Adam has over 10 years of experience conducting and leading complex, systemic investigations at Ombudsman Ontario and Ombudsman Toronto. He has led multi-disciplined teams of investigators, while ensuring that investigations are planned and executed effectively and resources used efficiently. He has prepared and conducted hundreds of in-depth interviews with complainants, witnesses and respondents, including senior officials, vulnerable witnesses and experts. He has delivered presentations and training on how to plan and conduct investigations across Canada. He has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Public Policy, a Masters of Arts in Critical Disability Studies, and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution.
Cathi Mietkiewicz is the principal lawyer at Mietkiewicz Law. She advises regulators, associations and other organizations on issues ranging from board governance, contracts, privacy, and developing regulations, policies, by-laws and standards of practice.
Cathi provides advice to regulated professionals, not-for-profits and businesses who are navigating their professional requirements and challenges. Cathi’s previous experience as a regulated health professional and President of a self-regulatory body gives her a unique perspective.
Claude Balthazard, Ph.D., C.Psych., CHRP is Registrar and Vice-President Regulation at the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). Claude spent over 20 years in Human Resources before discovering his true calling—professional regulation. Claude is responsible for ensuring that HRPA meets its statutory mandate under the Registered Human Resources Professionals Act, 2013.
Claude’s is a registered psychologist in Ontario. Claude’s current interests are performance measurement for professional regulatory bodies and the implementation of risk-based regulation.
As Manager of the Policy Department at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Craig leads a team of policy analysts and is responsible for overseeing the development and review of all College policies. Among other responsibilities, Craig plays a central role in supporting the College’s Public and Patient Engagement Program, including acting at the strategic lead in the College’s role as Chair of the Citizen Advisory Group on behalf of 18 partner Colleges. He is also leading a transformational change agenda, reshaping how policies are developed and written to allow for a more agile policy process and to improve the utility of policies for physicians. Craig holds a PhD in Philosophy from York University.
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Gillian Hnatiw is the founder and principal of Gillian Hnatiw & Co., a boutique litigation firm in Toronto. Her broad litigation practice focuses on health law, professional regulation, employment law and, in particular, claims arising from sexual, physical and psychological abuse, harassment and assault. In this capacity, Gillian frequently advocates from plaintiffs and complainants, and provides organizations, employers and regulators with advice on how to navigate allegations of sexual misconduct. She has both prosecuted and defended professional misconduct issues, and acted as independent legal counsel to Discipline Panels. Outside the professional regulation sphere, Gillian has acted as counsel before all levels of court, including numerous appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada. Gillian has also appeared before a variety of administrative tribunals and Coroner’s Inquests, including the Inquests into the deaths of Ashley Smith and Katelynn Sampson.
Gillian is currently the Chair of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), which works to advance substantive equality for women through litigation, law reform and public education. She speaks regularly at conferences and seminars on a wide range of topics and is frequently sought out by industry and mainstream media for comment on issues of sexual violence, diversity and gender equality.
In 2020, the Toronto Lawyer’s Association presented Gillian with the Honsberger Award for exemplifying the TLA’s three pillars: Advocacy, Community and Knowledge. In 2015, Gillian was named to Lexpert’s annual list of “Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers under 40”. She is currently ranked in Best Lawyers and Lexpert in the fields of medical negligence, personal injury and health care law and by Benchmark Legal or her work in the employment law sphere.
Jan Robinson is the Registrar and Chief Executive Office of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, a position she began in 2012. A leader in profession-based regulation, Jan has more than 25 years of experience providing vision and direction to regulatory and public policy organizations. Jan’s key contributions include the development of a framework to establish governance excellence, implementing an accountability, risk and evidence-based approach to regulation at all levels of the organization, and leading legislative change that promotes public access and safety. As well as providing leadership at the CVO, Jan’s interests include the global mobility of professionals, developing cultures that support quality outcomes, and promoting agile legislative and standard setting frameworks.
Jane Kidner is a trained lawyer, workplace mediator and investigator, and leadership coach, with clients that have included Ontario colleges and universities, the Provincial government, not-for-profit organizations, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, and the Globe and Mail. With over 20 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, including at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, Jane has led several large portfolios through innovation, transition and organizational change, hiring and coaching high performing teams in complex unionized settings and winning national and international awards.
More recently Jane was a Partner at KBRS, responsible for the academic executive search process and client relationships for several Ontario universities. Jane’s success is grounded in a practical understanding of the complex dynamics of workplaces, the nuances of human relationships, and a passion for helping people to achieve their best while navigating disruption, transition, change and conflict. Jane has a J.D. (University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 1992); an LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Osgoode Hall Law School, 2012); and a number of continuing education certificates and workshops, including: Certified Mediator (C.Med., ADRIC); Certified Workplace Fairness Analyst (Workplace Fairness Institute), Certificate in Advanced Mediation (Harvard Law School), Certificate in Conflict Management Coaching (CINERGY), Neighborhood Mediation and Conflict Resolution (St. Stephen’s House), and Managing People Successfully (Schulich Business School). Jane is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario, and the International Coaching Federation.
Jennifer Davidson practices technology law and intellectual property law at Deeth Williams Wall LLP, advising clients on the various stages of commercializing innovations including outsourcing transactions, licensing, privacy and regulatory considerations, particularly with respect to emerging technologies and artificial intelligence. Jennifer also advises clients on a range of cybersecurity issues, including cyber incident planning and response, and counsels clients on intellectual property protection, predominantly in issues involving online brand protection.
Jennifer is a Board Member and Executive Member of the Canadian Technology Law Association, Vice Chair of the Ontario Bar Association (IP / IT Law Section), and a Toronto Council Member of Technion Canada. Jennifer is a frequent speaker and writes regularly on IT and IP law.
Joy is the CEO and Registrar at the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), the regulatory body of Alberta’s 38,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners.
Her hands-on experience leading large, diverse groups through complex change, has provided policy and regulation oversight, program development, and innovative changes to nursing and healthcare regulation at both the provincial and national levels.
Prior to CARNA, Joy served as Executive Director of two provincial nursing associations, one in the Yukon and the other in British Columbia. In these roles, she led organizations through formal health-care leadership, business development, continuous quality improvement, risk management and policy development.
She is a founding director on the Board of the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations. The coalition is the primary access point for government, health authorities and other healthcare bodies to seek advice, policy direction and collaboration with the nursing and healthcare community.
Joy also served on the board of the Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators, and had an advisory role to the Canadian Nurses Association. She is known for developing strong partnerships and collaborative relationships with organizations including, the provincial departments of Health, , and other the regulatory colleges.
“Caring is the only daring” defines Lai’s approach to work and life.
After 15 years at national firms in Montreal and Toronto, Lai founded a boutique law firm in 2014, focused on workplace law, professional regulation, and litigation. Her four-lawyer team assists individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations including regulators, and entrepreneurs based in Canada, and internationally, with their legal issues. Her clients include those in education, healthcare, manufacturing, technology, and financial / banking services.
In addition to her advocacy work, Lai also conducts workplace investigations and mediations. She is one of the three Counsel in the Discrimination and Harassment Counsel Program (a service funded by the Law Society of Ontario). Lai is also a part-time Deputy Judge, Toronto Small Claims Court, Superior Court of Justice.
Integral to her work and life is Lai’s commitment to the promotion of diversity and inclusion. She has held roles as past-Chair of the Roundtable of Diversity Associations (RODA), legal associations committed to diversity initiatives, and past-President of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (http://on.facl.ca).
As part of her belief that leadership is about service, Lai is a Director of Up with Women (https://upwithwomen.org, a not-for-profit organization operating in Ontario and Quebec providing coaching to homeless women), and a Trustee with CPAC Foundation (https://www.cpac-canada.ca/cpac-foundation/).
Visit her at www.thehumlawfirm.ca.
Marc Spector is the Director of Professional Regulation for the College of Early Childhood Educators, one of the largest regulators in Ontario. Before joining the College, Marc was general counsel and prosecutor to more than half a dozen regulators ranging from dietitians to dental technologists, and independent legal counsel for the regulators of teachers and trades. Last year, Marc was elected to the Board of Directors for the Council of Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (“CLEAR”) and, previously, named a National Finalist for Lexpert’s listing of “Top 40 Lawyers in Canada Under 40”. He is frequently asked to speak across North America, and appears on radio and television on how regulators protect the public.
Maryan Gémus has worked in health regulation since 2000. Prior to joining the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) as the Manager, Investigations and Resolutions, she was the Director of Professional Conduct at the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Maryan received a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from McGill University, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Law (Health) from Osgoode Hall, York University. As the Manager of the Investigations Department, Maryan oversees the investigations of all member specific issues which come to the College’s attention.
Maryan is committed to promoting excellence and best practices in regulation, and to assisting health professionals in understanding and meeting their professional responsibilities as self regulated health professionals.
Natasha Danson advises and represents clients in all areas of professional regulation, with a focus on matters related to discipline and unauthorized practice. Natasha also advises regulators on employment and human resources matters and has a particular interest in human rights issues. Natasha volunteers as amicus counsel at the Divisional Court for Pro Bono Ontario. She sits on the University Health Network’s Research and Ethics Board and is a former executive board member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Health Law Section and a former editorial board member for the publication Health Law in Canada. Natasha completed a Bachelor of Arts and Science (Honours) at McMaster University and obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa.
Patricia Harper enjoys a broad civil litigation and administrative law practice, serving both private and public sector clients. She represents clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including employment and procurement litigation, and has represented clients before various levels of the Superior Court of Justice and well as in private arbitrations. Patricia has appeared before numerous administrative bodies including the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Ontario Municipal Board, and the Financial Services Tribunal. Patricia frequently acts for professional regulators, either as prosecution counsel or independent legal counsel to panels or tribunals. Prior to embarking on her legal career, Patricia taught for 5 years at a private high school.
Richard practices technology and privacy law with a focus on artificial intelligence, privacy and security including cybersecurity, cloud computing, technology and business process outsourcing, applications development and software audits. Prior to returning to private practice, Richard was General Counsel at EDS Canada for 18 years where he headed a team of lawyers and contract professionals with responsibility for the legal aspects of EDS’ business in Canada. Richard is a member of the Executive Education Faculty of the Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education (CORE), is a former Director and President of the Canadian Technology Law Association and is a member of the ITechLaw Responsible AI Committee. Richard has been recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, as Consistently Recommended for Computer & IT Law and Technology Transactions and by Best Lawyers in Canada for Information Technology Law, Privacy and Data Security Law and Technology Law. Richard is Best Lawyers in Canada Lawyer of the Year for Information Technology Law in Toronto for 2020.
Shenda is an experienced senior leader in the regulatory sector. She was Registrar of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario from 2012 to 2018. Prior to that, she worked as Senior Advisor to the Executive Office at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario. She served as President of the Federation of Health Regulators of Ontario (for three years), and chaired the Registrars’ Committee of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators and the Accreditation Committee for Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada. In January 2019 Shenda launched a consulting practice. Her particular interests are governance, strategic planning, facilitation and training. She has worked with a variety of regulators and related organizations. In addition, on behalf of the Ministry of Health, she conducted an inquiry into the governance processes and decision-making of the College of Traditional Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario in late 2019. She is a measurement geek.