Speakers

Denitha Breau

Denitha Breau

Registrar and CEO

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Denitha Breau is the Registrar and CEO at the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. With over 15 years of valuable regulatory knowledge and experience, Denitha previously served as the Deputy Registrar at the College and prior to that at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, serving as the organization’s Manager of Investigations and Resolutions. She is a Registered Nurse with a joint master’s degree in business administration and nursing. She has strong leadership skills, a strategic and systems-oriented approach, and extensive IT knowledge and experience. In her role as Registrar and CEO, Denitha works closely with government and other engagement groups and key partners, including the College’s Council and its various committees. Her commitment to the regulatory sector is also evident through her service on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (CNAR).

Andrew Douglas

Andrew Douglas

Executive Director, Governance, Regulation and Standards

College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA)

Andrew is a senior health leader with over 17 years of experience in Alberta’s health system. Andrew has extensive knowledge of governance, health policy, strategic planning and the legislative process.
In his current role as Executive Director, Andrew is responsible for supporting the College Council, which includes taking a lead role on governance operations, implementation and optimization initiatives. Andrew is also responsible for leading regulatory and professional practice initiatives, as well as other special projects at the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta.
Prior to joining the College, Andrew worked for the Government of Alberta for close to 15 years. His most recent posting in government was the Director of the Health Professional Regulation Unit at Alberta Health. In this position Andrew was responsible for leading the development and implementation of legislation and regulation that had a direct impact on health professional regulatory organizations.
Andrew also has experience in addiction and mental health policy, where he was responsible for leading legislation and provincial strategy development when he was a manager in the Addiction and Mental Health Branch at Alberta Health.

Lisa Feinberg

Lisa Feinberg

Lawyer

GlickLaw

Lisa Feinberg is a professional regulation and workplace lawyer with GlickLaw. She acts as an advisor and advocate for both regulators and regulated professionals, drawing upon her wide-ranging experiences as prosecutor, defence counsel, and adjudicator. She regularly appears before administrative tribunals and courts on professional discipline, human rights, and employment matters. Lisa completed a joint Juris Doctor and Masters in International Affairs program in Ottawa in 2011. Lisa is active in her community, both locally and professionally. She served as an elected Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia from 2020-2021, where she sat on adjudicative and advisory committees as well as professional discipline panels. Lisa currently serves on the School Council of her daughter’s public school and on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic.

Naakai Garnette

Naakai Garnette

Director, Professional Conduct

College of Massage Therapists, Ontario

Jordan Glick

Jordan Glick

Founder and Partner Lawyer

GlickLaw

Jordan is the founder of GlickLaw, a boutique firm focusing on health law and professional regulation. Jordan acts for professionals on issues relating to licensing, responding to complaints, professional discipline and fitness. Jordan is also routinely retained by regulatory bodies as prosecutor, providing Jordan valuable and unique insight into how regulators think and operate.

In 2017, Jordan was awarded the prestigious Lexpert Rising Stars Award honouring the top Canadian lawyers under the age of 40. Since 2019, Jordan has been named to the Best Lawyers in Canada directory in the category of “Administrative and Public Law”.

Patricia Harper

Patricia Harper

Partner

Keel Cottrelle LLP

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.

Lai-King Hum

Lai-King Hum

Discrimination and Harassment Counsel, DHC Program, Law Society of Ontario / Founder

Hum Law Firm

Erin MacQuarrie

Erin MacQuarrie

Associate

Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc

Erin MacQuarrie (she/her) is an associate at Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc practising in all areas of professional regulation with a specific interest in employment and human resources matters and corporate/commercial law. Erin is a member of the law societies of Ontario and New Brunswick.

Jamie Robertson

Jamie Robertson

Deputy Registrar

Ontario College of Teachers

Jamie Robertson is the Deputy Registrar at the Ontario College of Teachers. He joined the College as Director of Investigations & Hearings in September 2022.

Jamie has more than 30 years experience in a number of public education settings in Alberta and Ontario. His more recent experience at the Peel District School Board included working as Vice Principal, Principal, and Superintendent. He served three years in Human Resources as Manager and then as Superintendent.

Jamie holds a bachelor of education from the University of Alberta and an MA in Education Policy and Administrative Studies from the University of Calgary.

Richard Steinecke

Richard Steinecke

Writer and Educator, Retired Lawyer

Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc

Richard Steinecke (he/him), who co-founded the firm in 1997, continued to practise professional regulation law with enthusiasm until his retirement in 2022. Because of its comprehensive nature, courts and tribunals have cited his book “A Complete Guide to the Regulated Health Professions Act” dozens of times, even in cases dealing with non-health professions. He still updates his book twice a year. In 2015 he received the Regulatory Excellence award from the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) and in 2019 he received the Tom Marshall Award of Excellence for the Public Sector from the Ontario Bar Association. He has written three crime novels related to professional regulation: Disgraceful, Dishonourable, Unprofessional, Conduct Unbecoming, and Ungovernable.

Elyse Sunshine

Elyse Sunshine

Partner

Rosen Sunshine

ELYSE SUNSHINE was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999. She has maintained a practice in professional regulation since she was an articling student. She has over 24 years’ experience in regulatory and health law.

Elyse assists professionals by providing representation, advice and opinions with respect to regulatory, administrative and civil matters. Elyse has experience appearing before all statutory committees of the regulatory colleges. Elyse also serves as independent legal counsel (“ILC”) to several regulatory bodies. She has represented clients before the various levels of court and at tribunals, including the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, the Health Services Appeal and Review Board and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. Elyse also assists health organizations and professionals with inspections and audits, including quality assurance reviews, independent health facility inspections and out-of-hospital premises assessments.

In addition to her advocacy practice, Elyse regularly provides opinions and general advice to individuals and organizations, such as associations and regulatory bodies. She has served as general counsel for non-regulated health professions and in this regard, has assisted organizations in developing rules of practice and procedure for their committees and governance policies. In 2017, Elyse was appointed the Complaints Review Officer of the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority. In this capacity, she reviews complaint decisions made by the Registrar and determines whether the Registrar’s handling of a complaint met the standard of reasonableness.

Elyse is very active in the health law and professional regulation communities. She is a founding Board member of the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund and a member of the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, Ontario Bar Association, and The Advocates’ Society. She is currently an instructor in Administrative and Regulatory Law at Toronto Metropolitan University. She frequently presents to groups, organizations and regulatory bodies on issues relating to professional regulation. Elyse was named to Best Lawyers Canada for Health Care Law every year since 2015.

Elisha Vadnais

Elisha Vadnais

Governance Policy Lead

College of Registered Nurses of Alberta

Elisha Vadnais is a registered nurse who currently works as the governance policy lead at the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA). Her work is focused on governance optimization including Council professional development, continuous improvement strategies, and policy development. Elisha has expertise in organizational wide assessment and evaluation strategies, including utilization of right-touch regulation. Her work has also included policy development of professional standards, regulatory committee optimization, and has a developing research portfolio on professional regulation and governance.
Elisha has significant experience and expertise in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) and has presented at multiple national and international conferences, as well as a past recipient of research grants and a SOTL fellowship. Elisha, along with a team from the CRNA, are recipients of the Council for Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation, regulatory excellence, team award. Elisha has a passion for inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility, and sits on multiple provincial, and international committees related to advancing this work within professional regulation.

Flora Vineberg

Flora Vineberg

Workplace Investigator and Trainer

Rubin Thomlinson LLP

Flora is a Workplace Investigator and Trainer with Rubin Thomlinson LLP. An empathetic lawyer, she appreciates that investigative work is an inherently participatory process built on trust, fairness, and transparency. She is passionate about deconstructing misperceptions related to identity, understanding the importance of lived experiences, and applies an intersectional, trauma-informed lens for understanding and handling conflict, prejudice, violence, and discrimination in the workplace. Specifically, Flora has a deep understanding of the complexities of gender-based violence, and how this can manifest in conduct/attitudes that create challenging workplace issues. She also has specific expertise with cases involving sexual assault and harassment, cyber-bullying, law enforcement, and those involving educational institutions, LGBTQ*+, and athletic- related organizations. In addition to her work at Rubin Thomlinson, Flora provides ongoing, as-needed investigation services to the Special Investigations Unit of the Ministry of the Attorney General. Prior to this, she obtained her law degree from the Peter A. Allard

School of Law as Valedictorian, where she received the Alexander J. Cohen Memorial Award in Law, as well as the Allard Prize for International Integrity. She has also attended the Institute for International Criminal Investigations in The Hague, Netherlands, for accreditation on the Investigation of Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender Based Violence under international criminal law.

Zimra Yetnikoff

Director, Investigations and Hearings

College of Psychologists of Ontario