The Honourable Mr. Justice Mario D. Faieta was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on December 16, 2014. He worked 25 years for the Attorney General for Ontario primarily in the area of environmental law while with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and the Environmental Review Tribunal and to a lesser extent in the area of land use planning over a four year period with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (as it then was). He co-authored a book “Environmental Harm: Civil Actions and Compensation” that was published by Butterworths in 1996.
Associate Chair of the Conservation Review Board (CRB) and Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT)
Jerry V. DeMarco is the Associate Chair of the Conservation Review Board (CRB) and Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT), which are two of the five tribunals in the Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO) cluster. Jerry also serves as the Alternate Executive Chair of ELTO and, as part of those duties, is a member of the Assessment Review Board, the Board of Negotiation, and the Ontario Municipal Board. He has also served as Co-Chair of Annual Conferences of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. Prior to his appointment to the ERT in 2005, Jerry appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada and other courts and tribunals. Jerry is co-author of Environmental Boards and Tribunals in Canada: A Practical Guide, Second Edition (LexisNexis, 2016) and has contributed to publications such as the Supreme Court Law Review, Canadian Bar Review, Journal of Environmental Law and Practice, and Review of European Community and International Environmental Law. He is a lawyer and planner (MCIP) with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto, and Master’s degrees in Science from the University of Toronto, Management from McGill University, and Environmental Studies from York University. Jerry was the first recipient of the City of Toronto’s Green Toronto Award for environmental leadership.
Member of the Environmental Review Tribunal and the Ontario Municipal Board
Hugh Wilkins is a Member of the Environmental Review Tribunal and the Ontario Municipal Board and a lawyer who has specialized in administrative, environmental and international law and policy. He practiced law at Morris/Rose/Ledgett LLP and Ecojustice Canada and is a former adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He is also the former managing editor of the Review of European and Comparative International Environmental Law. He holds Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws degrees from Queen's University and a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics.
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO)
Dianne Saxe is the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), a tough but fair watchdog over Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). The ECO is a bridge between the public and the government on environmental issues.
Prior to her appointment, Dianne was one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers. She has 40 years’ unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario's energy and environmental laws. Dianne’s career began with the Ontario Public Service and two major Bay Street law firms. She then established one of Canada's top environmental law boutiques.
A Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Dianne is recognized in every Canadian and international legal rating service, including acknowledgement as one of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers by Best of the Best, 2008 and as Best Lawyers’ first Environmental Lawyer of the Year for Toronto. Some of her numerous tributes and honours include the Award for Distinguished Service, the highest honour granted by the Ontario Bar Association; and the Gold Key Award for exceptional lifetime professional achievement, granted by Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni.
Dianne has travelled extensively in Ontario and Canada, both in her professional practice and as a keen canoeist, kayaker and cross-country skier.
Her five-year appointment will be focused on serving the Ontario Legislature, improving the effectiveness of the Environmental Bill of Rights and catalyzing better environmental, energy and climate outcomes, for and with the people of Ontario.
Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association
Ramani Nadarajah is counsel with the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA). She holds an LL.B. (1987) and an LL.M. (2007) from Osgoode Hall Law School and is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Environmental Law. Prior to joining CELA in 1994, Ramani was a prosecutor with the Ontario Ministry of Environment. She has appeared before the courts and administrative tribunals on cases involving contaminated sites, waste, air pollution, pesticides, water-takings and environmental land use planning. She was co-counsel for five hundred residents at both phases of the Walkerton Inquiry.
Ramani has served on federal and provincial government advisory bodies on a range of issues including environmental penalties, brownfields and modernizing environmental approvals. Ramani is a co-editor of Carswell’s Canadian Environmental Law Reports and has published articles in Canadian and international law journals on environmental law and policy issues, with a focus on regulatory compliance and enforcement.
Professor of Law, University of Victoria
Chris Tollefson has degrees from Queen’s, University of Victoria and Osgoode Hall Law School, and clerked at the BC Court of Appeal. He combines teaching and research on environmental issues with counsel work for various public interest environmental clients. This counsel work has included appearances before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and various regulatory boards and tribunals. Chris was counsel to BC Nature and Nature Canada during both the Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline hearing processes. He has won various awards for his teaching and research, and in 2014 was the recipient of Nature Canada’s Conservation Partner Award for his work leading their pro bono legal team during the Northern Gateway pipeline hearings. He is co-author (with Meinhard Doelle) of a leading environmental law textbook. Chris is a former President of Ecojustice, served for two decades as executive director of the UVic Environmental Law Centre, and is the founding executive director of Canada’s newest public interest environmental law non-profit, the Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation (“CELL”): see http://www.pacificcell.ca/.