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Bibliography of Panelists in Speaking Order 

Laurie Letheren: Staff Lawyer at ARCH 

Laurie Letheren is a staff lawyer at ARCH Disability Law Centre which is a community legal clinic that is dedicated to advancing the rights of people with disabilities in Ontario. Laurie’s work at ARCH involves litigation, research, policy development and law reform. She is also the editor of ARCH Alert, the newsletter published by ARCH.

Laurie has extensive work experience on issues that are significant to the disability community. The focus of her work involves using the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Human Rights legislation to enforce the rights of people with disabilities and to promote accessibility throughout Ontario. In this work, she has represented individuals and groups of people with disabilities at various administrative tribunals and at various levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

David Lepofsky: Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance

In 1979, David Lepofsky graduated with honours From Osgoode Hall Law School with a Bachelor of Laws. He obtained a Masters of Law from the Harvard Law School in 1982. Since his admission to the Ontario Bar in 1981, he has practiced law in Toronto in the areas of constitutional, civil, administrative and most recently, criminal law. Since 1991, he has also served as a part time member of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he teaches an advanced constitutional law seminar on freedom of expression and press.


Since the late 1970s, he has been active in a volunteer capacity, advocating for new laws to protect the rights of persons with disabilities in Canada. In 1980, he appeared before the Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons on the Constitution of Canada, on behalf of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind for an amendment to the proposed Charter of Rights, to guarantee equality rights to persons with disabilities. The efforts of a great many combined to lead Parliament to pass the disability amendment to the Charter.


From 1980 to 1982, he was on the leadership team of a broad disability coalition that successfully advocated for inclusion of protection against discrimination based on disability in the Ontario Human Rights Code.


From 1994 to 2005, he led the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee. That coalition successfully campaigned for ten years to win passage of two new Ontario laws to make Ontario fully accessible to persons with disabilities, the Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2001 and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005.  Since then, he has helped in efforts to get that law effectively implemented. As of late February, 2009, he became the chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance. He and the Alliance have pressed for the prompt enactment and enforcement of strong accessibility standards  under the Disabilities Act. In 2010 they succeeded in getting Ontario election legislation amended to address accessibility barriers impeding voters with disabilities, although they have more to do to get telephone and internet voting to become a reality in Ontario elections.  


Starting in 1994, he campaigned to get the Toronto Transit Commission to announce all subway stops, and later all bus stops, for the benefit of passengers with vision loss. Between 2001 and 2007 he fought two cases against TTC. In 2005, the Human Rights Tribunal ordered TTC to consistently announce all subway stops (Lepofsky v. TTC #1). In 2007, the Human Rights Tribunal ordered TTC to announce all bus and streetcar stops. (Lepofsky v TTC #2) 


Awards include investiture in the Order of Canada (1995), the Order of Ontario (2007), and the Terry Fox Hall of Fame (2003), honorary doctorates from Queen's University and the University of Western Ontario, and awards from other organizations including e.g. the City of Toronto, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association Public Lawyers Section, the Advocates Society, the Ontario Crown Attorneys Association, the Ontario March of Dimes and Community Living Ontario. He was very flattered and humbled when the Canadian Lawyer Magazine August 2010 edition listed him among Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers. However he was left wondering: “If I am so influential, why doesn’t anyone listen to me?” 


He is the author of one law book, and the author or co-author of 30 law journal articles or book chapters on topics including constitutional law, criminal law, administrative law, human rights, and the rights of persons with disabilities. He has lectured on topics including these across Canada, and in the U.S., Israel, Ireland, Denmark and Belgium.

Christy Smith-Worthylake: Freelance Consultant 

Christy Smith-Worthylake is a member of the Ontario Bar and a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Common Law program. In 2008/09, she was counsel at the Human Rights Law Section of Justice Canada. She is active in the community of persons with disabilities. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the Ontario March of Dimes.

Christy also has experience developing disability related and other policy. In 2005, she was a student member of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Disability Working Group. This group made recommendations to the law society regarding how the situation of the lawyers and law students with disabilities in Ontario could be improved. She has worked with the CRTC developing disability and anti-spam policy.  She worked as a consultant with the CRTC’s Consumer and Social Policy Group to develop a mandate for, and co-chaired the first meeting of its Accessibility Discussion Group.  


Martin Anderson: Department of Justice Canada, Immigration Law Division, Toronto 

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