Karen Restoule Reappointed as Associate Chair

Tribunals Ontario is pleased to announce the reappointment of Karen Restoule as the Associate Chair for the Ontario Parole Board, effective April 5, 2019.

During her career, Karen has worked as a probation and parole officer, worked with victims of crime with Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto and led strategic policy efforts as Director of the Justice Sector with the Chiefs of Ontario. A proud member of the Dokis First Nation, she is also fluent in French. Karen is also cross-appointed to all the ­­­tribunals within the Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Division (SLASD) of Tribunals Ontario and is the SLASD Lead for Indigenous Services.


“I know that Karen’s first-hand experience with the corrections system, expertise in criminal law and ability to humanize issues will be invaluable to the Ontario Parole Board as she continues her role as the Associate Chair.”

– Linda Lamoureux, Executive Chair, Tribunals Ontario

“My reappointment as the Associate Chair for the Ontario Parole Board means I can continue working to keep the public safe by ensuring a transparent and more accountable parole system in this province.”

– Karen Restoule, Associate Chair of the Ontario Parole Board


  • The Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Division (SLASD) resolves and decide matters arising from over 30 statutes relating to human and animal protection, public safety and the public interest – including compensation claims and licensing, policing, parole, fire safety, and animal care orders.
  • SLASD is made up of the Animal Care Review Board, the Fire Safety Commission, the Licence Appeal Tribunal, the Ontario Civilian Police Commission and the Ontario Parole Board.
  • The Ontario Parole Board makes parole decisions for applicants serving a sentence of less than two years in a provincial correctional institution. It also decided applications for temporary absences from a correctional institution for greater than 72 hours.
  • Tribunals Ontario is responsible for 19 tribunals that fall under the Ministry of the Attorney General. Tribunals conduct hearings, make decisions and resolve disputes on a wide variety of issues and operate independently of government.