Landlord’s Self-Help Centre is governed by a Board of Directors. The ten-member Board is comprised of volunteers representing skilled professionals who have taken an interest in the work and business affairs of the Centre and landlords representing the membership and client constituency.
2016-17 Board of Directors
Jason McGuire, President
Jason is a Property Manager and President of Real Property Management Service, specializing in offering landlords a hands off and full service solution to owning rental properties. Our portfolio includes many varieties of rental properties including single family homes, basement apartments, condo units, multiplexes, and apartment buildings. Through the overseeing and managing of many different properties Jason brings an insight from his experience. Jason owns and a variety of rental properties throughout Canada and draws on his experience to assist LSHC. Jason was appointed by the Board of Directors in November 2011 and elected by the membership in October 2012.
Raj Bharati, Vice President
Raj Bharati is a prosecutor and in-house counsel with the Technical Standards & Safety Authority, a public safety regulator. He has previously worked as a municipal lawyer and an environmental lawyer. Raj is a small-scale landlord, and has experience with Landlord and Tenant Board proceedings. He is particularly interested in contributing to LSHC’s government relations, law reform activities, and raising public awareness of landlord issues. He was a founding board member of Cycle Toronto (formerly the Toronto Cyclists Union).
Tory Sullivan, Secretary
Tory is a self-employed property manager and has enjoyed this role for the last 15 years. She has been an active member of LSHC since 2001 and participated in the focus group for CMHC’s Best Practices Guide for Residential Rental Investors in 2006 and has been involved with the Landlord Connect Project since it’s inception. Tory is a landlord with four apartments in the Beach area of Toronto. She and her husband have two children. Tory became a member of the Board of Directors in March 2007 and serves as the Chair the Program Development Committee.
Inder Saini, Treasurer
Inder is a CA with a broad range of experience in audit, financial advisory and accounting. He has worked on auditing large REITS at BDO LLP, an international accounting firm. He has also worked with asset based lenders, commercial finance, treasury management, financial modeling and insolvency/restructuring for over 3 years at a manager level. As a member of the Board of Directors at the Landlord’s Self- Help Centre he brings experience in audit, finance, and financial reporting to assist in continuing to develop this great organization into an information leader in the real estate community.
Jane L. Ferguson, LL.B, LL.M, is a Toronto lawyer practicing primarily in the area of Administrative Law, acting primarily for residential landlords before the Landlord and Tenant Board, Small Claims and on appeals to Divisional Court. She is the author of a legal text on residential tenancies law and is a regular speaker at seminars on the topic. She acted as duty counsel at the Landlord Self Help Centre for approximately two decades. She has taught Administrative Law and other courses at Humber College in the Paralegal and Law Clerk programs. She obtained her Masters in Law from Osgoode Hall in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2013.
As a Paralegal and entrepreneur in Toronto, Samantha brings multiple years of passion and dedication to the lobbying and betterment of legislation for landlords like herself. Full-time, Samantha provides legal service to the financial community with a prime focus is Small Claims Court Litigation and enforcement.
With over five years volunteering within the legal community, Samantha has held keys roles such as Chairperson of the education committee for the Paralegal Society of Ontario; and currently holds the position of Secretary of the Regional Representation Committee with the Ontario Paralegal Association. Samantha can also be found hosting Get Legal Milton, which is a call show surrounding multiple areas of law.
Teresa Hunt is a paralegal with knowledge of Landlord and Tenant issues. Her family owns and rents out various commercial and residential properties north of Toronto. Teresa has assisted with landlord-tenant for a few years. Her past work experience as an office manager for two of Toronto’s leading property management companies gives her the knowledge she needs to assist with Landlord and Tenant issues. Some of her charitable work includes: the current President of the Histiocytosis Association of Canada, also Quartermaster for the Newmarket Power and Sail Squadron and various fundraising events for Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.
Jonathan is a lawyer with a broad corporate/commercial practice. His family owns and rents out various residential properties in Toronto and Jonathan has assisted his family in landlord-tenant dispute resolutions over the years. Jonathan joined the Board in March 2009 with the desire to assist the Board in representing Ontario ’s small-scale landlords. Jonathan is particularly keen to assist the Board’s program development and law reform activities.
Doug graduated with distinction from Concordia University, and earned his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1998. He has been advising and representing landlords for more than 10 years and has a broad understanding of the challenges facing the housing sector. Doug is a partner at Horlick Levitt Di Lella LLP.
Doug is an experienced advocate that has appeared before a variety of courts and administrative tribunals, including the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court of Ontario and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Doug has given lectures for the Ontario Bar Association on the topic of debt recovery and has also taught the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario’s Registered Condominium Manager course at Humber College. He is a frequent guest lecturer for the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association and, in this regard, has given numerous lectures on, among other things, human rights issues. Doug was elected to the Board of Directors by the membership on October 19, 2011.
LSHC is currently accepting applications from candidates with Human Resource skills.
Landlord’s Self-Help Centre is always interested in recruiting volunteers to participate on Board committees. Committee members are strong Board candidates, committee work provides a strong foundation of knowledge about the Centre and insight into the Centre’s operation, policies, procedures, history and objectives.