Wednesday April 19, 2017
303 Bay Street
Toronto ON M5H 2R1
Annette Wagner, Director of Operations (NRVMS Inc.)
Master of Ceremonies
With over 20 years of Medico-Legal Industry related experience Ms. Wagner has been a part of the NRVMS Team since it’s inception. Prior to joining NRVMS, Ms. Wagner was the sole proprietor of Independent Forensic Evaluators which is now in its 14th year of operation focusing on providing the Accident / Benefits insurance market with medical and rehabilitation assessments. In Ms. Wagner’s spare time she has indulged in the field of youth coaching and currently volunteers as a Coaching Captain for other “Kid Coaches” and children between the ages of (9 to 12). She is currently furthering her career aspirations in the area of investment and financial services.
George O. Frank, B.Math, LL.B. (DSF)
Master of Ceremonies
George was called to the Bar in 1982, after receiving a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and his LL.B. from Queen’s University Law School in Kingston, Ontario, where he won awards in Contracts Law and Mediations and Arbitrations. He has practiced primarily in the area of civil litigation throughout his career. George heads our civil litigation and insurance defence groups. He has been certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in Civil Litigation.
Although the focus of George's practice is in the areas of personal injury, insurance defence and related areas, he also has extensive experience and expertise in employment law and wrongful dismissal, injunctions and equitable relief, real estate litigation, estates litigation and a wide variety of other commercial litigation. George also has extensive training and experience in mediations and alternative dispute resolution.
George has appeared before many different courts and tribunals in Ontario, including the Federal Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board, the Ontario Municipal Board, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and the CPP Review Tribunal. Cases in which George has been counsel have been reported in the Ontario Reports, the Canadian Bankruptcy Reports, Carswell Practice Cases, the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure and other trade and business publications.
George has been an instructor of Civil Litigation at the Bar Admission Course in Toronto and a mediator and judge at the International Competition for Mediation Advocacy. He has spoken at various continuing education and other programmes on a variety of legal topics.
Among his professional affiliations as a family mediator and lawyer, George is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Toronto Lawyers Association, the Advocates' Society and the Canadian Defence Lawyers Association.
Steve Lurie, Executive Director
Canadian Mental Health Association (Toronto Branch)
Charity Recipient Representative
Steve Lurie is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch, a post he has held since 1979. Steve has written and lectured extensively on mental health policy issues. He was a principal author of the Graham Report, Building Community Support for People, and conducted the 1992 snapshot of community mental health programs for the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Minimum Data Set Pilot Project (1998), which established a common data set for the reporting of client characteristics and outcomes in community and hospital based mental health services. He served as guest editor of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health special issue, Innovation in Community Mental Health: International Perspectives.
Since 2004 Steve has had a collaborative relationship with SCARF, a community mental health and research organization in Chennai, India. In 2007 Steve provided technical assistance to the development of a national mental health plan in Kyrgyzstan, through a project funded by the Soros Foundation. As well Steve and CMHA Toronto have hosted organizations from China, India, US, New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Japan. In 2008 Steve lectured in Japan about community mental health systems, hosted by the Matsubara Psychiatric Hospital.
In 2005 he provided technical assistance to the Senate Committee Report Out of the Shadows At Last: Transforming Mental Health and Addiction Services in Canada. In August 2007, he was appointed to chair the Service Systems Advisory Committee for the newly established Mental Health Commission of Canada. He was recently awarded the Canadian Mental Health Association's CM Hincks award for national leadership in mental health. In 2016, Steve was awarded the Order of Canada.
Steve has a Masters in Management (MM) from the McGill McConnell Voluntary Sector Leadership program (2002) and has a BA (1971) and MSW (1973) from the University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work where he is now an adjunct professor.
Lianne Sharvit, B.A., J.D. (DSF)
Threshold Updates Speakers
Lianne is a graduate of McMaster University (B.A. in Political Science) and Osgoode Hall Law School (J.D.).
Following her call to the Bar in 2014, Lianne joined Devry Smith Frank's insurance defence and personal injury groups as an associate. She represents insurers and accident victims with respect to both tort actions and accident benefits claims. Lianne has appeared in the Small Claims Court, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. She has extensive experience with interlocutory matters, including motions for summary judgment and examinations for discovery, and has been involved in accident benefits arbitrations, as well as private arbitrations relating to loss-transfer disputes. She has participated in a number of jury trials at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Lianne is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto.
An avid traveller, Lianne has journeyed across Canada, Israel, the United States and Japan as well as to numerous countries in Europe and Southeast Asia. During law school, Lianne attended the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, for a semester exchange, as well as the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, for a summer exchange. In her spare time, Lianne enjoys horse back riding.
Dr. Ivan Kiss, hon. B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D., C.Psych
Registered Psychologist & Neuropsychologist
Dr. Ivan Kiss has a doctorate in psychology with post-doctoral training in neuropsychology. Dr. Kiss provides psychological, neuropsychological and disability assessments for individuals with traumatic, neurological and psychiatric disorders. He has worked in both the public and private sectors in several Canadian Provinces and in The United States. Dr. Kiss has engaged in studies to advance neuropsychology and has received multiple independent research grants and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Kiss also provides consultation to insurers and both plaintiff and defence lawyers. Dr. Kiss has been practicing since 1989.
Dr. Robert Notkin, MD, CM, FRCPC
Psychiatrist/President, Psymed Inc. and Co-Author, IME Guidelines for Canadian Society of Medical examiners
DR. ROBERT NOTKIN MD, CM, FRCPC is psychiatrist and president of Psymed, the only nationwide provider specializing exclusively in psychiatric, psychological and neuropsychological IMEs. He is a “Distinguished Fellow” of the American Psychiatric Association(APA), and a member of the Board Executive of the APA (ODB) and more recently Immediate Past President, and Chair of their Insurance Subcommittee. He has served as Canadian Member to The Corresponding Committee on Psychiatry in the Workplace of the APA. He was elected to the Executive of the Board of Directors of CSME in 2002 as a member at large and is now Past President. He co-authored their guidelines for psychiatric IME report writing and currently serves as Chair of their Ethics Committee. He is a Faculty member of the Université de Montréal, Faculty of Medicine, Insurance Medicine and Medicolegal Expertise Program. At the University, his lecture topics include “The Difficult Claimant”, and “The Format of the Psychiatric IME”. In recent years, he has spoken nationally and internationally to the Medicolegal, Insurance and reinsurance communities on civil-forensic psychiatric issues. He will be chairing the Round-table on medically undefined diseases, somatoform disorders and falsification this coming September at the 4th AIDC (Intl Association of Bodily Impairment) Congress in Montreal. His practice is concentrated in the areas of Assessments, Consultations and Disability Management Services, with special reference to the provision of medicolegal reports for counsel.
The Honourable Patrik T. Galligan, Q.C.
Mr. Galligan is a founding member of ADR Chambers. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario in February 1970 and to the Ontario Court of Appeal in February 1989. In December 1995, he retired from the Bench and commenced his practice in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
During his early career, Mr. Galligan practiced as a litigation counsel. He appeared and argued matters in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Exchequer Court of Canada, the Court Martial Appeal Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the High Court of Justice and in most of the County Courts in the eastern part of the Province of Ontario. He was involved as Counsel in a number of cases reported in the Law Reports in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the High Court of Justice.
Mr. Galligan was a sessional lecturer at the University of Ottawa Law School from 1960-1970. He was appointed a member of The Law Society of Upper Canada, Special Committee on Legal Education, in April 1970. Following his appointment to the Bench, Mr. Galligan participated in numerous professional and educational programmes which were presented to the Judiciary and the Legal Profession.
Since becoming a member of ADR Chambers, Mr. Galligan has acted as an arbitrator and as a mediator on numerous matters. The range of issues with which he deals is broad. It encompasses corporate and commercial disputes, shareholder disputes, termination of employment, personal injury, environmental contamination, rental determinations, valuation of businesses, family law issues, breach of contract, and related matters. On behalf of the Attorney General of Ontario, he has conducted investigations and reported on them.
Mr. Galligan is also a member of ADR Chambers International panel of Arbitrators. He is available for all forms of ad hoc and institutional assignments in arbitration.
At the present time, Mr. Galligan's practice is principally that of an arbitrator in corporate and commercial disputes. He conducts arbitrations pursuant to the International Commercial Arbitration Act and the Arbitration Act (Ontario). Among the matters which he has arbitrated are:
From time to time, Mr. Galligan acts as chair of discipline committees of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
Mr. Pat Brown, Principal Partner with McLeish Orlando Critical Injury Lawyers
Council for Plaintiff
Patrick Brown is a principal partner of the firm and has been practicing critical injury in Ontario for over 20 years. His cases have involved children, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, biking/cycling injury, daycare and camp negligence, drowning, road disrepair and motor vehicle collisions. He is one of a select set of lawyers in Ontario who is a Certified Specialist with the Law Society and has been voted by his fellow lawyers and listed in Best Lawyers Canada and Lexpert Lawyer Rankings. He was recently awarded the Active Transportation Champion of the Year Award by TCAT for his advocacy work with pedestrians and cyclists. In 2012 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and is their Past President. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, cycling and playing hockey.
During his career, he has successfully conducted jury and non-jury trials and has been recognized for his advocacy skills. After successfully obtaining the jury verdict in the case of Ishoy v. Abreau, which involved a five time Olympian who was seriously injured, the trial judge stated “counsel presented their case in a focused, well organized fashion. Their trial preparation resulted in well prepared and focused witnesses. The charts, aerial photographs, medical illustrations, and demonstrative evidence both assisted the jury in understanding the medical and liability issues…Mr. Brown was lead counsel …his closing address to the jury was dramatic, focused and effective.” After obtaining a multi-million-dollar award in Roberts v. Morana, a case involving road disrepair, Justice O'Brien noted “I have not seen a case which has been better prepared or presented than this one.” His advocacy skills have assisted Patrick in ensuring his clients are awarded fair and reasonable awards.
Patrick was appointed by the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario as an expert to the Ontario Coroners 4 Year Review on Cycling Deaths. He was selected to provide legal insight and expertise on ways to prevent cycling deaths within Ontario while representing the interests of cycling organizations such as CycleToronto, ARC, 8-80 Cities, and the United Senior Citizens of Ontario. When the Bike Law Network expanded to represent Canadian cyclists, Patrick joined as the representation for Canada in Bicycle Injury Cases.
As a leader in his field, he has taught advocacy for legal associations and the Law Society and has been widely published within Canada Law Books and legal magazines. He has been a guest speaker across Canada and has been appeared on television and talk radio including Canada AM, CBC News, CP24, CTV News, Global Morning Show, CityTV News, CFTO, Le Drew Live, Goldhawk Fights Back, John Moore Show 1010, Dave Agar Show 1010, Live Drive John Tory, Moose FM, 680 and other talk radio shows in the province. He Chaired the Trial Lawyers for Veterans which provided free legal advice to disabled veterans returning to Canada from oversea conflicts. He also started and continues the annual Toronto Helmet on Kids program where he and his firm have donated over a thousand helmets to children across Toronto to reduce head injuries. He was Co-Chair with Dr. Charles Tator for Concussion Ontario on their Recognition and Awareness Committee which seeks to prevent the impact of concussions within team sports. He is a former director and founding member of CycleToronto, a proud member of Bikelaw and the Chair of the Ontario Safety League. He is the Past Chair with the Ontario Bar Associations Insurance Law Section. He frequently attends at Queens Park and Government Ministries regarding legislative reform and consultation.
Catherine Bruder, Partner with Bruder/Sprinstead L.L.P.
Council for the Defence
Catherine A. Bruder is an experienced civil litigator, and founding partner of Bruder Springstead LLP. Catherine has appeared as counsel in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, and the Ontario Court of Appeal. Catherine has also appeared on applications and arbitrations before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, respectively.
Catherine has a diverse civil litigation practice, encompassing areas including serious personal injury, professional negligence, product liability, commercial disputes and insurance coverage issues. Catherine has a keen understanding of her clients’ needs and interests, and takes pride in servicing those needs in an innovative, effective and timely way.
Catherine has deep ties in the legal community. She has presented a number of seminars to lawyers and insurance professionals on topics including commercial general liability policies, automobile insurance policies, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act applications, and advertising injury offences.