalized people navigating the family court system. She is dedicated to trying to help make a difference in the lives of her clients within the family court system.

Celina Reitberger

Celina Reitberger is executive director of Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation (NALSC), in Thunder Bay, and a member of the Fort William First Nation. She practiced law for 20 years, and was involved in the development of the Restorative Justice and Talking Together program (Alternative Dispute Resolution) in child welfare cases at NALSC.

Karen R. Restoule

Karen R. Restoule is of the Anishinabek Nation, a beneficiary of the Robinson-Huron Treaty 1850, and member of Dokis First Nation. She is the former director of justice at the Chiefs of Ontario, a political forum for the 134 First Nations in Ontario. A graduate of the University of Ottawa's French Common Law Program, she volunteered with Level (formerly Canadian Lawyers Abroad) while completing her articles in criminal and poverty law. She developed and implemented the pilot of a leading justice education and mentoring program engaging Indigenous youth—the Dare to Dream project. Karen is vice-chair with the Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario.

Brenda Young

Lawyer Brenda Young is the justice director for her home territory, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. She received a Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship for the 2016/17 academic year and is also a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada's Equity Advisory Group. Her interest in international law as related to Indigenous human rights led her to participate in the 2013 Indigenous Fellowship at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Clinic law advisory committee

Lisa Cirillo

Lisa Cirillo is executive director of Downtown Legal Services, Toronto.

Lorraine Duff

Lorraine Duff, M.S.W., has been with the United Way for 12 years, and is now director, special projects at United Way of Toronto & York Region. She is involved in Community Hub Capital Development, social enterprises and a range of other initiatives.

Shelly AM Gavigan

Shelley AM Gavigan, BA, LLB, MA, LLM, SJD (of the bars of Ontario and Saskatchewan) has been a faculty member of Osgoode Hall Law School since 1986. After being called to the Saskatchewan bar in 1976, she worked as a legal clinic lawyer in Saskatchewan, primarily in criminal defence work. Professor Gavigan has twice held appointments as associate dean, and served four terms as academic director of Osgoodes intensive program in poverty law at Parkdale Community Legal Services. Her recent publications include Hunger, Horses, and Government Men: Criminal Law on the Aboriginal Plains, 1870-1905, which won the 2013 CLIO Prize: The Prairies (CHA), among other honours.

Karen Mathewson

Karen Mathewson has been dedicated to enhancing the lives of people trying to survive on minimal incomes for more than 29 years. She is a community legal worker with Community Legal Assistance Sarnia, chairs the local Poverty Reduction Network, and is on the advisory committee of the Community Health Centre. She has represented and advised clients on poverty law matters, and engaged in numerous community organizing, public legal education and law reform initiatives.

Trudy McCormick

Trudy McCormick is executive director of the Northwest Community Legal Clinic and an executive member of the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario.

Ryan Peck

Ryan Peck is executive director of the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario, located in Toronto.

Kevin Pinsonneault

Kevin Pinsonneault is executive director of the Windsor/Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic.

Jeff Plain

Jeff Plain is a member of Aamjiwnaang First Nation located in Sarnia, Ontario. Since 2011, Jeff has administered Community Legal Assistance Sarnias Baamsedaa (Lets Walk Together) Aboriginal outreach program. This program helps Lambton Countys Aboriginal population access justice in a culturally appropriate manner.

John Rae

John Rae is a disability and human rights activist. He is First Vice-Chair of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, a board member of Injured Workers Consultants Legal Clinic, and a member of the Canadian Human Rights Museums Inclusive Design and Accessibility Council.

Criminal law advisory committee

David Berg

David Berg is a Toronto-based criminal defence lawyer whose practice focuses on working with clients with mental health issues. He also works with the Legal Services Board of Nunavut.

Scott Bergman

Scott Bergman is a criminal defence lawyer and partner with the firm, Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP in Toronto. He is also an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section.

Norm Boxall

Norm Boxall was called to the bar in 1980. A partner in the firm of Bayne Sellar Boxall, he specializes in criminal law, focusing on criminal law trials and appeals. He has appeared at all levels of court.

Anthony Doob

Anthony Doob is Professor Emeritus of Criminology at the University of Torontos Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies. He has been appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition of his scholarship in the field of criminology and his role in shaping Canadian justice policy.

Paul Dray

Paul Dray, owner of Paul Dray Legal Services Professional Corporation, is a Provincial Offences Act prosecutor. His firm provides prosecutorial and enforcement training services to municipalities and other government agencies, including the Guelph Crown Attorneys Office. He is a former lay bencher and Paralegal Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Martin Friedland

Martin Friedland has been appointed to the Order of Canada, among many awards and honours. He is a Professor of Law Emeritus, specializing in criminal law, at the University of Torontos Faculty of Law, as well as the author of 18 books.

Shaunna Kelly

Criminal defence lawyer Shaunna Kelly was called to the bar in 2008 and works for Hicks Adams LLP. She specializes in the special Aboriginal persons Gladue court.

Matthew McGarvey

Matthew McGarvey was called to the bar of Ontario in 1995. He is an Ottawa-based criminal defence lawyer and a former Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa. He is a member of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, and its Vice Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.

Sandy Simpson

Sandy Simpson is Chief of Forensic Psychiatry at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. He is also Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Ralph Steinberg

Ralph Steinberg was called to the bar in 1977, and has specialized in criminal law since then. He is a past president of the Criminal Lawyers Association and the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (now Innocence Canada).

Family law advisory committee

Nicholas Bala

Nicholas Bala has been a Professor at Queens University Faculty of Law in Kingston since 1989, and was assistant review counsel at the Queens Legal Aid Clinic in 1978. He has published extensively on issues related to family and childrens law, including recent work on access to family justice and reports for the governments of Ontario and Canada. He has been awarded the Law Society Medal (2009) and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2013).

Leighann Burns

Family lawyer Leighann Burns is the executive director of Harmony House, a second-stage shelter for women and children fleeing violence in Ottawa. In her legal practice, she focuses on helping women fleeing abuse.

Pamela Cross

Lawyer Pamela Cross is an experienced educator, trainer and recognized expert on violence against women. She is also the Legal Director of Lukes Place, a non-profit organization serving abused women in Durham Region.

Nikki Gershbain

Nikki Gershbain is national director of Pro Bono Students Canada, a program that trains law students to provide free legal services, including in family law, to people in need. In 2016/17, she received a Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship from the Law Foundation of Ontario, she will be working with the the National Self-Represented Litigants Project in 2017.

Jean Hyndman

Jean Hyndman practices family and child protection law in Toronto. She represents many parents on legal aid certificates. She also belongs to the Office of the Childrens Lawyer panel and represents children and youth. She also co-chairs the board of the Family Lawyers Association as well as the FLA Legal Aid committee. Her contributions to continuing legal education include presenting at the 311 Jarvis and 47 Sheppard programs, the Everything Legal Aid Conference in January 2014 and consulting for Community Legal Education Ontario.

Charlotte Murray

Charlotte Murray is a Toronto-based family lawyer.

Laure Prvost

Laure Prvost, B.C.L./LL.B., is project director of the Centre de services juridiques pour femmes francophones de l'Ontario (CSJFFO), a legal services center which provides legal support and information on family law and violence against women to Francophone women in Ontario. The CSJFFO is a program of Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes, a provincial coalition of shelters and rape crisis centers advocating for French language services and womens rights.

Joanna Radbord

Joanna Radbord is a lawyer in Toronto, whose practice focuses on family law and constitutional litigation.

Louise Toone

Louise Toone is executive director of the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic.

French language services advisory committee

Patrice J. Cormier

Bilingual lawyer Patrice J. Cormier, B.A., LL.B. graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1990 and was called to the bar in 1992. He has been in private practice with Julien & Cormier in Hawkesbury since 1992, specializing in family and criminal law. He has been a member of this committee since January 2015.

Marie-Claude Gaudreault

A senior business consultant in the Ministry of the Attorney Generals Office of the Coordinator of French Language Services (OCFLS), Marie-Claude Gaudreault represents the OCFLS on this committee. Her objective is to make sure all programs delivered by justice sector ministries and customer service policies and procedures respond to the needs of Ontarios diverse Francophone community—through strategic policy, management and program advice to senior management and program managers. She has a B.A. in political science (Hon) and a Masters in public administration.

Jose Guindon

Jose Guindon is head of the CALACS francophone dOttawa, and has been working in the violence against women sector for more than ten years. She has served on boards of directors and committees of organizations fighting against poverty, and worked for Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes, a group of feminists and Francophone organizations committed to eradicating violence against women. She takes pride in her Franco-Ontarian heritage and is committed to minority language rights.

Madeleine Hbert

Madeleine Hbert has practiced administrative law in the legal clinic system for the past 25 years, and currently works at the Sudbury Community Legal Clinic. Before then, she practiced family and criminal law in a law firm in eastern Ontario. She has been a member of the Association des juristes dexpression franaise de lontario since her call to the bar.

Ayana C.T. Hutchinson

Ayana C.T. Hutchinson is a staff lawyer with Family and Childrens Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Frontenac Law Association and also sat as co-chair of the Family Law Section of the association.

Marie-Jose Lafleur

Marie-Jose Lafleur is the founding partner at Lafleur & Associates. A graduate of the French Common Law program at the University of Ottawa in 1997, her private practice almost exclusively focuses on criminal law in Ontario, Qubec and Nunavut. She has also taught the criminal law section of the new Law Practice Program at the University of Ottawa since 2015.

Andre-Anne Martel

Ms Andre-Anne Martel has been the Executive Director of the Association des juristes dexpression franaise de lOntario (AJEFO) since 2014. After she was admitted to the bar in 2012, she became a project manager at AJEFO until she advanced to her current position. She has lectured at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa since 2013, sits on two boards—the Board of Trustees of Hpital Montfort since June 2016, and the Board of Trustees of the Centre des services communautaires Vanier since 2013. She has a B.A. in social sciences with a minor in criminology, and a Juris Doctor degree.

Christophe Kapanga Mutonji

Christophe Kapanga Mutonji is a community legal worker at the Centre francophone Legal Services of Toronto.

Vicky M. Ringuette

Vicky M. Ringuette has practiced law since 2005, and works as a family law, child protection and fertility lawyer and mediator, in both official languages. She is the only such practitioner in Hamilton, and also serves Burlington, Brantford, Simcoe, St. Catharines and Welland. She also serves on the Clinique juridique communautaire de Hamilton and the Association des juristes d'expression franais de l'Ontario. A member of the local group of lawyers who practice collaborative law, she also belongs to several family law panels, including the Office of the Children's Lawyer and Legal Aid Ontario. As a board member of the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, she contributed to its designation as a bilingual organization.

Christian St-Onge

Christian St-Onge is a professor and coordinator of the Collge La Cit (Ottawa) legal assistant and paralegal programs. She sits on La Cits Board of Governors and College Counsel.

Lonie Tchatat

Lonie Tchatat, founder and CEO of La Passerelle-I.D.., has played a key role in developing initiatives grounded in a deep knowledge of crucial inclusion issues in context with the Canadas ever-growing diversity. She has served on strategic public policy committees at federal, provincial and municipal levels.

Immigration and refugee law advisory committee

Deyanira Benavides

Deyanira Benavides, B.A. (Hons.), M.A. is a Community Legal Worker at the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic. She is a licensed paralegal and an experienced advocate in immigration and refugee law as well as clinic law.

Raoul Boulakia

Raoul Boulakia has been a lawyer in private practice in Toronto since 1990. A specialist in citizenship, immigration and refugee law, he is the president of the Refugee Lawyers Association of Ontario, and has served in many voluntary roles in community and legal associations. He regularly appears before the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court, and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also spoken at many legal conferences and before Parliamentary and Senate committees.

Debbie Douglas

Debbie Douglas is executive director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI). Through her work in the non-governmental organization sector and particularly at OCASI, Ms. Douglas has championed equity and inclusion within the immigration system, including race, gender and sexual orientation. She has also promoted the creation of safe, welcoming spaces in the settlement and integration sector.

Jennifer Hyndman

Jennifer Hyndman is a professor in the departments of Social Science and Geography at York University in Toronto, and is the director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York. Her research focuses on conflict asylum and related human displacement, humanitarian emergencies, and refugee resettlement in Canada.

Rana Khan

Rana Khan is the legal officer in Toronto for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Toni Schweitzer

Toni Schweitzer is the supervising lawyer in the Immigration Division at Parkdale Community Legal Services in Toronto.

Andrea Sesum

Licensed paralegal Andrea Sesum is president of the Women's Paralegal Association of Ontario and Ontario College of Law. Her work in creating networking, mentorship, and education activities for women paralegals earned her the 2015 City of Toronto "Access, Equity & Human Rights Award" (Constance E. Hamilton). She is co-author of Emond's Accident Benefits: A Practical Desk Reference.

Peter Showler

Peter Showler is former Director of the Refugee Forum at the University of Ottawa's Human Rights Research and Education Centre, and former Chair of the Immigration and Refugee Board.

Maureen Silcoff

Maureen Silcoff, a lawyer at Silcoff Shacter, specializes in immigration and refugee law. She co-chairs the Litigation Committee of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, belongs to the Refugee Lawyers Association Access to Justice Committee, and speaks frequently about refugees and access to justice at conferences and community events.

Mental health advisory committee

Bipasha Choudhury

Bipasha Choudhury, J.D., M.A., is an inquiry analyst in the Legal Services and Inquiries branch of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). She leads the OHRCs public inquiry into the overrepresentation of Indigenous and racialized children and youth in Ontarios child welfare system, and she belongs to the OHRCs Project Charter team with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Her work with the OHRC spans more than a decade, and also includes human rights issues related to persons with mental health disabilities, Indigenous peoples, racial profiling, migrant workers and housing.

Lucy Costa

Lucy Costa is a systemic advocate at the Empowerment Council an organization representing the voice of clients at CAMH. She focuses on promoting the rights of mental health service users, as well as encouraging critical analysis about service user inclusion in the mental health and legal sector. She sits on a number of advisories and has been involved with the psychiatric disability community for over 20 years.

Shannon Down

Shannon Down is executive director of Waterloo Region Community Legal Services. When she was a lawyer in private practice, she worked with many clients with mental health issues.

Christel Francis

Christel Francis is a lawyer who defends and advocates for mentally ill clients in association with her lawyer-children Carla and Thomas Whillier. They appear regularly before the Ontario Review Board and the Consent and Capacity Board. Christel also serves as criminal duty counsel in the Newmarket Court one to two days a week.

Colleen Gray

Colleen Gray is a Child and Youth Advocate for the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. She leads the I Do Care project, which focuses on the concerns of young people in care about their health rights.

Greg Iwasiw

Greg Iwasiw is a lawyer in Kenora who specializes in criminal defence law. He was instrumental in founding Kenoras Mental Health Court.

Jane MacKenzie

Jane MacKenzie is a Rights Adviser for Thunder Bays Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office. She is strongly committed to human rights issues and the removal of barriers to ensure that people can fully and inclusively participate in society free from discrimination.

Marion Overholt

Marion Overholt is executive director of Community Legal Aid in Windsor and of Legal Assistance of Windsor at the University of Windsor. She has been on the board of numerous community agencies and social justice initiatives and has been awarded the Law Society of Upper Canada Bicentennial Award of Merit.

Don Rose

Don Rose is an Associate Professor and Director of the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University in Toronto. He has held several positions in clinical practice, administration and academics. His research focuses on issues in forensic/mental health nursing.

David Shannon

David Shannon is a lawyer working in mental health, disability, child protection and child custody. He has an ongoing passion for the promotion and protection of human rights, social welfare, and organizational leadership.

Marshall Swadron

Marshall Swadron is a lawyer with Swadron Associates in Toronto, and also chairs the Mental Health Legal Committee. He practices in mental health and capacity law, seeking to enhance the autonomy and participation of vulnerable persons in their own decision making.

Marie Taylor

Marie Taylor has been a patient advocate for more than 15 years. She works for the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby. Marie is passionate about protecting and promoting the rights of the mentally ill.

Prison law advisory committee

Bryonie Baxter

Bryonie Baxter is president of the Council of Elizabeth Fry Societies of Ontario and executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa.

Brian Callender

Brian Callender of the CallenderLaw correctional law practice in Kingston specializes in criminal and correctional law. He represents federal prisoners at parole board hearings and in the Superior and Federal courts. He also helps protect and enforce the inherent rights of his federal prisoner clients as a result of their incarceration.

Philip Casey

Philip Casey was called to the Bar in 2002 after graduating from Western with an M.A. and LL.B. He has been in private practice since 2002, and focuses on prison/parole law and criminal defence. He is a member of the Canadian Prison Law Association (CPLA).

Rosemary Gartner

Rosemary Gartner is a professor of criminology at the University of Torontos Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies. She has researched comparative and historical patterns of violence, gender and intimate violence, the imprisonment of women, and relationships between legitimate and illegitimate violence.

Emily Hill

Emily Hill is a senior staff lawyer at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto.

Elizabeth Hughes

Elizabeth Hughes has worked across the USA, Canada and England in the areas of mental health, brain injury, developmental disabilities and youth at risk. She has been a patient advocate with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Cares Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office since 2010, supporting clients at the Brockville site for The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Before this, Elizabeth worked in the field of mental health advocacy in England. Her 15-plus years experience working with patients, care providers and support organizations in the social service sector ranges from front line work to managerial oversight.

Michael Mandelcorn

Michael Mandelcorn was called to the bar in 1987. A criminal defence and correctional law lawyer practising in Kingston, he is also the president of the Canadian Prison Law Association and a director of the Criminal Lawyers Association.

Allan Manson

Allan Manson is an emeritus professor at Queens University Faculty of Law in Kingston. In 2016, he was a Keeley Visiting Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford. Prior to joining the Faculty at Queens in 1977, he was a practising criminal lawyer in Toronto. Other positions include project director for the Ontario Law Reform Commission study of the coroners system, deputy judge of the Yukon Territorial Court, and co-counsel to a party with standing at the Cornwall Public Inquiry for Wardle, Daley. He has written or co-edited many books, along with numerous articles and book chapters on criminal law topics, especially sentencing, imprisonment and evidence.

Leslie Morley

Kingston-based lawyer Leslie Morley specializes in prison and immigration cases. He assists prisoners at parole and immigration hearings and in the resolution of disputes with authorities within the prison system. He is a former President of the Ontario Prison Lawyers Association, the Canadian Prison Law Association and the Frontenac Law Association.

Paula Osmok

Paula Osmok has been executive director of John Howard Society of Ontario since 2002. During this time, she helped establish its Centre for Research, Policy and Program Development, which has contributed extensively to social and criminal justice literature and program development in Ontario. Prior to that, she was executive director of the John Howard Society of the (then) Victoria Haliburton Simcoe & Muskoka, where she developed and implemented a range of community-based services, including programming for provincial and federal prisoners. Paula holds a MSc. in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Leicester in the UK and successfully defended the dissertation The DNA Identification Act: Privacy Implications for Canadians.

Kim Pate

Lawyer/teacher Kim Pate Kim is a Member of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Governor Generals Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, five honourary doctorates (Law Society of Upper Canada, Universities of Ottawa, Carleton, St. Thomas and Wilfrid Laurier), and a number of other awards. She is also the executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) and a part-time professor at the University of Ottawas Faculty of Law. She occupied the Sallows Chair in Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law for the past 18 months, and has completed post-graduate work in forensic mental health.

Elizabeth Thomas

Elizabeth Thomas recently retired as director of the Queen's Prison Law Clinic after many years of private practice in prison law.