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The Board of Governors, comprised of representatives of the founding partners and at-large members, determines policy for the LCO and approves projects, discussion papers and reports, among other responsibilities. Governors serve for three years.
Current members of the Board of Governors
Andrew Pinto (Chair)
Andrew joined the LCO Board of Governors as a member-at-large in 2012, was reappointed in 2015 and has served on the Board’s Governance Committee. He was selected as Chair of the Board as of September 1, 2018.
Andrew is a partner with Pinto James LLP in Toronto, where he practices in the areas of civil litigation, employment and administrative law.
He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of court in Ontario and before numerous administrative tribunals, boards and agencies. His significant mandates have included: public legal opinions to the Law Society of Ontario, appointment by the Attorney General of Ontario to conduct a major review of changes to Ontario’s human rights system (2012), and co-chairing the annual Six-Minute Employment Lawyer Program (2015-2018).
Andrew is also an experienced workplace investigator who has conducted numerous investigations for organizations in the private and public sector. Andrew regularly speaks and writes on a wide range of legal issues, including administrative law, employment law, civil litigation, human rights and professionalism.
- Partner, Pinto James LLP (2018 – Present)
- Partner, Pinto Wray James LLP (2007-2018)
- Partner, Eberts Symes Street Pinto & Jull (2002-2007)
- Sole Practitioner (1998-2002)
- Litigation Associate, Scott & Aylen Toronto (1995-1998)
- Articling Student, Scott & Aylen Toronto (1993-1994)
- Co-Chair, University of Toronto Tribunal (Academic Conduct), 2007-Present
- Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law, University of Toronto (2006 to 2011)
- Instructor, Administrative Law, Osgoode Professional Development and Ryerson Law Practice Program (2014-15)
- Chair, Ontario Human Rights Review, 2011-12
- Co-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Annual Institute of Continuing Education, 2010-12
- Inaugural Recipient, Lawyer of the Year Award, South Asian Bar Association of Toronto, 2008
- Past Chair, Administrative Law Section, Ontario Bar Association
- Past Chair, Equity Advisory Group, Law Society of Upper Canada
- Commentator, Ontario News Watch website, ontarionewswatch.com
- LL.B., University of Windsor, (1993)
- B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), Queen’s University (1987)
- Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Stitt Feld Handy Houston, University of Windsor
Called to Ontario Bar
Raj joined the LCO Board of Governors in 2014 and is the representative of the Law Society of Ontario. He is a partner with WeirFoulds LLP who acts as a mediator, arbitrator and counsel in civil, administrative and regulatory litigation.
He is a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and adjunct Law Professor in professional ethics and administrative law. Raj has worked with the Law Reform Commissions of Ontario and Canada.
Previous Work Experience:
- Partner, WeirFoulds LLP since 1998
- Partner, Scott & Aylen (1989-1998)
- Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission (1988-89)
- Partner, Cavalluzzo Hayes & Shilton (1985-87)
- Partner, Laskin Jack & Harris (1983-85)
- Partner, Cameron Brewin & Scott (1980-83)
- Dean’s Key, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (1978)
- Chair, Ontario Task Force on the Law of Trespass to Publicly Used Property as it affects Youth and Minorities (1986-87)
- Bilingual Adjudicator, Ontario Human Rights and Police Boards of Inquiry (1989-94), U of T Tribunal (1998-2010) and Law Society Tribunal (since 2007); Vice Chair of the Law Society Tribunal Hearing Division (since 2015)
- President, Pro Bono Law Ontario (2003-05), Minority Advocacy and Rights Council (1989-2000) and U of T Law Alumni Assn (2006-08) and Acting President of the International Commission of Jurists (Canada) (2014-15)
- Board of Directors, Advocates’ Society; Legal Aid Ontario; Income Security Advocacy Centre; Justice for Children; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Founding Chair, Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre (2008-10)
- Elected Bencher of Law Society, 2007-11, 2011-15 and 2015-19; served as Chair of Tribunal Committee, Working Group on Challenges facing Racialized Licensees, Tribunal Reform Working Group, and Tribunal Three Year Review; Member of various Law Society standing committees and task forces
- Published numerous articles and chapters on equality rights, constitutional and administrative law, access to justice, appellate advocacy, legal ethics and employment law
- McMurtry Fellow, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2013
- Asper Centre Constitutional Litigator in Residence, 2015-16
- Recipient of Law Society Medal, SABA Distinguished Career Award, Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year and Advocates’ Society Award of Justice
- B.A., Queen’s University (1975)
- LL.B, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (1978)
Called to Ontario Bar:
Linda Cardinal joined the LCO Board of Governors in June 2018 as a member-at-large. She is full professor of political science at the University of Ottawa. Since 2004, she has been holder of the Research Chair in Francophone studies and public policy at the University of Ottawa.
She also held the Craig Dobbin Chair in Canadian Studies at University College Dublin (Ireland) from 2002 to 2004 and the Chair in Canadian Studies at La Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 (France) from 2007-2008. She has published widely and in several languages on the politics of language regimes, state traditions, citizenship and diversity, in particular in Canada, in Québec and in Europe. Her recent publications include « Minority Languages, Education and the Constitution in Canada » (with Pierre Foucher, The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 553-574); Une tradition et un droit: le Sénat et la représentation de la francophonie canadienne, (with Sébastien Grammond, Ottawa: Les Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa, 2017, 149 pages); State Traditions and Language Regimes (edited with Selma Sonntag, Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015).
2017-2019 Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa
2014-2016 Director of Graduate Studies, School of Political Studies
2012-2015 Member of the Board of Governors, University of Ottawa
2011-2014 Coordinator of the certificate in Francophone Studies, University of Ottawa
1999 – Full Professor, University of Ottawa, School of Political Studies
1995 -1999 Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Political Science
1992 -1995 Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Sociology
1987 -1992 Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa, Sociology
2017 Order of Canada
2014 Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes académiques de la République française
2013 Royal Society of Canada
2016-2020 Editor of the journal World Political Science
2014-2016 Vice-President of the International Association of Political Science
2009-2012 President of the Research Committee on the Politics of Language of the International Association of Political Science
2008-20009 President of the Société québécoise de science politique
Doctorate École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, Sociology, 1987
MA University of Ottawa, Sociology, 1983
B.A. Honours University of Ottawa, Sociology, 1981
Dean Mary Condon joined the LCO Board of Governors in May 2018 and is the appointee of Osgoode Hall Law School.
Dean Condon joined the Osgoode faculty in 1992. She served as Associate Dean (Academic) from July 2016 to April 2018, and is currently appointed the Dean (Interim). Between 2008 and 2016 she was appointed by the Ontario government as a Commissioner and Board Member of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). For three of those years (2011-2014) she served as one of two full-time Vice-Chairs of the OSC. In that capacity she was executive sponsor of a number of policy initiatives. She also issued numerous adjudicative decisions as a member of the OSC’s tribunal. In early 2018, she was appointed a member of the board of the Capital Markets Authority Implementation Organization (CMAI), an interim body set up to assist with the establishment of a Capital Markets Regulatory Authority for co-operating jurisdictions in Canada.
Dean Condon teaches Securities Regulation and Advanced Securities in Osgoode’s JD program and also directs and teaches in the Professional LLM in Securities Law program. In the 2009 winter term, she was awarded the Walter S. Owen Chair in Business Law at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, where she was also the co-director of the National Centre for Business Law.
Dean Condon’s research interests are focused primarily on the regulation of securities markets, investment funds, online investing, and pensions. She is co-author of Business Organizations: Principles, Policies and Practice (with Robert Yalden, Janis Sarra, Paul Paton, Mark Gillen and Ronald Davis). She is co-author of Securities Law in Canada: Cases and Commentary (with Anita Anand, Janis Sarra and Sarah Bradley), [3rd edition in preparation in 2016]. She is the author of Making Disclosure: Ideas and Interests in Ontario Securities Regulation (UTP). She has also written articles, book chapters and policy papers on topics related to securities regulation and pensions policy and has given invited lectures on these topics in Canada and internationally.
Between 2014 and 2016 she served as a member of Canada’s National Steering Committee for Financial Literacy. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the York University Pension Fund between 2005 and 2014.
Justice J. Michal Fairburn
Justice Fairburn obtained her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Toronto and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1992.
For over two decades, Justice Fairburn worked as Crown counsel and then general counsel within the Ministry of the Attorney General for Ontario. In 2013 she became a partner at Stockwoods LLP. Justice Fairburn was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in December 2014, after which she sat as a trial judge in Brampton. She was appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in July 2017.
Justice Fairburn held many roles within the administration of justice, including serving as an advisor to the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute. She was appointed a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and sat on The Advocates’ Society’s Board of Directors. She was a member of the Justice and Media Liaison Committee. She has been and remains actively involved in legal education, both within and outside of Canada, including with the National Judicial Institute. She is also the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including the Catzman Award for Professionalism and Civility.
Irwin Glasberg joined the LCO Board of Directors in 2017 and again in May 2018 as the representative of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG). He has been a lawyer and public servant since his call to the bar in 1980.
Irwin began his career with the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the Ontario Workers’ Compensation Board, where he worked in policy, legal and management positions and as Chief of Staff for the Chairman. Later, he joined the Information and Privacy Commissioner and was appointed as the Assistant Information Commissioner, the most senior adjudicative position in the organization.
Irwin has worked at Cabinet Office on two separate occasions, first as the director responsible for the intergovernmental and justice sector and later as the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Roots of Youth Violence Review.
While at MAG, Irwin has served as the Interim Deputy Attorney General, Assistant Deputy Attorney General (ADAG) for the Victims and Vulnerable Persons Division, the Policy and Adjudicative Tribunals Division and the Innovation Office. He also spent one year as the Acting ADAG for the Civil Law Division. Irwin currently serves for the Board as ADAG for the Policy, Agencies and Tribunal Relations Division.
- ADAG for the Policy, Agency and Tribunal Relations Division (current)
- Interim Deputy Attorney General
- Acting ADAG Civil Law Division (2016-17)
- ADAG Innovation Office (2015-16)
- Co-chair of Debwewin Jury Review Implemenation Committee with Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler (2013-16)
- ADAG Policy and Adjudicative Tribunals Division (2012-15)
- ADAG Victims and Vulnerable Persons Division (2009-12)
- Assistant Deputy Minister Roots of Youth Violence Review (2008-09)
- Executive-Co-ordinator Justice and Intergovernmental Policy, Cabinet Office (2000-04)
- Director of Appeals and Assistant Information Commissioner, Ontario Information and Privacy Commission (1990-96).
- Various positions at Ontario Workers’ Compensation Board including Chief of Staff and General Counsel and Secretary to the Board (1985-90).
- Various positions at Ontario Ministry of Labour including Director of Appeals for the Occupational Health and Safety Division (1980-85)
- B.A. McGill University (1975)
- LL.B. University of Toronto (1978)
Called to Ontario Bar
Stephen Goudge has been part of the Board of Governors since 2009; first, as the judicial appointee and since summer 2014, as the appointee of the Law Foundation of Ontario.
- Articled to the Hon. Ian G. Scott, Q.C.
- Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1982
- Practiced with the small litigation firm of Cameron Brewin and Scott until it merged with Gowling and Henderson in 1983.
- Former Managing partner of the firm Gowling, Strathy & Henderso
- Lecturer, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
- Active in the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
- Elected Bencher of the Law Society of the Upper Canada from 1991 to 1996
- Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
- Resigned from the judiciary April 30, 2014
- Counsel to Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
- Lecturer, Osgoode Hall Law School
- Board Chair, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, 2014 to date.
- Appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 1996.
- Board member, Pro Bono Law Ontario 2002 to 2006.
- Member, Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee on Professional Responsibility, 2001 to date.
- Recipient honorary doctorates from the Law Society of Upper Canada and Assumption University.
- Appointed to the Order of Ontario, January 2016.
- Hons. B.A. (Political Science/Economics), University of Toronto, 1964
- M.Sc. (Econ.), London School of Economics, 1965
- LL.B. (Awarded Dean’s Key), University of Toronto, 1968
Called to the Bar
Elizabeth joined the LCO Board of Governors as a member-at-large in June 2018. She is a partner of Lerners LLP and based in its Toronto office, where she practices civil litigation and administrative law.
- Partner, Lerners LLP (2001 to present)
- Associate lawyer, Lerners LLP (1995-2001)
- Clerk to former Chief Justice of Canada, Antonio Lamer, Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa (1993-1994)
- Summer student, Advocacy Resource Centre for the Handicapped (ARCH), Toronto (1993); Attorney General for Ontario, Constitutional Division, Toronto (1992); Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Toronto (1991)
- Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada for Personal Injury Litigation (2016-2018)
- Panellist on #AfterMeToo Civil Roundtable, Globe and Mail, December 2017
- Plenary Panellist – “More Help and Better Supports for Survivors in the Community”, It’s Never Okay Summit on Sexual Violence and Harassment, Toronto, November 2015
- Co-Presenter of “Returning Ontario to the Forefront of the Effort to Eradicate Sexual Violence and Harassment” submission to Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, First Session, 41st Parliament, Official Report of Debates (Hansard), No. SV-15 (13 May 2015)
- Recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers for her commitment to advocating on behalf of victims of sexual abuse, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, 2014
- Recipient of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario President’s Award, June 2014
- Recipient of Lexpert Zenith Award for Leading Women Lawyers, 2013
- Member of working group that drafted Guide for the Provision of Legal Services in Cases Involving Claims of Sexual Abuse, approved by the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee of the Law Society of Ontario and adopted by Convocation on January 26, 2012.
- Member of Ontario Bar Association’s Working Group on McMurtry Victim Compensation Review, representing OBA’s Feminist Legal Analysis (FLAC) Section, 2008
- Speaker at Law Society of Ontario’s “Special Lectures 2005: The Modern Law of Damages”, Toronto, April 20-21, 2005
- Co-author, Civil Liability for Sexual Abuse and Violence in Canada (Butterworths, 2000)
- Member and on Board of Directors, National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), (1995 to 2000)
- L.L.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (1993)
- M.Phil., University of Sussex, England (1989)
- B.A. (Honours), Queen’s University (1987)
Called to Ontario Bar
Sonia Ouellet joined the LCO Board of Governors as a member-at-large in 2013. She is Vice Chair at the Health Professions and Health Services Appeal and Review Boards since May 2010.
As an adjudicator, she presides over reviews and hearings both in English and in French for HPARB and HSARB; she supervises the disclosure and case management for complaint reviews, helps organize the continuing professional training for Board members and participates in the elaboration of policies at the Board. Mrs. Ouellet is president of the Board for the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO) and continues to promote access to justice in French in Ontario in collaboration with provincial community associations, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario.
- Vice-Chair, HPARB & HSARB (2010 – present)
- Executive Director – Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO) (2003 – 2010)
- Articling Student and Litigation Associate, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (1996 – 2003)
- High School Teacher (1990 – 1993)
- President (2016 to present) and Board member (2014 – 2016), AJEFO
- Member, Equity & Indigenous Affairs Committee (EIAC) at Law Society of Upper Canada (2017)
- Treasurer and Board member, Société de musique de chambre de Gatineau (2016 to present)
- Past Chair and Board member, Centre des services communautaires de Vanier (2003 to present)
- AJEFO Ordre du mérite (2011)
- Community researcher, Alliance de recherche universités et communautés (ARUC) « Les savoirs de la gouvernance communautaires » – Université d’Ottawa (2009 to 2014)
- Board Member, Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) (2007 to 2010)
- French Common Law, LLB, University of Ottawa (1996)
- B. Ed. – Specialization in Sciences (Junior-Intermediate) and Biology (Senior Level), University of Ottawa (1990)
- B.A. – General Sciences, University of Ottawa (1989)
Called to Ontario Bar
Michael Tamblyn joined the Board of Governors as a member-at-large, as of September 1, 2018. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Rakuten Kobo.
Driving growth, profitability and international expansion in a fiercely competitive market, he combines a passion for reading with a deep focus on the hardware and software experiences that can make a customer’s reading life better. A passionate and engaging presenter and commentator, Michael speaks internationally on digital media, publishing and mobile technology and has been featured in The New Yorker, Wired, Canadian Business, National Post, Globe and Mail and The New York Times. Additionally, he oversees Rakuten’s other eReading businesses including OverDrive, the world leader in ebook services for libraries, and Aquafadas, a world leader in interactive publishing. Michael has been a part of Rakuten Kobo’s executive team since its inception in 2009, and previously held the role of Chief Content Officer.
Prior to joining Kobo, Michael was the founding CEO of the supply chain agency, BookNet Canada and co-founded Canada’s first online bookstore, Bookshelf.ca, purchased by Indigo Books & Music in 1998 to create Indigo.ca, where he served as VP of Online Operations.
Michael holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. A longtime musician, he holds a degree in classical composition from Wilfred Laurier University.
Christopher Waters joined the Board of Governors in January 2016. He is the representative for the Law Deans of Ontario.
Christopher Waters is Dean of Windsor Law. He joined the Faculty in 2007 and served as Associate Dean from 2009-2012. His previous academic post was at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. He has been a visiting scholar at several universities, including Aix-Marseille University. His research interests include public international law, international humanitarian law and liveable cities. He has extensive human rights field experience in transitional countries. Dr. Waters is co-editor of the Canadian Bar Review (with Professor David Tanovich).
Bruce Elman is a Professor of Law at the University of Windsor where he teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, the Legal Profession, and Legal Ethics.
Professor Elman served as Dean of Law from 2000 – 2011. As Dean, Professor Elman promoted ethics, professionalism and competence as pre-eminent values of Windsor Law. Professor Elman served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Legal Assistance of Windsor, Community Legal Aid, and the University of Windsor Mediation Services – Windsor Law’s three clinics. Professor Elman was a founding member of the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism. His paper on “Creating a Culture of Ethics and Professional Responsibility: A Leadership Role for Law Schools” was delivered at the 8th Colloquium on Legal Profession: The Challenge of Leadership in May 2007.
In addition to his academic responsibilities, Professor Elman also serves as the Integrity Commissioner for the City of Windsor and Acting Integrity Commissioner for the Town of Amherstburg. He is, currently, in his second term as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario. Professor Elman is a Member of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) representing the University of Windsor as its Academic Colleague. He is, also, a member of the Audit Committee of COU.
Prior to coming to Windsor, Professor Elman was Belzberg Professor of Constitutional Law and Chair of the Centre for Constitutional Studies at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. He joined the University of Alberta in 1975 and attained the rank of Professor in 1985. In 1985-86, Professor Elman was Walter S. McCalla Research Professor at Alberta. From 1991-1994, he served as Associate Dean of Law. Professor Elman has been Visiting Professor of Law and Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on two occasions, 1988 – 1989 and 1995 – 96. He continues to serve as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee for the Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at Hebrew University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School (1981 – 82) and a Visiting Professor at Niigata University in Japan (1994). Most recently, Professor Elman was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and Scholar in Residence at the Centre for the Legal Profession (2011-12). Professor Elman was the recipient of the Tevie H. Miller Award for Teaching Excellence (1999) at the University of Alberta. He also received a teaching award from Hebrew University (1996).
Professor Elman is the Co-editor of Rotman, Elman, and Gall, Constitutional Law: Cases, Commentary and Principles (Thomson Carswell – 2008). He has published numerous works on criminal law, evidence, constitutional law, freedom of expression, law and religion, multiculturalism and ethics and professional responsibility. He is frequently invited to speak to professional and general audiences on topics in constitutional law and politics including Federalism and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, ethics and professional responsibility, legal education, and Law Reform.