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Commission Staff


Suzanne Labbé
Suzanne Labbé, Executive Director. Ms. Labbé holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a License in Civil Law (LL.L) from the University of Ottawa. She began her professional career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). Married to a Canadian diplomat and the mother of four children, the family lived in Accra, Washington, Rome, Port-au-Prince, Brussels and Paris. She is fluently bilingual and has a good working knowledge of Italian.

During her career in the Public Service, Ms. Labbé worked extensively on judicial matters. At the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs, she was the Director of International Cooperation from 1996 - 2000 until her appointment as Executive Secretary to the Judicial Appointment Secretariat. In January 2002, Ms. Labbé was appointed Deputy Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs. She joined the Courts Administration Service as Deputy-Chief Administrator responsible for Judicial Affairs in March 2005 and retired from the Public Service in July, 2011.

Ms. Labbé was the Executive Director of the 2011-2012 Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission prior to her appointment as the Executive Director of the Elliot Lake Commission of Inquiry.


Stephen Bindman
Stephen Bindman, Special Advisor to the Commissioner, is a former national legal affairs correspondent. He reported on the Supreme Court of Canada and other legal institutions for more than 30 newspapers until 1998, when he joined the Department of Justice Canada. He is on leave from his position as Special Advisor on Wrongful Convictions. He is a former president of the Canadian Association of Journalists and a lay bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has received fellowships to study law at the University of Toronto and Yale Law School and is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Common Law at the University of Ottawa.

Nicolas deBreyne
Nicolas deBreyne, Search and Rescue Specialist, has 18 years of experience in search and rescue and emergency management. He is an active member of a professional and a volunteer ground search and rescue team. He has participated in several hundred search and rescue missions, acting in diverse roles such as search manager and team leader in missing persons' searches and technical rescues. Additionally, he is the search team manager on a medium urban search and rescue task force. He is an internationally certified instructor in ground search and rescue as well as an accredited instructor for all levels of the incident command system.

Kyle Lambert
Kyle Lambert, special assistant to counsel, recently completed his articles with the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, working mainly in the areas of civil and administrative litigation, and was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of Ottawa (2006) and Juris Doctor from Queen's University (2012). On graduating from law school, Kyle received the Law Society of Upper Canada Award and the Osgoode Society Award of Excellence for achieving academic standing among the top graduating students of his class.

Media Relations

Peter Rehak
Peter Rehak, Director of Communications, 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 Goudge Inquiry and the Mississauga Inquiry.

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