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A. EMMINK

PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION

 

Licenced Paralegals

| Serving Those Who Serve And Protect for the past 20+ years |

When you have been injured on the job, the last thing you need is to have to fight for workers’ compensation benefits

A. Emmink Professional Corporation is here to help you. 

 

WHAT WE DO

Workplace Safety and Insurance

Canada Pension Plan Disability

Long-Term Disability

|  Over 250 Years of Combined WSIB Experience  |

We are here to help you make sense of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s (WSIB) legislation and policies, and to assist with any potential appeals to the WSIB or the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT).

Ontario’s largest police associations have been relying on A. Emmink Professional Corporation since 1996 to help their members obtain the benefits to which they are rightfully entitled. We can do the same for you!
 

​Our firm offers a free, no obligation initial consultation regarding your case. 

 

Contact us to arrange an

appointment, 1-866-822-7772.

 

OUR STORY

A. Emmink Professional Corporation (AEPC) is a paralegal firm that provides legal services related to claims for Workplace Safety and Insurance, Long-Term Disability, and/or Canada Pension Plan Disability.  

The business began as a consulting service in 1988 by Andy Emmink, and became incorporated in 1992 (formerly A. Emmink Associates Ltd.). Around 1996, Andy's focus turned to providing services for emergency response workers , at which time he began representing members of a large police association in appeals before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT). Other police associations across the province subsequently also retained AEPC to assist and represent their members with WSIB matters and appeals. Our services expanded to include assistance with long-term disability insurance and CPP disability claims.  

In 2002, Undine Taylor and Kelly Vieira joined the firm, and AEPC later expanded to the point where we currently have 7 senior paralegals, 1 junior paralegal, a legal assistant, and an office administrator on staff. 

Undine and Kelly began to manage the day-to-day operations of the business in July 2014, when Andy Emmink retired. Effective January 9, 2017, ownership of the firm was taken over entirely by Undine and Kelly, who are equal partners in the business.   

Most of our paralegals previously worked for the WSIB, with many having been Appeals Resolution Officers. We therefore have vast knowledge and understanding of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, and WSIB policies and practices. 

 

All of our paralegals are licenced and in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.

Over the years, we have provided legal services to the memberships of approximately 20 police associations across the province and continue to do so as needed. We have also helped many private clients.  

Having worked with the police associations for so many years, we have developed an intimate understanding of emergency response work and the physical and psychological injuries that can be unique to that line of work.  

We are passionate about the work that we do and look forward to continuing to provide legal services for individuals who may need help with disability insurance matters.

 

MEET THE TEAM

KELLY VIEIRA

Paralegal/Co-Owner

Kelly gained first-hand adjudicative expertise during her approximately 15 years with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) where she worked as a Claims Adjudicator, Technical Advisor, and Decision Review Specialist in the Appeals Branch. After leaving the WSIB, she worked in the field of health and safety for approximately six years as a WSIB Consultant, helping to design return to work programs and representing employers in appeals.
 

Kelly joined A. Emmink Professional Corporation in late 2002. She became a licenced paralegal in 2008. Kelly has extensive experience representing workers in appeals before the WSIB and Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. 

From July 2014 to January 2017, while continuing to handle an active caseload, including many that involved various complex issues in dispute, Kelly directed the firm’s services in a co-management role with Undine Taylor. As of January 9, 2017, Kelly and Undine purchased the firm. Kelly now oversees the business operations and services, while also maintaining a caseload.

UNDINE TAYLOR

Paralegal/Co-Owner

Undine has been with A. Emmink Professional Corporation since 2002. Prior to joining the firm, she gained experience while working in the private industry as well as a period of employment with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Undine became licenced as a paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario in 2002.

 

Over the years, she has developed her knowledge and skills in facilitating return to work solutions in some of the most challenging situations. These include intensive collaborative efforts for workers with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as chronic pain disorder and a multitude of musculoskeletal injuries.

In addition to managing a substantial caseload, Undine directed the firm’s services in a co-management role with Kelly Vieira from July 2014 to January 2017. Effective January 9, 2017, Undine and Kelly purchased the firm. Undine continues to manage an active caseload, while overseeing the business operations and services.

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DEBBIE MARQUARDT

Licenced Paralegal

Debbie has over 30 years of experience dealing with the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). She gained a sound understanding of WSIB claims management from working as an Adjudicator at the WSIB for several years. She subsequently worked as a WSIB Consultant, and became a licenced paralegal in 2008. ​

Debbie has been a part-time associate paralegal with A. Emmink Professional Corporation since 2008, and is experienced in both employer and worker advocacy. This unique “two-sided” perspective gives her greater insight into more complex WSIB issues. 

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DONNA MCPARLAND

Licenced Paralegal

Donna worked at the WSIB for over 35 years, in all levels of adjudication, including as an Appeals Resolution Officer (ARO) for the final 13 years of her WSIB career. As an Adjudicator and ARO, her primary focus was in occupational disease and serious injury claims.


Donna obtained her paralegal licence in 2013.


​In 2014, Donna joined A. Emmink Professional Corporation as a part-time associate paralegal. We value her extensive knowledge of WSIB issues, particularly in the area of occupational diseases.

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SANDRA MCKINNON

Licenced Paralegal

Sandra offers a wealth of WSIB knowledge, having previously worked at the WSIB for 32 years. In addition to working through all levels of WSIB adjudication, she was a Training Specialist for 4 years and an Appeals Resolution Officer for approximately 22 years. 

 

Sandra became licenced as a paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario in 2013.

She has been with A. Emmink Professional Corporation since January 2018, and has demonstrated her commitment to helping injured workers. 

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VICKY ESCOBAR

Licenced Paralegal

Vicky has been a licenced paralegal since 2013, and joined A. Emmink Professional Corporation in June 2018.

 

She formerly worked with the WSIB for a total of 34 years. Highlights of her WSIB career include 4 years as a Training Specialist, 20 years in the Appeals system of which 18 were as an Appeals Resolution Officer, and Manager in the Occupational Disease and Survivor Benefits Program during her final 4 years with the WSIB. 

 

Vicky is fluent in both English and Spanish.

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ANNE TIDBURY

Licenced Paralegal

Anne worked at the WSIB in all levels of adjudication for 34 years, including 20 years as an Appeals Resolution Officer. She has been a licenced paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario since 2012.

Anne joined A. Emmink Professional Corporation in January 2014, She retired in 2018, but returned to our firm in the spring of 2019. Her experience, both from working with the WSIB and with our firm has given her extensive knowledge to apply to her current practice assistingn workers with WSIB matters.

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MICHELLE SHAW

Licenced Paralegal

Michelle became a licenced paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario in 2018. Prior to joining A. Emmink Professional Corporation in January 2019, she worked at a personal injury law firm. The experience she gained from her former employment was valuable in the transition to dealing with workplace injuries.

Michelle is very passionate about providing the best assistance possible to our clients and ensuring the rights of injured workers are protected. 

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SUSAN HARDIE

Office Administrator

Susan is our full-time Office Administrator, having commenced her employment with A. Emmink Professional Corporation in 2008.

 

Susan has an extensive background in administrative work, including property management and bookkeeping. She ensures that all aspects of the office are running smoothly, and also provides support services to our paralegal associates by way of file organization, follow up enquiries, and special projects.

We all appreciate the important role Susan plays in providing the best services to our clients.

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HILARY SKORITSCH

Legal Assistant

Hilary joined our firm In July 2019 as the legal assistant to Undine and Kelly. Hilary has had a varied career, including spending two years abroad in the UK performing work in a management capacity, and also working with a non-profit charitable organization for a few years before joining our firm. 
 

We are very happy to have Hilary providing such valuable assistance. 

 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

From our clients

"My contact at A. EMMINK has been exceptional. Reports that have been written have been professional, accurate and thorough. I have been impressed at the level of effort, response and sincerity to my situation. Thank you to A. EMMINK for their professionalism, dedication, and quality work."  A.S.

"Thank you so much for all your support and hard work on my case. It has really paid off!  Thank you for everything."  W.P.

"Thank you for all your help and dedication. 

You have done more in these few months,

than anyone else in almost ten years."  E.T.

"A favourable WSIAT appeal outcome decision was finally reached.  AEPC  [Paralegal] should be highly commended for [their] outstanding WSI knowledge, skills, ability and professionalism throughout these last 5 years resulting in this favourable decision."  P.S.

"[Emmink Paralegal] was always approachable, quickly returned my phone calls and emails, and was a kind and caring resource for me [Their] experience in the world of WSIB was extremely helpful as I attempted to navigate the system (which was clearly quite foreign to me). [They] provided a great deal of assistance and hard work on my behalf this past year and a half. As a result of [their] efforts, I won my WSIB appeal which is a huge relief for me, both financially and psychologically I am so grateful that I had [Paralegal] on my team."  J.P.

"Thank you so much for the support you gave me at the hearing. Your professionalism and prep work was what won my appeal."  L.B.

"The persistent work you have done and your dedication to continued effort on my behalf, has certainly effected the outcome.  Thank you so much!!! I really appreciate the support of both [Paralegal] and your legal office with this matter. Thanks again and all the best."   A.D.

"You have been a wonderful support ...so thank you. I'm glad I have you in my corner. [. . .] your support has made me feel better about myself and this situation." D.M.

"Thank you for all the wonderful work you have done for me. Your patience and kindness are greatly appreciated as I deal with these issues [. . .]"  D.T.

London

Police Association

"The London Police Association has had a working relationship with the staff at Emmink for many years. Our members get treated with respect and have had very positive results. I have no hesitation in referring LPA members to Emmink and have the utmost confidence that the staff at Emmink will do all they can to ensure that our members get every benefit to which they are entitled."


Rick Robson
Executive Director,  LPA

Ontario

Provincial Police Association

"Navigating the WSIB and LTIP processes is a dedicated and specialized field in Human Resources. For the past 10 years, we have supplemented our in-house client services with A. Emmink Associates to provide our membership with expertise and insight on the most complex of matters. Our trust in their firm has been rewarded with consistently positive outcomes for our members and exceptional customer service."

Durham

Regional Police Association

"As the President of the Durham Regional Police Association (DRPA) I can say without hesitation the caring and knowledgeable staff at A. Emmink and Associates assist our membership on a weekly basis.  On many occasions they have gone over and above what would ever be expected due to their commitment and honesty to both our membership and the DRPA executive." 

Randy Henning 

President, DRPA

Workplace Safety and

Insurance Board

Operational Policy Manual, information for workers/employers/health care practitioners, appeals process, etc.

Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal

Practice directions, appeal process, legal/medical resources, etc.

CANLII

Canadian legal information, including prior WSIAT decisions, etc.

CONTACT

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Tel. 905.492.5051

Toll-Free. 866.822.7772

Fax. 905.492.5052

We endeavour to return your call within 24 hours. 

 

 

VISIT

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1305 Pickering Pkwy

Suite 200

Pickering, ON  L1V 3P2

Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

TELL

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Email us at info@emminkassociates.com or fill out the form below to let us know your question or concern.

 

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