Bencher Election Roundtable - April 13, 2023

The OTLA's Women Trial Lawyers Caucus in collaboration with the Women’s Law Association of Ontario, will be hosting a roundtable focused on the Bencher Election.

Thu, April 13, 2023

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET


Laurie Tucker, President-Elect, OTLA

Jocelyn Tatebe, President, WLAO


Teresa Donnelly, Past Treasurer - LSO

Jacqueline Beckles, Bencher Candidate

Neha Chugh, Bencher Candidate

Karen Hulan, Bencher Candidate


Zoom - Zoom login details will be sent via email on the event day.

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NCA Event: From Global to Local - June 1st, 2023

Join a moderated panel to learn how to break barriers, market your skills, and excel in the Ontario legal market as an internationally-trained lawyer.

The panel will be followed by an audience Q & A.

NCA Event: From Global to Local - June 1st, 2023


NCA Event: From Global to Local

JUNE 1ST, 2023

5:30 PM To 7:30 PM

Dentons LLP

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Join a moderated panel to learn how to break barriers, market your skills, and excel in the Ontario legal market as an internationally-trained lawyer.


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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 before 3PM.

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


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.


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


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 International Women's Day - March 8, 2022

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The Law Society of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Forum, the Women’s Law Association of Ontario, the Women’s Paralegal Association of Ontario, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and Young Women in Law is pleased to present our 2022 International Women’s Day event: Women Inspiring Women: Women Legal Leaders.

Join us in celebrating women who inspire us as leaders in their respective legal career paths. A panel of diverse legal professionals, including a Superior Court judge, chief legal counsel, a leading Indigenous litigator, and a paralegal, will share stories of what inspired them to choose their career paths, the challenges faced along the way and how they are working to promote the advancement of women in the legal professions.

Featured speakers

  • Teresa Donnelly, Treasurer, Law Society of Ontario
  • Karen Perron, President, Ontario Bar Association
  • Justice Audrey P.C. Ramsay, Superior Court of Justice of Ontario
  • Pam Hrick, Executive Director & General Counsel, Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund
  • Deepa Mattoo, Executive Director, Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
  • Jocelyn Tatebe, Vice-President, Women’s Law Association of Ontario and Strategic Legal Counsel, Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
  • Gerri Camus, Vice President and Co-Founder, Women’s Paralegal Association of Ontario
  • Shara Roy, Chief Legal Counsel, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Katherine Hensel, Partner, Fogler Rubinoff LLP
  • Sahar Talebi, Co-Director of Sponsorship, Young Women in Law and Associate, Lenczner Slaght

Please note that this program has been accredited for 1 hour and 30 minutes of EDI Professionalism Content.

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International Women's Day 2019 - March 6, 2019 - Registration Open

International Women’s Day

March 6 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Building on the 2019 theme of International Women’s Day, “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change,” the Law Society of Ontario, in partnership with the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, Women Lawyers Forum Section of the Ontario Bar Association, Women’s Law Association of Ontario, Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs, Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund and the Criminal Lawyer Association, is hosting an event focused on Artificial Intelligence, unconscious bias and social change.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Program: 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.

Networking Reception: 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.

Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto

Please enter through the east-side doors facing Nathan Phillips Square.

This program qualifies for 1.5 EDI hours.

RSVP (Please indicate on your registration form that you are with WLAO.)

Anchor| 416-947-3413 | 1-800-668-7380, ext. 3413.

Photographs and video taken at this public event will be used in

Law Society and partner organization print and online publications.


Speaker Biography:

Valentine Goddard (Moderator)

Valentine Goddard is a recognized expert on the ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence (AI). She founded the AI on a Social Mission Conference, an event designed to facilitate a cross sectoral and multidisciplinary dialogue on the ethical and social implications of AI. She is also the founder of Artificial Intelligence Impact Alliance (AIIA), a non-profit aimed at empowering civil society organizations with machine learning as well as driving policy towards an ethical and sustainable implementation of AI. As a lawyer and certified mediator, she has practiced refugee, labour, social and administrative law in addition to lobbying for a better access to justice. She has taught comparative law in Japan as well as initiated and funded cultural mediation projects aimed at human rights education. In short, human dignity is at the heart of her multidisciplinary approach to nurturing the development of AI for Social Good.


Eirene Seiradaki, PhD (Panelist) - has unfortunately had to cancel.

Helen Kontozopoulos (Panelist)

Helen Co-Founded ODAIA, an AI SaaS sales optimization and customer journey analytics platform for enterprise companies. ODAIA is a startup out of the University of Toronto. She teaches at the University of Toronto, in the Department of Computer Science (St.George campus) and Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences (Scarborough Campus), where she teaches product development, design, and entrepreneurship.  Since being on the UofT/IBM Watson teaching team in 2014, she has been working on researching the relationship between human behaviour and artificial intelligence.
Helen possesses degrees from York University, Canada, the University of Tasmania, Australia, and recently studied innovation and technology at MIT, Cambridge.


To Anh Tran (Panelist)

To Anh Tran is a senior corporate digital executive with more than 15 years of industry experience and an impressive record of accomplishment as Global CIO, Managing Director, SVP of Global Business Transformation, Global VP of Operations and Head of Digital Client Experience in powerhouse organizations like General Electric Power Systems, DundeeWealth Corporation, ForStar Group, OANDA FX and Future Electronics. Most recently To Anh has been operating her own Strategic Advisory Management Consulting practice and currently assisting the Canada federal government in the advisory capacity in driving innovation and investing in Canadian start-ups, SMEs and global corporations. Her current portfolio clients consists of a mix of incubators, accelerators and high growth in : Fintech, Manufacturing, Telecom, Legal, and Healthcare covering emerging technologies : Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, AI, Virtual Reality(VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Quantum and Cloud Computing/SaaS and Digital Mobile Payments.

Anh graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of in Computer Science in Software Engineering and from College de Maisonneuve with a degree in Pure and Applied Science. She graduated from Canadian Board Education program and is servicing several Boards for the last 8 years.


Recruitment, Retention and Advancement: Moving Beyond Unconscious Bias - November 14, 2018

Recruitment, Retention and Advancement: Moving Beyond Unconscious Bias

Join the Law Society of Ontario and the Women’s Law Association of Ontario on November 14 for a workshop about unconscious bias.

The session will be led by Tana Turner of Turner Consulting Group. Attendees will learn about the concept of unconscious bias, and the different forms it takes. They will also be given practical tips about how to counteract its effects on recruitment, retention and advancement.

November 14, 2018

Panel discussion: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. *
Reception: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto

*This portion of the program is also available as a live webcast

This public event is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

For additional information, and to register, please visit:

5:00 pm

Annual General Meeting (AGM) on December 11th

Recruitment, Retention and Advancement: Moving Beyond Unconscious Bias - November 14, 2018
Annual General Meeting / Member
8:45 am - 1:00 pm

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Cultural Competence for Legal Professionals (Online Replay)

Recruitment, Retention and Advancement: Moving Beyond Unconscious Bias - November 14, 2018


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