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)

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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

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 – – 416.893.3966
Giorgio Mitolo, ICFF Media Relations Coordinator –

Loblaw Companies Limited – Position Available: Legal Counsel, Labour, Employment & Human Rights

Loblaw Companies Limited
Legal Counsel, Labour, Employment & Human Rights
(5+ Years Labour & Employment Experience)

Our client, Loblaw Companies Limited (“Loblaw”) is Canada’s food and pharmacy leader and the nation’s largest retailer. With a network of 2,500 corporate and independently-operated stores in communities across the country, it employs close to 200,000 Canadians, making it one of Canada’s largest private sector employers. Recently named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers (2018), Greater Toronto’s Top Employers (2018) and Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (2017), Loblaw values and respects its employees and has created an excellent environment in which to work.

Loblaw continues to anticipate and deliver on customers’ needs in a rapidly evolving industry – harnessing technology and relationships to deliver new and exciting multi-channel, personalized shopping options. Given the size of Loblaw’s workforce, which spans across the country and which is largely unionized, the Labour, Employment & Human Rights legal group plays an important role in the organization providing legal and strategic support to the various business groups, including Human Resources, Labour Relations, Retail Store and Supply Chain Operations. Senior management looks to this team to provide guidance and advice related to labour strategy, dispute resolution and negotiations, attend hearings, mediations and manage employment litigation and provide training on human resources management. Reporting directly to the VP, Labour, Employment and Human Rights, Loblaw is now seeking a Legal Counsel, Labour, Employment & Human Rights, to join its head office in Brampton.

The ideal candidate will have 5+ years of labour and employment experience gained with a firm and/or corporation. A deep understanding of labour issues and extensive experience of representing companies at labour arbitration hearings and mediations will be essential. Expertise across a broad range of employment and human rights matters will be key for this role. A passion for oral advocacy, excellent drafting skills and a business-oriented mindset will be required. Experience in immigration matters and AODA compliance would be an asset. The ability to be proactive, decisive, innovative and self-motivated will be important. You will also need to be a strong collaborator and communicator, able to provide practical and effective strategic advice and to build relationships with business and human resources groups across the country.

If you are a constant learner determined to pursue excellence and ready to work in a fast-paced environment, then we invite you to apply. This position offers interesting and high-profile work as well as long-term career growth opportunities within the George Weston Limited group of companies. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please forward your CV and cover letter to Lorene Nagata or Lesa Ong of NagataConnex Executive Legal Search at

As this is an exclusive campaign with NagataConnex Executive Legal Search, any resumes received from other sources will be forwarded to them.

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

Position Available – Dean, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University

Dean, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law

Lakehead University

Lakehead University is conducting an extensive search for Dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, to take office by July 2019, and invites expressions of interest, applications, and nominations.


Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research that offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario, the University has almost 10,000 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff.  Maclean’s 2018 University Rankings have, once again, included Lakehead among the country’s Top 10 universities in its category.  In 2018, for the fourth consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Located at the head of Lake Superior, Lakehead’s Thunder Bay campus is one of the most beautiful in Canada, with many of its programs complemented by fieldwork and a focus on northern socio-economic issues. Further information is available at


Located in Thunder Bay, the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law is a unique law school with a focus on Northern Ontario that graduated its first class in 2016. Its Integrated Practice Curriculum has made the Faculty the first Canadian law school to provide real world legal skills as part of the JD program, allowing graduates to be called to the bar in Ontario without needing to article. Three mandates are embraced within the Faculty’s curriculum: Aboriginal and Indigenous Law, Natural Resources and Environmental Law, and Sole/Small Town Practice with the Integrated Practice Curriculum. Committed to making a difference, providing access to justice, and leading the way for northern communities, the Faculty is home to an innovative curriculum, distinguished learner-centered legal professionals, and the opportunity to serve its community through Lakehead University Community Legal Services.


Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Dean, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law will be responsible for all academic, administrative, and external activities of the law school. The Dean will ideally be a legal educator and scholar with experience that is relevant to Indigenous, northern, and rural legal issues and interests, as well as familiarity with the Indigenous peoples of the region.  In addition to a JD or LLB, candidates should possess a graduate level law degree, have an open and collegial style, outstanding management, communication, and interpersonal skills, a creative approach to problem solving, the ability to inspire staff, faculty, and students, and the capacity to build and sustain positive work relationships with academic and other administrative units. The ability to promote and serve as an internal and external advocate for the Faculty of Law’s three mandates and ongoing accomplishments will be essential.


Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals from equity seeking groups. In accordance with a key mandate of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, priority in hiring will be given to qualified Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process.


The Search Committee will begin considering potential candidates immediately and will continue until the position is successfully filled. Applications should include a letter of interest that includes a teaching and research statement, a curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the applicant), and may be submitted in confidence, electronically, to the University’s executive search consultants:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.


Lakehead University recognizes that the Thunder Bay campus is on the traditional land of the Fort William First Nation, signatory to the Robinson-Superior Treaty of 1850.

Position Available: Dean, Faculty of Law at Queen’s University

Dean, Faculty of Law

Queen’s University

Queen’s University invites nominations, applications, and expressions of interest for the position of Dean, Faculty of Law with the appointment ideally beginning July 2019. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a law school that is growing, innovating, and driving legal studies in new and exciting directions.

Queen’s has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence, impactful research, student experience and leadership, and engaged alumni. Queen’s balances excellence in undergraduate studies with well-established and innovative graduate programs within a dynamic learning environment for more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Deeply committed to academic and research excellence, Queen’s will bolster the vibrancy of its teaching and learning with 200 new faculty over a five-year period. Queen’s University is located in the heart of scenic Kingston, midway between Montreal and Toronto, and close to Ottawa, the nation’s capital, and within a one hour driving distance of the U.S. border. Queen’s University is situated on the territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek. For additional information about Queen’s, please visit

Queen’s Law is one of Canada’s best law schools, with an international reputation for academic leadership, excellence in research and teaching, and a strong sense of community among students, faculty, and alumni. Its faculty members are world-class researchers who remain equally committed to innovation and excellence in the classroom. Queen’s Law programs include a Juris Doctor (JD) degree that offers a variety of experiential and international learning opportunities, LLM and PhD degrees, a new online undergraduate Certificate in Law, and in 2019, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Services Management. The Faculty has 630 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 80 faculty and staff, and 6,500 accomplished and loyal alumni.  Additional information about Queen’s Law is available at

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), the Dean is the Faculty of Law’s senior academic officer, providing strategic direction, academic planning leadership, and administrative oversight to achieve the highest possible standards in legal education and research. The Dean will successfully manage the financial, administrative, and human resources of the Faculty, and promote and enhance the reputation and achievements of Queen’s Law both internally and externally. Committed to the success and development of students, faculty, and staff, the Dean will work collegially and collaboratively with academic, legal, alumni, and public sector partners to further enhance the stature and resources of the Faculty.

The Dean will be a visionary and innovative leader with strong achievements in legal research, teaching, scholarly activities, and service, and demonstrated leadership capabilities in a university setting. Candidates will possess an open and collegial style, outstanding management, communication, and interpersonal skills, entrepreneurial abilities, and a creative approach to problem solving. The new Dean will be able to inspire faculty, staff, and students, build diverse, inclusive, and collaborative teams, and relate to a range of internal and external partners. An interest in or experience with fundraising will be an important asset in this role.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/visible minorities, Indigenous peoples/Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons.

The Search Committee will begin consideration of candidates immediately and will continue until the position is successfully filled.  Applications, including curriculum vitae, a letter of introduction, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the applicant) should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to the University’s executive search consultants:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.

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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 or Marie Nickle for more information.

6:00 pm

WLAO Champagne and Shop

FDRIO Conference 2018
6:00 pm

WLAO Annual Awards Gala – June 12, 2019

FDRIO Conference 2018
12:00 am

Annual Golf Event – August 19, 2019

FDRIO Conference 2018
6:00 pm

100th Anniversary Gala – October 30, 2019

FDRIO Conference 2018
100th Anniversary / Social


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