Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers' Compensation
Mr. Mah is a real estate professional with over 38 years’ experience in the industry. Mr. Mah taught extensively over the past 28 years with the University of Alberta and the Alberta Real Estate Association and the Edmonton Real Estate Board.Mr. Mah is actively involved with his community and boards.
Ms. Lynn Parish is a lawyer currently working as a Hearing Chair with the Alberta Appeals Commission for Workers’ Compensation. She was a Mediator with Alberta Municipal Affairs. She has an extensive background with administrative tribunals in addition to being a part-time instructor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Alberta.
Ms. Bonnett is a lawyer with 19 years of experience primarily in the oil and gas sector. She has experience with other boards.
Michael Humphreys worked as a lawyer in the United Kingdom, almost exclusively on behalf of members of Trade Unions, pursuing claims for damages for accidents at work, breaches of employment rights, discrimination and human rights violations. In 2000, he was appointed to sit as a Part Time Chairman of Employment Tribunals. In 2007, he came to Canada and obtained a position as an Appeals Advisor at the Workers’ Compensation Board.
After 34 years of service, Gary Peckham retired from the Alberta Public Service. In his roles he has had extensive management experience. Former positions include the Chair of the Alberta Debtors Assistance Board, Statute Administrator for various pieces of legislation and was the former Director of the Service Alberta’s Contact Centre. He has several management certificates and has received three Premier’s Awards of Excellence during his career.
Todd Laycock has 25 years with the Edmonton Police Service, 2014 he moved to industrial security. He has experience in operational, investigative, administrative, patrol, major crimes and human resources divisions. His work in industrial security is with Alberta oil and gas. He has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Alberta, Certificate in Police Management from University of Alberta Faculty of Extension, and designations in industrial security from the American Society for Industrial Security.
Jamie Tiessen brings experience and extensive knowledge of governance, tribunals and policies, with expertise in administering, supporting and delivering programs and services that represent the interests of residents, government and stakeholders. Jamie has served the public on many boards and tribunals including the Appeals panels for the ministries of Human Services and Health. Throughout his 23-year career in media and broadcasting, he has operated radio stations and broadcast networks in the Calgary area, and held positions as an executive, director, chairperson and consultant.
Mohamed Amery practices law at Lindsey MacCarthy LLP in Calgary where he focuses on business litigation matters. He has regularly appeared before all levels of court since being called to the Alberta Bar in 2011. Mr. Amery is a dedicated volunteer and scholar with significant board and governance experience, having served the community for many years.
Giuseppa Bentivegna is a highly experienced legal counsel with an extensive background in both administrative law and tribunal decision making. She has held a number of leadership roles, including Chair of the Ontario Review Board (rendering decisions under the Criminal Code’s mental disorder provisions) and as Senior Counsel for the Alberta Utilities Commission and its predecessor. She holds a Law Degree from the University of Montreal and a Master of Laws from Dalhousie University.
Christina Clark is a Professional Engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), and a Qualified Mediator registered through the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta (ADRIA). Most recently, she was Vice-President, Transmission and Distribution Planning and Operations, with ATCO Electric. Throughout her career, she has worked with a variety of dispute resolution models including administrative tribunals, commercial and labour negotiations and mediation.
Charles Fisher is an adjudicator with many years of experience adjudicating workers compensation, injury and medical disability appeals claims. He has a 30-year history of involvement in labour arbitrations, occupational health and safety, workers compensation and medical disability related appeal hearings. He has received specific training from the Alberta Foundation of Administrative Justice in all areas of Administrative Law.
Miles Weatherall is a Management Consultant, he was with Alberta Public Service for 38 years. He has experience in quasi-judicial roles, is a member of the Municipal Government Board, the Life Insurance Council and the Alberta Mental Health Review Panel Roster. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Administration with Distinction, a Certificate in Public Administration from Athabasca University and a Master of Business Administration at Athabasca University.
Tiana Field-Ridley is currently a mental health first aid instructor working in a variety of industries as a facilitator. She has also been a member of the Mental Health Review Panel, a quasi-judicial board, for the past six years, and serves on some community boards to develop recreational community projects. She is certified in mediation and conflict resolution and is involved in alternate dispute resolution processes. Underpinning her experience is a Bachelor of Human Services with a major in Psychology.
Glavin, J. Gibson
Gibson Glavin was with the Alberta Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for over 31 years, in positions of Executive Assistant to the Senior Deputy Commissioner at RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa, Aid-de-Camp for Lieutenant Government of Alberta, Officer in Charge of Strategic Communications and Provincial Support Services for Alberta RCMP. He has experience as a tribunal adjudicator, a degree in Communications, Certificate in Police Leadership, and a Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb.).
Vesna Kavaz is an educator and appeal board member. She was appointed to five Community and Social Services Appeal Panels in 2016. She has worked at community agencies, schools, universities and colleges. She believes in equal opportunity and fair treatment for all people regardless of their cultural, social and economic background. She holds credentials from Simon Fraser University and the University of Zagreb.
Kevin Kelly is a lawyer who works with individuals, organizations and boards to help them resolve disputes. He has served on numerous boards, hearing panels and advisory committees. He has extensive training in arbitration, mediation, negotiation and conflict management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History (1989) from the University of Victoria and Law degree (1993) from Cardiff School of Law and Politics.
David Melney completed the MacEwan law enforcement program. He was a police officer in Hinton and then at Edmonton Police Service (EPS). In 1991, he was with Alberta Justice as a Provincial Prosecutor, prosecuting regulatory offences. He served as a Hearing Adjudicator with the Solicitor General of Alberta. In retirement, he was a member of the Attendance Board with Alberta Education and President of the Alberta Provincial Prosecutors Association.
Joshua Fernando has a Bachelor of Kinesiology from University of Manitoba. In 2011, he held a position at Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) Alberta, to interpret and apply WCB policies through medical investigation and weighing of evidence, as a WCB Advocate at a large-scale union. Currently, he is a business insurance broker assisting employers by providing expert advice in occupational and non-occupational absences and its effects on premium rates.
Paul Paquette has served on various boards/committees as a Chair and Board Member. His Board Member experience includes being on Strathcona County Assessment Review Board, the Child Care Licensing Review Board and the Bargaining Unit Long Term Disability Income Continuance Second Level Appeal Board. His past experience includes representing injured workers in connection with disability claims.
Rohit Verma is a lawyer with over 14 years’ experience in administrative and regulatory law. He served as Assistant General Council with Real Estate Council of Alberta, Municipal Prosecutor with City of Calgary and Appeals Advisor. He has experience working for the International Criminal Court, International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia and United Nations (U.N.) Office on Drugs and Crime. Also he was an educator at SAIT, a volunteer with Calgary Legal Guidance and is a qualified mediator.
Brittain, Grace Anne
Grace Brittain is a Registered Nurse with a diverse background in health care management, education, and administrative justice.
She has been a commissioner and ad hoc chair for the Appeals Commission for Alberta Worker’s Compensation Board, chair with the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped and public member on the Health Professions Act Hearing Tribunal Roster. Most recently, Grace was appointed as a Public Adjudicator for the Law Society of Alberta and is a public member with the Mental Health Review Panel Roster and board member with the Long Term Disability Second Level Appeal Board.
Gordon Bogstie finished a 32 year career with Canada Post. He has served on two previous boards. He was appointed to the Board of Referees for nine years, which dealt with matters concerning employment insurance. He has also served on the Appeals Commission for the Worker's Compensation Board of Alberta as an appeals commissioner. He has a degree from the University of Calgary in history.
Mr. Jerard McKenna is a lawyer in Alberta and is involved in work relating to administrative tribunals, including giving legal advice. For the past several years he has also been involved with three different administrative tribunals as a member, and have thereby developed skills in participating as part of a panel of tribunal members. In some situations, he has acted as chair of the panel during such hearings and drafted the decision required. Mr. McKenna as volunteered and continues to volunteered with various community organizations.
Lisa Heighington is a registered nurse who has had a career with Alberta Health Services for over 30 years. She has worked at the bedside, in quality improvement, in disability management, as a transplant coordinator and presently as a nurse educator for a nutrition support program. Lisa also has specialized training as a legal nurse consultant. She is currently serving on the Hearing Tribunal with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta.