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Committees

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

Please note, committee chairs are now reviewing plans/strategies for the next two years. Co-chairs have been confirmed as of December 15, 2021. Committee member participation/outreach for several committees will commence in early 2022.

2022-2023: INDIGENOUS (previously known as the ABORIGINAL committee)[email protected]
Committee members:

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

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

  1. Daniel Brown (Toronto) – co-chair
  2. Cassandra DeMelo (London) – co-chair
  3. Boris Bytensky (Toronto)
  4. Stephanie DiGiuseppe (Toronto)
  5. Jessyca Greenwood (Toronto)
  6. Michelle Johal (Brampton)
  7. Christine Mainville (Toronto)
  8. Meaghan McMahon (Ottawa)
  9. Jennifer Penman (Toronto)
  10. Danielle Robitaille (Toronto)
  11. Leonardo Russomanno (Ottawa)
  12. John Struthers (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. Boris Bytensky (Toronto) – co-chair
  2. Eric Neubauer (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. David Anber (Ottawa)
  4. Gerald Chan (Toronto)
  5. James Foy (Toronto)
  6. Benjamin  Goldman (Toronto)
  7. Deepa Negandhi (Toronto)

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

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

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

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

  1. Neha Chugh (Cornwall) – co-chair
  2. John Struthers (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. Robert Barr (Brockville)
  4. Andrew Bigioni (Toronto)
  5. Adam Boni (Toronto)
  6. Lisa Carnelos (Windsor)
  7. John Hale (Ottawa)
  8. Matt Hodgson (Kingston)
  9. George Joseph (Thunder Bay)
  10. Robin Parker (Toronto)
  11. Christopher Raimondo (St. Catharines)
  12. Glenn Sandberg (Sudbury)
  13. 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. Lindsay Board (Toronto)
  3. Christine Mainville (Toronto)
  4. Breana Vandebeek (Toronto)
  5. 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. John Struthers (Toronto)
  5. Adam Weisberg (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. Shaunna Kelly (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. Norman Panzica (Newmarket) – co-chair
  4. Jordan Weisz (Toronto) – co-chair
  5. Lisa Carnelos (Windsor)
  6. D. Sid Freeman (Toronto)
  7. Brendan Neil (Milton)
  8. Jennifer Penman (Toronto)
  9. Maya Shukairy (Ottawa)
  10. Louis Strezos (Toronto)
  11. John Struthers (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
  • Adam Weisberg (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)
  • Megan Savard (Toronto)
  • David Smith (Toronto)

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

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

2019 Junior Roster:

  • Lindsay Board
  • Mindy Caterina
  • Cassandra DeMelo
  • Taufiq Hashmani
  • Ryan Heighton
  • Ian Kasper
  • Jeff Marshman
  • Anita Nathan
  • Eric Neubauer
  • Michelle Psutka
  • Chris Rudnicki

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

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

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. Jessyca Greenwood (Toronto) – co-chair
  3. Charlena Claxton (Whitby)
  4. David Connally (Toronto)
  5. Emily Dixon (Toronto)
  6. Misha Feldman (Toronto)
  7. Ranney Hintsa (Waterloo)
  8. Jeff Marshman (Toronto)
  9. Meaghan McMahon (Ottawa)
  10. Daniel Medd (Toronto)
  11. Keli D. Mersereau (St. Thomas)
  12. Paul Scotland (Toronto)
  13. Anita Szigeti (Toronto)
  14. Luba Szkambara (Toronto)
  15. Perrin Valli (Guelph)
  16. Jordan Weisz (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. Christopher Raimondo (St. Catharines)
  7. 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. Vacant – co-chair
  3. Simon Borys (Kingston)
  4. Tyler Botten (Ottawa)
  5. Jeffrey Fisher (Barrie)
  6. Christopher Raimondo (St. Catharines)

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

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. Danielle D’Alonzo (London)
  5. Cassandra DeMelo (London)
  6. Lisa Johnson (Toronto)
  7. Tonya Kent (Toronto)
  8. Joanne Prince (Toronto)
  9. Denise Resnick (Barrie)
  10. Sharon Sabourin (Timmins)
  11. Arooba Shakeel (Toronto)
  12. Maya Shukairy (Ottawa)
  13. Anita Szigeti (Toronto)

ACCESSIBILITY (NEW for 2021)
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. Benjamin Fulton (Mississauga)
  2. Jessyca Greenwood (Toronto)
  3. Sherry Abotossaway (Thunder Bay)
  4. David Barrison (Oshawa)
  5. David O’Connor (Collingwood)
  6. Paul Scotland (Toronto)
  7. Ann Marie Stewart (Simcoe)