Cheryl Milne: Chair and President
Cheryl has both a law degree and a Masters of Social Work. She is the Executive Director of the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto; where she is also the director of the combined JD – M.S.W. program. Cheryl has rejoined JFCY as a board member where was a legal advocate for 17 years. While at JFCY she conducted Charter litigation at the Supreme Court of Canada including the challenge to the corporal punishment defence in the Criminal Code, the striking down of the reverse onus sections for adult sentencing in the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and an intervention involving the right of a capable adolescent to consent to her own medical treatment. She sits on the executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s Civil Liberties and Human Rights Section; and the Canadian Bar Association’s Constitutional and Human Rights Section, and Children’s Law Committee. She is the Chair of the Board of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children.
Anne Irwin: Vice-President
Anne is a Toronto lawyer who over the past 20 years has practised in human rights, pay equity and administrative law; she currently specializes in education law with a focus on representing children and youth. As a parent of three children, one with special needs, she brings to the table both personal and professional experience advocating for children within the school system. Anne has significant experience in school related community work and has a particular interest in law reform, community development and public education in the area of education law.
Rishma Bhimji: Secretary
Rishma is a tax litigation lawyer with the Department of Justice in Toronto. While in law school, she completed a study abroad in France at L’Université Paris-Sorbonne. Rishma articled at the Department of Justice and clerked with the Ontario Court of Justice at College Park. She was called to the bar in 2009 and has been practicing with Justice for 7 years.
Lennox Gibbs: Treasurer
Lennox is a Vice President in the Equity Research Group at TD Securities. He is a Senior Capital Markets professional with extensive experience evaluating public companies and structuring equity investment ideas for Canada’s leading institutional portfolio managers. Lennox applies a combination of Equity Analysis skills, Capital Markets expertise and Industry Knowledge to a coverage universe that spans Canadian Life Science, Pharmaceutical and Health Care companies. Lennox has been consistently ranked as a leading Health Care Analyst by various rating agencies. Prior to joining TD Securities, he was an Executive Director at CIBC World Markets. Lennox graduated from the University of Toronto, with a Master of Engineering (MEng).
Darren Thorne (former Vice-President)
Educated at the London School of Economics (Master of Laws Degree), and Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School (Bachelor of Laws Degree), Darren Thorne is an international lawyer and consultant specializing in international human rights, constitutional and public international law. Darren has lived and practiced internationally, with an extensive history of onsite international development work in the area of rule of law enhancement, and has been involved in project work in Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Africa, China, Mongolia and Italy, among other places. Accordingly, he has worked collaboratively on international development projects with organizations such as the WTO, World Bank, UNDP, GTZ and a number of regional governments, donors and development agencies. Closer to home, Darren’s domestic expertise is Canadian constitutional law, with equality rights being a longstanding area of interest. Since his return to Canada, Mr. Thorne practiced constitutional litigation on behalf of the Government of Ontario, and was Counsel and advisor to the Deputy Attorney General of Ontario. For the last few years, he was the Director of an international development project designed to bolster Child Justice in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Mr. Thorne is also an adjunct professor at Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School, where he teaches international law and human rights law, as well as at the Universities of Pretoria and the Western Cape, in South Africa.
Emma was called to the bar in 2002 and started her own youth criminal justice practice in 2008. Emma has been involved in a variety of activities to promote education and awareness of youth criminal justice issues including sitting on numerous panels for Legal Aid Ontario, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ontario Bar Association. In March 2014, Emma testified before the Senate of Canada’s Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights about the overrepresentation of visible minority youth in the criminal justice system. Emma is also on the newly formed Executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s Child and Youth Law Section. Emma is currently an Instructor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she has taught Trial Advocacy since 2010, was an adjunct professor at University of Toronto from 2012 to 2014 for a course on Youth Criminal Justice, and has guest lectured at Humber College.
Avery Adams graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2010 and went on to pursue a post-graduate certificate in Human Resource Management and currently works as a human resources specialist at a trade union in Toronto. She currently acts as an executive committee member on a not-for-profit children’s charity and serves as a youth mentor in the community. Avery hopes to contribute to protecting and advancing the legal rights and dignity of children and youth in Canada through voice and empowerment while helping Justice for Children and Youth achieve and support their overall goals and objectives.
After becoming intrigued with the world of advertising at Queen’s, Tim moved to Toronto and joined Gee, Jeffery & Partners in January 1995 working on Sporting Life and Telco giant Rogers for four years. In April 1999, Tim joined the ranks at BBDO. During his time at BBDO, Tim held various positions rising to VP, Group Account Director in the Account Service Department while running the entire PepsiCo Canada portfolio for seven years. Tim’s work has been recognized in business building and creative award shows around the world. In 2011, Tim was promoted to Senior Vice-President, Creative Operations and New Business, where he ran the Creative Department alongside the Executive Creative Directors, BBDO’s New Business practice and was the Agency’s main media contact. In 2015, Tim took over BBDO’s in-house, post-production facility, Ricochet Post-Productions and started Flare, BBDO’s content production division. Tim also has an altruistic side and has long been a charity volunteer. For the past 20 years, Tim has been a board member, and is currently the Chair, of the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund, a charity that raises funds to send deserving children to summer camps across Canada. Tim has been married for 19 years and has two daughters 14 and 12, who look shockingly like him. They love traveling and have visited Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Bali, Singapore and are planning a trip to Vietnam for 2018.
Sapna Goel is a content strategist, and communications, marketing and branding professional with more than 15 years of experience in the public, not for profit and social business sectors, along with extensive work with corporate, foundation and educational partners. For more than a decade, she lead the strategy and development of the brand and content for WE (formerly Free The Children, Me to WE and WE Day), a social and educational movement gaining global momentum. At WE, Sapna founded the Creative and Communications department and grew the globally-focused team of 40+ people to deliver on multi-platform marketing, communications, design, educational and editorial needs with both a global strategy and targeted regional focus across Canada, US and the UK. Her leadership on program and curriculum development ensured that education was intrinsic to WE’s outcome of empowering diverse groups of young people to be thoughtful change agents. She has been instrumental in developing high social impact campaigns and content to inspire and empower activism and advocacy among young people. She consults with companies and organizations across sectors including film, arts and culture, foundations, health, social businesses and start-ups. A storyteller at heart, Sapna has leveraged her talents as a wordsmith and editor on several book and editorial projects. Drawing on her journalism background, she has overseen editorial management and content development in numerous regional and national publications. Sapna holds degrees from Ryerson and Western Universities.
Patric has a long history of working with children and youth both professionally and in a volunteer context. Through university and his twenties, Patric was involved in Scouting at all levels of the organization, from running a successful cub pack to serving on regional and provincial councils that set policy and program direction for the movement. Today, Patric runs his own sole practice as a lawyer focussing on child and youth issues. He is a panel member of the OCL, practices Youth Criminal Justice and sits on the 311 Jarvis’s crossover youth committee. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Patric was an award winning science journalist with CBC radio. In his spare time he is actively involved in the LGBT community and is a frequent participant in the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation’s Friends for Life Bike Rally, an annual event that raises more than a million dollars for the organization. For two years he was the media and communications lead on the steering committee for the event.