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Current Staff

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Aneurin (Nye) Thomas

Executive Director

Aneurin (Nye) Thomas is the Executive Director of the Law Commission of Ontario.

Nye has more than 20 years experience leading sophisticated, multidisciplinary projects in Ontario’s justice sector.  As ED of the Law Commission, Nye is responsible for producing independent and evidence-based analysis and recommendations on complex law reform issues.  Prior to this, Nye was Director General, Policy at Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) where he was responsible for policy development, consultations, and system planning at one of the world’s largest legal aid plans.  Nye’s work at LAO included leading the most significant expansion of legal aid services in more than 20 years.  Nye has also been Policy Director on major provincial inquiries, including the Ipperwash Inquiry.  Nye studied at the University of Toronto (BA), Queen’s University (LLB), and New York University (LLM).
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Laura Caruso

Executive Officer and Secretary to the Board of Governors

Laura Caruso joined the LCO on June 16, 2014. As Executive Officer, Laura is the primary contact and liaison for communications between the ED and the LCO’s stakeholders, and manages the day-to-day operations of the LCO. As Secretary to the Board of Governors, Laura works closely with the LCO’s Board and its Committees, and is responsible for its operational and administrative functions.

Since her return from studying and working in Europe, Laura has gained valuable work experience in both the private and public sector. She most recently held a position at the Senate of Canada as a Legislative Assistant to a Senator. Laura also enjoys volunteering for organizations particularly devoted to the protection and promotion of human rights.

Education

  • LLB, Honours, University of Huddersfield (UK); NCA Certificate of Qualification
  • Certificate in Dispute Resolution, York University
  • BA, Honours, York University
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Dr. Sue Gratton

Counsel

Dr. Sue Gratton has been counsel with the LCO since 2011. As Project Head, she has completed 3 LCO projects involving defamation law in the internet age, probate for small estates and forestry worker liens. She is currently Project Head of Environmental Accountability: Rights, Responsibilities and Access to Justice.

Sue spent the first 12 years of her career as a research lawyer in private practice before completing a doctorate in administrative law and social policy at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Sue has published in administrative law and constitutional law and has taught at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School.

Previous Work Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Osgoode Hall Law School (2010)
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (2005 – 2008)
  • Partner and Research Lawyer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP (1998 – 2004)
  • Associate Research Lawyer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP (1992 – 1997)

Education

  • S.J.D., University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (2010)
  • LL.B., University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (1990)
  • B.A. (Distinction) in Philosophy, McGill University (1987)

Called to Bar 1992 (Ontario)

Current Project: Environmental Accountability: Rights, Responsibilities and Access to Justice