AJC Past Presidents

David McNairn

PRESIDENT 2020-2024

David has been practicing law in Ontario since 1988.  David spent nine years in private practice, six years as a military lawyer, and 18 years as a lawyer with the Department of Justice Canada.  After joining the AJC in 2002, he became a member of the AJC’s board of directors in 2003 and was elected AJC President in 2020 and re-elected in 2022. 

Ursula Hendel
President 2016-2020

Ursula Hendel works as a senior prosecutor in the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. She also worked at PPSC headquarters as a prosecutor and was an Assistant Crown Prosecutor for the Province of Ontario for seven years, where she was a member of the Association of Crown Prosecutors of Ontario .  

Ursula served twice on the AJC board of directors from 2007 to 2009, including as an interim vice-president of finance for a short period, and has been a member of the board since July 2013. Ursula currently sits on the board of directors of a local non-profit organization and has previously been a member of an international non-profit organization.

Len MacKay
President 2014-2016

Len is public prosecutor with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.  Len joined PPSC in May 2008, after practicing as a Crown Attorney with the Public Prosecution Service (Nova Scotia) for seven years.  There, he served from 2005 – 2008 as a representative on the executive of the Nova Scotia Crown Attorney’s Association.  Previously he was in private practice.  Len has since returned to PPSC where he now serves in a managerial capacity.

Lisa Blais
President 2012-2014

Lisa first joined the Department of Justice as a Crown Counsel for the International Assistance Group and in 2005 moved to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. Lisa worked as a public prosecutor until she left the public service to pursue a new career.

Marco Mendicino
President 2009-2012

Marco Mendicino was a Crown Counsel with the Public Prosecutions Service of Canada, Ontario Regional Office. As a member of the PPSC, Marco was assigned to a terrorism prosecution in Brampton.  Marco was elected to the AJC Governing Council as a representative for the Ontario Regional Office in October 2008. Marco has served as VP Finance and assumed the role of acting President in 2009. Marco has since left the public service to pursue a career in federal politics.

Patrick Jetté
President 2004-2009

Patrick Jetté worked as a Crown Counsel at the Department of Justice. Patrick played an important role in the development and establishment of the Association of Justice Council. Patrick held the position of President and presided over a period of growth and the successful certification process. Patrick Jetté has since retired from the public service.

The AJC is extremely sad to report that on Saturday, November 19 2016, our former President, Patrick Jetté, passed away.