March 1, 2018 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join FACL for the launch of its new Women's Committee, in an interactive, informative and lively discussion with a panel of senior women lawyers from different practice areas, sectors and ethnicities. The panel will be followed by Q&A and a cocktail reception. The purpose of this event is to explore the unique experience of racialized women lawyers, build a sense of community and solidarity among its members in Ontario, and to provide tools and resources for racialized women lawyers to address challenges and realize opportunities.   Focusing on gender and ethnicity, speakers will cover topics ranging from LSUC's Racialized Report, workplace harassment, stereotyping and exploitation, to entrepreneurship, and resilience.  This event will be CPD accredited.

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr. Lilian Ma

Former Alternate Executive Chair of Social Justice Tribunals Ontario and former Associate Chair of the Landlord and Tenant Board

Lilian Ma, B.Sc. Ph.D., LL.B., is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. She has held senior positions within government and administrative justice agencies, involving matters of immigration and refugee status, social justice, landlord and tenant, and human rights issues for the past 30 years. A former Alternative Executive Chair of Social Justice Tribunals Ontario and Chair of the Landlord and Tenant Board, she received the Race Relations Award from the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL), as well the SOAR Medal from the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators.

Avvy Go

Clinic Director of Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, Bencher of The Law Society of Upper Canada, FACL Co-founder

Avvy Go is the Clinic Director of the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic. Since becoming a lawyer, she has worked exclusively in the legal clinic system. She is a bencher of the Law Society.

Avvy has been involved in many advocacy organizations working to advance the rights of marginalized communities. She co-founded the Colour of Poverty Campaign to address racialization of poverty in Ontario and currently serves a steering committee member of COPC.

Avvy has received a number of awards including the Order of Ontario (2014), the FACL Lawyer of Distinction Award (2012) and the SOAR Medal (2017).

Hilda Wong

Senior Vice President and General Counsel at First National Financial

Hilda Wong is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for First National and oversees all aspects of First National’s legal affairs including formation of legal policy, compliance and regulatory matters, governance, contract negotiation and documentation and is responsible for First National’s privacy and anti-money laundering programs. Ms. Wong joined First National in 2007 as Senior Legal Counsel and was appointed General Counsel in January, 2013. Prior to joining First National, Ms. Wong was a partner with the national law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. Ms. Wong has extensive experience in all aspects of financing, syndicated lending and real estate. Ms. Wong holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto and has been in practice since 1993.

Alicia Natividad

Founder and Principal, ASN Law Professional Corporation

Alicia S. Natividad is the first female Filipino-Canadian lawyer to practice law in Canada. A member of the Ontario Bar since 1983, Alicia was a partner with a national law firm in Ottawa before opening her law firm in late 1995. She specializes in business law, property law, estates, wills and trusts, and litigates in these areas.

Alicia is a graduate of Carleton University (B.A. Law and Political Science) the University of Ottawa (Bachelor of Laws - J.D.).

Known for her commitment to volunteerism and contributions to Canada, Alicia has been awarded the Business and Professional Women’s Award, Most Outstanding Filipino-Canadian, Record of Honour - J/Nikira Dinqinesh Education Centre, Inc., Philippine Presidential Award for Overseas Filipinos, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Ontario’s Leading Women, Building Communities Award, and Order of Ottawa.

Janice Rubin

Co-founder and Co-managing Partner, Rubin Thomlinson LLP, and RT Workplace Training Inc., Toronto

Janice Rubin is co-founder and co-managing partner of Rubin Thomlinson LLP. Janice is recognized as one of Canada’s leading employment lawyers and regularly appears on the Best Lawyers and Leading Practitioners lists in Canada.

While recognized for her depth of expertise in all areas of employment law, Janice is considered a leading authority in the area of workplace harassment and workplace investigation. Her firm conducts investigations across the country and in all sectors, including the media. In 2014-2015, Janice conducted a high profile workplace investigation for the CBC.

In 2015, Janice received the Employment Lawyer of the Year Award as part of the National HR Awards. She was also nominated for Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in 2015. Rubin Thomlinson was most recently recognized as one of the top employment law boutiques in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine.

 May Cheng

Partner, Intellectual Property Group, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

May M. Cheng, C.S., is a Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property Law (Trademark/Copyright), and a partner in the Intellectual Property Group at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

She has 25 years of experience in advising clients on all aspects of intellectual property protection and enforcement, including branding strategy, licensing and anti-counterfeiting. She is regularly involved in injunctive proceedings and appeals to the Federal Court of Canada in trade-mark disputes and infringement cases.

May has participated in a number of initiatives including the initial working group on the Law Society’s Justicia Project, aimed at retention of women in private practice, and has written and spoken about this issue, most recently contributing an article for Precedent Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Issue, published in Fall 2017, entitled "Down for the Count".

May has received a lot of industry recognition, and in 2017 was ranked as one of the Top 250 Women in IP, a global ranking, published by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine.

She also received the President’s Award from the Women’s Law Association of Ontario in 2016, for her work in mentoring women in law and her community work. Her history of community work includes past President of Chinese Canadian National Council and former Chair of the Head Tax Redress Campaign.


Carissa Wong-min
Carissa Wong, Moderator

Barrister and Solicitor, and Principal,

With compassion, integrity and deep listening, Carissa provides legal services, peace and closure in conflicts over natural resources. She has represented community groups, engaged with First Nations and talked with concerned citizens. Her legal practice is strengthened through the EcoPeace Initiative, which helps clients build stronger communities of stewardship and corporate responsibility.  She draws on over fifteen years of international, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural experience.  In addition to her law degree from the University of Ottawa, Carissa obtained a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.  She is a Director at FACL.


Stayed tuned for other Committee activities including a joint mentorship event with the Ontario Bar Association's Women Lawyers' Forum: Advancing Women into Leadership, geared towards the career advancement of young female practitioners.



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