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Meet Our Faculty

Legal Programs

Irv Ash: B.A., University of Toronto, LL.B. University of Windsor, M.A. in Education Central Michigan University. Worked as a lawyer in Calgary for five years and in the corporate world in Toronto for a further ten years. Part time teacher in various colleges prior to joining Seneca College as a professor in the School of Legal and Public Administration.

Arlene Blatt: LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, training in Dispute Resolution and Mediation, University of Toronto, certificate for Advanced Mediation Skills, Ryerson University, member of Family Mediation Services, Canada. Professional experience as the legal representative for a property management company and as a mediator. Part-time teacher and lecturer prior to joining Seneca College as a professor in the School of Legal and Public Administration.

Joan Emmans: B.A., Concordia University, LL.B. Queens University. Experience includes general practice for 12 years, computer programmer and manager of technical counseling services at the University of Guelph. Taught the Real Estate Law course for the Ontario Real Estate Association. Co-author with JoAnn Kurtz of Residential Real Estate Transactions and author of Real Property Law a chapter in Introduction to Law in Canada edited by Laurence Olivo.

Lynn Fournier-Ruggles: B.A., University of Ottawa, currently enrolled in Master’s, Public Policy, Administration and Law, York University. Former Director, Operational Systems, Immigration & Refugee Board. Co-author of Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law for Legal Professionals. Areas of academic interest include Canadian immigration and refugee law, public administration (government, courts, tribunals).

Sara Graziani: B.Ed., University of Toronto LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School. Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and The Law Society of Alberta. Currently a Professor in the School of Legal and Public Administration specializing in legal research.

Mike Gulycz: B.A., York University, LL.B., LL.M. Osgoode Hall Law School. Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Professional experience as a partner in a law firm and later as a sole practitioner. Legal experience includes: litigation, administrative law, alternative dispute resolution, corporate law, commercial law, real estate law and wills and estates. Taught part-time at Seneca College prior to becoming a full-time faculty member.

JoAnn Kurtz: LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Carried on a general practice with an emphasis on family law and real estate before joining Seneca College. Curriculum coordinator of the legal programs, and co-author of several general interest and academic texts, including The Complete Guide to Buying, Owning and Selling a Home in Canada; Wills and Estates for Canadians for Dummies; Canadian Tort Law in a Nutshell; Residential Real Estate Transactions.

Laurence Olivo: B.A., City University ofNew York, M.A., Northwestern University, LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Practitioner in family law and civil litigation in Toronto, and with the policy division and the support enforcement program in the Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario. Currently Professor in the School of Legal and Public Administration, program coordinator, and editor and author and co-author of numerous legal texts including Introduction to Law in Canada, Fundamentals of Contract Law,Creditor-Debtor Law and Procedure, Canadian Tort Law in a Nutshell.

Linda Pasternak: B.A., University of Waterloo; B.Ed., York University; M.Ed., University of Windsor; LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Professor and coordinator of legal programs in the School. Areas of academic interest include alternative dispute resolution and immigration law.

Kent Peel: B.A.Sc., Engineering, University of Waterloo, LL.B., University of Western Ontario. Experience includes the practice of employment law and consulting in the area of small business systems. Teaches in a wide variety of subjects within the legal programs, including legal research, civil procedure, employment law, specialized computer applications.

Barbara Paterson: Law Clerk Diploma. Extensive experience working as a law clerk in a variety of legal environments. Now teaches in the School of Legal and Public Administration and Office Administration, specializing in legal software and document production.

Judith Wolf: LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Carried on a general practice with an emphasis on real estate law before joining Seneca College. Areas of academic interest include real estate, commercial law.

Library and Information Technology Programs

Delia Antonacci: B.A., B.Sc., M.L.S., all at University of Toronto. Worked in North York and Vaughan Public Libraries and as Manager of the King and Markham Campus Libraries of Seneca College before joining the LIT faculty.

Deborah Kay: B.A., McMaster University, M.A. M.L.S., University of Western OntarioWorked asa librarian in academic and special libraries before joining Seneca College. Areas of interest include information retrieval and library automation. Has acted as judge for Canadian Online Products Award and written for LibraryTrends.

Katherine More: B.A., University of Alberta, M.L.S. University of Toronto. Worked in Toronto Public Library (formerly North York Public Library) specializing in cataloguing before coming to Seneca College.

Office Administration Programs

Nancy Elder: Graduate of Medical Secretarial Program, Humber College. Has extensive experience as secretary in a variety of different medical offices, and now teaches and advises in the Office Administration-Medical program.

Hannah Sweet: B.Sc., Computer Science, Trent University; Administrative Assistant Diploma. Experience includes office management and project management roles in a variety of industries. Teaches in the School of Office Administration and the School of Legal and Public Administration, focusing on office productivity software and business processes and protocol.

Elizabeth Watt: B.Sc., Microbiology/Biochemistry, University of Toronto. Her experience includes teaching a wide range of both science and computer subjects. She was an educational consultant for the Saudi Arabian government and was involved in the implementation of the In-Hospital Health Records Program for that country. Shetaught in the Ontario nursing diploma program before joining the School of Legal and Public Administration/Office Administration, where she specializes in Office Administration-Medical subjects.