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DAVID A. WRIGHT
David A. Wright has been Chair of the Law Society Tribunal and its predecessor since September 2013. For the previous six years, he was an adjudicator at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, serving as Vice-chair, Interim Chair, and Associate Chair. He completed his B.A. in History at the University of Windsor and his LL.B. and B.C.L. at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. Mr. Wright articled as a law clerk to Madame Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé of the Supreme Court of Canada and then completed his LL.M. at New York University.  Prior to becoming an adjudicator, his litigation practice focused on labour and administrative law, human rights, professional discipline and civil litigation. He speaks frequently at conferences, has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School as an adjunct professor, and is the author of several law journal articles. Mr. Wright is currently an executive board member of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals. He is fluently bilingual in English and French.

 

HEATHER GIBBS
Heather Gibbs is a lawyer, adjudicator and mediator with over 20 years’ experience in the administrative law field.  She is currently Manager of Legal Services for Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO), a cluster comprised of the Environmental Review Tribunal, the Ontario Municipal Board, the Assessment Review Board, the Conservation Review Board and the Board of Negotiation.

Ms. Gibbs’ experience as an adjudicator and mediator spans federal and provincial agencies, including as Vice-Chair with the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal (2008-2017), member of the Child and Family Services Review Board (2008-2011), and member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (1998-2008).  She has also worked in the international sphere, as a Legal Officer in Rwanda and the Central African Republic with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and as a lawyer with a community legal clinic in Colombia.  Early in her career, she practiced administrative law in Ottawa.   

Ms. Gibbs holds an LLB from the University of Ottawa French Common Law program and an undergraduate degree from Western University. Ms. Gibbs has been a committed volunteer with the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR), having co-chaired its annual Conference and various committees, and currently sitting on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.  She has spoken at numerous workshops and conferences including the joint SOAR/Osgoode Adjudicator Training Course and Effective Decision Writing programs, as well as MAG’s French Language Services training for Adjudicative tribunals.  She is fluent in English, French and Spanish. 


RAJ ANAND
Raj Anand is a partner, arbitrator and mediator with WeirFoulds LLP, where his practice includes civil litigation, professional negligence and regulation, and administrative, human rights, employment, labour and constitutional law.  

Raj served as Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and twenty years later, he was appointed founding Chair of the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre. He was a member of the Boards of Inquiry under the Human Rights Code and the Police Services Act and was Co-Chair of the U of T Tribunal. 

Raj is the Vice Chair of the Ontario Law Society Tribunal's Hearing Division. He chairs panels and sits alone in English and French language proceedings in the Hearing and Appeal Divisions. As an elected Bencher of the Law Society since 2007, he has chaired the Tribunal Committee, the Tribunal Reform Group, and the Tribunal Three Year Review. In 2012 he was appointed to chair its project to address systemic racism in the legal profession, whose recommendations were passed in December 2016.

Raj has taught undergraduate or graduate law school courses over the last 18 years on diversity, administrative law and legal ethics.
 
He was the first recipient of the Advocates’ Society Award of Justice, and has also received the Law Society Medal, the South Asian Bar Association Career Achievement Award, an inaugural McMurtry Fellowship, Professional Man of the Year by the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Career Achievement Award of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers. 
 
Raj has acted as counsel in about 15 Supreme Court cases, mostly in constitutional law. In 2015, he was named Constitutional Litigator in Residence at the Asper Centre at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. 
 

SHERRY LIANG
Sherry Liang is Assistant Commissioner, Tribunal Services with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.  In that capacity she is responsible for the Tribunal Services Department which investigates and resolves access to information appeals and privacy and health information complaints.  Before her appointment to this position Ms. Liang served in various capacities at the IPC and held appointments as a Vice-Chair with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Grievance Settlement Board, and the Ontario Labour Relations Board.  Ms. Liang has also been a Co-Chair of the University of Toronto Tribunal, practiced as an independent labour arbitrator and mediator, and was an Expert Advisor to Professor Harry Arthurs on the Federal Labour Standards Review Commission.  Ms. Liang began her legal career in 1988 practising labour, administrative law and civil litigation at a Toronto law firm.   She received a B.A. (Arts) from Queen’s University, and her LL.B. and LL.M. (Administrative Law) from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. 


GERALD HECKMAN
Gerald Heckman is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Manitoba (Robson Hall) where he teaches administrative, constitutional and advanced public law. After receiving his LL.B. from the University of Toronto, he clerked for the Federal Court of Canada, obtained an LL.M. in administrative law from Queen’s University, Kingston and practiced labour, employment and human rights law.  He earned his PhD at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. His research interests focus on public law and include the role of international human rights norms in Canadian administrative and constitutional law, migration law and the empirical analysis of delay in administrative decision making.  He is co-editor, with Professors David J. Mullan, Gus Van Harten and Janna Promislow of Administrative Law – Cases, Text and Materials. He is the recipient of several faculty and university teaching awards.

 

ROCHELLE FOX
Rochelle Fox has been counsel with the Constitutional Law Branch since 2002.  Rochelle’s counsel practice consists exclusively of constitutional and human rights litigation and advice to the provincial government on constitutional and human rights issues.  Between May 2011 and January 2012, Rochelle was on secondment at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario as Counsel to the Tribunal.  As Counsel to the Tribunal, Rochelle provided legal advice to the adjudicators and employees of the Tribunal and acted as litigation counsel for the Tribunal on judicial review applications.  For part of 2012, Rochelle was the Acting Deputy Director of the Constitutional Law Branch.  Prior to joining the Ministry of the Attorney General, Rochelle was in private practice with Lax O'Sullivan Scott LLP and Fasken Martin DuMoulin LLP, where she practiced in all areas of civil litigation including class actions, corporate/ commercial litigation, regulatory health profession issues, banking litigation, administrative law, employment law, and constitutional litigation.
 
Rochelle has argued cases at the Supreme Court of Canada, all level of courts for Ontario and before several tribunals.  Rochelle has an LLB (Hon.) from the University of Toronto Law School (1996) and an LLM from Harvard Law School (2000). 

 

LORNE SOSSIN
Lorne Sossin became Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School on July 1, 2010. Prior to this appointment, he was a Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto (2002-2010). He is a former Associate Dean of the University of Toronto (2004-2007) and served as the inaugural Director of the Centre for the Legal Profession (2008-2010). Previously (1997-2002), he was a faculty member at Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Department of Political Science, at York University. His teaching interests span administrative and constitutional law, the regulation of professions, civil litigation, public policy and the judicial process. Dean Sossin was a law clerk to former Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada, a former Associate in Law at Columbia Law School and a former litigation lawyer with the firm of Borden & Elliot (now Borden Ladner Gervais LLP).
 
Dean Sossin has published numerous books, journal articles, reviews and essays, including Administrative Law in Context, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2013) (co-edited with Colleen Flood); Boundaries of Judicial Review: The Law of Justiciability, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2012); The Future of Judicial Independence (Toronto: Irwin, 2010) (co-edited with Adam Dodek); Civil Litigation (Toronto: Irwin 2010) (co-authored with Janet Walker); Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009) (co-edited with Peter Russell); Dilemmas of Solidarity: Rethinking Redistribution in the Canadian Federation(Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006) (co-edited with Sujit Choudhry and Jean-Francois Gaudreault-Desbiens); and Access to Care, Access to Justice: The Legal Debate over Private Health Insurance in Canada(Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005) (co-edited with Colleen Flood & Kent Roach).
 
Dean Sossin served as Research Director for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Task Force on the Independence of the Bar and has written commissioned papers for the Gomery Inquiry, the Ipperwash Inquiry and the Goudge Inquiry. He also serves on the Boards of the National Judicial Institute, the Law Commission of Ontario and is a Vice Chair of the Ontario Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and Member of the Health Services Appeal and Review Board. Dean Sossin served as Interim Integrity Commissioner for the City of Toronto in 2008-2009, and is currently the Open Meeting Investigator for the City of Toronto.
Research Interests: Human Rights Law, Legal Process, Legal Profession, Poverty Law, Public Law

 

MAHMUD JAMAL
Mahmud Jamal’s national litigation practice includes the defence of class actions, banking litigation, constitutional and administrative law, aboriginal litigation, competition/antitrust, pension, tax, copyright and other regulatory litigation. He has argued before the Supreme Court of Canada in a wide range of civil, constitutional, criminal, and regulatory areas. He has also argued cases before the courts of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, at the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, and before federal and provincial administrative tribunals such as the Competition Tribunal, the Ontario Energy Board, and the Financial Services Tribunal. He is a former law clerk to the late Mr. Justice Charles D. Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada and to Mr. Justice Melvin L. Rothman of the Quebec Court of Appeal. 

 

MARY ANNE MCKELLAR
Mary Anne McKellar studied English Literature (BA Hons. Trinity College 1981) and Law (LLB 1985) at the University of Toronto.  She practiced law with a labour-side law firm in Toronto for several years before joining the public sector in 1990. Mary Anne began her public sector career as a solicitor to an adjudicative tribunal. She has been a neutral adjudicator since 1992 and has held appointments to the following tribunals: the Office of Adjudication; the Employment Equity Tribunal; the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (and two of its predecessors); the Ontario Labour Relations Board; and the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal. Currently, Mary Anne is Chair of the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal and a Vice-Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board.