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Inquiry Counsel

Janet Leiper

Janet Leiper, LL.B., LL.M., C.S., Barrister & Solicitor was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1987. Her practice spans criminal law, regulatory and professional ethics matters, administrative law and policy as well as years of adjudication on discipline, mental health and regulatory tribunals. She is a certified specialist in criminal law, having defended and prosecuted Criminal Code offences in Ontario courts since 1987.

Ms. Leiper is one of the first Integrity Commissioners in Canada, having served as the City of Toronto Integrity Commissioner from 2009 to 2014, and as the Integrity Commissioner for the City of Kingston and the Town of Blue Mountains. In May of 2018, she was appointed as the Interim Integrity Commissioner for the City of Niagara Falls.

In 2015, Ms. Leiper was appointed to the Ontario Securities Commission where she adjudicates hearings and settlements concerning public market regulation in the public interest. Her role at the Commission includes policy decision-making and oversight of the operations through her membership on the Board. She is Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee at the Commission.

Ms. Leiper is an elected bencher (director) of the Law Society of Ontario and in that role, she has provided oversight, discipline adjudication and stewardship to the legal and paralegal professions since 2011. She is the Chair of the Governance Task Force and of the Certified Specialist Board for the Law Society of Ontario.

From 2004-2007, she served as the full time Chair of the Board of Legal Aid Ontario. She is a former Director of the Osgoode Public Interest Requirement at Osgoode Hall Law School and while there, she taught Ethics in a Global Community and Criminal Procedure.

Ms. Leiper has been honoured for her service to the profession. In 2009, she received the Laura Legge Award from the Law Society of Upper Canada.


Kirsten A. Thoreson

Kirsten A. Thoreson, LL.B., B. Admin., Barrister & Solicitor, was called to the Bar of Alberta in 2006 and the Bar of Ontario in 2007. She is Senior Legal Counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission, in the Office of the Secretary. Ms. Thoreson serves as adjudicative counsel to Commission panels during tribunal hearings, where her work includes the identification of evidentiary and procedural issues. She is a member of the Commission’s governance team and is counsel to the Human Resources & Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. Previously, she served as a Senior Litigation Associate at Bennett Jones LLP, where she was a member of the fraud law and class action practice groups. She was the lead associate on a broad range of fraud litigation matters including civil fraud and conspiracy, bid-rigging, cheque fraud, fidelity claims and kickback schemes. She was also a lead associate in the class action practice group, representing defendants in national class certification motions, summary judgment motions and settlement approvals.

Ms. Thoreson is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario. She also holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of Ottawa and an International Baccalaureate from the Red Cross Nordic United World College.