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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.  Nye is currently leading LCO projects on Internet defamation, legal rights in the last stages of life, class actions, and law reform and technology 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.


  • 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


Dr. Sue Gratton has been counsel with the LCO since 2011. As Project Head, she has completed 2 LCO projects involving small estates and forestry workers. She is currently Project Head of Defamation Law in the Internet Age.

Sue spent the first 12 years of her career as a research lawyer in private practice before completing a S.J.D. 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)


  • Several academic awards and scholarships
  • Publications in the areas of administrative and constitutional law
  • Authored report on curriculum reform for the Dean’s Office, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
  • Instructor in the areas of administrative law and legal research and writing
  • Academic Director, Upper Year Compulsory Moot Program, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (2005-2008)


  • 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: Defamation Law in the Internet Age

Past Projects: Simplified Procedures for Small Estates Review of the Forestry Workers Lien for Wages Act

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Ryan Fritsch


Ryan Fritsch joined the LCO on December 1, 2016. He is experienced in teaching, litigating, and leading community and corporate social justice initiatives as a Toronto-based health law, human rights, and administrative law lawyer.

Ryan previously served as policy counsel leading Legal Aid Ontario’s province-wide Mental Health Strategy, and as legal counsel to Ontario’s Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office. He is former co-chair of the Police Record Check Coalition, a sessional lecturer in mental health law at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law, and has served on many community and institutional advisory boards related to disability and mental health.

Previous Work Experience

  • Policy Counsel, Mental Health Strategy, Legal Aid Ontario
  • Sessional Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
  • Legal Counsel, Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office
  • Staff Lawyer, EcoJustice Canada


  • McGill University, Faculty of Law — Montreal — LL.M., 2010
  • University of Windsor, Faculty of Law — Windsor — LL.B., 2005
  • University of Victoria, Department of Political Science — Victoria — B.A., 2002

Current Project: Improving the Last Stages of Life, Indigenous Engagement Last Stages of Life, Digital Rights

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Susie Lindsay


Susie comes to the LCO with academic, policy and private practice experience.

Susie spent the last twelve years practising litigation: first in regulatory law at a large communications company, and then in civil defence and administrative law at a boutique litigation firm. Susie is a Fulbright Scholar, has a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School and was a fellow at the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Previous Work Experience

  • Associate, Rogers Partners LLP
  • Regulatory Counsel, Bell Canada
  • Research Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School
  • Law Clerk, Court of Appeal for Ontario


  • Harvard Law School — Cambridge, MA — LL.M., 2005
  • Queen’s University, Faculty of Law — Kingston — LL.B., 2003
  • University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Honours English — Vancouver — B.A., 1998

Current Project: Digital Rights

Past Project: Class Actions: Objectives, Experiences and Reforms


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Janice D’Silva

Administrative Assistant

Janice D’Silva joined the LCO in March 2020. She has over seven years of experience working in various support roles at York University. As Administrative Assistant, Janice provides administrative, project and event logistic support for the LCO. She is also responsible for updating and maintaining the LCO website.


Previous Work Experience

  • Centre Coordinator, Muscle Health Research Centre, York University (2018-2020)
  • Project Coordinator, Brain in Action Program, York University (2014-2018)
  • Administrative Assistant, Centre for Vision Research, York University (2012-2018)
  • Tutor, Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences (2010)


  • Medical Office Administration, Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning (2012)
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery, A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences (2009)