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Committees

Below is a complete listing of CLA Committees and volunteers in alphabetical order. 

ACCESSIBILITY
To promote access to public spaces and technology important for the provision of legal services. To address the issues and concerns of members of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) who have one or more disabilities. To promote diversity in the CLA and the leadership of the CLA. To foster and promote opportunities for people with disabilities in criminal law.

Committee members:

  1. Ann Marie Stewart (Simcoe) – Chair
  2. Sherry Abotossaway (Thunder Bay)
  3. David Barrison (Oshawa)
  4. Ed Ducharme (Toronto)
  5. Benjamin Fulton (Mississauga)
  6. Ingrid Grant (Toronto)
  7. Jessyca Greenwood (Toronto)
  8. Ranney Hintsa (Waterloo)
  9. Miranda Hlady (Lethbridge)
  10. David O’Connor (Collingwood)
  11. Paul Scotland (Toronto)
  12. Marina Sotirakos (Stouffville)
  13. David Robinson (Toronto)

2022-2023: COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA RELATIONS – [email protected]
To coordinate CLA communications activities and implement communication strategies to support our objectives.
Committee members:

  1. Michelle Johal (Brampton) – co-chair
  2. Christine Mainville (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. Daniel Brown (Toronto)
  4. Boris Bytensky (Toronto)
  5. Neha Chugh (Cornwall)
  6. Cassandra DeMelo (London)
  7. Stephanie DiGiuseppe (Toronto)
  8. Jessyca Greenwood (Toronto)
  9. Meaghan McMahon (Ottawa)
  10. Eric Neubauer (Toronto)
  11. Jennifer Penman (Toronto)
  12. Danielle Robitaille (Toronto)
  13. Adam Weisberg (Toronto)

2022-2023: CRIMINAL LAW AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
To develop positions on behalf of the CLA in relation to the significant impact of emerging technologies on criminal law, Charter rights and civil liberties; to advocate for our position on these issues in court and other public forums in coordination with the litigation committee; to consult with government and law reform bodies in relation to these issues; to educate and support our members in relation to these issues as they arise in cases and in terms of their use of emerging technologies in the practice of law.
Committee members:

  1. Jessyca Greenwood (Toronto) – co-chair
  2. Eric Neubauer (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. David Anber (Ottawa)
  4. Boris Bytensky (Toronto)
  5. Gerald Chan (Toronto)
  6. James Foy (Toronto)
  7. Benjamin Goldman (Toronto)
  8. Jaime Mor (Barrie)

2022-2023: CRIMINAL PRACTICE
Responsible for Courthouse Reps as well as to coordinate all aspects of court administration affecting the CLA membership.
Committee members:

  1. Boris Bytensky (Toronto) – co-chair
  2. D. Sid Freeman (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. Eric Neubauer (Toronto) – co-chair
  4. Margaret Bojanowska (Toronto)
  5. Craig Bottomley (Toronto)
  6. Lisa Carnelos (Windsor)
  7. Jeffrey Fisher (Barrie)
  8. Courtney Keystone (Toronto)
  9. Jordan Weisz (Toronto)

2022-2023: DIVERSITY – [email protected]
Committee members:

  1. George Joseph (Thunder Bay) – co-chair
  2. Tonya Kent (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. Hussein Aly (Toronto)
  4. Sherif Foda (Toronto)
  5. Samiyyah Ganga (Toronto)
  6. Arif Hussain (Toronto)
  7. Michelle Johal (Brampton)
  8. Emily Lam (Toronto)
  9. Faisal Mirza (Mississauga)
  10. Royland Moriah (Toronto)
  11. Amanda Ross (Toronto)
  12. Harpreet Saini (Brampton)
  13. Paul Scotland (Toronto)
  14. Chris Sewrattan (Toronto)
  15. Maya Shukairy  (Ottawa)
  16. Andrew Vaughan (Toronto)
  17. Adam Weisberg (Toronto)

2022-2023: EDUCATION
Oversee all CLA related CLE programming and CLA mentor activities.
Committee members:

  1. Hussein Aly (Toronto) – co-chair
  2. Adam Weisberg (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. Cassandra DeMelo (London)

2022-2023: ETHICS – [email protected]
Committee members:

  1. Neha Chugh (Cornwall) – co-chair
  2. Lisa Carnelos (Windsor) – co-chair
  3. Robert Barr (Brockville)
  4. Andrew Bigioni (Toronto)
  5. Adam Boni (Toronto)
  6. John Hale (Ottawa)
  7. Matt Hodgson (Kingston)
  8. George Joseph (Thunder Bay)
  9. Robin Parker (Toronto)
  10. Christopher Raimondo (St. Catharines)
  11. Glenn Sandberg (Sudbury)
  12. Francesca Yaskiel (Toronto) 

2022-2023: FALL CONFERENCE – https://criminallawyers.ca/cla-programs/cla-fall-conferences/
Responsible for planning all aspects of the fall program including setting the agenda and securing the program speakers.
Committee members:

  1. Christine Mainville (Toronto) – co-chair
  2. Adam Weisberg (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. Jessyca Greenwood (Toronto)
  4. Michelle Johal (Brampton)
  5. Meaghan McMahon (Ottawa)
  6. Eric Neubauer (Toronto)

2022-2023: GALE MOOT CUP – [email protected]
https://www.galecupmoot.com/en/home/
CLA Committee members:

  1. Daniel Brown (Toronto) – co-chair
  2. Breana Vandebeek (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. Lindsay Board (Toronto)
  4. Christine Mainville (Toronto)
  5. Anne Marie Stewart (Simcoe)
  6. Adam Weisberg (Toronto)

2022-2023: GOVERNANCE
Committee members:

  1. Boris Bytensky (Toronto) – co-chair
  2. Jessyca Greenwood (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. D. Sid Freeman (Toronto)
  4. Adam Weisberg (Toronto)
  5. One Women’s Committee co-chair – Stephanie DiGiuseppe (Toronto)
  6. One Diversity Committee co-chair
  7. One Indigenous Committee co-chair Jessica Belisle (Sault Ste Marie)

2022-2023: INDIGENOUS – [email protected]
Committee members:

  1. Jessica Belisle (Sault Ste Marie) – co-chair
  2. Kaley Hepburn (Hamilton) – co-chair
  3. John Hale (Ottawa)
  4. Ryan Heighton (Kitchener)
  5. Jason Herbert (Bracebridge)
  6. Lysandra Moreno (Toronto)
  7. Robin Parker (Toronto)
  8. Naomi Sayers (Sault Ste Marie)
  9. Rubaina Singh (Windsor)
  10. Anita Szigeti (Toronto)

2022-2023: LEGAL AID[email protected]
To address all legal aid related issues affecting the criminal defence bar.
Committee members:

  1. John Hale (Ottawa) – co-chair
  2. Norman Panzica (Newmarket) – co-chair
  3. Jordan Weisz (Toronto) – co-chair
  4. Daniel Brown (Toronto)
  5. Lisa Carnelos (Windsor)
  6. D. Sid Freeman (Toronto)
  7. Brendan Neil (Milton)
  8. Daniel Paton (Toronto)
  9. Jennifer Penman (Toronto)
  10. Alan Richter (Oshawa)
  11. Maya Shukairy (Ottawa)
  12. Louis Strezos (Toronto)

2022-2023: LEGISLATION[email protected]
The Legislation Committee members regularly attend at House of Commons and Senate committees to provide input on criminal legislation. Members are consulted by lawmakers on draft legislation and the Legislation Committee is working on producing position papers in various priority areas of criminal justice policy.
Committee members:

  • Meaghan McMahon (Ottawa) – co-chair
  • Megan Savard (Toronto) – co-chair
  • Annamaria Enenajor (Toronto)
  • Michael Lacy (Toronto)
  • Daniel Brown (Toronto)
  • Stephanie DiGiuseppe (Toronto)
  • Ingrid Grant (Toronto)
  • Fady Mansour (Ottawa)
  • Michelle O’Doherty (Ottawa)
  • Michael Spratt (Ottawa)
  • Christine Mainville (Toronto)
  • David Smith (Toronto)
  • Adam Weisberg (Toronto)

2022-2023: LITIGATION (intervention)[email protected]
Committee members:

  1. Daniel Brown (Toronto) – co-chair
  2. Mark Halfyard (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. Stephanie DiGiuseppe (Toronto)
  4. Matthew Gourlay (Toronto)
  5. Nader Hasan (Toronto)
  6. Anil Kapoor (Toronto)
  7. Howard Krongold (Ottawa)
  8. Michael Lacy (Toronto)
  9. Maija Martin (Toronto)
  10. Megan Savard (Toronto)
  11. Kate Robertson (Toronto)
  12. Breana Vandebeek (Toronto)
  13. Adam Weisberg (Toronto)

Second Chair Roster:

  1. Andrew Bigioni
  2. Brian Badali
  3. Lindsay Board
  4. Arash Ghiassi
  5. Nicole Langille
  6. Caroline McKenna
  7. Meaghan McMahon
  8. Laura Metcalfe
  9. Michelle Psutka
  10. Marianne Salih
  11. Riaz Sayani
  12. Jessica Zita

2022-2023: MEMBERSHIP  [email protected]criminallawyers.ca
Manage all aspects of membership recruitment, retention and recognition.
Committee members:

  1. Christine Lund (Brampton) – co-chair
  2. Maija Martin (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. Sherry Abotossaway (Thunder Bay)
  4. D. Sid Freeman (Toronto) 
  5. Ranney Hintsa (Guelph)
  6. Tonya Kent (Toronto)
  7. Meaghan McMahon (Ottawa)
  8. Royland Moriah (Toronto)
  9. Stephen Proudlove (Kitchener)
  10. Harpreet Saini (Brampton)
  11. Glenn Sandberg (Sudbury)

2022-2023: MENTAL HEALTH[email protected]
To coordinate all aspects specific to mental health issues in the Criminal Justice System.
Committee members:

  1. Cassandra DeMelo (London) – co-chair
  2. Jordan Weisz (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. Ramona Abraham (Oshawa)
  4. Frank Alfano (Toronto)
  5. Kate Brindley (Thunder Bay)
  6. Misha Feldman (Toronto)
  7. Nicholas G. Gehl (Waterloo)
  8. Laura Giordano (Toronto)
  9. Jessyca Greenwood (Toronto)
  10. Stephen Hebscher (Toronto)
  11. Ranney Hintsa (Waterloo)
  12. Jamie Kopman (Toronto)
  13. Jeff Marshman (Toronto)
  14. Meaghan McMahon (Ottawa)
  15. Daniel Medd (Toronto)
  16. Mary Murphy (Toronto)
  17. Dan Stein (Toronto)
  18. Anita Szigeti (Toronto)

2022-2023: MENTORING
Committee members:

  1. Katie Heathcote (London) – co-chair
  2. Norman Panzica (Newmarket) – co-chair
  3. Andrew Guaglio (Toronto)
  4. Brett McGarry (Ottawa)
  5. Adam Newman (Toronto)
  6. Jennifer Penman (Toronto)
  7. Christopher Raimondo (St. Catharines)
  8. John Struthers (Toronto)

2022-2023: PRISONS/JAILS
To coordinate all aspects specific jails/prisons/incarnated persons.
Committee members:

  1. D. Sid Freeman (Toronto) – co-chair
  2. Christopher Raimondo (St. Catharines) – co-chair
  3. Simon Borys (Kingston)
  4. Tyler Botten (Ottawa)
  5. Jeffrey Fisher (Barrie)

2022-2023: PROFESSIONAL REGULATION –  [email protected]
Committee members:

  1. Mark Halfyard (Toronto) – co-chair
  2. Kaley Hepburn (Hamilton) – co-chair
  3. Tyler Botten (Ottawa)
  4. T. Sam Boutzouvis (Toronto)
  5. Lisa Carnelos (Windsor)
  6. John Scott Cowan (Goderich)
  7. Matthew Friedberg (Toronto)
  8. Glenn Sandberg (Sudbury)
  9. David Smith (Toronto)

2022-2023: RECENT CALL  https://criminallawyers.ca/cla-programs/cla-legal-programs/
To coordinate all aspects specific to recent calls.
Committee members:

  1. Tonya Kent (Toronto) – co-chair
  2. Maya Shukairy (Ottawa) – co-chair
  3. Myles Anevich (Toronto)
  4. James Bray (Toronto)
  5. Brandon Chung (Toronto)
  6. Emily Dyer (Barrie)
  7. Sandra Kimberg (Toronto)
  8. Trevor Lau (Toronto)
  9. Caroline McKenna (Hamilton)
  10. Laura Metcalfe (Toronto)
  11. Maria Rosa Muia (Toronto)
  12. Jessica Proskos (Toronto)
  13. Yadesha Satheaswaran (Toronto)
  14. Brittany Shales (Toronto)
  15. Rubaina Singh (Toronto)
  16. Justin Yuen (Toronto)

2022-2023: SPRING CONFERENCE – https://criminallawyers.ca/cla-programs/cla-spring-conferences/
Responsible for planning all aspects of the Spring program including setting the agenda and securing the program speakers.
Committee members:

  1. Cassandra DeMelo (London) – co-chair
  2. George Joseph (Thunder Bay) – co-chair
  3. Katie Heathcote (London)
  4. Patricia Vo (Thunder Bay)

2022-2023: WOMEN IN CRIMINAL LAW – https://criminallawyers.ca/about-us/cla-womens-committee/ – [email protected]
To promote and protect the interests of the female members of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA).  To promote diversity in the CLA and the leadership of the CLA. To foster and promote opportunities for women in criminal law.
Committee members:

  1. Michelle Johal (Brampton) – co-chair
  2. Stephanie DiGiuseppe (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. Carrie Bellan (Orangeville)
  4. Lindsay Board (Toronto)
  5. Danielle D’Alonzo (London)
  6. Cassandra DeMelo (London)
  7. Samiyyah Ganga (Toronto)
  8. Jessyca Greenwood (Toronto)
  9. Shansan Gu (Toronto)
  10. Melody Izadi (Toronto)
  11. Riali Johannesson (Parry Sound)
  12. Lisa Johnson (Toronto)
  13. Tonya Kent (Toronto)
  14. Shelly Krishnan (Brampton)
  15. Laura Metcalfe (Toronto)
  16. Shonagh Pickens (Peterborough)
  17. Joanne Prince (Toronto)
  18. Cassandra Richards (Ottawa)
  19. Sharon Sabourin (Timmins)
  20. Yadesha Satheaswaran (Toronto)
  21. Maya Sengupta-Murray (Toronto)
  22. Maya Shukairy (Ottawa)
  23. Jessica Zita (Toronto)