Who We Are
JusticeNet Patron Council
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, P.C., C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
26th Governor General of Canada
The Honourable Peter deCarteret Cory, C.C., C.D., Q.C.
Former Canadian Supreme Court Justice and distinguished international jurist
The Honourable Irwin Cotler, P.C., O.C., MP
Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Canada
Prof. William F. Flanagan
Dean of the Faculty of Law, Queen's University, President of the Council of Canadian Law Deans
The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, C.C., Q.C., LL.D.
Former Chief Justice of the Federal Court and Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
27th Governor General of Canada
The Honourable Patrick LeSage, CM, O.Ont, Q.C.
Former Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court
The Right Honourable Paul Martin, P.C.
The 21st Prime Minister of Canada
The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, O.C., O.Ont, Q.C.
Former Attorney General and Chief Justice of Ontario, current Chancellor of York University
W. A. Derry Millar
Former Treasurer (President) of the Law Society of Upper Canada
Prof. Lorne Sossin
Legal scholar and Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
JusticeNet Advisory Board
Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association
R. Lee Akazaki
Past President of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
Dr. Payam Akhavan
Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Andrew C. Alleyne
Past President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL)
President of the South Asian Bar Association (SABA)
President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA)
Christa Big Canoe
President of the Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto
Hon. Donald Cameron, Q.C.
Justice of the superior court of Ontario
Professor at Ryerson University
President of Family Mediation Canada
President of the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation
National Director, Pro Bono Students Canada
President of the Women's Law Association of Ontario
President of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL)
President of the Family Lawyers Association
President of the Association of Chinese Canadian Lawyers of Ontario
Dr. Barbara Landau
President of Cooperative Solutions
President of the Association of French Speaking Jurists of Ontario (AJEFO)
Jeffrey S. Leon
President of Pro Bono Law Ontario
President of the Hispanic Ontario Lawyers Association (HOLA)
Vice President, Policy and Research Legal Aid Ontario
Director General, Programs Branch, Department of Justice
Jim Musgrave, Q.C.
President of the ADR Institute of Canada
President of the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers Association
President of the Macedonian Canadian Lawyers Association
John J. S. Park
President of the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association
President of the Paralegal Society of Ontario
Vince A. Pileggi
President of the Canadian Italian Advocates Organization
Executive Director of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation
Edwin G. Upenieks
President of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
President of the Iranian Canadian Lawyers Association
Executive Director of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL)
Chair of the County & District Law Presidents' Association (CDLPA)
President, Toronto Lawyers Association
Prof. Feredrick H. Zemans
Senior Scholar & Professor Emeritus Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
JusticeNet Board of Directors
Fariba Rawhani has more than 20 years of leadership experience, both managing and partnering with technology and business organizations to create best in class processes and reduce operating costs, while building superior employee and client satisfaction. Regarded as a visionary in her field, she has held a number of senior positions at large Canadian and international companies. As the Chief Operating Officer of North American Trust, she led the turn around of the much troubled Trust into a success story. Later she assumed the role of CIO of Mortgages at CIBC, and then CIO and Senior VP of Technology for CIBC Retail Organization. Her team was instrumental in positioning CIBC as a global leader in banking technology. She later joined EDS corporation, an international organization with 140,000 employees across the globe, as Global Vice President.
Fariba is a speaker on subjects such as technology, business transformation and global learning. She has created and supported a number of mentoring programs throughout her career. She is an active mentor to many underprivileged children and youth in Ontario.
First Vice President
Sammy Kien Chong Lee, LL.B, M.Soc Sci
Mr. Sammy Lee obtained his LL.B. degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1976. He received further training in the United Kingdom and became a lawyer in Hong Kong and in England in 1977. He obtained his Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Hong Kong in 1981. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1992.
Mr. Lee is Managing Partner of Metcalfe, Blainey & Burns LLP, where he oversees real estate law, trust law, off-shore trust, business law, corporate law, family law, immigration law and civil litigation.
Mr. Lee is fluent in Chinese and English. He is an outstanding member of Canada’s Chinese Community, having extensively served the Community over many years in various capacities, including as member of the board or as honorary legal advisor to numerous organizations and associations.
Mr. Lee is currently sitting on the Advisory Board of Chinese Christian Mission. He is an honorary member of the Board of Governors of North York General Hospital, a board member of the Varley Art Gallery Foundation of the City of Markham and Secretary of the Board of the worldwide SOBEM TV Ministry in Canada.
Second Vice President
Patricia DeGuire, LL.M., FCIP
Patricia E. DeGuire is currently a Member of a Federal Government tribunal since May 2008. Previously, she was a Vice-Chair at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal from May 1999 to May 2007 and May 2008 respectively. From June 2004 to December 2006 she served as member of the Board of Directors, Legal Aid Ontario and was on several of its committees, including the Executive and Government Relations. She was a full-time adjudicator for many years at the Ontario Parole Board. Patricia began her legal career as counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Financial Services. She was a duty counsel for the former Ontario Legal Aid Plan.
She is an executive member of the OBA's Feminist Legal Analysis Section, and a co-editor of its newsletter VOICES. Patricia is a senior ADR Mediator/Negotiator. She has presented in the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunal's conferences and assists in training and presents at the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR)/ Conference of Ontario Boards and Agencies. For several years she was a frequent lecturer at the Organization of Commonwealth Caribbean Bars Association/International Law Forum. She is a co-founder, the first Treasurer (a post she held for eight years) and Director of Professional Excellence of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, and a co-founder of the Black Law Students' Association of Canada, and a founder of the Hon. Julius Alexander Isaac Scholarship at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. She is an active member in the LSUC mentorship programme; is the mentor and coach for numerous youths and adults in the legal and other professions, and founder of At-Risk Youths Education Forum. Patricia holds a LL.M in Constitutional Law (Constitution Reform in the Caribbean Union), a Fellow of Certified Insurance Professionals of Canada (FCIP). She is the co-editor of the first Canadian Insurance Dictionary for the Insurance Institute of Canada. Patricia is known for her commitment to public service, legal education and social justice. She is the 2006 recipient of the Law Society of Upper Canada Lincoln Alexander Award. This Award recognizes an Ontario lawyer, who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to public and its well being through community service. In February 2007 Patricia received Legal Aid Ontario's GEM Award for Outstanding Public Service for providing access to justice for low-income individuals and communities. In 2008 BLSAC honoured her by naming its Diversity Moot Cup the Patricia E. DeGuire Diversity Moot Cup.
Susanne Gabriele B.A., LL.B
Thomson Gabriele LLP Partner Susanne is a graduate of Queen’s University Faculty of Law where she earned her LLB. She is called to the bar of Ontario, is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association. After being called to the Bar, Susanne left the practice of law briefly to train in psychotherapy. She is a member of the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association and runs a private practice where she counsels lawyers and legal professionals on developing a more holistic approach to achieving success in their careers (www.susannegabriele.com).
Susanne trained as a lawyer at a full service law firm where she gained skills in various practice areas, including labour and employment law, general corporate law and civil litigation. She currently practices in the area music and entertainment law where she represents tech start-ups, singer/songwriters, producers and fine artists.
Susanne believes that the most important element of the legal profession is the relationship between lawyer and client. It is the vehicle through which we serve our professional purpose. Susanne has a keen interest in the development and maintenance of this relationship, and places great emphasis earning the trust that underlies it. Susanne speaks publically on issues relating to international human rights and on the relationship between self and society. She is the co-founder of www.theredline.ca, a blog that addresses and challenges the prevailing culture of the legal profession, where she writes generally on the topics of relationship development, self-awareness and mental and emotional health.
Nataly Kashani has several years of experience working with development and advocacy agencies such as, Lawyers for Human Rights, and Peace Boat. She served as Director of Services and United Nations Representative for Worldcit Education and Development Agency. Nataly has worked closely with several boards to develop and implement policies, programs and strategic directions. As well, she has advised on fundraising and capital building initiatives for both small and large charitable organizations. She has a keen interest in creating accessibility to justice in Canada.
Nataly studied law at City University, London, U.K., and Alternative Dispute Resolution at Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, York University. She now works in the private sector.
Fariborz Davoudi, LL.B., LL.M.
Fariborz Davoudi studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School, receiving his LL.B. in 1997, and his LL.M. in 2005. He has practiced as a criminal lawyer since being called to the Ontario Bar in 1999. Mr. Davoudi is a trial lawyer, having handled a number of high profile cases involving serious criminal charges. He has intimate experience with clients of low and medium income who have struggled through Canada's justice system. Mr. Davoudi is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Osgoode.
Dr. Liang Hsuan Chen, BA, MSEd., MBA, PhD, FCGA
Dr. Liang Chen is the Associate Dean (Academic) and a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Liang, an internationally recognized educator is the recipient of many awards including a CGA Ontario mentorship and a CGA Canada fellowship for her efforts with students and immigrants whom she has helped transition into accounting careers. Her 2007 doctoral thesis “Choosing Canadian Graduate Schools from Afar: East-Asian International Students’ Perspectives.” won her the international Alice L. Beeman Research Award in Communications and Marketing for Educational Advancement from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) based in Washington DC. She co-authored and adapted a Cost Management textbook published by Wiley in 2009, and a Financial Accounting textbook published by Pearson in 2012. Her publications related to international students’ choice of Canadian graduate schools and marketing of higher education can be seen in Higher Education, the Canadian Journal of Higher Education, the International Journal of Educational Advancement, and the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education. Liang has served as a board member of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario.
Liang was the candidate of record for the Ontario PC Party for the provincial election in 2012. She has also worked in the private sector in Accounting and Marketing functions. Liang received her BA in English Language and Literature from Soochow University in Taiwan, a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and obtained an MBA and later a PhD in Higher Education, both from the University of Toronto.
Heidi Mottahedin, C.Med,. Acc F.M., C.S.F.T., IMI
Heidi Mottahedin is a Professional Mediator. Heidi did her undergraduate studies in International Business Management and Sociology. She received her mediation training from York University and Harvard Law School and has received extensive training in the Solution Focused field from leading North Americans universities. She has applied her management skills in various capacities. Heidi is certified by the International Mediation Institute, and is a lifetime member of FMC and an accredited member of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. She has been active in various not-for-profit and charitable organizations, having served on different boards and committees. Heidi is the recipient of the University of Toronto's 2011 Jason Kelly Leadership Award for Excellence in Solution-Focused Counselling. She has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her efforts in making justice more accessible to all Canadians.
“Our justice system will be further strengthened with the introduction of the JusticeNet program, as it will serve to complement existing access to justice programs intended for people who do not qualify for legal aid.”
The Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
JusticeNet is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2015 Award of Excellence and Patron Council Award.