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Sudbury lawyer appointed vice-chair of police board

Lise Poratto-Mason brings 'vast and varied experience' to the table, says board chair
Lise Poratto-Mason has taken on the role of vice chair for the Greater Sudbury Police Service board. She was sworn in Feb. 19. Police board chair and Ward 2 Coun. Michael Vagnini looks on. (Arron Pickard/

Lise Poratto-Mason has been appointed vice-chair of the Greater Sudbury Police Service board.

Poratto-Mason was sworn in Feb. 19 for a three-year period, filling the seat previously held by Dr. Rayuda Koka.

Poratto-Mason holds a bachelor's degree in arts from Laurentian University, a diploma in business administration and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Windsor, and a bachelor's degree in law from the University of Windsor. She has extensive experience in both the public and private law practice.

She is currently a partner in the firm Mason Poratto-Mason. She is a past municipal and hospital solicitor, years of experience in private practice, and experience in municipal, health care, institutional and labour and employment law. She also maintains an active real estate and will and estate practice.

She is a member of the Sudbury and District Law Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Canadian Bar Association Ontario. She is also fluently bilingual and able to converse in both official languages. 
In addition, Poratto-Mason has served on numerous boards and committees, including with Mason McCulloch Hospice, the Greater Sudbury Airport Board, the National Committee of the Women Moving Woman Campaign, the FedNor ministerial advisory board, the MS Society, the United Way and Laurentian Hospital.

“I am looking forward to working with a dedicated team of colleagues,” she said. “It is indeed an honour to have been appointed, and I believe my previous experience in governance has been well suited for this important role. Policing is continually changing and evolving and I feel privileged to be part of its future.” 
Vagnini welcomed Poratto-Mason on behalf of the board.

“Her vast and varied experience will be an asset to the work of the board,” said Vagnini.

Chief Paul Pedersen also echoed the sentiments around Ms. Poratto-Mason’s appointment to Police Services Board.   

“She is a welcome addition to our board, and we look forward to working with her in the coming years,” said Police Chief Paul Pedersen.

Both Vagnini and Pedersen thanked Poratto-Mason's predecessor, Dr. Rayuda Koka, for his contributions to the board.
The Greater Sudbury Police Services Board has five members: two provincial appointees, two city council appointees, and one citizen member as appointed by council. The board provides direction and guidance to the Greater Sudbury Police Service while ensuring that adequate and effective police services are provided in accordance with the needs of the municipality.