Who We Are

Board of Directors

ACE's Board of Directors is comprised of 12 members, five of whom must be age 55 or older. Board members are elected by the ACE membership. The elections take place at the annual general meeting which is held each year in the fall. ACE Board members come from a wide variety of backgrounds where everyone shares an interest in and commitment to the legal issues of older adults.

Our current directors are: 

  • Susan Bryson, Chair: Susan Bryson is a lawyer whose practice has been mainly in litigation in the areas of corporate and commercial law and professional regulation. She was a discipline counsel for many years with the Law Society of Ontario. She continues her work in professional regulation and discipline at the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario. Susan was an adjudicative member of the Toronto Local Appeal Body and volunteers as an adjudicator for the Human Resources Professionals Association.
  • Alexander Henderson, Vice Chair:  Alex is a lawyer in Toronto with a boutique law firm. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1978. He has been a lecturer, at continuing legal education seminars, for the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario), Law Society of Upper Canada and Osgoode Hall Law School. Alex first joined the Board of ACE in 1993. He is a past Chair of the Board and currently serves on a number of Committees, including the ACE Special Lecture Committee. Alex has found work on the Board interesting and at times challenging given the changing legal environment in Ontario.
  • Shelley Hobbs, Vice Chair: After 27 years as a guardianship lawyer at the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, Shelley retired to concentrate on other things including theatre, travel, and grandchildren. She is a  playwright and a hockey player. Born in Winnipeg, raised in Thunder Bay, she resides in Toronto, Ontario with her wife, Joan Jamieson. She is passionate about the proper treatment of our elders and the preservation of elder autonomy and rights. Shelley is honoured to serve on the Board for ACE.
  • Tom Warner, Treasurer:  Tom Warner has been an activist and advocate for LGBTQ rights for over 45 years. He was a leader of political action campaigns in the 1970s and 1980s to have sexual orientation included as a prohibited ground of discrimination in the Ontario Human Rights Code and during the 1990s to amend Ontario laws to extend legal recognition to same-sex spousal relationships. Tom was employed with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) from 1980 until his retirement in 2016.  He held a number of regulatory and senior executive positions including, most recently, Vice President and Registrar and Vice President, Regulatory and Standards.  In 2016, Tom was elected as the first Honorary Chartered Professional Accountant in Ontario. 
  • Holly LeValliant, Secretary: Holly is a lawyer in Toronto who specializes in estate litigation, with a focus on issues that directly affect the elderly, including will challenges, power of attorney disputes, guardianship applications and dependant support claims. Holly completed a clerkship with the Federal Court of Canada after graduating from law school. Holly joined the ACE Board of Directors in 2015.
  • Mary Ann Kim: Mary Ann is a marketing executive with nearly 20 years of experience building brands for leading consumer packaged goods organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Western University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.  Mary Ann developed a strong interest in issues facing seniors through her experience as a caregiver and advocate for her father following his stroke in 2012.  She is passionate about ACE’s mission and is honoured to serve on the Board and make a contribution.
  • Lyndsay O'Callaghan: Lyndsay is retired after running a conveyancing business for thirty years.  She became interested in the concerns of vulnerable seniors after dealing with an elder abuse issue twenty years ago.  This is her second tenure on the ACE board.
  • Marilyn White-Campbell: Marilyn is a Clinical Geriatric Addictions Consultant with St Joseph’s Health Center Guelph and COPA Reconnect. She is the provincial Lead for BSO BrainXchange Older Adult Substance Use Collaborative.  Marilyn is a co-investigator with CCSMH project to establish 4 national clinical best practice guidelines for SUD’s in older adults including Alcohol, Benzodiazepines, Cannabis and Opiates and is co-chair for the alcohol working group.  She is the recipient of the Ontario Psychogeriatric Award of Excellence, and nominated for the Services awards for Geriatric Excellence in Executive Leadership in 2015 and for innovation in Team for Geriatric Addictions in 2016.  She was the recipient of the inaugural 2018 CAGP/CCSMH Seniors’ Mental Health Outstanding Care & Integrative Practice Award from the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry/ CCSMH. With over 30 years clinical experience working with older adults with SUD’s she is recognized as a pioneer in the field of Geriatric Addictions.     
  • Joanna Taylor: Joanna is a retired nurse with experience in front-line nursing, as a professor of nursing at Laurentian University and as Chair of Continuing Education, Health Sciences and Human Services at Cambrian College. Over the years she has served on many Boards and Committees in the health care field. She recently moved from Northern Ontario to a retirement home in Toronto (Christie Gardens). Here, she sits on a committee which advises administration on health matters in the long term care section and the independent living area. She spent eight years as a caregiver for her husband who had Alzheimer’s. Joanna is pleased to be part of the ACE board advocating for the elderly, especially in the area of systemic challenges.
  • Dr. Carole A. CohenCarole Cohen is a geriatric psychiatrist. She is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is Clinical Director of the Community Psychiatric Services for the Elderly at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. This inter-professional team provides assessment and management of older adults with mental health and substance use problems (including dementia) in their place of residence (home, retirement home and long-term care homes). She has been active in inter-agency collaborative care and planning in North Toronto for decades. She has been involved with planning related to Behavioural Supports Ontario locally and provincially since the inception of the program. Dr Cohen is a consultant to the Capacity Assessment Office of the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. She teaches at the University of Toronto medical school and supervises psychiatry residents during their geriatrics rotation.
  • Grace Zhan: Grace is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with over 17 years experience in the accounting and finance field. She has been working in the banking industry and regulatory agency in the past, and currently she is at the Law Society providing guidance and coaching to the membership regarding trust, private mortgages, estate and general record keeping requirements. Grace deeply understands the challenges the elderly experience through taking care of her senior parents. She is pleased to join ACE and contribute to serving the needs of seniors.
  • Saman Jaffery Ullmann: Saman is an Executive Trust Officer with TD Private Trust. She works closely with individuals, families, and foundations to assist with estate planning or estate/trust administration. Working exclusively with vulnerable and elderly clients, Saman is deeply committed to issues that impact this community.  Prior to joining TD Private Trust, Saman was a practicing lawyer in the areas of estates, trusts, capacity and fiduciary litigation. Saman lives in Toronto with her husband, two teenage boys, and a very active three-year-old.
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ACE Staff

All the staff provide direct client services although each has a primary area of responsibility.

The lawyers include an Executive Director who is responsible for the overall operational management of the clinic.

Three Staff Litigation Lawyers are primarily responsible for the client intake service and any litigation. 

Two staff lawyers are "Institutional Advocates," responsible for providing legal services to clients who need advice or assistance regarding long-term care homes, hospitals, psychiatric facilities and other institutional settings.

Two licenced Paralegals manage client intake work, provide legal support and assistance to staff lawyers, and provide a wide range of other tasks that are necessary to deliver the range of legal services available from ACE.

An Administrative Co-ordinator attends to the day-to-day administrative functions of the clinic.

Lawyers

Graham Webb, Executive Director

Graham Webb has been the Executive Director of ACE from October 2016.  Prior to accepting this position, Graham was the Staff Litigation Lawyer at ACE from May 1995 to September 2016.

He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983, was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1985, and obtained an LL.M. (Tax) from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2001.  Before joining ACE, he was engaged in private practice for ten years in Barrie, Ontario, in a general practice with emphasis on civil and criminal litigation. He has appeared in civil and criminal matters at all levels of courts and tribunals, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court, and a wide range of administrative tribunals on jury and non-jury trials, appeals and administrative hearings. He gives frequent legal education presentations on elder law issues to older adults and service providers, including police, health-care professionals and other lawyers. Graham is a part-time evening instructor in Gerontology at Ryerson University, and has won an award from the Continuing Education Students' Association at Ryerson for excellence in teaching.

Rita Chrolavicius

Rita Chrolavicius graduated from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1983. Rita started working at ACE as a litigation lawyer in 1989.

Jane E. Meadus

Jane Meadus is a staff lawyer and the Institutional Advocate at ACE. She represents clients in long-term care homes, hospitals, psychiatric facilities and care homes (retirement homes) with respect to related legal issues. Jane has a B.A. Anthropology from McMaster University, an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa and was called to the bar in Ontario in 1993.  Jane practiced in the private bar until joining the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly in 1995. 

Jane is the author of Chapter 9:  Medical Issues, Housing Costs and Special Care Arrangements: Practical Considerations in the loose-leaf service Financial & Estate Planning for the Mature Client. She is a contributing author to Long-Term Care Facilities in Ontario: The Advocate's Manual published by the ACE. Jane is a regular speaker at educational seminars and before various groups.

Jane is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies.

Karen Steward

Karen Steward joined ACE as a staff lawyer in December 2015. At ACE, she works on law reform initiatives, public legal education, and litigation (with a strong interest in constitutional and human rights issues). 

Karen was called in the Bar in Ontario in 2010 after graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School, where she was ranked in the top three percent of her graduating class. She received, among others, prizes for finishing first place in final year examinations and for the highest standing in courses on civil liberties, due process or the Charter.

Karen clerked at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto and was a summer student at the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. Prior to joining ACE, she worked at a social justice law firm where her practice included civil and estate litigation, proceedings based on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and acting as counsel for complainants/witnesses in criminal matters.

Karen has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as at administrative bodies including the Consent and Capacity Board, the Ontario Review Board and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board. 

Clara McGregor

Clara joined ACE as a staff lawyer in 2016.  She spends most of her time working directly with our clients providing summary legal advice on intake work, managing complex civil litigation matters, and everything in between.  She enjoys public speaking and presents to diverse audiences about many legal issues including housing rights, elder abuse, public pensions, and substitute decision making.  She trains and supervises our rotating team of students and contributes her experience to various committees and projects which focus on the rights of low-income older adults. She is keenly interested in practical problem solving, peaceful conflict resolution, and access to justice.

Clara graduated from Queen’s University Faculty of Law and prior to joining ACE, she was an associate at a small Toronto litigation firm where she defended professionals, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations in legal disputes.  Clara is a long-time organizer of the Blue Skies Music Festival and a committed environmentalist.

Alyssa Lane

Alyssa joined ACE as a staff lawyer and our second Institutional Advocate in June 2019. She represents clients on age-related issues in long-term care homes, hospitals and psychiatric facilities. 

Alyssa graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School. She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from Western University and a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Ethics and Law from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. 

During law school, she completed in the Disability Law Intensive Program at ARCH Disability Law Centre. Prior to joining ACE, Alyssa was in-house counsel at a healthcare union.

Sarah Tella 

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Licenced Paralegal Staff

Angeline Douglas

Angeline Douglas joined ACE in 2014.  Angeline is a Licenced Paralegal and a member in good standing at the Law Society of Ontario.  She graduated with honours with an Applied Arts degree in Paralegal Studies from Humber College in 2011. 

Angeline has extensive experience as a Litigation Law Clerk and Paralegal from various law firms.  Angeline previously worked as a sole practitioner focusing on Landlord and Tenant law and Small Claims Court actions.  Angeline’s qualifications include Law Clerk Diploma and Bookkeeping Certificate.  

Angeline has volunteered in the community with various youth and adult non-profit community groups and at the Osgoode Hall Law School. 

In 2019, Angeline received a Certificate in Elder Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Jocelynne Hiley

Molly Rotering

Molly volunteered with ACE prior to completing her paralegal field placement hours at ACE. Molly graduated from the George Brown paralegal program and became a licensed paralegal in 2018. She worked at ACE from 2018-2019. Molly is a paralegal in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario and has re-joined ACE. Molly has a certificate in Elder Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. 

Molly is on the board of a small non-profit organization and volunteers at her child’s school as well as with an animal rescue organization. 

Community Outreach Co-Ordinator

Kimber-lee Wargalla

Kimber-lee joined ACE in 2020. She graduated from the George Brown paralegal program and became a licensed paralegal in 2018.  Kimber-lee is a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario. 

Kimber-lee comes to ACE with strong beliefs that the clinics are a crucial spoke in the wheel of justice and an advocacy system that works at forming lasting community relations. She uses her past work and a multitude of life experiences to help connect with people from all walks of life.  Growing up in a household where human rights, the fight for equality and social justice were common conversations that stemmed into action has helped  Kimber-lee’s desire for community development work. Access to justice starts with educating and organizing the community so that community knows its rights and can stand up for themselves.

Administrative Co-Ordinator

Heather Jonasson