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Commission Counsel


Jodie-Lynn Waddilove Jodie-Lynn Waddilove, Assistant Commission Counsel (to December 31, 2005), is an Ojibway and Lenni Lenape lawyer from the Munsee-Delaware Nation in southwestern Ontario. Ms. Waddilove has a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario and an M.A. in International Law and Criminology from the University of Sheffield in England. Jodie-Lynn graduated from the University of Ottawa law school and was called to the Bar in 2004. In 1997, Jodie-Lynn was named London's first Young Woman of Distinction. In 2000, Maclean's Magazine named Jodie-Lynn as one of Canada's "Top 100 Under 30 to Watch in the New Millennium." Ms. Waddilove now practices law in Toronto.


Aneurin (Nye) Thomas Aneurin (Nye) Thomas, is Director, Policy and Research for the Ipperwash Inquiry. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Thomas was a senior manager responsible for policy and project development at Legal Aid Ontario (LAO). Mr. Thomas established LAO's first Policy Department and was its first Policy Director. In this position, he was responsible for legal aid and justice system policy development, business and strategic planning, client needs assessment, legislative analysis, and federal and provincial government relations and negotiations. He also led or participated in establishing several pilot projects (including pilots improving legal aid services to the homeless, young offenders, and the Aboriginal community) and organized numerous province-wide consultations. Most recently, he was Project Director of LAO's Client Access and Service Program where he was responsible for planning and implementing Ontario's first criminal staff offices. He has also held senior policy positions at the Ministry of the Attorney General, the Ontario Legal Aid Review, the Centre for Public Law and Public Policy at Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations. Mr. Thomas received an LL.M. from New York University in 1991; an LL.B. from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1989; and a B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1985.


Noelle Spotton Noelle Spotton is Policy Counsel for the Ipperwash Inquiry. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Spotton was a staff lawyer with the Quality Service Office of Legal Aid Ontario where she worked with community legal clinics, the provincial duty counsel program and Nishnawbe Aski Legal Services. Prior to joining Legal Aid Ontario, Ms. Spotton was the Clinic Director at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto from 1993 until 1999. She has also held positions as Legal Director at Metro Tenants Legal Services, counsel with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and as Law Clerk to the judges of the Ontario Court, General Division (as it then was). Ms. Spotton has appeared as counsel at numerous administrative tribunals and at all levels of court in Ontario. She was called to the Ontario bar in 1989, received her LL.B. and B.C.L. from McGill University in Montréal, and her B.A. from Concordia University. Ms. Spotton is a member of the Swansea Community Recreation Centre Advisory Council, and a former member of the Board of Directors of Community Legal Education Ontario, and the editorial Board of the Journal of Law and Social Policy.

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