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

Frank Addario
Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Dr. Payam Akhavan
Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Andrew C. Alleyne
Past President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL)

Aarondeep Bains
President of the South Asian Bar Association (SABA)

Maia Bent
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

Scott Clark
Professor at Ryerson University

Mary Damianakis
President of Family Mediation Canada

Michael Doi
President of the Association of Chinese Canadian Lawyers of Ontario

Nadia Effendi
President of the Association of French Speaking Jurists of Ontario (AJEFO)

Laura Fryer
President of the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation

Nikki Gershbain
National Director, Pro Bono Students Canada

Kathryn Hendrikx
President of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario

Lai-King Hum
President of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL)

Katharina Janczaruk
President of the Family Lawyers Association

Dr. Barbara Landau
President of Cooperative Solutions

Jeffrey S. Leon
President of Pro Bono Law Ontario

David McKillop
Vice President, Policy and Research Legal Aid Ontario

Barbara Merriam
Director General, Programs Branch, Department of Justice

Lida Moazzam
President of the Iranian Canadian Lawyers Association

Jim Musgrave, Q.C.
President of the ADR Institute of Canada

Angela Nikolakakos
President of the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers Association

Chris Paliare
President of the Macedonian Canadian Lawyers Association

John J. S. Park
President of the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association

Stephen Parker
President of the Paralegal Society of Ontario

Chaves Paz
President of the Hispanic Ontario Lawyers Association (HOLA)

Vince A. Pileggi
President of the Canadian Italian Advocates Organization

Mary-Anne Popescu
Executive Director of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation

Quinn Ross
President of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA)

Judith Wahl
Executive Director of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly

Donna Walwyn
President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL)

Janet Whitehead
Chair of the County & District Law Presidents’ Association (CDLPA)

Miriam Young
President, Toronto Lawyers Association

Prof. Feredrick H. Zemans
Senior Scholar & Professor Emeritus Osgoode Hall Law School, York University


JusticeNet Senior Advisors

Lee Akazaki
Partner - Gilbertson Davis LLP

Payam Pakravan
Vice President, Strategy and Analytics at Ontario Telemedicine Network

Edwin Upenieks
Litigation Group Chair at Lawrence, Lawrence, Stevenson, LLP


JusticeNet Board of Directors


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.

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

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.

Mary Damianakis MS C.F.Med IMI Acc. Med

Mary Damianakis is a certified mediator, accredited family mediator, and trainer. She resides in Quebec, trains in different areas of dispute resolution, family mediation and, has extensive experience working with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and mediation. Mary supervises, and trains on areas such international family mediation, dispute resolution and- including, cross cultural dialogue, trauma and, violence screening. Mary continues to work with diverse and, ethnic communities across Canada and, including Aboriginal communities. Mary, also started the International Mediation Institute’s family section which is at the embryonic stages. Mary is the past president of Family Mediation Canada.

Dr. Fariborz Davoudi, LL.B., LL.M.  PhD

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.

Executive Director

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


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JusticeNet is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2015 Award of Excellence and Patron Council Award.