The Mentorship committee organizes and matches mentors with mentees and administers FACL's mentorship program and its speed mentorship event.
A key component of FACL Ontario’s commitment to the promotion of equity, justice, and opportunities for pan-Asian Canadian legal professionals is our focus on providing mentorship experiences to our members.
Throughout the year, we provide a variety of networking and social events that connect senior members of the bar with junior practitioners and students. In addition, we offer two dedicated mentorship programs for FACL Ontario members.
Our annual speed mentoring event, the Mentor-A-Thon, takes place in the first quarter of every year. Student members have the chance to connect with experienced members of the bar through a speed mentoring session. Up-and-comers are also given the chance to provide mentorship to the next generation of lawyers. This event has proven to be an excellent opportunity to exchange advice, expand networks, and make connections.
In 2016, FACL Ontario launched a new pilot mentorship program. The purpose of the new program is to provide mid-level practitioners with guidance and networking opportunities to enhance their chances of promotion to senior positions within their chosen sector of law, whether it be partner, senior in-house counsel, Crown prosecutor, etc.
Log in to your FACL Ontario membership account to find out more about FACL Ontario’s mentorship opportunities. Not a member? Please click here to join FACL Ontario.
FACL Mentorship Committee Members
Maneesha Gupta - TD Bank - Mentorship Chair and Board of Directors
Gurpreet Singh Chandok - GSC Law Professional Corporation
Barbara de Dios - Canadian Dental Services Corporation
Barbara sits as a section executive to the OBA Women Lawyers Forum Section and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Ontario Chapter. She also serves as part of the leadership team to the Global Lawyers of Canada’s Ontario Chapter, heading a new Small Group Program (SGP) aimed at mentoring soon-to-be lawyers in the midst of Ontario’s licensing process. She has been published in the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Magazine and Canadian Lawyer Magazine, writing on various issues relating to women’s rights in the workplace, ethical considerations for junior lawyers, diversity and inclusion initiatives, career development, and the importance of networking for young lawyers. She is a finalist for the 2020 Canadian Law Awards, as a nominee to The Gowling WLG Award for Woman of the Year.
Veenu Goswami - Crown Law Office – Criminal
Teresa Li - University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Before law school, Teresa completed her undergraduate degree in civil engineering at the University of Toronto, where she graduated with honours. She also worked full-time at the engineering department of a municipal government in the GTA, focusing on road designs, constructions, and project procurement. During her summers, she interned at law firms in China and Canada, exploring business and immigration law. A native Mandarin speaker, Teresa hopes to continue leveraging her bilingual and bicultural background in her legal career.
Teresa is deeply passionate about diversity and equality. At law school, she is a senior editor of the Journal of Law and Equality, and an executive member of the Asia Law Society, for which she has organized many events. During this pandemic, she has actively volunteered in Project PROTECH to help local Chinese Canadians protect mental health and combat racism.
Devrup Mitra - Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Ryan Wong - Osgoode Hall Law School
Q: I am a student, junior lawyer, or NCA candidate and I am looking for an articling or new position. Can FACL Ontario pair me with a mentor?
A: Please note that our current mentorship offerings for students and NCA candidates takes place in the form of our Mentor-A-Thon speed mentoring event in the first quarter of each year. FACL Ontario does not currently match mentees with mentors on a one-off basis.
Q: How can FACL Ontario help me in my job search?
A: We know the market is tough, especially for students and junior calls. Here are our suggestions for those who are seeking new positions:
- Check our jobs board for relevant postings (remember to sign in as a member first);
- Network, network, network. FACL Ontario hosts many events over the course of the year with networking components. This is a great way to meet other practitioners in the area(s) in which you are looking. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media (links are at in the upper right hand corner of this page) to get up-to-date notices of our upcoming events, and come out!
- Volunteer. This is, in our experience, the best way to make meaningful connections in the legal community. Remember that when someone puts your name forward for a position or acts as a reference for you, she or he is putting her reputation forward with that recommendation as well, and it is hard for someone to confidently do that without having had a meaningful opportunity to get to know you. When you volunteer at an organization, it gives people with whom you volunteer a chance to speak meaningfully about what you are like as a teammate if and when the time comes for that person to put your name forward for a position. Getting involved with an organization is also a great way to show initiative and community involvement on a CV!
Q: I have an idea for a mentorship program. Who do I talk to about getting involved?
A: We love when our members want to get more involved with the organization. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.