Judicial Vacancy – St. Catharines (Criminal Law) Ontario Reports – August 16, 2019

Ontario Reports – August 16, 2019

The Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee advises the Attorney General of Ontario on the appointment of Judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, and invites applications for a judicial position in St. Catharines.

This appointment involves presiding over criminal law matters and also involves travel within the regional boundaries and elsewhere in the province of Ontario, as assigned by the Regional Senior Justice and/or the Chief Justice.

The minimum requirement to apply to be a Judge in the Ontario Court of Justice is ten years completed membership as a barrister and solicitor at the Bar of one of the Provinces or Territories of Canada.

All candidates must apply either by submitting 14 copies of the current (July 2017) completed Judicial Candidate Information Form in the first instance or by a short letter (14 copies) if the form has been submitted within the previous 12 months. Should you wish to change any information in your application, you must send in 14 copies of a fully revised Judicial Candidate Information Form.

If you wish to apply and need a current Judicial Candidate Information Form, or if you would like further information, please contact:

Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee
Tel: (416) 326-4060 Fax: (416) 212-7316
Website: www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/jaac/

All applications, either sent by courier or mail (NO HAND DELIVERY), must be sent to:
Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee
c/o Ministry of Government and Consumer Services Mail Delivery
77 Wellesley Street West, Room M2B-88
Macdonald Block, Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario, M7A 1N3

Applications must be on the current prescribed form and must be TYPEWRITTEN or COMPUTER GENERATED and RECEIVED BY 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019. CANDIDATES ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE 14 COPIES OF THEIR APPLICATION FORM OR LETTER. A Fax copy will be accepted only if 14 copies of the application or letter are sent concurrently by overnight courier. Applications received after this date WILL NOT be considered.

The Judiciary of the Ontario Court of Justice should reflect the diversity of the population it serves. Applications from members of equality-seeking groups are encouraged.

Position Available: Director of Investigations, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Consistently ranked amongst the top 20 public universities and the best 40 public and private universities in the world, The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching. UBC’s spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo since 1915. With two main campuses (Vancouver and Okanagan) located on the traditional territories of the Musqueam Coast Salish and Okanagan peoples, UBC’s entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. Bold thinking is given a place to define ideas that change the world at UBC.

UBC has a responsibility for and is committed to providing its students, staff, and faculty with an environment dedicated to excellence, equity, inclusion and mutual respect. The institution has a long-standing policy (Policy #3) for addressing cases of discrimination on prohibited grounds and a policy (Policy #131) to specifically articulate UBC’s commitment to support its community members who are affected by sexual misconduct and provide a process to respond to and investigate reports of sexual misconduct. This policy, combined with a commitment at the highest levels of UBC to support community members who have experienced the trauma of sexual misconduct, as well as discrimination and harassment on prohibited grounds, are the foundation for the role of Director of Investigations.

Reporting directly to the Vice President, Students, and Vice President, Human Resources, the Director leads a team of professionals focused on investigations, promoting awareness and education, analysis, and administration. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining and evolving the infrastructure to investigate sexual misconduct as well as discrimination complaints; exploring approaches for alternative resolution process; and providing oversight on how to respond to and investigate reports of sexual misconduct while adhering to the principles of procedural fairness, confidentiality, transparency, and trauma informed practices. The Director will build and maintain collaborative working relationships with key University stakeholders at UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses as well as external investigators and agencies, building and maintaining credibility through professionalism and competency.

The ideal candidate is a respected legal professional who is known for their leadership of multi-disciplinary teams and relationship building expertise. The Director of Investigations will have a minimum of 10 years of experience in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment in roles that involve administration, investigations, conflict resolution, social justice, equity, and inclusion. The Director will be a strong communicator who has substantial experience building effective stakeholder relationships both internally and externally. The Director will also be an expert in the principles of procedural fairness and the impact that discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct have on a community. They will bring a sensitivity to the barriers that exist for individuals who have experienced discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct in reporting their experience, and employ a trauma-informed approach as appropriate. This position also requires genuine collaboration, keen diplomacy and the proven ability to connect across a large and complex environment.

If this fulfilling role is the next step in your career, please visit our website and submit your application to Shelina Esmail and Allison Rzen at www.pfmsearch.com.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. The University welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Position Available: Founding Dean, Faculty of Law at Ryerson University

Founding Dean, Faculty of Law

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Ryerson University invites nominations and applications for the position of Founding Dean, Faculty of Law, with the appointment to ideally be effective by September 2019. This is an outstanding opportunity to lead a new law school with a unique and innovative approach to legal education and curriculum design.


Located in the heart of Toronto, one of the world’s most culturally and linguistically diverse cities, Ryerson University continues to build Canada’s innovation ecosystem and to drive economic development. Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university, with high quality programmes and scholarly, research, and creative activities that extend beyond its walls. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programmes. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the University has more than 45,000 students, including 2,600 master’s and PhD students, over 3,000 faculty and staff, and more than 170,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, please visit www.ryerson.ca.


Ryerson’s Faculty of Law will offer a bold new approach to legal education designed to increase career readiness of graduates, enhance diversity in the profession, and improve access to justice. Enrolling 150 students in the fall of 2020, the Faculty’s three-year Juris Doctor (JD) will include a four-month professional placement in year three and a variety of intensive courses. Ryerson’s innovative approach to curriculum design and delivery will place an emphasis on team learning and collaborative co-teaching between faculty and practitioners to better reflect future career experiences.


Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic and part of Ryerson’s senior administration, the Founding Dean, Faculty of Law will be responsible for all academic, administrative, and external activities of Ontario’s newest law school. The successful candidate will share and promote Ryerson’s revolutionary vision for legal education and will support Ryerson’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in scholarship, pedagogy, and in administrative and leadership activities. The new Dean of Ryerson Law should provide dynamic, thoughtful leadership, vision, and strategic acumen to shape the new school’s mission of being a model for future legal education. The new Dean of Law will be tasked with leading the development of an entirely new university faculty, all the while fostering and supporting a strong culture of collegial governance, and healthy collective labour relations, in a complex, unionized academic environment. Candidates should have at least a JD or LLB degree, strong accomplishments in research and scholarship and/or a history of professional and intellectual leadership, and a record of outstanding service to the community. The successful candidate will be appointed as a tenured professor in the Faculty of Law. The ability to promote and serve as an advocate for the Faculty of Law’s mission, goals, and ongoing accomplishments will be essential.


The search committee will begin to consider potential candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications, including a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the applicant), should be submitted in confidence, electronically, to:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.




New!! Chappell Partners LLP/June Bushell Award for Lawyers

New!! Chappell Partners LLP/June Bushell Award

Submission deadline: May 27th, 2019

This award acknowledges a lawyer who, like June Bushell, experienced and overcame adversity in pursuing a career in law and, despite that adversity, is making a positive contribution through her legal practice.

The award is open to female lawyers with 5 or more years of practice. The recipient will determine to which registered charity a donation of $1000 will be made in her name.

The Applicant’s letter to the reviewing panel should set out her circumstances and be accompanied by two letters of support/reference attesting to the challenges facing, or faced by, the Applicant and her contributions to her clients, community, or the practice of law. These documents should be sent to the WLAO by email to wlao@cogeco.ca no later than May 27, 2019 with the Applicant’s contact information.

The award will be presented in Toronto at the WLAO Awards night on June 12, 2019. The recipient will be invited to a luncheon with the partners of Chappell Partners LLP on a date mutually agreed upon.

Being Brown Downtown, “The Lived Experiences of Ethnic Minorities in Corporate Canada”

Making it in corporate Canada is no easy feat but it can be even more challenging when the body you’re in doesn’t look like everyone else.

Join Canadian Club Toronto on Tuesday April 30 for an open and honest dialogue about what it’s like to be ethnically diverse in corporate Canada. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of individuals about their lived experience.

Our moderator Ginella Massa (City TV) will challenge our panelists –Akif Siddiqui (PwC), Peter Sloly (Deloitte), Faithe Holder (Gowling WLG), and Saima Malik (TD) – to share their personal stories and journeys about what it’s really like to try and make it in corporate Canada as ethnic minorities.

Event: Being Brown Downtown, “The Lived Experiences of Ethnic Minorities in Corporate Canada”
Panelists: Faithe Holder (Gowling WLG), Saima Malik (TD), Akif Siddiqui (PwC) and Peter Sloly (Deloitte), moderated by Ginella Massa (CityTV)

Event page: https://www.canadianclub.org/Events/EventDetails.aspx?id=3470

WLAO members can use the code “WLAO10” for $10 off an individual ticket, or $100 off a table of 10.

2018-2022 CBA Young Lawyers International Program (YLIP)

2018-2022 CBA Young Lawyers International Program (YLIP)

With funding from Global Affairs Canada, there are currently hundreds of rewarding volunteer opportunities in 10 different countries!

The YLIP program will create 32 eight-month internships each year, for four years. Placement areas include:

  • Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Madagascar)
  • East Africa (Kenya)
  • The Caribbean (Guyana)
  • Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • Eastern Europe and the Balkans (Ukraine, Serbia).

Apply now


ICFF launches its annual event, Call the Shots: Female Power Through Film – March 8th, 2019


ICFF launches its annual event, Call the Shots: Female Power Through Film.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the ICFF presented by IC Savings is proud to present a
one- day event that commits to promoting the visibility of female driven cinema, in its content, and in
its production. The 2019 edition is dedicated to successful women who have made their mark in the
Cinema Industry.

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion with the participation of women who have achieved
success the film industry. This will be followed by the screening of Marco Tullio Giordana’s, The Name
of A Woman.

TORONTO (February 20, 2019) – The Italian Contemporary Film Festival has announced more exciting
news today. Much to the delight of cinema lovers across the country, ICFF will present the second
edition of Call the Shots: Female Power through Film which will be held on International Women’s Day,
March 8th, 2019, as part of the ICFF Special Programs.

True to its mandate to promote and celebrate women’s achievements in film and in society as a whole,
the second annual event promises to deliver another incredible evening; A pre-movie reception will be
followed by an engaging panel discussion introduced by Mara Cataldi, Director of Operations and
founder of Call the Shots, and moderated by ICFF Artistic Director Cristiano de Florentiis, and Tonia
Serrao Soppelsa, Co-ordinator of Cultural Events.

The three guest panelists in the round table discussion, are women whose contributions to cinema will
be celebrated for years to come, and whose paths to success have not been without challenges: Joana
Vicente is the newly-appointed, first female CEO of the world-renowned Toronto International Film
Festival, and is an acclaimed independent producer and a prominent member of New York’s film scene;
Patricia Cuccia is a well-known set decorator, whose works include Brokeback Mountain, Mean Girls and
Titans; and Christina Piovesan is a celebrated film director and producer, as well as the founder of First
Generation Films, responsible for the 2018 Special Presentations opener at TIFF, Mouthpiece. The panel
discussion serves as a critical component of the event, offering audiences some insight into the theme of
the evening from the unique perspective of women in the film industry.

Subsequent to the discussion, the ICFF presents the feature film, Nome di Donna, (The Name of A
Woman) co-written and directed by Marco Tullio Giordana and starring none other than Cristiana
Capotondi, best known for her roles in Notte Prima degli Esami and Milano 2015.

The film is a stunning portrayal of a young single-mother who uproots the only life her daughter has
ever known to move to a small village in Northern Italy and start over. Nina begins what seems like a
dream job, working in an upscale private seniors’ clinic with other women she comes to care for and
connect with, only to discover a deep history of sexual harassment within the organization, and an even
deeper willingness to keep quiet about it. After falling victim to inappropriate advances by her
supervisor, she quickly realizes she is not alone. What she cannot understand is her colleagues’
resignation to management’s unseemly behavior; the women are obliged to keep the company’s dark,
dirty secrets for fear of losing their jobs. Nina must find the courage to stand up for herself, and
although she is met with fierce opposition from her fellow employees, she takes on the daunting task of
leading a small revolution that will ultimately have huge consequences; not only for herself and her
colleagues, but more importantly for her child.

The film makes a poignant contribution to the very relevant and incredibly important conversations
around sexual harassment, gender equality and safety in the workplace in the 21st century. With the
birth of the #MeToo movement, it has become more evident than ever that a clear and open dialogue
around such issues is absolutely necessary. For this reason the ICFF is committed to bringing its
audiences films of relevance and social conscience.

The event is supported by George Brown College.
For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, please visit www.icff.ca.

About ICFF
The Italian Contemporary Film Festival is one of the most important celebrated events of Italian culture
in North America, and is the largest Italian film festival outside of Italy. The annual festival attracts
thousands of attendees to screenings, industry events, and galas. The eight annual Italian Contemporary
Film Festival will run from June 13 – 21, 2019. ICFF is presented by IC Savings and generously supported
by Great Gulf Homes, Empire Communities, Two Sisters Vineyards, Castlepoint Numa, Cityzen Dominus
and Delta Air Lines – the Official Airline Sponsor of the ICFF.

Media contact
Anne-Elise Allegritti, ICFF Communication Coordinator – aallegritti@icff.ca – 416.893.3966
Giorgio Mitolo, ICFF Media Relations Coordinator – media@icff.ca

Request for Expressions of Interest: Commercial List Users’ Committee (“CLUC”)

The Commercial List Users’ Committee (“CLUC”) is currently accepting nominations to serve a three year term beginning in Fall 2019.

CLUC meets regularly to consider improvements to the organization and operation of the Commercial List and, from time to time, if/as appropriate, to make recommendations to the Regional Senior Justice and the Chief Justice in that regard.

CLUC is comprised of members of the Judiciary who sit on the Commercial List from time to time, practitioners who are familiar with the operation of the Commercial List and representatives of Courts Administration from the Commercial List Office.

Currently there are 20 members  of CLUC, plus the Judges/Registrars and a representative of the Ministry of the Attorney General. That number could evolve.  Members have and will continue to be drawn from the Commercial List stakeholder community and may be drawn from recommendations made by associations, including:

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Ontario Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section)
  • Ontario Bar Association (Insolvency Law Section)
  • Ontario Bar Association (Franchise Law Section)
  • Toronto Lawyers’ Association
  • Ontario Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals
  • Insolvency Institute of Canada

Up to 10 positions on CLUC may be available for the coming term.

Those interested in applying to sit on CLUC are encouraged to submit a written application by way of brief letter (e.g. 1-2 pages) setting out your interest, qualifications, and interaction with the Commercial List.  It is not necessary to submit a CV or resume.

In selecting members, the Nominations Committee and CLUC will consider applicants’ experience in matters before the Commercial List, and leadership in and contributions to the legal community. CLUC seeks to be representative of the legal profession, and to have a diversity of voices at the table. We encourage members of all equity-seeking groups, and lawyers with ten years of call or fewer, to apply.

If interested, please forward your application on or before March 21, 2019, to the Secretary of CLUC:

Ken Rosenberg

Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

155 Wellington Street West, 35th Floor

Toronto, ON M5V 3H1



January 28, 2019

FDRIO Conference 2018

Get your tickets to the 4th Annual FDRIO Conference and Parenting Coordination Institute
November 19, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON
FDR Through the Lens of Change
Registration Now Open
Take part in an innovative learning and networking opportunity at our 4th annual Conference and Inaugural PC Institute.

Click here for Conference Brochure and here for PC Institute flyer.

Key features of the Conference:

  • Interactive financial workshops featuring eight skilled CBV’s navigating a host of complex family law issues including
  • Tips and Traps in reviewing Form 13.1s
  • Complex Business Valuation issues
  • Complicated Income issues
  • When to use (or not use) joint retainers
  • The emerging frontier of FDR in domestic violence cases and how we can help parties move forward
  • Interactive workshop on how to recognize, expose and disrupt implicit bias
  • Expert panel examining cross cultural challenges and opportunities in FDR
  • How FDR professionals can help the unrepresented
Keynote Presentations

Aruna Papp
Canadian Delegate at the 57th Session of the United Nations and survivor of the “Culture of Honour” will share her experiences with honour-based violence. Hear about this still-pervasive reality and learn how you can identify and manage such cases with cultural awareness and competence.

Marisha Roman
Descendant of Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation and a member of the Child and Family Services Review Board (CFSRB) will share her perspectives on what it means to provide culturally relevant and safe conflict resolution services to Indigenous families.
November 20, 2018
The Law Society of Ontario, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON


Inaugural Parenting Coordination Institute


Registration Now Open – Seating is Limited!


Presented by: FDRIO and the London Family Court Clinic 

Organizing committee: Marianne CuhachiLiz Fabiano, Elizabeth Hyde, Dan Ashbourne, Barbara Jo Fidler, Laura Bradford and Hilary Linton

Keynote presentation from Dr. Barbara Jo Fidler: lessons  learned from years of practice

Keynote presentation from Marianne Cuhaci: common procedural and ethical challenges in PC.

Dr. Dan Ashbourne and Kim Harris from the London Family Court Clinic present PC within a community of practice framework.

Learn about the many supports for PCs in practice including HCF networks, AFCC and AFCCO, the NWFF initiatives, and the range of options that families may encounter when P-C is discussed or considered.

Join moderator Elizabeth Hyde and panel members Linda Popielarczyk, Seema Jain and Shely Polak for a discussion exploring how PC practice in Ontario has evolved for FDR professionals.

Join Arlene H. Henry, QC (British Columbia) and other Canadian presenters for an interactive panel reviewing how PC practice has evolved differently in each jurisdiction



Early Bird Pricing available until
October 1st


Get your tickets for the Conference and PC Institute here.
The FDRIO Conference has been accredited for 7 hours and 30 minutes of Professionalism Content.
FDRweek Public Events
Our 2018 Conference and FDRWeek plans are well underway. Volunteers are needed! We are planning the public and professional events for this annual week of celebrating and learning more about all forms of FDR.

If you want to volunteer, organize an event or be an event sponsor, let us know!

Contact Sam Myles scmyles.marienickleandco@gmail.com or Marie Nickle mariebnickle@bellnet.ca for more information.

6:00 pm

Open House – September 18, 2019

FDRIO Conference 2018
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

100th Anniversary Gala – October 30, 2019

FDRIO Conference 2018
100th Anniversary / Social


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