FACL Ontario’s 14th Annual Conference and Mixer (February 18-20, 2021) – Speaker Bios

Conference Chairs

Gerald Chan

FACL Ontario President and Conference Co-Chair

Gerald Chan is a partner at Stockwoods LLP, where he practices criminal, constitutional and regulatory litigation. He has been counsel in numerous cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, including cases on digital privacy, medical marihuana, insider trading, and foreign corruption. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada, Benchmark Litigation, Chambers Canada, and Lexpert. In 2019, Canadian Lawyer named him one of its Top 25 Most Influential. He is co-author/co-editor of various legal texts (Sentencing, Digital Evidence: A Practitioner’s Handbook, Digital Privacy: Criminal, Civil and Regulatory Litigation, and a forthcoming text on Litigating Artificial Intelligence). He is President of FACL Ontario, and a member of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee.

Eva Chan

Conference Co-Chair

Eva Chan is a lawyer turned social media strategist, consultant and trainer for lawyers. She helps lawyers save time in learning how to use social media, and leverage it to meet professional and personal goals.

She has a Professional Graduate Certificate in Marketing Management from Harvard Extension School. Her blog (evachanweb.ca/blog) won a Clawbies (Canadian Law Blog Awards) for Best New Blog in 2016, and was a finalist for Best Business of Law Blog in 2018.

Eva has enjoyed organizing events since her law-school days at Osgoode Hall Law School, and law-practising days at a national law firm. She has practised law in-house.

She welcomes you to say “hello” to her at the conference and mixer, and on social media (@evachanweb)!

Keynote Speaker

Bill Lee

Partner, WilmerHale

Bill Lee is a partner at WilmerHale and is one of the country’s foremost trial, appellate and intellectual property lawyers. He has tried more than 200 cases, both jury and jury-waived, to judgment and argued more than 100 appeals before the Court of Appeals. Bill has been awarded a lifetime achievement award by the American Lawyer and was selected as one of the National Law Journal’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America; one of The American Lawyer’s Litigators of the Year; the outstanding US IP Practitioner by Managing IP; and one of the fifty most powerful people in Boston by the Boston Business Journal.

Bill was lead trial counsel for Harvard in the case attacking its race conscious admissions policy. He also served as lead trial counsel for Apple in its worldwide litigation with Samsung, and was lead trial counsel for Broadcom in the highly publicized cases between Broadcom and Qualcomm. He also represented Pfizer in a trial that, after seven days, resulted in a settlement of $2.15 billion.

From July 1987 through June 1989, Bill served as associate counsel to Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh in the Iran-Contra investigation. In that capacity, Bill was responsible for certain portions of the grand jury investigation and resulting indictments. He has also served as a special assistant to the Massachusetts Attorney General for the purpose of investigating alleged incidents of racial bias in the Commonwealth’s courts.

 

Bill served as the managing and co-managing partner at WilmerHale from 2000 to 2012 and was managing partner at the time of the merger of Wilmer Cutler and Pickering and Hale and Dorr.

 

Bill is the Senior Fellow of the Harvard Corporation and the Eli Goldston Lecturer at Harvard Law School. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Opening Remarks

Chief Justice George R. Strathy

Court of Appeal for Ontario

The Honourable George R. Strathy was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario on April 25, 2013, and was subsequently appointed as Chief Justice of Ontario and President of the Court of Appeal for Ontario on June 13, 2014.

Chief Justice Strathy received a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in 1970 and a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto in 1971. He studied law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where he received his L.L.B. in 1974 and was awarded the Gold Medal. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1976.

For the previous five years, he served as a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in the Toronto Region, where he presided over civil, class action and criminal matters. He was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on December 13, 2007.

In practice, he specialized in civil litigation, with an emphasis on maritime and transportation law. He was active in a number of professional organizations, including the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Maritime Law Association and the Canadian Association of Maritime Arbitrators. He is the author of two books on maritime law, as well as numerous papers and articles.

Chief Justice Strathy is married to Elyse Strathy. They have five daughters and nine grandchildren.

Guided Meditation

Maneesha Gupta

Owner, Mindful Lawyer Canada

Maneesha is an Intellectual Property and Technology lawyer with a focus on brand protection. She is the owner of Mindful Lawyer Canada, a mindfulness center that builds safe and uplifting spaces for legal professionals to connect with their natural selves and with others. Maneesha has lectured at universities across Ontario and presented at the Law Society of Ontario and the Toronto Region Board of Trade. Maneesha serves as a Board Director with FACL, Vice-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Law Practice Management section and Board Director of the South Asian Bar Association. She regularly advocates for the advancement of women, inclusion and access to justice. Maneesha graduated from the University of Toronto – Victoria University and holds a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School.

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Huy Do

Partner, Fasken

Huy Do is the Co-Leader of the firm’s Antitrust/Competition & Marketing group. His practice focuses on anti-trust/competition, marketing and foreign investment law.

Huy is a widely recognized leader in Canadian competition, marketing and foreign investment laws. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and serves as a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network, a network of antitrust/competition law enforcement agencies from around the world. Huy is ranked in Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, PLC Which Lawyer?, Who’s Who Legal, Canadian Lexpert, Legal 500 Canada and Best Lawyers in Canada for his competition/anti-trust practice.

Karen Kwan Anderson

Barrister and Solicitor, Sole practitioner

Karen graduated from Windsor’s Faculty of Law and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2001.  As a sole practitioner, she prepares applications for temporary/permanent residence and citizenship, defends clients in deportation processes at the Canada Border Services Agency, and litigates at the Immigration and Refugee Board and Federal Court.  She is an advisor with the Coach and Advisor Network of the Law Society of Ontario; a mentor with the Career Centre and the Alumni Association at the University of Toronto Mississauga; and is a sponsor of the American Women‚Äôs Club of Southern Ontario.  She is a proud member of the Mississauga Law Chambers and FaceBook communities of BusiWomen and Women Lawyer Entrepreneurs.

Megan Mah

Associate, WeirFoulds LLP

Megan Mah is an associate at WeirFoulds LLP. Her practice focuses on human rights, employment, administrative, regulatory and constitutional law.

 
Megan advises clients on a range of litigation matters and workplace-related issues. She has worked for a range of clients, including private companies, public institutions, professional regulators, not-for-profit organizations, universities, and individual employees. Megan is called to the bar in Ontario and New York. She is a volunteer with Pro Bono Ontario and currently serves as an executive member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Labour and Employment Law Section and Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law section.

Moderator: Gerald Chan

FACL Ontario President and Conference Co-Chair

Gerald Chan is a partner at Stockwoods LLP, where he practices criminal, constitutional and regulatory litigation. He has been counsel in numerous cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, including cases on digital privacy, medical marihuana, insider trading, and foreign corruption. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada, Benchmark Litigation, Chambers Canada, and Lexpert. In 2019, Canadian Lawyer named him one of its Top 25 Most Influential. He is co-author/co-editor of various legal texts (Sentencing, Digital Evidence: A Practitioner’s Handbook, Digital Privacy: Criminal, Civil and Regulatory Litigation, and a forthcoming text on Litigating Artificial Intelligence). He is President of FACL Ontario, and a member of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee.

Allies Against Anti-Black Racism

Charlene Theodore

President, Ontario Bar Association

OBA President Charlene Theodore is a workplace lawyer with a background in public policy and government relations, and currently serves as in-house counsel to one of Ontario’s largest teachers associations. One of Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers of 2020, she is known for tackling some of the most challenging issues facing the bar and the justice system, as well as bringing about positive change throughout the profession for women and people of colour.

As the OBA’s first Black president, Ms. Theodore has embraced her role in improving equality, diversity and inclusion in the justice sector and beyond. Her ground-breaking initiative “Not Another Decade” is focused on moving the dial on equality for Black and Indigenous people and people of colour.

Joshua Sealy-Harrington

Lawyer, PowerLaw and Colombia Law Schoo

Joshua Sealy-Harrington is a doctoral candidate at Columbia Law School, lawyer at Power Law, and former law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada (for Justice Clément Gascon) and at the Federal Court (for Justice Donald J. Rennie). His research interrogates the complex relationship between law and power, while his practice explores the intersection of that relationship with public, constitutional, and criminal law. In practice, Joshua has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. His writing has been published in various law journals, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, and Newsweek, and has been cited in several textbooks, as well as in judgments of the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada.

Nana Yanful

Legal Director, Black Legal Action Centre

Nana Yanful is the Legal Director at the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC), where she and her colleagues work to challenge individual and systemic anti-Black racism across Ontario. She completed her articles at the Superior Court of Justice in Brampton and was called to the bar in 2014. Nana is deeply committed to community and legal work related to anti-Black racism and human rights. In 2020, Nana was named one of the Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. Her writing on equity, policing and the trust-deficit has appeared in the anthology, Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity, For The Defence, Spacing Magazine and elsewhere. Nana is a board member of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre. She is currently on leave from BLAC raising her new baby.

Moderator: Emily Lam

Partner, KastNer Lam LLP

Emily Lam is a partner at Kastner Lam LLP. Emily practices criminal, civil and regulatory law. She has successfully argued cases at all levels of court, often challenging the law to include the perspectives of marginalized and racialized communities. Emily is the co-founder of the Sentencing and Parole Project (SPP), a not-for-profit organization that advocates for informed, culturally appropriate sentencing and parole decisions for racial justice and equity. She is also the co-founder of Group of Racialized Ontario Women Litigators (GROWL).

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Arun Krishnamurti

Counsel, Google Canada Corporation

Arun is an experienced technology lawyer with a track record of practical, business-oriented legal advice. After having worked at a leading law firm, and now in-house at Google Canada, Arun’s well versed in analyzing and responding to complex (and frequently cross-border) legal issues, including product launches, cloud services and other outsourcing agreements, consumer protection and many other commercial and regulatory topics. Arun currently sits on the board of Can Tech, and remains actively involved in his communities, taking active roles in mentoring, as well as supporting diversity and equity seeking groups.

 

In 2020, Arun was named to Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40.

Kelly Kwan

Senior Counsel, Uber Canada Inc.

Kelly Kwan is Senior Counsel at Uber. Her team is focused on negotiating sponsorship, marketing and transactional agreements in Canada. She is also responsible for employment issues and structuring Uber’s relationships with its independent contractors. Kelly is passionate about diversity and inclusion and committed to moving the dial on these issues not only at Uber, but in the technology sector more broadly. Previously, she was Canadian counsel at Gate Gourmet, a Swiss airline caterer, a lawyer for Postmedia Network Inc. and an Associate at Torys LLP. Kelly is a graduate of Georgetown University and Osgoode Hall Law School.

Samantha Tom

PC Financial, President's Choice Financial

Samantha Tom is Legal Counsel at President’s Choice Financial and supports the Bank’s legal strategy and affairs, including the launch and operation of financial products and payments solutions. In addition, she supports The Mobile Shop, Gift Card and Insurance services areas of PC Financial. Before joining PC Financial, Samantha practiced at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in the Financial Services Group where she assisted with financing transactions and asset securitizations and advised on a wide range of regulatory and compliance matters. Samantha has a law degree from Western University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.

Moderator: Julia Shin Doi

General Counsel, Ryerson University

Julia Shin Doi is General Counsel, Secretary of the Board of Governors, and University Privacy Officer of Ryerson University. She provides advice and has operational responsibility for access to information, privacy, records management, and compliance. Julia practices corporate/commercial law, privacy law, and copyright law. 

 

Julia is an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario and adjudicator of the Law Society Tribunal. She serves as a corporate director for Cybersecure Catalyst, DMZ Ventures/Ryerson Futures Inc., Korean Legal Clinic, and National GC Network. 

 

Julia is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and co-authored the leading Canadian text on drafting boilerplate contract clauses, Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements. 

 

Julia is a founder and past president of FACL and Women General Counsel Canada. She is the past chair of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) Ontario Chapter, won the 2017 CCCA Award of Excellence, was named 2017 Top 25 Most Influential in Canada and was recognized with FACL’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Navigating a Virtual Recruit: A Discussion About Best Practices and Diversity Initiatives

Jeff Costain

MAG – Assistant Crown Attorney, Newmarket Crowns’ Office

Jeff Costain has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney in the Newmarket Crown’s office for the better part of 15 years. He currently prosecutes all manner of charges, works to set up new digital disclosure and virtual court services, and provides training to various justice system participants. He continues to work with the Ministry of Attorney General’s Recovery Secretariat, focusing on re-establishing jury trials throughout the province. In 2018-2019, he was seconded to MAG’s Crown Law Office – Civil, assisting with a variety of files naming her Majesty as plaintiff or defendant.

Kyle Elliott

Manager, Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach Initiatives, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Kyle is the Manager, Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach Initiatives in the Toronto office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. In this role, he leads the Firm’s diversity and inclusion outreach initiatives, which are designed to attract students from diverse backgrounds to the practice of business law. Kyle is also responsible for collaborating with key stakeholders to promote the Firm’s internal diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives.

 

Kyle serves on the Board of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) as the Director of Communications, a role he has held since 2017. Kyle is also a former President of the Osgoode Hall Black Law Students’ Association (BLSA Osgoode) and previously served as the National Articling Representative for BLSA Canada.

Haley Wong

LEGAL TALENT ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Haley Wong is assistant director of student programs and law clerks. Haley oversees summer and articling student programs, student training and development, and helps to support student recruitment. She also supports the law clerks program and initiatives, and other legal talent projects.

Haley formerly practised law with a leading real estate group at a full-service law firm on Bay Street. Her practice primarily consisted of large-scale acquisitions, dispositions, and financings in connection to commercial real estate properties. Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP in 2019, Haley spent the last year and a half at a top-tier executive recruitment firm.

Moderator: Fiona Lee

1L, Queen’s Asian Law Students’ Association

Fiona Lee is a first year student at Queen’s Law. At Queen’s Law, she is a part of the Queen’s Asian Law Students Association, Pro Bono Students Canada, the Canadian Journal of Commercial Arbitration and the Venture Law club.

Moderator: Allison Choi

1L, Queen’s Asian Law Students’ Association

Allison Choi is a 1L student at Queen’s Law. She is currently an executive member of the Queen’s Asian Law Students Association, a volunteer editor of the Queen’s Law Journal, and a volunteer for Pro Bono Students Canada. She worked as a legal assistant for a criminal law firm in Toronto before starting law school.

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Jeilah Chan

Partner, Bennett Jones LLP

Jeilah practices all aspects of IP, representing clients in litigation involving patent, trademark, and copyright issues. She advises clients on IP issues arising out of M&A transactions and commercial matters. Jeilah also advises clients on IP protection, enforcement and brand-building strategies. She is a fierce advocate for her clients, whether asserting or defending their rights, or negotiating and structuring a deal on their behalf. Clients view Jeilah as “skilled, creative and extremely clever” and has “an incredibly high level of competence and a client-oriented approach” (WTR). Jeilah is an IP star (Managing IP) and Future Star (Benchmark Litigation), ranked in the WTR 1000 (The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals), and named IP lawyer of the year (M&A Today: Global Awards). Jeilah is the author of the IP Risk section of the Directors’ Duties in Canada, 7th edition (Lexis Nexis) and co-author of WTR’s Trademark Litigation Guide (Canada) and Best Practice in Litigation Strategies: Global Perspectives.

Zain Naqi

Senior Associate, Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb

Zain Naqi is a commercial litigator at Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP, one of the country’s top boutique litigation firms. His practice covers all aspects of business litigation, including contract disputes, oppression claims, directors’ and officers’ liability, regulatory investigations, administrative law, and appellate advocacy.  He has represented clients at all levels of court in Ontario and at the Supreme Court of Canada. Beyond his commercial practice, he has acted in significant public law mandates including on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Zain joined Lax O’Sullivan after clerking for the Honourable Justice Michael J. Moldaver of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Emily Ting

Partner, Goodmans

Emily Ting is a partner in a business law group at Goodmans. Her practice is transaction based, involving all aspects of corporate and securities law, with a particular emphasis on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Emily also assists companies with their corporate governance and continuous disclosure obligations. 

 

Emily often represents issuers, underwriters, private companies and private equity firms.

Moderator: David Spence

Assistant Crown Attorney Ontario, Ministry of the Attorney General

David Spence is an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General in Toronto. His practice focuses on criminal and constitutional law matters. He has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario as well as the Ontario Securities Commission. Prior to joining the Crown Attorney’s Office, David was a litigator at Stikeman Elliott LLP where he practiced commercial litigation with an emphasis on complex contract disputes, class actions, securities litigation, shareholder disputes and product liability.

 

Protection, Preservation and Purpose: Assessing the Legal Landscape in Environmental Law

Nader Hasan

Partner, Stockwoods LLP

Nader R. Hasan, a partner at Stockwoods LLP, practises criminal, regulatory and constitutional law at both the trial and appellate levels. Nader is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, where he has taught courses on the law of evidence and currently teaches a seminar on criminal punishment from a U.S.-Canada comparative perspective. He is a co-author of Sentencing, 9th edition (LexisNexis, 2017) and Digital Privacy: Criminal, Civil and Regulatory Litigation (LexisNexis, 2018), and author of numerous articles on criminal and constitutional law.

Jennifer King

Partner, Gowling WLG

Jennifer King is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Environmental Law Group with a national practice in environmental law and its intersections with Indigenous, constitutional, municipal, land use planning and regulatory law. Jennifer is an active member of the firm’s Canada North, Indigenous, Advocacy and Municipal Law Groups. She is called to the bar in Ontario and Nunavut.

Jennifer provides strategic regulatory advice and representation on matters including environmental impact assessments, natural resource development, major infrastructure projects and endangered species approvals including in Canada’s near and far north.

She is a tenacious litigator who represents clients before all levels of Ontario courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, and regularly appears before tribunals including the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal. She has a special expertise in constitutional division of powers—foremost in the areas of climate change, municipal law and transportation.

Anand Srivastava

Associate Lawyer, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Anand Srivastava, J.D., B.Sc. (Hons.), is an associate lawyer at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP. Anand’s practice focuses on environmental legal advice and environmental litigation. With education and experience in environmental toxicology, Anand assists clients with practical solutions to complex environmental legal issues. Anand works with a variety of clients on issues relating to environmental regulatory compliance with federal, provincial and municipal laws, contaminated sites, environmental due diligence, and exposure to environmental risks and liabilities. Anand regularly appears before the Courts and administrative tribunals. Anand prosecutes and defends environmental civil lawsuits. Similarly, Anand also defends clients against environmental regulatory prosecutions and/or appeals of regulatory orders to the Environmental Review Tribunal.

Moderator: Carissa Wong

Principal, Carissa M. Wong, Barrister and Solicitor

Ms. Carissa Wong is an international environmental lawyer with expertise in water law and policy, alternative dispute resolution, and the intersection of equity and the environment.  She assists First Nations in facilitated discussions supporting land claim negotiations in the Northwest Territories, and is contributing author to the book “Children’s Rights and Sustainable Development” published by Cambridge University Press. As a Research Associate with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, she has published and spoken extensively on water resources management and Indigenous customary law.  As a Director of FACL Ontario, she is founding Chair of its Women’s Committee.  In 2019 she was named an Emerging Leader at the Action Chinese Canadians Together Summit. 

AI/Algorithms, Race, and the Law

Ren Bucholz

Partner, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

Ren is a partner at Paliare Roland.  His trial and appellate practice spans complex commercial disputes that often involve new technologies, intellectual property, defamation, and competition law.  Ren has been recognized by Lexpert as a “Rising Star” and by Precedent Magazine with its Precedent Setter Award. He clerked for the Judges of the Ontario Court of Appeal and serves as an Advisory Board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, as well as Board Chair of Code for Canada.

Bettina Xue Griffin

Senior Legal Research Associate, Blue J Legal

Bettina Xue Griffin is a Senior Legal Research Associate at Blue J Legal. She designs machine learning and AI based tools to predict the outcomes of legal issues. Her areas of focus include Canadian and U.S. tax and employment law. Prior to joining Blue J, Bettina was a commercial litigator and has appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal, Federal Court and all levels of court in Ontario. Bettina has served as the Technology Liaison for the executive committee of the OBA Young Lawyer’s Division.

Yolanda Song

Associate, Stevenson Whelton LLP

Yolanda Song is a civil litigation lawyer at Stevenson Whelton LLP in Toronto. She maintains a broad civil litigation practice that includes commercial litigation, public law, and personal injury litigation against police and prisons for rights abuses. Yolanda worked as the William Graham Research Fellow at the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and as a pro bono research associate for the IHRP. She holds a J.D. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

Moderator: Annecy Pang

2L, University of Toronto Faculty of Law Asia Law Society

Annecy Pang is a second-year student at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Annecy is passionate about diversity initiatives and is the co-president of UofT’s Asia Law Society. Annecy is interested in the junction of technology of law, having researched the impact of AI/algorithms on freedom of expression with PEN Canada. She is currently leading the AI & Constitutional Rights student working group at the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights. Prior to law school, Annecy obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science from McMaster University, where she graduated with Distinction. In her spare time, Annecy is an avid traveller, dancer, and baker.

Moderator: Andrew Gong

3L, University of Toronto Faculty of Law Asia Law Society

Andrew Gong is currently a 3L at the University of Toronto. He has been involved with FACL since 1L through both PBSC and the University of Toronto’s Asia Law Society. He is excited to moderate a panel on artificial intelligence in the legal practice, an area he has previously worked in. In law school he has served as an editor for law journals and a research volunteer at the International Human Rights Program. He will be articling at a national full-service firm in Fall 2021 where he hopes to further explore different legal practice areas. Andrew hopes to build a career harnessing his economics background with his legal practice.  

Rebuilding Access to Justice During the Pandemic

Gary Yee

Former Tribunal Chair

Gary Yee has been appointed full-time chair of three Ontario tribunals since 1993. Currently, Gary is on the Board of Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice (CCNC-SJ) and Steering Committee of Tribunal Watch Ontario. His past jobs include founding Director of Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, legal services manager at Ombudsman Ontario, Special Advisor to the Deputy Chairperson at Immigration and Refugee Board, Advisor to help create the online Condominium Authority Tribunal, and part-time Chair of Toronto Licensing Tribunal. Gary has been on the Boards of CCAT (Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals) and SOAR (Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators). He has received the SOAR Medal, FACL’s Public Sector Lawyer Award, and the Law Society Medal.

Tengteng Gai

Staff Lawyer, Don Valley Community Legal Services

Tengteng Gai is a staff lawyer at Don Valley Community Legal Services, a non-profit organization that provides legal advice and representation to low-income individuals residing in the eastern region of Toronto. He practices in the areas of employment, human rights, tax, immigration, and employment related benefits. He is an alumni (JD) of Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the bar in 2016. He is a volunteer adjudicator at Matthew House’s refugee hearing program and a member of FACL community outreach committee.

Shibil Siddiqi

Partner, Progressive Barristers PC

Shibil is a Founding Partner at Progressive Barristers, a Toronto litigation firm deeply committed to access to justice. He practices human rights and employment law, and conducts workplace investigations.

Shibil worked in litigation at a downtown Toronto community legal clinic, and at an independent government agency before founding Progressive Barristers. 

Shibil has worked in the justice sector internationally, and helped establish a legal aid clinic in Kabul, Afghanistan in partnership with the International Development Law Organization. He has been a Fellow at the Gordon Foundation and at the Centre for the Critical Study of Power and Politics at Trent University.

Shibil sits on the Law Society of Ontario’s Equity Advisory Group.

Moderator: Vincent Wong

PhD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School

Vincent Wong is a PhD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School where he researches barriers to education for undocumented youth from a critical race perspective. He is also a Research Associate at the African American Policy Forum, a board member of the Community Justice Collective (Tkaranto), and a member of the Lausan Collective, a leftist group of writers, researchers, activists, and artists from Hong Kong and its diasporas.

Dismantling the Model Minority Myth, and Anti-Indigenous & Anti-Black Racism in Asian Communities

Fay Faraday

Assistant Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Fay Faraday is Filipina. She is a social justice lawyer, strategic adviser, policy consultant, and academic whose work focuses on constitutional law, human rights, and labour law.  Fay has litigated many leading human rights and constitutional cases at the Supreme Court of Canada. She has been active in the community for three decades supporting community organizing with marginalized workers, particularly with transnational migrant workers. She works collaboratively with community-based organizations and multi-stakeholder coalitions to develop strategic visions to advance human rights, social justice and progressive law reform.  Fay is also an Assistant Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and serves as Discrimination and Harassment Counsel for the Law Society of Ontario.

Dr. Sujith Xavier

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law University of Windsor

Dr. Sujith Xavier (LLB, LLM & PhD) is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. His research spans legal theory, including Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), transitional justice and administrative law and race in Canada. He is one of the co-editors of Third World Approaches to International Law: On Praxis and the Intellectual and Decolonizing Law: Indigenous, Third World and Settler Perspectives (forthcoming). Sujith is a founding member of the Editorial Collective of Third World Approaches to International Law Review (TWAILR.com). He has significant experience working with grassroots organizations in Sri Lanka. Sujith is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Canadian Federal Courts.

Sandra Ka Hon Chu

Director of Research & Advocacy, HIV Legal Network

Sandra Ka Hon Chu is the Director of Research and Advocacy at the HIV Legal Network, where she works on HIV-related human rights issues concerning prisons, harm reduction, drug policy, sex work, women, and immigration. She has authored numerous publications, including an innovative legislative resource on women’s rights in the context of HIV, a compendium of affidavits describing prisoners’ experiences with injection drug use behind bars, and briefing papers on sex work, and HIV and the law in Canada and internationally. She has also led the HIV Legal Network’s involvement in lawsuits challenging the Canadian government’s failure to adopt prison-based needle and syringe programs and criminal laws governing sex work.

Moderator: Abby Leung

2L, Osgoode Hall Law School’s Asian Law Students Association

Abby Leung is a second-year law student at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Director of Communications with Osgoode’s Asian Law Students’ Association. Prior to attending law school, Abby completed her Honours Bachelor Degree specializing in Political Science at the University of Toronto and graduated as the top student from the Department of Political Science. She is currently serving as an Editor for Osgoode’s award-winning legal blog theCourt.ca and as a Deputy Sports Editor for Obiter Dicta, North America’s oldest law school newspaper. She is excited to be representing Osgoode as a legal researcher at the Julius Alexander Isaac Diversity Moot. Outside of law school, Abby loves to play piano, dance, travel, and watch the Toronto Raptors.

Moderator: Daniel Choi

2L, Osgoode Hall Law School’s Asian Law Students Association

Daniel is a 2L at Osgoode Hall Law School where he is the Diversity Officer for the Asian Law Students Association. He is also the Head of Fundraising for the National Chapter of the First Generation Network.

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Justice Steve A. Coroza

Court of Appeal for Ontario

The Honourable Mr. Justice Steve Coroza was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in April 2020.  Prior to his appointment he served as a trial judge with the Superior Court of Justice (Brampton) and Ontario Court of Justice (St. Catharines).

He was called to the Bar of Ontario in February of 1997 and practiced criminal law as a staff criminal duty counsel for Legal Aid Ontario in Toronto, a Federal Crown Attorney with the Department of Justice and Public Prosecution Service of Canada. Justice Coroza appeared as counsel on behalf of the federal government in criminal prosecutions at all levels of court.  He is a former member of FACL and frequently participates as a panelist in continuing education programs for lawyers and judges.

Anil Kapoor

Kapoor Barristers

Anil appears at the Supreme Court of Canada, Courts of Appeal in Ontario and acts as counsel in other provinces. He was appointed Commission Counsel to inquiring into the Bombing of Air India Flight 182 and by the Minister of Justice (Canada) to the roster of security cleared Special Advocates to conduct National Security litigation and served on the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on National Security.

Mr. Kapoor is an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, is a regular speaker at continuing legal education seminars throughout Canada, has guest lecturer at Oxford University, and throughout the UK.

Mr. Kapoor authored Kapoor’s Criminal Appeals Review, from 1999 to 2005. He has also testified on national security and criminal law issues before the Senate of Canada Standing Committee on National Security and Defence.

Mr. Kapoor currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Foundation Board for Woodgreen Foundation.

Soma Ray-Ellis

Partner & Chair, Employment and Labour Law Group, Gardiner Roberts LLP

Soma Ray-Ellis is the Chair of the Employment & Labour Group at Gardiner Roberts LLP. She is one of Canada’s leading employment lawyers & the author of the encyclopedic digest for both the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada volume on Employment Law & Human Rights Law. She co-drafted the original ‚Rules of Practice for the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal & assisted in drafting the Law Society of Ontario’s Rules of Professional Conduct relating to lawyers practicing mediation.

 

She is the immediate past Chair of the Global Employment & Labour Group of Consulegis, an international network of premier law firms with 1700 multi-disciplinary lawyers in 150 cities. She is the recipient of numerous awards including: SABA Lawyer of the year & the Business Leadership Award from Women Entrepreneurs of Canada.

Moderator: Yadesha Satheaswaran

Judicial Law Clerk, Ministry of the Attorney General, Court of Appeal for Ontario

Yadesha Satheaswaran is a judicial law clerk at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2019 and completed her articles at Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP last year. Yadesha is a passionate advocate for social justice and equity. While at Osgoode Hall Law School, Yadesha helped co-found the Osgoode Survivor Peer Support Network, served on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, served as an executive member on Demand Inclusion, and served as the Chair of the OBA Students’ Division. She is currently a Member-at-Large on the OBA Young Lawyers’ Division and on the Mentoring Committee of the Womens’ Law Association of Ontario.