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Witnesses

Witness Name Dates
Dr. Barry McLellan, former Chief Coroner of Ontario
Dr. Michael Pollanen, Chief Forensic Pathologist for the Province of Ontario
(panel)
November 12, 13, 14, 15, & 16, 2007
Dr. Jack Crane, State Pathologist for Northern Ireland
Dr. Christopher Milroy, Chief Forensic Pathologist, Forensic Science Service, Professor of Forensic Pathology, University of Sheffield and Consultant Pathologist to the UK Home Office
Dr. John Butt, Forensic Pathologist, former Chief Medical Examiner in Alberta and Nova Scotia
(panel)
November 19, 20, 21, 22, & 23, 2007
Dr. James Cairns, Deputy Chief Coroner of Ontario November 26, 27, 28, & 29, 2007
Dr. James Young, former Chief Coroner of Ontario November 29 & 30, 2007
December 3 & 4, 2007
February 8, 2008
Dr. Michael Pollanen, Chief Forensic Pathologist for the Province of Ontario (additional information) December 5 & 6, 2007
Dr. David Chiasson, former Chief Forensic Pathologist for the Province of Ontario and Director of the Pediatric Forensic Pathology Unit, Hospital for Sick Children December 7, 10, & 11, 2007
Dr. Helen Whitwell, Forensic Pathologist, U.K.
Dr. Pekka Saukko, Professor of Forensic Medicine, University of Turku, Finland
(panel)
December 12, 13, & 14, 2007
Maxine Johnson, Administrative Coordinator, Hospital for Sick Children (HSC), Pathology Division December 17, 2007
Dr. Don Perrin, Pathologists' Assistant, HSC December 17, 2007
Dr. Glenn Taylor, Head of the Division of Pathology, HSC
Dr. Ernest Cutz, Pathologist, HSC (additional information)
(panel)
December 18 & 19, 2007
Dr. Joseph de Nanassy, Head, Division of Anatomical Pathology, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
Dr. Jean Michaud, Head, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Ottawa Hospital and CHEO
Dr. Blair Carpenter, Head, Division of Anatomical Pathology, CHEO (past)
(panel)
December 20 & 21, 2007
Dr. Bill Lucas
Dr. James Edwards
Dr. Albert Lauwers, Regional Supervising Coroners
January 7 & 8, 2008
Dr. Katy Driver
Dr. Dirk Huyer
Dr. Michelle Shouldice, HSC SCAN Team
January 9 & 10, 2008
Dr. Paul Thorner, HSC Division of Pathology January 11, 2008
Inspector Robert Keetch, Sudbury Police January 14, 2008
Sgt. Larry Charmley
Cst. Scott Kirkland
, Peterborough Police
January 15, 2008
Dr. Rocco Gerace
Michele Mann
Elizabeth Doris
, CPSO
January 16, 2008
Dr. David Dexter
Dr. Chitra Rao
Dr. Michael Shkrum
, Regional Pathology Units
January 17, 18, 2008
Ed Bradley
Brian Gilkinson
Terri Regimbal
, Crown counsel
January 21, 22, 2008
Dr. Robert Wood, Odontologist January 23, 2008
Sgt. Greg MacLellan, OPP
Inspector Brian Begbie, Kingston Police
January 24, 2008
Dr. Legge
Dr. Eden
Dr. McCallum, Regional Supervising Coroners
January 25, 2008
Dr. Charles Smith January 28, 29, 30, 31, 2008
February 1, 2008
Mr. Justice John McMahon February 6, 2008
David Gorrell
John Struthers
Bruce Hillyer
(panel of three defence counsel)
February 8, 2008
Policy Roundtables:

Credentialing and Growing the Pediatric Forensic Pathology Service in Ontario
Panelists:
Drs. Stephen Cordner (Australia)*, Randy Hanzlick (United States)*, Christopher Milroy (England), Michael Pollanen (additional information), Dr. Michael Shkrum, and Prof. Avrum Gotlieb

Organizing Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario
Panelists:
Drs. David Ranson (Australia)*, Randy Hanzlick (United States)*, Michael Pollanen, David Chiasson and Glenn Taylor

February 11, 2008
Policy Roundtables:

Enhancing the Relationship Between the Coronial Service and the Pediatric Forensic Pathology Service
Panelists:
Drs. Stephen Cordner (Australia)*, Albert Lauwers, Michael Pollanen and the Chief Coroner, Dr. Bonita Porter

The Death Investigation Team in Pediatric Forensic Cases
Panelists:
Dr. David Ranson (Australia)*, Det. Sgts. Chris Buck and Gary Giroux, Crown counsel John Ayre, and Dr. Albert Lauwers

February 12, 2008
Policy Roundtable: Oversight and Accountability
Panelists:
Professor Lorne Sossin*, Drs. Stephen Cordner and David Ranson (Australia)* and Dr. Ray Prime
February 13, 2008
Policy Roundtable: The Best Practices of Pediatric Forensic Pathology in a Particular Case
Panelists:
Drs. Stephen Cordner (Australia)*, Christopher Milroy (England), David Chiasson, and Michael Pollanen
February 14, 2008
Policy Roundtable: Effective Communication between Pediatric Forensic Pathology and the Criminal Justice System
Panelists:
Professor Gary Edmond (Australia)*, Dr. David Ranson (Australia)*, Professor Kent Roach, Professor Erica Beecher-Monas (United States), and Professor Kathy Gruspier*
February 15, 2008
Policy Roundtable: Crown, Defence and the Court
Panelists:
Professor Michael Code, Bruce MacFarlane (Manitoba)*, Marlys Edwardh (lawyer), Paul Lindsay (Ass't Deputy Attorney General for Ontario), Paul McDermott (Assistant Crown Attorney), Rob Buchanan (Legal Aid Ontario), and Nye Thomas (Legal Aid Ontario) (additional information)
February 19, 2008
Policy Roundtable: Viable Complaints Processes
Panelists:
Professor Joan Gilmour, Professor Lorne Sossin*, Dr. Rocco Gerace, and Dr. Catherine Yarrow
February 20, 2008
Policy Roundtables:

Pediatric Forensic Pathology and Potential Wrongful Convictions
Panelists:
Alastair MacGregor, Q.C. (England), Dr. Michael Pollanen, Bruce MacFarlane (Manitoba)*, Mary Nethery, and Kerry Scullion

Pediatric Forensic Pathology and Potential Child Abuse
Panelists:
Professor Nicholas Bala*, Agnes Samler, Jane Fitzgerald and Andrew Koster

February 21, 2008
Policy Roundtables: The Judicial System and Expert Scientific Evidence (Two roundtables)
Panelists:
The Honourable Patrick LeSage Q.C., The Honourable Mr. Justice Marc Rosenberg, Professor Gary Edmond (Australia)*, Andrew Robertson, Q.C. (England) (additional information), Professor Erica Beecher-Monas (United States), and Alastair MacGregor, Q.C. (England)
February 22, 2008
Policy Roundtables (In Thunder Bay):

The Delivery of Forensic Pathology Services
Panelists:
Dr. Roger Strasser, Founding Dean of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine; Dr. Martin Queen, Chief of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Sudbury Regional Hospital; Dr. David Eden, Regional Supervising Coroner, Northern Ontario; Dr. David Chiasson, Director of the Ontario Pediatric Forensic Pathology Unit, Hospital for Sick Kids; Dr. William McCready; Dr. Bonita Porter

The Organization of Death Investigation
Panelists:
Dr. Shelagh McRae, Investigating Coroner; Det. Insp. Dennis Olinyk, Ontario Provincial Police; Dr. David Eden, Regional Supervising Coroner, Northern Ontario; Dr. Martin Queen, Chief of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Sudbury Regional Hospital; Dr. David Chiasson, Director of the Ontario Pediatric Forensic Pathology Unit, Hospital for Sick Kids; Mr. James Sargent, funeral director, Thunder Bay

February 28, 2008
Policy Roundtables (In Thunder Bay):

Traditional Practices Regarding Death of Children in Aboriginal Community

Roundtable 1
Barriers to Pediatric Forensic Death Investigations in Remote Aboriginal Communities
Panelists:
Deputy Chief John Domm, NAPS; Chief Connie Gray-Mckay, Mishkeegogamang First Nation; TBA, Pikangikum First Nation; Dr. Martin Queen, Forensic Pathologist; Dr. David Eden, Regional Supervising Coroner

Roundtable 2
Limitations and Impact of Criminally Suspicious Investigations in Pediatric Death Cases
Panelists:
Mary Jean Robinson, Area Director, NAN-Legal Corp.; Barb Hancock, Tikinagan Child and Family Services

Roundtable 3
Community Involvement with Death Investigations
Panelists:
Jim Morris, Sioux Lookout Health Authority; Dr. David Eden, Regional Supervising Coroner

Roundtable 4
Improving Communications Between Aboriginal Communities and the OCCO
Panelists:
Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler; Representative of Chiefs of Ontario TBA; Dr. Bonita Porter, Chief Coroner; Dr. David Eden, Regional Supervising Coroner; Kimberly Murray, ALST Executive Director

February 29, 2008
*An asterisk indicates those participants who have provided research papers to the Commission. For the paper, click on the name.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
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