Meet the people behind the review
Hilary Blain – Executive Director/CounselHilary Blain has been working for the Ontario Public Service in various senior policy positions since 2006, at ministries including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Ministry of the Attorney General. Most recently, Ms. Blain was the Executive Director of the Independent Police Oversight Review. Ms. Blain earned her Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Guelph, her L.L.B. from Western University and her L.L.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the bar in Ontario in 2004.
Jodie-Lynn Waddilove – Senior CounselJodie-Lynn Waddilove is an Anishinabe (Ojibway) and Luunape (Delaware) lawyer from the Munsee-Delaware Nation. She joins the Review from the Ministry of the Attorney General, Aboriginal Justice Division. Previously she served as Counsel within other Divisions in the Ministry of the Attorney General and in private practice. Ms. Waddilove earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario; her Masters Degree from the University of Sheffield in England and her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2004 and the Alberta bar in 2006. She has also served as an elected Councillor for her First Nation.
Prasanna Ranganathan – Senior CounselPrasanna joins the Review having previously worked at the Department of Justice, Federal Judicial Affairs and Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa. He clerked at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal and worked in private practice, with the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers Program in Ethiopia, and at the United Nations. Mr. Ranganathan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a J.D. from the University of Victoria, and an LL.M. from Columbia University in the City of New York. He was called to the bar in Saskatchewan in 2006 and was admitted to practice law in Ontario in 2017.
Christine Mainville - Senior CounselChristine Mainville is a partner at Henein Hutchison LLP. She represents clients in criminal, extradition and regulatory proceedings, in both English and French. Christine has appeared at all level of courts in both Ontario and Quebec, as well as in the Supreme Court of Canada. She completed her law degree at McGill University, and obtained a master’s degree in Comparative Criminal Law from the Université de Paris I (Panthéon – Sorbonne). She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Ottawa. Christine was called to the Quebec Bar in 2007 and the bar of Ontario in 2011.
Jaclyn McNamara - CounselJaclyn McNamara earned her J.D. from the University of Ottawa, after which she clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She was called to the bar in Ontario in 2014, and practiced at a boutique civil litigation firm in Toronto before joining the Review. Jaclyn also holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science from McMaster University.
Danielle Dowdy – Senior Strategic Initiatives Lead Danielle Dowdy is a business professional with extensive experience areas of strategic planning, community development and youth employment. Passionate about community service, she has spent over 20 years working across communities in a variety of community organizations. She’s presently on secondment from the Toronto Police Service, where she works as an Analyst with the Community Safety Command. She has worked in several areas of the Service including Human Resources, Staff Planning & Community Mobilization, and Diversity Management & Inclusion. A graduate of York University, Danielle holds an Honours BA in Economics.
Kike Ojo – Facilitator and Strategic AdvisorKike Ojo is a speaker, facilitator, strategist, and advocate for social justice and systems change, and the founder / CEO of The Kojo Institute. Her work supports organizations and systems to achieve equitable outcomes through the frameworks of anti-racism, anti-oppression, and diversity & inclusion. Kike has received numerous awards and distinctions – including the Lincoln M Alexander award for leadership in the elimination of racial discrimination in Ontario. Kike’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in International Justice and Human Rights from McMaster University, a Master of Arts in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (U of T), and a Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto. Kike is also a certified alternative dispute resolution mediator.
Peter Rehak – Media & Communications AdvisorPeter Rehak has used his wide-ranging experience in journalism and television production in the service of public inquiries, including the Walkerton Inquiry, the Independent SARS Commission, the Ipperwash Inquiry, the Toronto Computer Leasing Inquiries, the Pediatric Forensic Pathology Inquiry, the Mississauga Inquiry and the Elliot Lake Inquiry.
Dave D’Oyen – Community Outreach & Consultation AdvisorDave D'Oyen is the Inclusion and Innovation Builder at Shopify developing and executing the organisation’s diversity and inclusion strategy. He is also the Community Outreach and Consultation Advisor for Ontario’s Independent Street Checks Review, tasked with reviewing the province’s regulations to prevent arbitrary stops and ensure bias-free public-police interactions. He has a comprehensive background in human resources having worked in areas such as policy development, occupational health and safety to change management communications. He has served as a member of the Toronto Police Service’s Police and Community Engagement Review Advisory Committee and Black Community Consultative Committee; and the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto’s Community Advisory Committee. In 2016, Dave inducted into McGill University’s Scarlet Key Society. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations, Marketing and German Language from McGill University.
Esther Coward – Office Coordinator/SchedulerEsther Coward joined the Ontario Public Service in 2005 and has held various positions with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, the Ministry of the Attorney General – Civil Law Division and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Prior to joining the provincial government, Esther worked in the private sector and as a staffer in a major political party. Esther is a graduate of Louisiana State University and York University.
Roxana Rojas – Administrative AssistantRoxana Rojas-Ureta graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts, specializing in English Literature and the Social Sciences. She earned her M.S.Ed. from Medaille College in New York State. She joins the OPS after working as a Secondary School Teacher in the private sector for just over 8 years.