Associate Chief Justice Frank N. Marrocco was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in 2005, following a distinguished law career spanning 33 years. He is well-known for his professionalism and his analytical skills and quiet contemplation. These have served him well as a lawyer and have ensured his effectiveness as a judge. Associate Chief Justice Marrocco received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto and was called to the Ontario bar in 1972. He practised criminal law and civil litigation law and later developed a subspecialty in immigration law. He is a Queen’s Counsel and a Judicial Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Prior to his appointment in 2005, he was a partner at Gowling Lafleur Henderson.
Over the years, he worked on many high profile cases, which included defending Lawrencia Bembenek whose struggles to resist deportation or extradition to the United States attracted much media interest. He was the lead counsel for the province of Ontario in the Walkerton inquiry and also was the lead prosecutor in the Bre-X securities prosecution. Associate Chief Justice Marrocco is an accomplished legal author whose credits include the Annotated Immigration Act of Canada and the Annotated Citizenship Act of Canada. He has also served as Vice Chair of the University of Toronto Academic Disciplinary Tribunal.
He was elected as a Law Society Bencher (Director) in 1995 and chaired several committees. He also served as Chair of the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) from 2002 to 2003.
Recognized for his leadership skills, he was elected to lead the Law Society in 2003. In this role he endeavoured to strengthen the profession and protect its independence by promoting access to justice and by fortifying the Law Society’s relationship with government and stakeholders.
Angela Coke is a former senior executive of the Ontario Public Service (OPS) where she spent over 27 years committed to the transformation of government operations and the development of a strong professional public service.
Angela retired in 2017 as the Deputy Minister, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services where she provided critical advice and leadership on a wide range of government and public service priorities, including consumer protection reform and continued modernization of ServiceOntario, Ontario Shared Services, and Information, Privacy and Archives. Angela also served as Chair of the Public Service Commission, which is responsible for corporate governance of OPS human resource matters, and ensuring a non-partisan, ethical and professional public service.
Prior to her Deputy Minister role, Angela was Associate Deputy Minister, Ontario Shared Services, providing enterprise financial, procurement, human resources and business services to support all ministries in delivering their core business.
Angela was formerly the Associate Deputy Minister of HROntario leading corporate human resources policies, programs and services to attract and retain diverse talent, build capacity and engage OPS employees.
As Assistant Deputy Minister, Modernization, she led priority programs and services enabling the OPS to advance its modernization goals.
In her early and mid-career, Angela held a range of senior management positions in a number of ministries in corporate services and communications.
In her various roles, Angela has always championed people and organizational development, business transformation and excellent customer service. In 2012, her achievements were recognized when she received the Public Sector Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Public Sector Quality Association and Excellence Canada.
Dr. Jack Kitts received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 1980. He completed a three-year tour of duty as a medical officer in the Canadian Armed Forces before returning to the University of Ottawa to complete specialty training in anesthesia and a research fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Kitts then joined the Department of Anesthesia at the Civic Hospital where he became Research Director, Medical Director of the Preoperative Assessment Clinic, and subsequently appointed Chief of Anesthesia and Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa in 1995.
In 1998, Dr. Kitts was appointed Vice-President of Medical Affairs and led the medical staff during a complex restructuring in which three hospitals and five large programs were merged into The Ottawa Hospital. He completed his master’s degree in business administration in 2001 and was named President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital in February 2002, a position he held until his retirement June 26, 2020.
The Ottawa Hospital is recognized as one of the largest and most important research and teaching hospitals in Canada. Its research institute is one of the foremost institutes in Canada, involving more than 1500 scientists, clinical investigators, trainees and staff.
Dr. Kitts’ inclusive, team-oriented strategic leadership, passion to ensure delivery of quality patient-centered care, and the development and mentoring of physician leaders, has been a central, unifying force in establishing and sustaining The Ottawa Hospital’s vision To provide each patient with the world-class care, exceptional service and compassion that we would want for our loved ones. Dr. Kitts is known nationally for his focus and expertise in patient experience, performance measurement and physician engagement; which make him a sought-after advisor and inspirational speaker on these key topics in healthcare today.