Mediation is a voluntary and confidential option for parties who want to try to resolve their complaint before it goes to a hearing. The Tribunal offers mediation services at any time and in a variety of formats: in-person, virtually, or a combination of both. Below are the profiles of the Tribunal’s roster of highly experienced human rights mediators that could be assigned to your case.
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Raj Anand is a senior civil litigation, administrative, employment, professional regulation and human rights lawyer and a former bencher of the Law Society of Ontario. He also acts as an investigator, mediator and adjudicator. Mr. Anand is the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario. He is also a former chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and was the founding chair of the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre. He acted as a board of inquiry under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Police Services Act, as co-chair of the University of Toronto Tribunal and as counsel to a number of administrative tribunals. In 2003, Mr. Anand received the Law Society Medal, the highest honour awarded by the governing body of the legal profession in Ontario.
Annie McKendy is a labour arbitrator and mediator who conducts hearings and mediations in English and French. Ms. McKendy holds an LL.M. from Cornell University and an LL.L. (Civil Law) and an LL.B. (Common Law) from the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the OLMAA, the Ontario Grievance Settlement Board. Prior to that, she was a vice-chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Before becoming an adjudicator, Ms. McKendy was counsel for the Ontario Nurses’ Association. She was called to the bar in 2007 while clerking at the Federal Court of Canada.
Douglas Sanderson was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997. Mr. Sanderson has a private workplace dispute resolution practice, providing mediation, adjudication and investigation services. He is also an external adjudicator with the Canada Industrial Relations Board. Prior to starting his dispute resolution practice, Mr. Sanderson practised labour and employment law with Littler LLP. Mr. Sanderson was also a vice-chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario between January 2011 and January 2021.
Jennifer Scott is a member of the Ontario Physicians and Surgeons Discipline Tribunal and the Health Professions Discipline Tribunal Pilot. She is also a presiding officer with the Office of the Chief Coroner. Previously, Ms. Scott was an adjudicator with Tribunals Ontario, serving as vice-chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and associate chair of the Child and Family Services Review Board, the Custody Review Board and the Ontario Special Education Tribunals. Prior to becoming an adjudicator, Ms. Scott practised administrative law at Scott & Oleskiw and was the Director of Litigation with the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund. She is a frequent contributor to continuing legal education programs for provincial bar associations, law schools, legal aid clinics, advocacy organizations and professional associations.
Jay Sengupta is a mediator and adjudicator who has been a neutral for over 15 years. In addition to her private dispute resolution practice, she holds appointments with the Law Society Tribunal, the Public Service Grievance Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the NWT Human Rights Adjudication Panel and the inaugural discipline committee of the College of Patent Agents & Trademark Agents. Ms. Sengupta began her career as a lawyer in Ontario’s community legal clinic movement. Prior to launching her private mediation and arbitration practice, she served as a full-time vice-chair with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario for 10 years, where she was cross appointed to the Child and Family Services Review Board, the Custody Review Board and the Special Education Tribunal.
Kathleen Smith is a mediator and adjudicator with extensive experience in human rights. Since October 2018, Ms. Smith has been a full-time member of the BC Human Rights Tribunal. She holds an LLB from Dalhousie University, a certificate in conflict resolution from the Justice Institute of BC with a specialization in mediation, and a certificate in restorative justice from Simon Fraser University. Her other dispute resolution experience includes volunteering as a restorative justice facilitator and past roles adjudicating refugee claims in Canada and conducting review panel hearings under BC’s Mental Health Act. Ms. Smith is currently pursuing qualifications to become a child protection mediator.