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What does the public expect of regulators?

Kathy English

Kathy English

Kathy English is the public editor of the Toronto Star, a role in which she has served since 2007. Previous to this, she reported and edited for six Canadian daily newspapers including the Star and the Globe and Mail.

She served on the faculty of Ryerson School of Journalism from 1989-1999. After departing Ryerson, she launched websites for two Canadian media companies, SunMedia (Lifewise.ca) and Transcontinental Media (Mochasofa.ca) and also directed the launch of the San Francisco-based parenting website, BabyCenter Canada.

She is an executive board member of the Canadian Journalism Foundation. As well, she is a member of the professional advisory boards of Ryerson School of Journalism and the Sheridan College journalism program. She serves on the board of the Gordon Sinclair Foundation and on the advisory board of Informed Opinions. In past, she served on the boards of the National Newspaper Awards and the Association of News Ombudsmen.

Kathy holds a Masters of History degree from University of Western Ontario. She was the recipient of Western University's Faculty of Information and Media Studies' Asper Teaching Fellowship in the winter of 2018.


Jan Robinson

Jan Robinson

Jan Robinson is currently the Registrar and Chief Executive Office of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, a position she began in 2012.  A leader in profession-based regulation, Jan has over 25 years of experience providing vision and direction to regulatory and public policy organizations.

She is a keen strategist with the ability to build partnerships and engagement at the provincial, national and international levels.

Jan’s position enables her to bring innovative approaches to the delivery of regulatory programs. Key contributions include the development of a framework to establish governance excellence, implementing an accountability, risk and evidence based approach to regulation at all levels of the organization, and leading legislative change that promotes public access and safety.

She has enjoyed opportunities to speak and to provide advice on regulatory systems and issues across professions and around the world. Her greatest interest is in influencing decision making that impacts public good.


Richard Steinecke

Richard Steinecke

Richard Steinecke practises law exclusively in the area of professional regulation. He is the editor of the widely read Grey Areas newsletter commenting on recent developments in professional regulation. Because of its comprehensive nature, courts and tribunals have cited his book A Complete Guide to the Regulated Health Professions Act well over a dozen times even in cases dealing with non-health professions. The book is updated twice a year.

Today he spends most of his professional life teaching, writing, speaking, training and consulting on professional regulation issues. A life-long learner, Richard reads every Canadian common law court decision on professional regulation he can find and has a Certificate in Risk Management from the University of Toronto. In 2015 he received the Regulatory Excellence award from the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR).

Richard is counsel to Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc.

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