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2023 Annual Awards Gala

What a fantastic evening! The 2023 Annual Awards Gala has come and gone but the energy of the night lives on in images from the evening - stunning! We were blessed to be able to celebrate 7 incredible women whose actions, words and wisdom were truly inspiring! Thanks to all of our generous award partners and sponsors, our time at Sassafraz on May 18th, 2023 was truly an evening to remember!

Here are a few pictures to give just a small glimpse of the amazingly accomplished women who received awards (more have beenadded to our gallery):

1. Gina Alexandris, President's Award

2. Vanassa Richards-Thompson, WLAO Emerging Leader Award Sponsored by Howie Sacks & Henry LLP

3. Miriam Henry, WLAO Emerging Leader Award Sponsored by Sandra J. Shime

4. Heather Mullen, WLAO General Counsel Award

5. Alexandra Tamiko Da Dalt, Osgoode Hall Law School, Aird & Berlis LLP/WLAO Equality Award

6. Jamie Holmes, UWindsor Faculty of Law, Honourable Sandra Chapnik/WLAO Women-in-Law Award

7. Mona Karimi, Osgoode Hall Law School, Torkin Manes LLP/WLAO Trailblazer Award

8. All of our award winners! (Jamie Holmes absent)

All images by Julie Williams,

External Award: 2023 Women Empowerment Awards

Nominations are Now Open! 2023 Women Empowerment Awards
Did you know that there are 19,119,977 women and girls in Canada, representing about 50% of the total population, and of those 1,079,000 were self-employed women in Canada in 2018, accounting for 37% of all self-employed persons?
The Women Empowerment Awards has been created to recognize and celebrate the diverse achievements of women in Canadian business, leadership, community service, and lifetime achievement.  It is designed to empower women as key change makers in our community and help support female entrepreneurs with their business and to help them advance in their careers.
We rise by lifting others and the awards were created to recognize and celebrate women leaders and entrepreneurs who have made an outstanding impact in our society and empowered others to do the same.

Nominations can be made at and the deadline is June 1st.


Come Celebrate with Us! 2023 Annual Award Gala - May 18, 2023, Toronto

The WLAO President's Award recognizes a woman, firm or organization who has made a substantial contribution to the legal community and as a recognized leader, demonstrates a commitment to the promotion of women in the law: engaged, aware and connected to issues, substantive and personal, facing women in the legal profession today.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available for this program - show your support! WLAO Sponsorship Opportunities President's Awards Gala May 18 2023

Come celebrate fantastic women and their remarkable accomplishments! Registration below.

Closed Captioning will be provided.

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2023 Annual Award Dinner Registration. Please contact to inquire about tickets if quantities indicate "sold out".

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2023 Annual Award Gala Registration - Thursday, May 18, 2023.



Mentoring Program- 2023 Spring Intake Open

Mentoring program applications are open for the Spring intake, March 1 through March 31, 2023.

If you are interested in joining the program, please complete the appropriate form. You MUST be a member of WLAO to become a Mentee.

Mentors! Earn your CPD credits by mentoring with WLAO.

Click here for more information.

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Effective Career Transitions - February 9, 2023

Making an effective career transition between private practice, government or an in-house role requires careful planning and preparation in order to ensure that you are a strong candidate. Our speakers will be discussing their unique career transitions as mid and senior level lawyers and what prepared them for their new roles. We will be joined by three speakers:

Sarah Malik (Crown Counsel at Public Prosecution Service of Canada)
Fariya Walji (Incoming Senior Director, Law Practice Program (LPP), Toronto Metropolitan University - formerly Ryerson
Emily Larose (Vice President Regulatory & General Counsel at Electrical Safety Authority).

This event is being offered as both an in-person event (very limited capacity and for members only) and as a virtual presentation.

Attendees will be given an opportunity to pose questions to our speakers.

Date: February 9, 2023
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm (5:30pm registration & networking; 6pm event content; 6:45pm Q& A for speakers;  7-7:30pm optional networking)
Location: Hybrid Event. Virtual. And for limited attending In-Person - Lerners Lawyers (225 King Street West, Suite 1500, Toronto, ON, M5V 3M2)

Virtual available for both Members and Non-members. Limited In-person availability. (In-person attendees will be offered light snacks and refreshments.)

Price: $30 for members, $40 for non-members.


Click here to register!


City of Toronto's Tribunals Nominating Panel - closes February 10, 2023

Request for recruitment of members of the public to apply for a range of the City of Toronto Tribunals Nominating Panel - a unique opportunity to play a critical part in selecting members of the public to serve on the City of Toronto's quasi-judicial adjudicative boards.

Established at the start of the last Council term, the Tribunals Nominating Panel is a roster of public members appointed by City Council who convene in panels to review applications, conduct interviews, and recommend the appointment of public members to such decision bodies as the Committee of Adjustment, the Toronto Licensing Tribunal, the Sign Variance Committee, and the Toronto Local Appeal Body.

Members of the Tribunals Nominating Panel should have experience in such areas as adjudication, mediation, law, land use planning, and the public sector as well as senior level knowledge and experience in quasi-judicial tribunals and an understanding of the community context within which the tribunals operate. Panel members receive $250 per half-day meeting and $500 per full day meeting to a maximum of $5,000 per calendar year pro-rated on an annual basis from the time of appointment. Members must be residents of the City of Toronto.

If you are ⁴interested in playing a part in this important decision-making process, please apply online at Applications are due February 10, 2023. Feel free to share this message with anyone who you think may be interested.

If you have any questions about this opportunity or the application process, please feel free to contact Matthew Cowley.

Matthew Cowley
Acting Manager, Public Appointments Secretariat
City Clerk's Office
City of Toronto
416-392-4389, TTY: 416-338-0889


Past President Mary E. Duncan notice of death

Past President of WLAO, 1993-94, MARY E. DUNCAN died peacefully, on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at the Wenleigh Long Term Care in Mississauga. Loving wife of Earl Sheppard. Mary retired from Clerical Life Insurance Company serving as their Legal Council. Private funeral services.



WLAO Annual Holiday Dinner Party - Thursday, December 8th

Join us on Thursday, December 8th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto for the WLAO Annual Holiday Dinner Party! Cocktails, dinner and the opportunity to share the holiday spirit - dressed up and in person!

This year we are delighted to have Treasurer Jacqueline Horvat and immediate Past Treasurer Teresa Donnelly as our guests of honour.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available if you would like to show your support of WLAO programs and events!

Bring a colleague, book a table for 8, or become a sponsor!

Registration is below and we welcome both members and non-members to join in the celebration! Members can bring along a guest at the member rate!

Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 5:30 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown
108 Chestnut Street
Toronto, ON

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