Gilbert was the former long-time Director of the Legal Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Through his involvement with the Ministry of Health and associated work with numerous ministries and agencies of the Ontario government as well as federal departments, Gilbert has been involved continuously with important legal issues and policy matters affecting health care, including the development of legislation and policies to improve the health care system and to promote ongoing and effective exchange of information related to new initiatives. Since leaving the Ontario government, Gilbert has continued to work on numerous health law and policy matters, both in the private and public sectors. Gilbert also holds several professorships across the province, including the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
Rosario is the Chief Privacy and Legal Officer at ICES. In her role, Rosario provides strategic privacy advice to the organization and assists on legal issues. Previously, Rosario was a Senior Associate in the Health Law Group at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP where she provided advice on a variety of health law matters, including corporate governance, public policy, risk management, privacy, health regulatory compliance, and health research. She has also worked in the privacy and legal group at Cancer Care Ontario.
Prior to attending law school, Rosario completed a Master in Science, Public Health Sciences in population health.
Pamela Seto, J.D., M.S.W, Secretary
Pamela is Corporate Counsel at Dykeman & O’Brien LLP. She has a broad corporate practice advising clients in the health care sector on corporate governance and compliance, risk management, privacy, and procurement. Prior to her law career, she received her Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and was a practicing social worker, specializing in health and mental health, in the hospital and community.
Wendy A. Lawrence, B.A., LL.B., Managing Editor – Strategic Liaison
Wendy is the Director of Compliance & Privacy Risk Management at Sickkids.
Simmie Palter, B.A., LL.B, Managing Editor, Publisher and Author Liaison,
Simmie is Senior Health Law Counsel at Dykeman & O’Brien LLP and a member of the Ontario Bar Association. Simmie advises health sector organizations about professional regulation, contracts and commercial agreements, practice arrangements, public policy, privacy & health information, and risk management. Simmie has been in private practice since 2007 and before that was legal counsel to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Simmie is a native Torontonian and a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School & McGill University.
Maya Kotob, Managing Editor, Publisher and Author Liaison
Bio is forthcoming.
Jaime Cardy, B.Sc., J.D., LL.M., Managing Editor, Publisher and Author Liaison
Jaime Cardy is an Adjudicator at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and has recently completed an LLM in Health Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to becoming an adjudicator, Jaime worked in both public and private practice, focusing on health privacy, regulatory compliance, and risk management.
Alissa Raphael, BHSc (Hons), B.A., MSc, LL.B., Managing Editor, Peer Review Process
Alissa Raphael practises health law, acting as General Program Counsel for Miller Thomson On Call (MTOC), an innovative program designed for health industry clients providing practical and timely legal, risk management, policy development, and educational services. MTOC provides legal and risk management advice for day-to-day and urgent issues. An after-hours hotline is available for urgent legal matters.
Leane Lardner, LL.B., LL.M., Managing Editor, Peer Review Process
Leane completed her law degree in the UK at the University of Kent and has recently obtained her LL.M degree at the University of Toronto with a focus on health law. During her LL.M, Leane was also a Canadian Institutes of Health Research fellow studying the impact of innovative food labelling schemes on the rates of obesity. She is currently an Investigator at the Royal College of Dental Surgeons.
Gillian Kafka, Managing Editor, Peer Review Process
Bio is forthcoming.
Maria Eugenia Brunello, Managing Editor, Events
Bio is forthcoming.
Sana Ebrahimi, BSc., (Hons), J.D., Managing Editor – Events
Sana’s civil litigation practice includes class actions, commercial litigation, professional liability, and constitutional matters. Sana acted as class counsel on the LGBT Purge Class action, which secured a $145 million settlement from the federal government; the largest LGBTQ settlement anywhere in the world. Sana is also currently class counsel to uniformed female officers of the Waterloo Regional Police Service, alleging systemic gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and assault. She is passionate about human rights and advocating for the marginalized.
Prior to completing her articles at Cambridge LLP, Sana worked at the World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes. Sana completed her JD at the University of Ottawa, and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Toronto. She currently serves as a managing editor of Health Law in Canada.
Sara Elcombe, B.A. (Hons), M.A., J.D., Managing Editor, Events
Sara is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where she was also a Junior Fellow at Massey College. She began her career in the area of professional regulation and has since expanded her practice to include health law and policy, privacy law, and corporate law.
Michele Warner, M.S.W., J.D., Managing Editor, Associate Editors
Michele Warner is Director of Clinical Legal Services, and Clinical Legal Counsel, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (“CAMH”).
Michele provides general advice, advocacy and education services to CAMH clinical teams and administrators on a wide range of legal issues, including consent and capacity law, forensic mental health law, civil detention, and privacy law. She also advises CAMH on compliance with healthcare legislation and the development of clinical and organizational policies. Michele represents CAMH and its clinicians before administrative tribunals and at all levels of court. Michele also teaches on health law and mental health law, both internally at CAMH and externally. Prior to joining CAMH, Michele was an associate with the Health Law Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. In that role, she acted as counsel to healthcare institutions and their employees, including hospitals, clinics and community care access centers, in defending medical malpractice and personal injury claims and advising on compliance with healthcare legislation.
Michael Bowmile, B.A., M.A., J.D, Associate Editor
Bio is forthcoming.
Benny Chan, B.A. (Hons), M.A., LL.B., Associate Editor
Benny was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2018 after articling at Borden Ladner Gervais. He obtained his BCL/LLB from McGill University, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the McGill Journal of Law and Health. He has authored academic articles on various topics in health law, including assisted dying and health privacy. Prior to law school, Benny completed a master’s degree in ethics from Yale University as well as a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Toronto.
Maria Nunez, B.A. (Hon.), J.D., Associate Editor
Maria Aurora Nunez is a Policy Advisor at York University and a lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario. Maria has conducted international health law research for the Law Commission of Ontario, as well as privacy law and human rights law research for the Ontario Human Rights Commission. At Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Maria founded and chaired the Disability and Mental Health Law Club. She has a publication on the rights of post-secondary students with disabilities in the Canadian Legal Education Annual Review and a publication on behavioural neuroscience psychology research in the Journal of Neuropharmacology. Maria has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including a Women’s Law Association of Ontario/Aird & Berlis LLP Advocacy Award, an Ontario Bar Association Writing Award and a Calgary Herald Class Act Leadership Award.
Laurie Turner, B.A. (Hons), J.D, Associate Editor
Bio is forthcoming.
Diana Saturno, B.A. (Hons), LL.B., Associate Editor
Diana Saturno is a recent call to the bar with a passion for health law. Prior to articling at a full service Bay Street firm, Diana gained an interest in health law while working at a medical clinic and pharmacy. Her interests include traveling, reading, and cooking.