Who We Are

Board of Directors

ACE's Board of Directors is comprised of 13 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:

  • Lyndsay O'Callaghan, Chair: Lyndsay has had her own business as a freelance title searcher for thirty years. She became interested in ACE and its work while being an advocate for elderly friends and relatives. She joined the board in 2012. 
  • Lidia Angelovski, Vice-Chair: Lidia is a designated accountant with extensive experience in the accounting and finance field.  Lidia has always had an interest in issues and challenges faced by the elderly.  She experienced first-hand the importance of an advocate when she took on this role during her father’s long-term hospital stay.  Lidia is pleased to have the opportunity and is eager to make a contribution to ACE.
  • 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.
  • Stacey Ferguson, Treasurer: Stacey graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration – Co-op Option in 2007 and obtained her C.A. designation in 2009. Stacey works as Manager, Technical Accounting at Maple Leaf Foods Inc. and is actively involved in the preparation of the consolidated financial statements for Maple Leaf Foods as well as consulting with the other members of the finance department on accounting topics including complex accounting topics.
  • Irene Carriere, Secretary:  Irene has a background in education. On returning to the work force after a brief hiatus as a stay-at-home mom, she became a conveyancer. She has remained in the legal field, managing a small law firm for the past 25 years assisting with real estate and estate files. Irene also serves on the Board of Directors for Nuc-Tuct Non-Profit Homes Corporation which operates Lester B. Pearson Place in North York. As caregiver for a number of aging relatives, Irene is very aware of the ever-growing need for advocacy for the elderly and is pleased to have the opportunity to learn and serve with ACE.
  • Dr. Rosemary Meier: Rosemary is a retired geriatric psychiatrist.She is glad to be able to make a contribution by serving on ACE's Board as she has long appreciated ACE's work and innovativeness. Rosemary is also the Ontario Psychiatric Association's representative on the Public Guardian and Trustee's Guardianship Committee and a member of the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board and the Family Service Toronto Elder Abuse Consultation Team.  Rosemary  participates in CMHA and OTN sessions on mental health and addictions in older adults; she is a consultant to CCVT (Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture) and participates in the CCVT Mental Health certificate program on Growing Older as a New Canadian.
  • Gerda Kaegi:  Gerda is Professor Emerita, Ryerson University, Department of Politics and Public Administration. She was co-founder and is the current coordinator of the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management at the Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University.  She has served on a wide variety of community organizations in the greater Toronto area as a volunteer board member.
  • Justin Dela Pena: Justin is a lawyer in Toronto practicing as a sole practitioner. He was called to the bar in 2011. Justin developed an interest in working with the elderly while working at a Toronto community centre. He has been involved with various initiatives for at-risk youth and the elderly, including developing tutoring and mentorship initiatives and working as a community service caseworker. During his legal studies, Justin volunteered for the community legal clinic at Community Legal Aid. He joined the ACE Board of Directors in 2013.
  • Holly LeValliant: 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.  In her spare time, she volunteers at a specialty HIV/AIDS hospital.  Holly joined the ACE Board of Directors in 2015.
  • Maurice Richman: For the past 17 years, Maurice has been working with the City of Toronto, Shelter Housing and Support Division as a community social worker working with marginalized homeless men. Maurice assists clients to access and maintain affordable housing. His knowledge and experience in working with seniors is invaluable and he is a great asset to the Seaton Housing team. Maurice has been especially active in developing community partnerships with non for profit housing providers. Maurice looks forward to contributing to the ACE board to continue to advocate for homeless seniors. 
  • Jonathan Fernandes: Jonathan is a lawyer that practices in Toronto and Calgary. He is passionate about liberty - an inherit natural right of every individual. This passion drives Jonathan's practice and is why he joined the Advocacy Center for the Elderly. Before entering the practice of law, Jonathan was a professional engineer and a real-time energy trader. He holds a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Calgary, and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia.
  • Susan Bryson: Susan is a lawyer who was called to the bar in 1990. She is an adjudicator for the Human Resources Professionals Association. Susan is an executive member of the Ontario Bar Association, Public Sector Lawyers Section. Until 2014, she prosecuted lawyer and paralegal professional discipline cases for many years for The Law Society of Upper Canada. Prior to that, she was a civil litigator with a Toronto firm and practised in the areas of corporate/commercial, real estate, professional negligence, personal injury and wrongful dismissal law. Susan taught advocacy at the Ontario Bar Admission Course. She was a director and president of a residential condominium corporation for several years.
  • Edward Hanna: Edward has been a practicing lawyer in Jamaica for upwards of thirty two years and became licensed as a lawyer by the Law Society of Upper Canada in September of 2016. He is also an out of state member of the Florida Bar where he was admitted in 1981.
    His practice in Jamaica involves real estate and estate administration and he has a keen interest in Elder Law issues having served previously as a Director and Vice-chair of ACE. Edward looks forward to returning to the Board as a Director. 

 

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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, along with the Office Manager, is responsible for the operational management of the clinic. Two of the lawyers are primarily responsible for the client intake service and any litigation. Our research lawyer is mainly responsible for conducting legal research, as well as maintaining the ACE publications and website. One lawyer is an "Institutional Advocate" who is responsible for providing legal services to clients who need advice or assistance regarding long-term care homes, hospitals, psychiatric facilities and other institutional settings.

The three support staff include an Office Manager who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office. Two intake/support workers do the initial client intake work, the administrative duties, as well as a wide range of other tasks that are necessary to deliver the range of legal services available from ACE.

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 keen interest in constitutional and human rights issues). 
 
Prior to joining ACE, Karen worked at a social justice law firm, where she appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, the Consent and Capacity Board and the Ontario Review Board. 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 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. 
 
Karen is an OBA representative on the Ontario Courts Accessibility Committee.

Clara McGregor

Clara joined ACE as a staff litigation lawyer in November of 2016.  She primarily works on litigation and public legal education initiatives.  She is keenly interested in practical problem solving, peaceful conflict resolution, and access to justice.

Prior to joining at ACE, Clara was an associate at a small Toronto litigation firm where she defended a variety of professionals, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations in a variety of legal disputes.  Outside of the office, Clara owns and operates a sustainable flower farm.

 
 

Administrative Staff

Maleksultan Kaba

Maleksultan Kaba joined ACE as the Office Manager in 2006. She graduated with a combined honours degree in Political Science and Religious Studies from the University of Western Ontario in 1996. 

Maleksultan brings a diverse work experience to ACE as she has worked in corporate, not-for-profit, academic and international sectors. Before ACE, she worked at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Head Office and Kearsley's Travel in Tanzania, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Royal Bank of Canada, Wellington Insurance, the Canadian Churches Forum for Global Ministries and the University of Toronto.

Maleksultan is deeply involved with her community and the community at large as a volunteer.

Angeline Douglas

Angeline Douglas joined ACE as a Paralegal/Law Clerk in 2014.  Angeline is a Licenced Paralegal and a member in good standing at the Law Society of Upper Canada.  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 from various law firms and worked as a Paralegal 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.