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.


  • 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


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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WLAO Amicus Curiae Book Club - January 25, 2022

For women lawyers, with women lawyers, discovering women lawyers...

We are delighted to announce that with the success of our initial Book Club events, we will be hosting monthly meetings! Join us, and mark your calendars, for the 4th Tuesday of the month from January to June. Book Club will run from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

For our first meeting of 2022 we will be reading:

The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guise to a Happier, Saner Law Practice using Meditation, Jeena Cho and Karen Gifford

This FREE event is open to members only.


Amicus Curiae Book Club - January 25, 2022


Amicus Curiae Book Club meeting on January 25, 2022.

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Please join us for our next Book Club on January 25, 2022.  
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Amicus Curaie - WLAO's Book Club

Join us on March 24th for casual "mingling" from 7PM to 7:30PM, with the official book club running from 7:30PM to 9PM.
This month we will be digging into the life of United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a focus on her writing, in particular her dissents, and her relationships (with her husband Marty Ginsburg, her colleague Justice Scalia, and others).
Please plan to join us, whether you have read the book or not, for our inaugural Book Club - Amicus Curaie!
You can purchase the book My Own Words through several different outlets in print or digital formats.

Registration available below. 











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100th Anniversary Gala - October 30, 2019

VERY Limited number of tickets still available!! If registration link below is not working, please contact wlao1919@gmail.com for information on ticket availability.

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, the Women's Law Association of Ontario (WLAO) will celebrate our 100th Anniversary at a Gala event at the fabulous Carlu in Toronto, and we invite you to join us!

We are very pleased to have as our keynote speakers the Honourable Madam Justice Côté and the Honourable Madam Justice Karakatsanis of the Supreme Court of Canada.

For 100 years, the WLAO has been a vibrant, active voice for women in the profession and a vital resource to members in their pursuit of fulfilling and successful careers in law, and at the Gala we will launch into the next 100!

If you would like to take a more vital role in our Gala celebration, please consider becoming a Sponsor. We have many levels and opportunities available here.

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: The Carlu, 444 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2H4

Dress: Formal

Live Event Captioning donated by HearVue


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WLAO Annual Awards Gala - June 12, 2019

We are honoured to present the 2019 President’s Award to the Honourable Madam Justice Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada for her contribution to the legal community, commitment to the promotion of women in law, and advancement of equality and diversity in the legal profession.

Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004 and is the Senior Judge on the Court.  She attended the University of Toronto (BA 1967, LLB 1970).  She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1972 and practiced civil and criminal litigation until 1976, when she was appointed to the Ontario Family Court at the age of 29, the youngest and first pregnant person appointed to the judiciary in Canada. She later served on the Ontario Court of Appeal for 12 years.  She chaired the Ontario Law Reform Commission and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Justice Abella was the sole Commissioner and author of the 1984 Royal Commission on Equality in Employment, creating the term and concept of “employment equity.” She was the Boulton Visiting Professor at McGill Law School from 1988 to 1992, where she taught jurisprudence, administrative law, and constitutional law. She is a elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.  She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in classical piano, was a judge of the Giller Literary Prize, has written over 90 articles, and authored or co-edited four books on a variety of legal topics. Justice Abella chaired the Rhodes Selection Committee for Ontario and is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Classical Piano. She has 39 honourary degrees.

She is married to Canadian historian Irving Abella: They have two sons, both lawyers. She is the first Jewish woman and the first refugee appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Student and Young Lawyer Award Recipients will be announced soon!

Our Annual Awards Gala will take place on June 12th, 2019.

2019 Annual Awards Gala
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
6:00pm reception; 6:45pm dinner (cash bar)
Rosewater Room, 19 Toronto Street, Toronto (Please note that the entrance to the Rosewater has changed from previous years and is now one doorway over.)

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.

This year we are introducing the new Chappell Partners LLP/June Bushell Award! 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.

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

At the Award Gala, WLAO will also recognise the winner of the 2019 WLAO General Counsel Chapter Award and we will present our partnered student awards to five remarkable women:

The Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-in-Law Award

The Avril Farlam Advocacy Award

The Aird & Berlis LLP/WLAO Equality Award

and the Torkin Manes LLP/WLAO Trailblazer Award

We hope you are joining us at our celebration honouring fantastic women and their remarkable accomplishments!

Thank you to our Award Partners:




There are no refunds within 7 days of program date.

WLAO Winter Warm Up - Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tickets are no longer available for this event!

We hope you’ll join us for our Winter Warm-Up Cabaret on Thursday February 8, 2018 at the Albany Club. The WLAO is proud to present *superstar* cabaret performer Sharron Matthews— winner of the Broadway World "Best Cabaret Performance Award". Sharron Matthews has also been named best cabaret performer by Now Magazine and Woman of the Year by The New Current in the UK. You may also know Sharron Matthews for her role as Flo in the Frankie Drake Mysteries on CBC. Sharron will have us laughing all evening!

The evening will be a great opportunity for networking, catching up with colleagues and warming-up from the winter deep-freeze over dinner and a show. All are welcome!

There are sponsorship opportunities available for this fabulous event! Place your unique brand at our glamorous event and show your support for WLAO!


8:45 am - 1:00 pm

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Cultural Competence for Legal Professionals

WLAO Winter Warm Up - Thursday, February 8, 2018


Women’s Law Association of Ontario
1 Toronto Street, Suite 900
Toronto, ON M5C 2V6



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