2022 Annual General Meeting - Monday, November 21st

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for , November 21, 2022 at 5:30PM.

In person at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers
1 Toronto Street, Suite 900, Toronto, Ontario
And virtually by zoom. We request that you please register below so we can send you the Zoom link, if necessary.

Remember: You must be a member in good standing to participate. If you are uncertain of your status please renew now and membership will be valid for one year. A member who is unable to attend the Meeting may, by proxy, appoint another member to vote on their behalf. Anyone intending to vote by proxy is asked to advise the President of their intention to do so by today, Friday, November 18, 2022, to jocelyn.tatebe@gmail.com.

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October 25, 2022 - A2J Week - Women Leaders in Access to Justice

A2J Week 2022: Women leaders in access to justice

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET
Register below!

If you did not receive the Zoom link, please check your spam folder. If you still cannot find it please contact wlao@cogeco.ca before 3PM.

Panelists will discuss how they and their firms support access to justice.  They will also talk about their firm culture.

Speakers:

Treasurer Jacqueline Horvat is the Treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario. She was elected in 2022 during her third term as an elected bencher. Jacqueline represents clients in commercial and shareholder disputes. She is involved in collaborative projects with the University of Windsor, including the Reclaim Pro Bono Project, representing clients who have suffered online and technology facilitated violence. Jacqueline gives back to the profession by being a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs and mentoring new lawyers.

Michelle Haigh is a licensed paralegal and founder of Precision Paralegal Services Professional Corporation, and has 25 years’ experience in the Small Claims Court. Michelle is currently a member of the Toronto Small Claims Court Frequent User Committee and the Attorney General’s Small Claims Court Advisory Committee.  Michelle was formerly a member of the Humber College Program Advisory Board, and the Sheridan College Advisory Board. Michelle has also sat on the boards for Legal Aid Ontario and the Canadian Mental Health Association (Halton Branch).

Amelia Yiu is the founding principal lawyer of Elm Law Professional Corporation, a law firm located in Whitby, Ontario. Amelia is committed to supporting and promoting women lawyers by creating an inclusive atmosphere at her firm and by being an advocate for the advancement of women in the profession.Amelia was called to the bar of Ontario in 2007 and began her career at a boutique litigation law firm in downtown Toronto before opening Elm Law in 2016. Her practice is focused on estate litigation, power of attorney disputes and elder law. Amelia also practices family law where it intersects with estates and/or power of attorney issues.

Moderators:

Jennifer Gold is a Partner of Wood Gold LLP in Brampton, where she practices family law with a focus on settlement. She’s experienced in achieving consensus, negotiating agreements, de-escalating conflict, and representing clients in mediation and arbitration. In 2021, Jennifer was appointed as a Dispute Resolution Officer for the Superior Court of Justice to assist in early resolution of family law cases. She has completed a Certificate in Family Mediation and, in keeping with her professional commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, has also completed the University of Alberta’s course, Indigenous Canada.

Najma Jamaldin is a Trial & Appeal Lawyer who is passionate about Canadian law and history. Najma has accumulated over 20 years of court expertise and with a deep belief in individual rights, she applies herself with professionalism and dedication. She has experience dealing with complex matters before all levels of court and regularly appears in the appellate courts. Najma has frequently participated as a panelist for several legal education conferences held by Ontario Bar Association, Osgoode Hall Professional Development Program and the Criminal Lawyers Association. She serves on committees for the Advocates’ Society and Women’s Law Association of Ontario. Najma works with a network of lawyers in shared chambers to ensure she can serve her clients from every angle.

CPD Accreditation: Approved EDI Professionalism: 1 hour(s) and 5 minute(s).

This session is hosted by the Women’s Law Association of Ontario.

October 25, 2022 - A2J Week 2022: Women leaders in access to justice

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A2J Week 2022: October 25th - Women leaders in access to justice.

Virtual Program: 3:30pm to 5:00pm

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Panelists will discuss how they and their firms support access to justice.  They will also talk about their firm culture.

 

 

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2022 Holiday Dinner Party

It's back! The return of our fabulous Annual Holiday Dinner Party! Join us on Thursday, December 8th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto for 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.

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!

WLAO Holiday Dinner Party - December 8th, 2022

$80.00$3,000.00

WLAO Holiday Dinner Party. Come share the joy of the season with fellow members and guests.
If you would love to come but are feeling the "pinch", please contact wlao@cogeco.ca information about subsidized tickets.

Please let us know names and firms for any guests.

Please inform us of food allergies or restrictions and we will try to accommodate.

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WLAO Holiday Dinner Party

Thursday, December 8th, 2022
5:30PM to 9:00PM
Doubletree by Hilton Toronto
108 Chestnut Street, Toronto ON M5G 1R3

 

Welcome Back Patio Party - Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Join us for an evening of delicious food, drinks and an opportunity to reacquaint yourself with fellow WLAO members, meet Women’s General Counsel of Canada members, and our generous Deloitte hosts.

Features:

  • Food and Drinks - each ticket includes two beverages and pizza made freshly on-site.
  • Prizes - bring your business cards to exchange with new contacts and to win prizes such as Spa gift certificates.

You MUST be on the registered attendee list in order to access the venue space, so don't forget to register before September 19th!

Register below!

September 20, 2022 - Welcome Back Patio Party

$20.00$40.00

Welcome Back Patio Party!

Tuesday,  September 20th, 2022

Deloitte Building, 8 Adelaide Street West, 6th Floor, Toronto

5:30 to 8:30 PM

Fee: WLAO Members $20, Non-members $40

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Welcome Back Patio Party!

Tuesday,  September 20th, 2022
5:30 to 8:30 PM

Deloitte Building, 8 Adelaide Street West, 6th Floor, Toronto

 

 

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Town Hall Mentoring Event - September 13, 2022

Each Town Hall highlights mentoring tips offered by a range of practitioners within the same practice area.

Our second Town Hall Mentoring Event shares the practice of commercial law from three lawyers with experience diverse as an inventor who now litigates, a fashion lawyer and trademark agent, and a general counsel in the automotive industry. The Event will engage you from lively one on one interviews to a rapid Q & A segment to an intimate small group interactive session. Join us!

WLAO Town Hall Mentoring Event

Tuesday September 13, 2022

5.30PM to 7.00PM

We will be hosting this event via Zoom.

Host: Lorisa Stein MA JD FEA

Speakers:
Rachel Prestayko BSc JD
Ashlee Froese BA (Hons) LLB
Kelly Kwan BSc JD

All participants will be required to provide three questions for the speakers upon registration.

This Event is open to WLAO members and non-members.

Members - free. Non-members - $10.

September 13, 2022 - Mentoring Town Hall

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Our second Town Hall Mentoring Event shares the practice of commercial law from three lawyers with experience diverse as an inventor who now litigates, a fashion lawyer and trademark agent, and a general counsel in the automotive industry. The Event will engage you from lively one on one interviews to a rapid Q & A segment to an intimate small group interactive session. Join us!

September 13th, 2022, 5.30PM to 7.00PM

Ask a question of our speakers, or indicate a topic you would like to hear discussed.

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This Town Hall Mentoring Event explores the practice of family law from the perspectives of professionals engaged in litigation, collaborative, advocacy and peacemaker roles and answers questions from the registrants.

September 13, 2022 - 5:30PM to 7:00PM

 

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Amicus Curiae Book Club - June 23, 2022

Please join us for our next Book Club Meeting on Thursday, June 23rd as we discuss Race After Technology by Professor Ruha Benjamin.

We are pleased to announce that the author, Professor Ruha Benjamin, will be attending as a guest speaker for the first hour (6-7pm).

In her latest book, Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, Ruha Benjamin offers a detailed, critical and sobering view of the ways in which bias is infused into technology.

We look forward to seeing you then!

Amicus Curiae Book Club - June 23, 2022

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Amicus Curiae Book Club meeting on June 23, 2022 at 6:00PM.

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Please join us for our next Book Club on June 23, 2022.

 

WLAO Annual Awards Gala - June 16, 2022 (Hybrid Event)

The Women’s Law Association of Ontario is honoured to announce that Professor Mary Jane Mossman is the recipient of the 2022 President’s Award.  As a professor and trailblazer, she has positively influenced many in the legal profession.  Her research on the first women lawyers in Ontario is important and culminates in her upcoming publication, “Quiet Rebels: A History of Ontario Women Lawyers”.

WLAO invites you to celebrate Professor Mossman at our Annual Awards Gala:

Thursday, June 16, 2022 (Tickets are limited so please register early)
6:00pm reception; 6:45pm dinner (cash bar)
Sassafraz Restaurant, 100 Cumberland Street, Toronto (Yorkville)

We will also be presenting our General Counsel Award to Alexa Abiscott, the Aird & Berlis LLP Equality Award to Chantelle Hospedales , the Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-In-Law Award to Chiedza Mitchel Mutize, and the Torkin Manes LLP Trailblazer Award to Naomi Stuleanu. Our congratulations to the amazing women who will receive awards this year.

And we will take a few moments to acknowledge two of our recent President's Award winners, Dr. Signa Daum Shanks (2020) and Joanna Birenbaum (2021), with whom we were unable to celebrate in person due to the pandemic.

2022 Annual Awards Gala
Thursday, June 16, 2022 (Tickets are limited so please register early)
6:00pm reception; 6:45pm dinner (cash bar)
Sassafraz Restaurant, 100 Cumberland Street, Toronto (Yorkville)

Dress code:  Jazz up your business attire or go all out with cocktail wear!

Our event will also be available through streaming but we hope you are able to attend in person.

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.

Closed Captioning will be provided.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available for this program - show your support! Click here.

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

General Counsel Chapter Award

Alexa Abiscott
General Counsel and Secretary ApplyBoard Inc.

The Aird & Berlis LLP Equality Award

Chantelle Hospedales
Osgoode Hall Law School

The Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-In-Law Award

Chiedza Mitchel Mutize
University of Windsor Law School

 

The Torkin Manes LLP Trailblazer Award

Naomi Stuleanu
Osgoode Hall Law School
Schulich School of Business
Thank you to our Event Sponsor:

Formerly Ryerson Universit

Thank you to our Award Partners:

There are no refunds within 7 days of program date.

WLAO 2022 Annual Awards Gala

$30.00$3,200.00

2022 Annual Award Dinner Registration. Please contact wlao@cogeco.ca to inquire about tickets if quantities indicate "sold out".

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2022 Annual Award Dinner Registration. June 16, 2022.

Amicus Curiae Book Club – April 26, 2022

Please join us on Tuesday, April 26th for our next Amicus Curiae Book Club event.

This month we are reading Becoming by Former First Lady, Michelle Obama. As always, we welcome any members to the discussion.

Synopsis: In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, now available in paperback and as a Young Readers edition, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Amicus Curiae Book Club - April 26, 2022

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Amicus Curiae Book Club meeting on April 26, 2022 at 6:00PM.

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Please join us for our next Book Club on April 26, 2022.

 

Integrating Mental Health Practices into your Legal Practice

Mental health isn't a task that can be simply checked off a to-do list but rather something we must learn to incorporate into our daily lives and legal profession.
In WLAO's ongoing efforts to help lawyers incorporate practices to maintain good mental health we are pleased to present an evening with three practitioners that will provide hands-on experience and practical tips.
Our panellists will first share their path to setting up and incorporating their well-being practices, the impact it has had on their lives and the benefits attendees may derive from incorporating such practices.
In the break out rooms Beth Mountford will lead the group in a Breathwork session, Madiha Vallani will guide the group in a mindfulness session and Teresa Isabel Dias will help dispel the myths of menopause and offer practical solutions for the effects, especially as related to professional women.
Expected Agenda:

5:30 - Intro and discussion by three panelists on their respective mental health practices

6:20 - Attendees will be separated into three breakout rooms to experience one practice in more depth

6:50 - Return as a group for final thoughts

Bios:

Beth Mountford

Recruitment Consultant with Smith Legal Search

Madiha Vallani

Lawyer and Certified Yoga Teacher, The Inverted Attorney 

Teresa Isabel Dias

Registered Pharmacist, MenopausED.org

This program contains 1 hour of EDI Professionalism Content


Info:

April 11, 2022 - 5:30-7:00pm

Fee: Members $15, Member plus 1 Guest $15, non-members $25, Law students and Articling students are Free.

When registering please choose the session you'd most like to attend: Breathwork, Yoga, MenopausED or No preference.

April 11, 2022 - Integrating Mental Health Practices into your Legal Practice

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Integrating Mental Health Practices into your Legal Practice

April 11, 2022 - 5:30-7:00pm

Fee: Members $15, Members and 1 Free Guest $15, non-members $25, Law students are Free. 

When registering please choose the session you'd most like to attend: Breathwork, Yoga, MenopausED, No preference.

Don't miss this important event! The program qualifies for 1 Hour EDI Professionalism Content.

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In WLAO's ongoing efforts to help lawyers incorporate practices to maintain good physical and mental health, we are pleased to present an evening with three practitioners that will provide hands-on experience and practical tips. Mental health isn't a task that can be simply checked off a to-do list but rather something we must learn to incorporate into our daily lives and legal profession. Mental health impacts are felt through the lens of equity and inclusion, and lawyer requirements to manage their professional and personal well-being.  Working towards creating a balanced personal and professional life filters through to the organizational cultures in which we live and practice.

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Inaugural Town Hall Mentoring Event in Family Law

This Town Hall Mentoring Event is the first in a proposed series. Each Town Hall will highlight mentoring tips offered by a range of practitioners within the same practice area.

The Family Law Town Hall Mentoring Event explores the practice of family law from the perspectives of professionals engaged in litigation, collaborative, advocacy and peacemaker roles and answers questions from the registrants. We hope you will join us.

Speakers:

Alison Dennis- Family Law Litigator: Mobility and Jurisdictional issues

Debbie Hoffman – Métis Peacemaker, Mediator, Collaborative Family Lawyer

Lorisa Stein – Family Advocate, Collaborative Negotiated Contracts, Family Enterprise Advisor

March 22, 2022 - Inaugural Mentoring Town Hall - Family Law

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Inaugural Virtual Town Hall Mentoring Event exploring the practice of family law.

March 22, 2022 - 5:30PM to 7:00PM

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This Town Hall Mentoring Event explores the practice of family law from the perspectives of professionals engaged in litigation, collaborative, advocacy and peacemaker roles and answers questions from the registrants.

March 22, 2022 - 5:30PM to 7:00PM

 

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