Lucy Becker is a retired public affairs/communications executive who has an extensive background in the regulation of the investment, legal, health and bereavement sectors.
Since retiring in 2021 from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, a pan Canadian self-regulatory organization with oversight of the investment industry and trading on Canada’s capital markets, she was appointed by the Ontario Government to the Board of Directors of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) Governing Council.
Today, she also serves as an adjudicator with the Ontario Physicians and Surgeons Discipline Tribunal, is on the CPSO’s Fitness to Practice Committee, and is a member of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority Consumer Advisory Panel. In addition, she volunteers as a Director for the Don Valley Community Legal Services, a legal aid clinic that provides free legal services to people of modest means in one of the City of Toronto’s largest and most diverse catchment areas.
During her 30 plus year career, Becker also spent several years on the executive of the Law Society of Upper Canada (now Ontario), worked for one of Canada’s independent investment firms and served as a public servant in the Ontario Government beginning with her first communications position at the Ontario Provincial Police News Bureau. Having studied journalism and public administration, Becker began her career as a journalist with the Ajax-Pickering News Advertiser and Oshawa-Whitby This Week in Durham Region.
Anita Vergis is a lawyer and a mediator. Anita was a partner in a downtown Vancouver law firm prior to opening her own dispute resolution business providing mediators (to settle disputes), arbitrators (to rule on disputes) and custom dispute resolution design. Currently Anita practices in the area of class action/mass tort law. Anita has had the privilege of being counsel on several class actions including Zimmer Durom hip implant, hormone replacement therapy and Fosamax. Most recently Anita has worked on the RCMP gender and/or sexual orientation based harassment and the Sixties Scoop class actions.
Anita is a C. Med. and a member of the Civil Roster of MediateBC. To date Anita has mediated in excess of 3500 disputes.
The Rev. Canon Cheryl Palmer is currently the rector of Christ Church, Deer Park (Anglican) in Toronto. Prior to that, she has served as Director of Cemetery Ministries for St.John’s Norway in Toronto, and was rector of St. Clement’s Anglican Church in North Toronto for sixteen years. In the previous years Canon Palmer was the Anglican Chaplain at the Hospital For Sick Children, during which time she was an Honorary Assistant at Christ Church, Deer Park. She has also served as Associate Priest at St Stephen’s, Downsview, and as Assistant Curate at St John’s Church, Ancaster (Diocese of Niagara). Canon Palmer received her undergraduate degree from Queens University and her Masters of Divinity from Trinity College, University of Toronto.
Born in Jamaica, Canon Palmer moved to Canada with her family in 1975. Though she was ordained deacon (1985) and priest (1986) in the Diocese of Niagara, most of her priestly ministry has been served in the Diocese of Toronto. She is married to Danylo Dzwonyk.
George E. Lafond is a member of the Muskeg Lake (Treaty 6) Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. He was raised in the community by his mother, one of the first women chiefs to hold office in Canada, the late Senator Alpha Lafond, and his father, a veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict, Albert Lafond, along with his brothers and sisters and extended family.
George has been involved in community development and service in a variety of roles during his professional career. He worked in recreation at the band level, obtained a teaching degree and taught high school in Saskatoon, and has been both the elected Tribal and Vice-Tribal Chief for the Saskatoon Tribal Council. George has been involved in many initiatives to bring innovative community, economic and social development to First Nations peoples in Saskatchewan and Canada.
George has sought out partnerships and encouraged community initiatives to better serve and reflect the participation and involvement of First Nations peoples in all aspects of the life of Saskatchewan.
A life-long supporter and participant in sports and recreation, George has coached hockey, baseball and other sports at all levels, from novice to midget, and firmly believes that the lessons from the locker room of persistence and commitment can help boost the resilience of First Nations individuals, families and communities.
George believes that reconciliation is a key theme for the work of this generation of leaders and that building a common understanding of the treaty relationship, treaty history and the spirit and intent of treaties is at the core of what reconciliation means. He hopes to bring that commitment, his grounding in community and the broader life of the province, to his role and to serve the parties as Treaty Commissioner.
Ann Dillon is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and practised corporate law as a partner of two major Toronto law firms for almost 20 years. After a sabbatical in which she raised her four children, she served as a Canadian Citizenship Judge in Vancouver where she participated in a number of national working groups and represented the Citizenship Commission on legal panels relating to citizenship.
Ms Dillon has been a community volunteer, frequently in the educational field. She has served on a number of not for profit boards where her major focus was on strategic planning and governance. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts (economics) degree from Queen’s University and supplemented her legal training with courses in mediation and conflict resolution.