On November 4, 2021, Bernie LeBlanc will be presenting with Esi Codjoe and Anu Bakshi at the SOAR Conference on “I’m having connection issues: Opportunities to improve and connect”. Visit the SOAR website for more information and to register.

September and October

Julie Maciura and Bernie LeBlanc, with Amigo Wade, will be presenting at CLEAR on “Top 10 Cases” on September 24, 2021. Visit the CLEAR website for more information and to register.

On October 5, 2021, SML Law will be hosting a CNAR workshop entitled “Explain This”. The SML team will be joined by an expert faculty to discuss reputation crisis responses and communications. In this interactive workshop, attendees will explore various scenarios and learn to identify issues and risks, determine who should do what, and communicate clear and effective messaging. Online registration is open now. To register, click here.

On October 18, 2021, Erica Richler will be presenting on “Good Character” and on October 19, 2021, Rebecca Durcan will be presenting on “Administrative Tribunals and the Role of independent legal counsel” for the ORA CPD three day conference.


Natasha Danson and Maya Pearlston’s article entitled “Publication Bans in the Administrative Context”, was published in The Advocates’ Quarterly, June 2021, v51 Advoc. Q. 596

Richard Steinecke participated in a CLEAR podcast on the impact of regulatory reform in the UK on other jurisdictions (mostly Canada); it can be found here.


Rebecca Durcan and Carla Caro of ACT explore how regulatory bodies consider and deal with criminal history or record among applicants for licensure. If you would like to listen the CLEAR podcast it can be found: here

On June 9, 2021, Rebecca Durcan and Lisa Ng of Ng Ariss Fong spoke at the Self-Governing Professions 2021 conference held by The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia focusing on sexual misconduct.


Erica Richler and Anastasia-Maria Hountalas are hosting a webinar on June 11, 2021 at 12:15 p.m. on “What’s New? Recent Regulatory Cases You Should Know About”. If you want to join, please send an e-mail to


We are thrilled to announce that Valreen Sealie has joined Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc as an associate. Read Valreen’s bio here.

On April 28, 2021, Rebecca Durcan and Bernie LeBlanc spoke at the Investigators’ Guide to Testifying in Non-Criminal Legal Proceedings workshop offered by Osgoode Professional Development.

On April 19, 2021, Rebecca Durcan presented at the Prosecuting and Defending Professional Discipline Cases 2021 conference offered by Osgoode Professional Development.


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February 2021

On February 11, 2021, Anastasia-Maria Hountalas will be presenting on “Understanding your Role as a Licensed Professional” for the Ontario Association of Architects Webinar Series for Continuing Education. Visit the OAA website for more information and to register.

December 2020

The SML office will be closed December 25, 2020, December 28, 2020 and January 1, 2021.

November 2020

Julie Maciura is an instructor with the CLEAR NCIT Basic training which is a virtual two week program that is taking place in November. Visit the CLEAR website for more information and to register.

On November 6, 2020, Rebecca Durcan presented on Hearsay at Osgoode’s “The Civil Litigator’s Survival Guide to Evidence”. Visit Osgoode’s Professional Development Website for more information.

Julie Maciura and Richard Steinecke presented at CNAR on the “Top Ten Cases You Need to Know About”. The webinar is available online. Visit the CNAR website to register for access to the webinar.

Natasha Danson presented “Regulators Are Employers Too” at CNAR on November 25, 2020. Visit the CNAR website to register for access to the webinar.

October 2020

In October, Rebecca Durcan presented at CNAR on Effective Regulatory Governance and the Fundamentals of Regulation Workshop.

On October 14, 2020, Bernie LeBlanc and Maya Pearlston presented at the Ontario Regulatory Authorities conference on the latest on Investigations and Inspections.

On October 19, 2020, SML will be hosting a Governance Workshop at CNAR.

On October 21, 2020, Osgoode Hall Law School will be running a program on “The Investigators’ Guide to Testifying in Non-Criminal Legal Proceedings” and Bernie LeBlanc is a member of the faculty who will be presenting.

On October 22, 2020, Erica Richler, together with Julie de Gongre, Joanie Bouchard and Marc Beaudoin will be presenting a session at CNAR on “Examining the Oversight of Regulatory Investigations in Canada: Recent Trends and Best Practices”.

Visit the CNAR website to register for access to the sessions.

September 2020

Bernie LeBlanc hosted a session at CNAR together with Jan Robinson, Naakai Garnett and Victoria Reese on “Monster Discipline Hearings”. Visit the CNAR website for more information.

Bernie LeBlanc and Natasha Danson, together with Amigo Wade hosted a session at CLEAR on the “Top 10 Cases You Need to Know About”. Visit the CLEAR website for more information.

Rebecca Durcan presented at CLEAR on “Criminal Background: When Should it be a bar to entry into Regulated Professions”. Visit the CLEAR website for more information.

August 2020

You can now find our Grey Areas newsletter on CanLII. You can find the newsletter by searching for “Grey Areas” on the CanLII site or by clicking here.

June 2020

On June 25, 2020, Rebecca Durcan spoke with Srikanth Mangalam of the PRISM Institute at the OBA event, “The Changing Face of Regulation: Understanding the Impact of the Crisis on Regulatory Law”.

Erica Richler and Natasha Danson have been appointed to Practice Group Leadership Committees with The Advocates’ Society for 2020-2021. Erica will be 1st Secretary of the Prosecutors’ Network and Natasha will be a member-at-large of the Regulatory and Administrative Law Practice Group.

April 2020

On April 2, 2020 Erica Richler and Rebecca Durcan presented at Osgoode Professional Development Conference, Prosecuting and Defending Professional Discipline Cases 2020.

March 2020

We are thrilled to announce that Ava Arbuck has joined Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc as Counsel. Read Ava’s bio here.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SML has closed its physical premises and all staff and partners are working remotely until further notice.

February 2020

Julie Maciura spoke at the Advocates’ Society workshop on “Administrative Tribunal Advocacy” on February 20, 2020.

Julie Maciura presented on Accommodation in Professional Regulation as part of the Ontario Bar Association’s Institute on February 4, 2020.

January 2020

Erica Richler presented on a panel on credibility assessments and recent appellate decisions for the Prosecutors’ Network of the Advocates’ Society on January 30, 2020.

Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc is very pleased to welcome Natasha Danson to the partnership, effective January 1, 2020.

November 2019

Congratulations to Rebecca Durcan on the publication of this new resource for regulators and lawyers practising professional regulation.

Rebecca Durcan and Darrel Pink comment on the future of self-regulation of lawyers in Canada in this major article in Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

October 2019

Bernie LeBlanc, Natasha Danson and Dean Benard presented the Pre-Conference Event: “Mastering Regulatory Investigations” at CNAR on October 28, 2019.

Richard, Julie, Rebecca, Erica, Anastasia and Darrel, along with Mark Stobbs (Professional Standards Authority), Mary Russell (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), and Claude Balthazard (Human Resources Professionals Association) conducted the pre-conference workshop “What Makes a Good Regulator?” at CNAR on October 28, 2019.

Natasha Danson and Claude Balthazard conducted a pre-conference workshop at CNAR on October 28, 2019 over lunch to discuss the employment law and human resources questions that regulators address vis-à-vis their own employees.

September 2019

Julie Maciura was the recipient of the 2019 CLEAR Consumer Protection Award, given at the CLEAR Annual Educational Conference on September 20th in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

August 2019

Erica Richler has been appointed as a Member-at-Large for the Prosecutors’ Network of The Advocates’ Society for 2019-2020. The Prosecutors’ Network supports continuing education and fosters collegiality among regulatory prosecutors across Canada.

July 2019

On July 24th, Richard Steinecke presented a webinar to the International Network of Physiotherapy Regulatory Authorities on Global Trends in Regulation.

June 2019

On June 28, 2019, Erica Richler spoke at the CLEAR International Congress in Vancouver on a panel with Bradley Chisholm and Jennifer McGuire entitled: “Continuing to Regulate in the Public Interest – Responding to Changing Public Expectations”.

Julie Maciura and Amigo Wade presented the leading regulatory cases at the Discipline Case Management Conference for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, in Memphis, Tennessee on June 11, 2019.

May 2019

The lawyers and staff of SML are thrilled to announce that Richard Steinecke is the recipient of the 2019 OBA Tom Marshall Award of Excellence for Public Sector Lawyers.

April 2019

Julie Maciura spoke about the powers and duties of investigators at the Osgoode Professional Development conference “Prosecuting and Defending Professional Discipline Cases” on April 24, 2019.

On April 17, 2019, Bernie LeBlanc and Rebecca Durcan facilitated a workshop entitled: “The Investigators’ Guide to Testifying in Non-Criminal Legal Proceedings” at Osgoode Professional Development.

Julie Maciura spoke at the American Social Work Board annual Educational Conference in Arlington, Virginia on April 12, 2019, about regulation from a historical perspective and current trends in regulation.

On April 9 and 10 Rebecca Durcan spoke at the Infonex RegPro Conference in Toronto about the Goudge Report, off duty conduct and regulating in the #METOO era.

February 2019

We are thrilled to announce that Darrel Pink is now practising in association with Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc. Read Darrel’s bio here.

January 2019

Julie Maciura’s article (with A. Wade) entitled “How Off-Duty Use of Social Media May Lead to Professional Discipline”, was published in the Journal of Nursing Regulation, vol. 9, Issue 4, January 2019

December 2018

Natasha Danson’s article on “Searching for Professionals on Google” was featured in the December 2018 newsletter of the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation.

Richard Steinecke has been awarded the inaugural CLEAR Exemplary Session Award for his presentation “No Longer Fit got Purpose: Changing the Regulation of Professions in Canada” at the 2018 CLEAR Annual Educational Conference.

November 2018

On November 29, 2018, Julie Maciura presented on Recent Trends in Registration to the Ontario Regulators for Access Consortium.

Julie Maciura and Robin McKechney’s presentation “Innovations in Dealing with Addicted and Mentally Ill Licensees – What Can Be Done to Help?” was the highest rated session for the Compliance and Discipline track at the 2018 CLEAR Annual Educational Conference.

October 2018

Julie Maciura’s comments on the proposed provision for the ASWB Model Social Work Practice Act are found here in “ASWB Association News: Canadian counsel’s comments Streamlined licensure”.

September 2018

Julie Maciura and Bernie LeBlanc presented the “Top Ten Cases You Need to Know About” as the closing session of the CLEAR Educational Conference in Philadelphia on September 29, 2018.

Richard Steinecke and Natasha Danson were quoted in The Lawyer’s Daily article “Regulator can determine dispute process, no procedural unfairness found, court rules”.

August 2018

Rebecca Durcan was quoted in Anita Balakrishnan’s  Law Times article “LSO seeks feedback on shrinking governing body“.

Maya Pearlston and Natasha Danson published the article “Lessons from the Case of Dr. Hadiza Bawa-Garba” in the quarterly journal Health Law in Canada.

July 2018

Robin McKechney was quoted in Anita Balakrishnan’s Law Times article “Lawyer Loses Appeal, Fails to Expand Internet Privileges“.

June 2018

SML Law would like to congratulate Rebecca Durcan for being elected as a Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario.

On June 28, Robin McKechney presented, “What Happens in Vegas? Dealing with Off Duty Conduct” at the CPSO.

On June 7, Robin McKechney presented, “Can I Put My Hat On? I’m a Good Moral Character…Now“, in Denver, Colorado for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Discipline Conference.

On June 6, Richard Steinecke participated in a panel discussion on “What Does the Public Expect of Regulators?” at the Ontario College of Teachers.

May 2018

Bernie LeBlanc was quoted in the May 28, 2018 Law Times article “Little Consensus on How to Apply Dunsmuir Framework” by Shannon Kari.

On May 14, Erica Richler presented “Critical Advice for Handling Self-Represented and Partially Represented Professionals” with Gillian Hnatiw of Adair Goldblatt Bieber LLP at the OBA Advanced Issues in Professional Regulation program.

On May 9, Richard Steinecke presented “Fundamentals and Their Applications” at the CLEAR Regional Symposium in Toronto.

April 2018

Robin McKechney was quoted in Shannon Kari’s Law Times article “Case is Reminder Evidence Can be Used Without Consent“.

On April 11, Natasha Danson spoke at the Infonex RegPro2018 Conference on “Communication in Investigations”.

February 2018

On February 9, Rebecca Durcan presented “Emerging Risks in Health Law: Bill 87, Protecting Patients Act, 2017” at the OBA Institute.

On February 8, Jan Robinson of CVO, Bernie LeBlanc and Robin McKechney presented the CLEAR webinar: Law and Order: Intersection between Criminal Justice and Professional Regulation.

SML is pleased to announce that Maya Pearlston has joined the firm as an associate effective February 5, 2018. Maya obtained her law degree from Osgoode Hall and was previously legal counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission.

January 2018

On January 23, Natasha Danson presented “Achieving Organizational Transparency through Fair Investigations” for the Canadian Institute’s Conducting Fair Investigations conference in Ottawa.

December 2017

Rebecca Durcan was quoted in the article “Life Support Case Raises Questions for Lawyers“, by Alex Robinson.

November 2017

On November 29, Richard Steinecke spoke at the Ontario Regulators for Access Consortium (ORAC) about recent developments in the registration of professionals.

SML is pleased to announce that Anastasia-Maria Hountalas has joined the firm as an associate effective November 13, 2017. Anastasia-Maria obtained her law degree from Queen’s University, is an active member of Young Women in Law and is proficient in French.

On November 13, Richard Steinecke spoke at the Advocates’ Society on recent amendments to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.

October 2017

On October 19, Julie Maciura and Richard Steinecke presented the webinar “Regulators Under Siege”.

On October 13, Richard Steinecke presented, with Joshua Elcombe, an Administrative Law Update for the 2017 Discipline Administrator’s Conference for Canadian regulators of legal services.

On October 5, Richard Steinecke presented a one-day workshop on Administrative Law for Investigation and Hearing Committees to Nova Scotia regulators hosted by the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists.

On October 2-4, Richard Steinecke, Julie Maciura, Bernie LeBlanc, Erica Richler, Robin McKechney, Cathi Mietkiewicz and Natasha Danson presented at the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (CNAR) Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (CNAR)

“Conducting Regulatory Investigations” (Workshop) by Richard Steinecke, Rebecca Durcan, Erica Richler, Greg Hutchinson (Barker Hutchinson), Marjorie Hickey (McInnes Cooper) and Kim Turner (Pink Larkin).

“Regulating a Profession in An Era of Open Distrust” by Richard Steinecke, Shenda Tanchak (College of Physiotherapists of Ontario), Majorie Hickey (McInnes Cooper) and Darrel Pink (Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society).

“What Happens in Vegas: The Challenges of “Off Duty” Conduct” by Robin McKechney, Amy Block (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario) and Seth Weinstein (Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein).

“Making Tough Calls: Is the Public Interest the Same as Public Approval?” by Bernie LeBlanc, Robin McKechney and Melisse Willems (College of Dietitians of Ontario).

“Screening for Good Character at Registration” (Pecha Kucha Session) by Erica Richler and Natasha Danson.

“Conflict of Interest – Here’s the Thing” (Pecha Kucha Session) by Cathi Mietkiewicz.

“Perspectives on Transparency” by Erica Richler, Michael Salvatori (Ontario College of Teachers) and Gregory Sim (Field Law).

“Top Ten Cases of the Past Year” by Julie Maciura, Richard Steinecke, Marjorie Hickey (McInnes Cooper) and James Casey (Field Law).

September 2017

Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR)

“Setting Precedents: Top Ten Recent Cases you Need to Know About” by Bernie LeBlanc, Rebecca Durcan and Amigo Wade.

“Home Run or Strike Out: Effectively Managing the Latest Trends Affecting Complaints, Investigations and Hearings” by Bernie LeBlanc, Marc Spector and Michelle Pederson.

“Law and Order: The Intersection Between Criminal Justice and Professional Regulation” by Bernie LeBlanc, Robin McKechney and Jan Robinson.

“Professional Self-Regulation: Is the Model Past its Sell by Date?” by Rebecca Durcan, Andrew Parr and Ginny O’Hanrahan.

“Regulating Bad Board Behaviour: Real-Life Stories on the Challenges of Governing Rogue Members” by Rebecca Durcan, Marc Spector, Amigo Wade and Panravee Vongjaroenrat.

“Can I Put My Hat On? I’m a Good Moral Character…Now” by Robin McKechney, Geoff Thiele and Michael Salvatori.

June 2017

On June 22, Richard Steinecke presented “The Privilege of Self-Regulation” at the CLEAR Regional Symposium in Winnipeg.

On June 14, Robin McKechney presented “Off Duty Conduct” at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing conference in Pittsburgh.

On June 2, Rebecca Durcan presented “Self-Governing Professions 2017” at the CLEBC Conference in Vancouver.

May 2017

On May 4, Erica Richler was a panellist at the CBA Health Law Summit in Niagara-on-the-lake, presenting on “Professional Regulation in an Age of Openness and Transparency”.

April 2017

Richard Steinecke presented “Prevention of Sexual Abuse: Potential Outcomes When the Government Perceives a Failure to Protect the Public” at the 2017 Infonex Conference.

Bernie LeBlanc presented “Running a Fair and Effective Discipline Hearing” at the 2017 Infonex conference.

March 2017

Natasha Danson’s article “The Perils of Fake Health Care Practitioners and How the Law Can Help” has been published by the Ontario Bar Association.

January 2017

Rebecca Durcan presented at the CLEAR Winter Symposium in St. Petersburg, Florida on Identifying, Analyzing and Treating Communication Risk.

Erica Richler has been named as a Partner of the firm.

May 2016

SML is on Twitter!

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