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 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.
  • Gerda Kaegi, Vice Chair:  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.
  • Tom Warner, Vice Chair:  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. 
  • Lidia Angelovski, Treasurer: 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.
  • 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.  In her spare time, she volunteers at a specialty HIV/AIDS hospital.  Holly joined the ACE Board of Directors in 2015.
  • Alexander Henderson:  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.
  • 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.

    Mary Ann Kim:  Mary Ann Kim is a senior marketer with nearly 20 years of experience building brands with 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 has been a caregiver and advocate for her father since his stroke in 2012 and from this experience has developed a strong interest in issues facing seniors.  She is passionate about ACE’s mission and is looking forward to the opportunity to serve on the Board and make a contribution.

  • Lyndsay O'Callaghan
  • Marilyn White-Campbell
  • 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.

  • Shelley Hobbs

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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 Institutional Advocate in June 2019. She represents clients on age-related issues in long-term care homes, hospitals and psychiatric facilities. 

Alyssa was called to the Bar in 2018 after graduating 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.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. 

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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 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 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

Administrative Co-ordinator

Heather Jonasson