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Members are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Persons interested in appointment as members of the Tribunal may apply on-line for appointment to this and other Ontario government agencies at the website of the Ontario Public Appointments Secretariat.

Members of the Tribunals are persons who have knowledge of, and experience with, exceptional children, the education system and the adjudicative process. An appeal is usually heard by a panel of three tribunal members, one of whom acts as the chair of the panel.

The current members of the Ontario Special Education (English) Tribunal are listed below.

Michael Gottheil

Michael Gottheil is the Executive Chair of Social Justice Tribunals Ontario, a cluster of seven adjudicative tribunals, with jurisdiction ranging from human rights, to residential tenancies, social benefits and disability support, special education and child and youth service oversight. He previously served as Chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and as Executive Chair of the Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario, the province's first tribunal cluster.

Mr. Gottheil is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and began practicing law in 1987, specializing in labour, employment and human rights law. He has been a part-time professor at University of Ottawa Law School, and is a frequent presenterer at conferences and seminars. Mr. Gottheil has written widely on administrative law, procedural reforms and access to justice issues. He is particularly interested in institutional design, and ways of building tribunal capacity and substantive expertise.

Beyond his professional activities, he has been actively engaged in activities to improve the lives of the visually impaired, serving on the boards of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the Foundation Fighting Blindness. He has travelled the world, always taking the time to connect with other people and cultures. He believes that living and learning from varied perspectives is fundamental to both personal growth and positive community change.

Suzanne Gilbert

Suzanne Gilbert was appointed full-time Chair of the Child and Family Services Review Board/Custody Review Board of Ontario on October 18, 2006. In March 2011, she has been appointed Associate Chair for the CFSRB-CRB with the Social Justice Tribunal Ontario.

Ms. Gilbert is a lawyer and member of the Barreau du Quebec. She obtained a «Licence en droit» from the University of Montreal, and a Masters in Health Law from the University of Sherbrooke.

Ms. Gilbert has extensive experience in the practice of law especially as it relates to criminal law, youth protection, adoption matters and administrative law. She was appointed counsel for a large number of children in a Provincial Inquiry Commission that investigated allegations of sexual abuse involving staff in a group home. She has also acquired significant knowledge about public administration at both municipal and provincial levels.

Prior to joining the Board, Ms Gilbert was Assistant Deputy Chair of the Toronto Office of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Refugee Protection Division. During her ten years with the IRB, Ms Gilbert held positions in Montreal and Toronto as Member and Coordinating Member as well as Chair of the Professional Development Committee.

Ross Caradonna

Ross Caradonna was an educator for 36 years with the Toronto Board of Education/Toronto District School Board and enjoyed his role as Special Education Teacher, Chair, Co-Ordinator and Principal for 35 of those years. He has been very involved in many committees and IPRCs and has been an active member of Council for Exceptional Children for 41 years holding many executive positions. In retirement, Ross has been an Education Officer (Temporary) with the Ministry of Education as a team leader and validator for the fundingI process and participated in the revisions of other funding documents. Ross has had an active volunteer life serving as director and chair for The Crèche Child and Family Centre (Child Development Institute) and Pelletier Homes for Youth as well as volunteering for the Dorothy Ley Hospice. He has a BA from the University of Toronto and a Master of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Maureen Doyle

Maureen Doyle is a full-time Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. She was a Vice-Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal from 2004 to 2012. Prior to this, Ms. Doyle was a Partner with Ryder Wright Blair & Doyle, and a French Teacher with both the Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Simcoe County Separate School Board. Ms. Doyle's community involvement includes C.PP.S. Mission Projects, where she assists with fundraising for education, health and water projects in Tanzania. Ms. Doyle is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a member of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. She earned her Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Derryn Gill

Derryn Gill was introduced to special education by her sons who benefited from individualized programming. She became involved with their school's parents association, moved to the TDSB Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and the Provincial Parent Association Advisory Committee on SEAC. She later served on the Minister's Advisory Council on Special Education. She is proud to have been a long time board member of the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario, the Folic Acid Alliance and the Holland Bloorview Research Ethics Board. She has a Ph. D in biochemistry.

Miray Cheskes Granovsky

Miray Cheskes Granovsky serves as General Counsel for Atlantic Coated Papers in Toronto. Miray graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, in Toronto and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1996. Miray holds a Master of Laws degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Ms. Cheskes Granovsky has taught children's rights at York University and has guest lectured on this topic. She provides pro bono legal services to the Child Advocacy Project, Pro Bono Law Ontario. Ms. Cheskes Granovsky is on the Board of Directors of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, where she is Chair of the Complaints Committee

Janice Leroux

Janice Leroux is a former schoolteacher and principal with the Niagara South Board of Education. Dr. Leroux has taught at McGill University and Queen's University and was a Professor of Graduate Studies in education at the University of Ottawa where her responsibilities included active collaboration with Ontario boards of education, directing Master's and Doctoral theses and supervising major research grants in Ontario and across Canada. Dr. Leroux has been president of the Ontario Educational Research Council, treasurer and vice-president of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, and has written two books and many articles in refereed journals.

Dr. Carlana Lindeman

Carlana Lindeman is a former teacher and principal with the Lakehead Board of Education. Carlana served with the Ministry of Education as an Education Officer and as a Regional Manager, and worked closely with school boards and First Nation schools throughout Northwestern Ontario. She is currently the Education Program Director for the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative.

She received her Bachelor and Masters degrees from Lakehead University and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Toronto.

Julie Lindhout

Julie Lindhout holds a M.Ed. and after sixteen years of secondary school teaching in London, Ontario, joined the Ontario Ministry of Education in the London Office. Transferred to Queen's Park in 1986, she held progressively senior positions with responsibilities at various times for Teacher Education, Native Education, Special Education, National and International Liaison, Legislation, and Policy Analysis and Research. Julie Lindhout was Executive Coordinator of Policy and Research for the Royal Commission on Learning. She was Acting Director of Policy when she retired from the Ontario Ministry of Education, and established Lindhout Associates Education Consulting.

Lilian Yan Yan Ma

Dr. Lilian Ma is the Associate Chair of the Landlord and Tenant Board and Alternate Executive Chair of the SJTO. Prior to her appointment as Chair of the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal (precedent for the LTB) in 2005 she was a member of the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada for 11 years. Her public sector career includes a variety of prestigious positions: member of the Liquor Licence Board of Ontario; Chief of the Public Education Division of the Race Relations Directorate of Multiculturalism Canada of the Secretary of State; and Commissioner for the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Dr. Ma has earned a law degree from the University of Toronto, a doctorate in chemistry from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Ma sits on the Board of the Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals as well as the Society of Adjudicators and Regulators of the Ontario.

Eva Nichols

Eva Nichols post-secondary and post-graduate qualifications, obtained in the UK, are in the field of pure sciences: Zoology, Chemistry, Immunology and Genetics. Her work experience includes medical research, genetic counselling, serving as a school trustee, lecturing at the University of Toronto, acting as the Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario and as senior researcher for the Learning Opportunities Task Force. Since joining the Tribunal, she has participated in adjudication and administrative law training and is qualified, through the University of Windsor Law School, as a mediator. Eva has written numerous papers and spoken at many conferences in Canada and overseas about special education and in particular about learning disabilities. Born in Hungary, she is the mother of two daughters, both identified as exceptional, and is the grandmother of six.

Jay Sengupta

Jay Sengupta has been Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario since 2008. She is a former Executive Director of Rexdale Community Legal Clinic and has worked as a Staff Lawyer in legal clinics in Hamilton, Brantford and Toronto and as a Clinical Instructor at Parkdale Community Legal Clinic. She served as a member and Chair of the Clinic Resource Office Caseworker Advisory Committee, and as a member and Secretary of the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario. Her past contributions to the community include membership on the Boards of the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton and the Threshold School of Building. Ms. Sengupta earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta and her Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Noel Williams

An educator for more than forty years, Noel taught at the high school level as well as in special needs settings. During thirty years as a professor at the University of Windsor, he was involved in teacher training with a focus on special education. He was appointed Professor Emeritus upon his retirement. He holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta and is co-author of a text book on learning disabilities. Noel has served on the Regional Special Education Council for South Western Ontario and, in his own community, sits on two committees of the Windsor Regional Children’s Centre: the Family Mental Health and Addiction Services Committee and chairs the Advisory Committee of the Ozad Institute, which is dedicated to research, education and training in neuro-developmental disabilities.

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