SOCIAL BENEFITS TRIBUNAL
Robert Murray, of Toronto, is a lawyer with twelve years experience in the practice of civil, criminal and administrative litigation. Mr. Murray has appeared before judicial and administrative tribunals including the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Municipal Board and the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was first appointed to the Social Benefits Tribunal in May 2004. Prior to this, he was a researcher and writer of texts and related material for the insurance and financial service industry at Oliver Publishing. Mr. Murray holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor.
MOORE, BEVERLY ANNE
Beverly Moore, of Ancaster, has extensive experience in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Prior to joining the Social Benefits Tribunal, Ms. Moore held positions as Vice-Chair of the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal, Vice-Chair of the Social Assistance Review Board and Community Legal Worker. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Hamilton Immigrant Inter-Agency Network and Hamilton Council on Domestic Violence.
An educator for many years, Dorte Deans, of Hamilton, began her career in education as an Art Teacher, and later became a high school Vice-Principal. She has an interest in art and design, as well as, travel. Ms. Deans has had many experiences in community service and has written a book on visual literacy.
Antonio Riccio, of Thunder Bay, is a management consultant. Over his 24-year career, Mr. Riccio has held positions in accounting and financial controllership in both the profit and non-profit sectors. Mr. Riccio has been employed as an Administrator of a Long-Term Care Facility and was most recently a District Branch Manager for the Canadian Red Cross Thunder Bay and Dryden Branches. Mr. Riccio has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Lakehead University and is also certified as a Long-Term Care Administrator. Mr. Riccio is an active member within his community and has been involved in such organizations as the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, the Thunder Bay Police Services Board and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Lakehead Chapter.
A Public Relations and Marketing professional, Linda LeBourdais has a wide range of skills and experience from a career in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Ms. LeBouradais began her career in the fashion and retail sectors. She was a member of the provincial parliament for three years where she served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier, Advocate for the Clothing and Apparel Industry and Chair of the Ombudsman Committee. She has also served as Executive Director for a national not-for-profit organization dealing with education and awareness of child protection issues. Ms. LeBourdais has served on boards of the former Queensway Hospital, the Canadian Festival of Fashion and the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame.
Denise Dudley is a qualified counsellor who works as an Intake Screener with Hastings County Social Services ISU in Trenton. She is a Dean's list graduate of the Social Service Worker program from Loyalist College and a Registered Social Service Worker. Ms. Dudley is an active member of her community, currently involved with such groups as Workforce Development Board, Children's Aid Society of Northumberland and Northumberland Block Parent.
Monica Purdy is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Ryerson Polytechnic University, obtaining both Masters and Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing. She is currently a Project Manager at Mount Sinai Hospital. Ms. Purdy has spent over 20 years working in the healthcare field in various capacities including Clinical Analyst, Research Associate, Clinical Information Specialist and staff Nurse.
Brian Brown, of Toronto, is an adjucator. He was formerly the Head of the English Department for the Thames Valley District School Board, and former owner/president of a Property Management company. Mr. Brown is currently a member of the Thistle Theatre, the Embro Community Theatre and the Oxford Provincial Association. He is a former member of the Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association.
Anna Jurak, of Windsor, has been an Adjucator for the Social Benefits Tribunal since 2004. Prior to this, she was a Festival Coordinator for the Essex Region Children's Water Festival, as well as an Instructor at St. Clair College. She was an Administrator with the Women's Economic Forum and was a Community Health Worker for Sandwich Community Health Centre. Ms. Jurak worked with South Essex Economic Development Corporation as a Business Retention and Expansion Consultant. She is currently a Member of the Windsor Regional Hospital Board of Directors and Chair of Windsor Regional Children's Centre.
MUSHINSKI, MARILYN ELIZABETH
Marilyn Mushinski, of Toronto, has over 20 years of provincial and municipal public service. Ms. Mushinski was a member of Provincial Parliament serving as Minister of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation and as Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier and to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. Ms. Mushinski has served as a member of the Scarborough General Hospital Board of Governors and the Canadian Mental Health Association.
PRESSEAULT, ROGER R.
Mr. Presseault, of Gloucester, is the past-Chair of the Employment Insurance Commission. As Chair of the commission, Mr. Presseault presided over 2000+ appeal hearings, participated actively in the questioning of appellants and witnesses, applied the relevant sections of the Employment Insurance Act, and wrote bidding decisions in both english and french. Mr. Presseault is an active member in his community. He is involved in such groups as the Trillium Gift of Life Network and the Lafontaine Housing Cooperative.
Richard Simpson, of Toronto, was employed as an Operations and Production Manager for the Thomson Gale group, which included network database and content management systems. Previously, he was Project Manager with Gale Canada and Production Editor with Globe Information Services, Thomson Newspapers. Mr. Simpson holds an Honours B.A. (Anthropology) from McGill University and a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto.
Patricia Broad, of Windsor, was a Bilingual Staff Lawyer at the Windsor/Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic for 10 years. Ms. Broad has prepared cases and represented parties before Administrative Tribunals, The Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and other judicial and quasi-judicial boards. She is a regular Guest Speaker at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law Legal Ethic Course and has also assisted with the Poverty Law Course at the University of Western Ontario. Ms. Broad has a L.L.B. and B.C.L from the Faculty of Law, McGill University.
Margaret Reynolds, of North Bay, is a former Adjudicator for the Board of Referees, Employment Insurance Commission. Ms. Reynolds holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages from the University of Toronto. Her community involvement includes serving as Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Centre, Blue Sky Region. She is also a member of the Counsel of Canadian Administrative Tribunals.
Kunjana Bahl-Khurana, of North York, is a certified management accountant. Ms. Bahl-Khurana holds a Bachelor of Business Management, Accounting from Ryerson Polytechnic University. Prior to joining the Social Benefits Tribunal, she held positions as a management reporting analyst with CIBC Wood Gundy and Canada Coverage Coordinator and HQ Expense Accountant with IBM.
Nathan Ferguson, of London, earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph in 2000 and a LL.B from the University of Western Ontario in 2003. Mr. Ferguson completed his articles in Kitchener, Ontario. After his call to the bar, he returned to London as a litigation lawyer.
Dawn Kershaw-Halligan, of Stratford, was called to the Ontario Bar in 1991. Ms. Kershaw-Halligan practiced as a lawyer until her appointment to the Social Benefits Tribunal in 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto and a Master of Laws from Dalhousie University. She has served on several boards including the Rotary Club of London West and the Huron-Perth Community Legal Aid Clinic.
Frank Miclash, of Keewatin, has been a member of the Social Benefits Tribunal since 1999. From 1987 to 1999, he was a Member of Provincial Parliament representing the Kenora Riding. During this time he was Party Whip, Party Deputy Whip, Northern Caucus Chair and Chair of various committees. Mr. Miclash served as a member of the Lake of the Woods Skills Development Committee and member of the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Board.
DORAN, PATRICK R.
Patrick Doran, of Kapuskasing, obtained a BA in Philosophy from Ottawa University and an MA in Counselling and Education from Niagara University. A former Catholic Priest, he has worked with and organized many volunteer community and church groups such as the Food Bank, Friendship Centre, Women's Shelter and the Rexdale Community Centre.
WOOD, W. ROY
Roy Wood is from Peterborough. He is a retired teacher and counsellor with the Peterborough County Board of Education. He has a long history of involvement in local politics, social services and community affairs. He has served as Chair of a number of community agencies including the former Civic hospital, the Peterborough County City Health Unit, the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, Fairhaven Home for Senior Citizens and the Kawartha Haliburton Children's Aid Society.
COHEN, BRIAN J.
Brian Cohen, of Toronto, is proprietor of his own law firm concentrating on health law and patient advocacy, administrative law and civil litigation. He acts for persons with disabilities such as visual and hearing impairment. Mr. Cohen received the Canadian Bar Association's "Young Lawyer Pro Bono Service Award" in 2000. His community involvement includes serving as pro bono legal advisor for the Canadian Retinoblastoma Society.
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