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b2B Industry Night: Careers in Law
November 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Thinking about a career in law? Curious as to how to plan your path forward and connect your current studies with a job after graduation? Join us on Thursday, November 15, 2018, when alumni and students will mix and mingle for a very special b2B.
Careers in law span many areas and offer a variety of career options after graduation. The skills you gain from your Arts & Science degree can be transferred into many opportunities in these fields. This networking reception will be a great opportunity to make these connections and speak with multiple alumni who graduated from the Faculty of Arts & Science and have gone on to pursue a career in law, as well as with fellow U of T students who are also considering this path.
The b2B Industry Night focuses on careers in a specific industry, and offers an opportunity for students to engage with alumni who graduated from the Faculty of Arts & Science, and who are now working in various fields.
- Connect students, recent grads, and alumni who are interested in a career in a particular field.
- Encourage conversations about how an Arts & Science education contributes to a career in the field.
- Explore career options in order to support a successful transition after graduation.
- Develop and expand your professional network.
- Build awareness about the realities of a career in the industry and potential paths to get there.
- Discover a variety of career stories.
|5:30 pm||Alumni are invited to arrive, register and mingle.
Refreshments will be provided throughout the evening
|6:00 pm||Students arrive and register.
Ambassadors will be on hand to introduce students to alumni
|6:15 pm||Opening remarks
Networking event officially begins
|8:00 pm||Networking event officially concludes|
The b2B Industry Night attendees include students and recent graduates at various stages of their education and career, as well as Arts & Science alumni, including:
- U of T Arts & Science Alumni currently working in the industry
- Undergraduate students who are considering a career in the industry and want to learn how their studies will support them beyond graduation
- Graduate students (MA, MSc, PhD) who are interested in exploring careers in the industry
- Recent graduates who are looking to continue to develop their networks, professional skills and industry knowledge
Attending Alumni (Biographies Below):
- Renatta Austin, Lawyer and Notary Public, Eglinton West Law
- Mahmamadali Baghirli, Legal Administrative Assistant, GSK Personal Injury Law
- John Birch, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
- Janette Canvin, Chief Professional Resources Officer, OSLER
- Gary R. Clewley, Barrister and Solicitor, Legal Professional Corporation
- Labiba Chowdhury, JD Candidate at University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
- Ahmed Elahi, First Year Student, Faculty of Law
- Kate Fairbrother, Lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)
- Joseph Fiorino, Legal Policy Advisor for the Minister of Education
- Tarek Hamam, Legal Counsel, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
- Vanessa Ibe, Partner, Rosenbaum & Ibe LLP
- Mary Jackson, Chief Professional Resources Officer, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
- Ryan MacIssac, Litigation Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
- Anthony MacKinnon, Crown Attorney, Ontario Ministry of Attorney General
- Christopher McGoey, Osgoode Hall Law School (student, 3L); Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP (employer)
- Anthony Minna, Retired Laywer
- Monica Morana, Workers Compensation Benefits Coordinator, Morneau Shepell
- John Parker, Private Consultant
- Jerome Poon-Ting, Senior Recruitment, Admissions and Diversity Outreach Officer, University of Toronto
- Shakir Rahim, Articling Student, Ministry of the Attorney General – Crown Law Office Criminal
- Rafeena Rashid, Partner, Rashid Urosevic LLP
- Danielle Ridout, Associate Lawyer, Borden Ladner Gervais
- Doug Sarro, Senior Advisor, Research and Regulatory Innovation, Ontario Securities Commission
- Chris Sewrattan, Criminal Lawyer, Lawyer at Chris Sewrattan
- Ephraim Stulberg, Partner/Senior VP, Matson Driscoll & Damico LTD
- Jiarui Zhao, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright
Biographies of Alumni
Renatta Austin, Lawyer and Notary Public, Eglinton West Law
Renatta is the owner of the Eglinton West Law Office, where she practices family and criminal law. Renatta started her career in municipal law, before leaving government to pursue her passion for public interest legal work. She spends an average of three days a week in court dealing with issues such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and sexual assaults.
Renatta completed a Bachelor‘s degree in Criminology and Political Science at the University of Toronto, a law degree at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and a Master’s degree at the University of Western Ontario. She is currently a Director of the Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre.
Mahmamadali Baghirli, Legal Administrative Assistant, GSK Personal Injury Law
My name is Mahammadali Baghirli. I was born in Azerbaijan. I came to Canada to study at University of Toronto. In 2012 I started my bachelor and I majored in Political Science and History. In 2015, I finished my degrees before the expected time. In 2016 (September), I started to work at GSK Personal Injury Law as a junior legal administrative assistant. When I started my job at GSK there were only 5 employee. Now we have more than 20 employees at GSK.
John Birch, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
John is a partner of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, a major Canadian law firm, where he has practised for 21 years. His practice focuses on insolvency and commercial litigation and arbitration and he represents his clients before all levels of court and arbitral tribunals. He also acts as General Counsel of his firm (providing legal advice to his fellow lawyers) and is a member of the firm’s Audit & Risk Management Committee. John is currently Chair of the Insolvency Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, an organization of lawyers from more than 65 countries. In recent years, he has been recognized for his work by a number of legal publications, including the Legal 500 Canada (recognized for dispute resolution) and by the IFLR 1000 (the International Financial Law Review) for financial restructuring. John formerly served several terms as Co-Chair of the Litigation Department of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.
In 1991, John graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (with high distinction) from Trinity College, University of Toronto. He went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University and a Bachelor of Laws from the Osgoode Hall Law School, graduating in 1995. John was called to the Ontario bar in 1997.
Janette Canvin, Chief Professional Resources Officer, OSLER
Janette serves as the Chief Professional Resources Officer for Osler. In this role, Janette oversees all programs relating to associates, law students and paraprofessionals. She has over twenty years of progressive experience and responsibility in the legal services industry including recruitment, performance management, career progression, compensation and professional development of legal professionals. Prior to joining Osler in 2003, Janette was both a partner and the Director of Professional Development at large national law firms and has extensive experience and knowledge of the uniqueness of the law firm business, environment and culture.
Gary R. Clewley, Barrister and Solicitor, Legal Professional Corporation
Gary R. Clewley, B.A., M.A., LL.B., is a Barrister and Solicitor in Toronto, Ontario, where he primarily practises in criminal defence and administrative law. Called to both the Ontario and State of New York Bars, he previously practised civil and criminal law in Manhattan, N.Y. and served in Toronto in the Crown Attorney’s Office at the Ministry of the Attorney General. For the past 20 years, he has represented police officers throughout Ontario. He has also published a book called “Sentencing: The Practitioner’s Guide. He articled at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP in Toronto.
Labiba Chowdhury, JD Candidate at University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (information pending)
Ahmed Elahi, First Year Student, Faculty of Law
Ahmed Elahi is a first-year law student at U of T Law School. He has an undergraduate degree from U of T in Political Science and Philosophy. At the law school, he is involved as an associate editor of the U of T Faculty of Law Review and the Journal of Law and Equity. He is also a member of International Human Rights Programme’s working group on International Women’s Rights. Ahmed aspires to be a member of the judiciary some day. His interests include issues in criminal and constitutional law, particularly free speech issues and legal rights. In his spare time, Ahmed enjoys reading, cooking Indian cuisine, and playing soccer.
Joseph Fiorino, Legal Policy Advisor for the Minister of Education
I currently work as a Legal Policy Advisor for the Ontario Minister of Education. My advisory role includes portfolios such as: Legal, Labour Relations, Collective Bargaining and Human Rights. I arrange and attend meetings with stakeholders as well as officials from the Ministry of Education and attend meditations and arbitrations. I am managing and providing Legal Policy Advice to the Minister of Education during the next round of elementary and high school collective bargaining.
During my Articling, as my firm represented several School Boards in Ontario, I regularly attended arbitrations, mediations, and settlement negotiations as well as hearings at the OLRB and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. On a daily basis, I compared and analyzed our client’s seven collective agreements. I have provided numerous legal opinions regarding changes to the Employment Standards Act and its effect on our clients. I have also provided legal opinions on the effects that the new cannabis legislation will have on employers.
Under the supervision of the senior partner, I was assigned significant work relating to preparing cases for tribunal hearings and arbitrations with respect to labour issues, and general court proceedings. Assignments have included drafting pleadings and providing opinions and recommendations. The legal services I provided include conducting client interviews, analyzing the best strategy for success, researching precedents, summarizing and assessing evidence, discussing the likelihood of success with clients, and preparing clients and witnesses for trials and hearings. I have also written termination letters on behalf of our clients.
Kate Fairbrother, Lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)
Kate Fairbrother is an associate in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais and a member of the Environmental, Municipal, Expropriation and Regulatory group.
Kate provides strategic advice and representation to municipalities, public agencies and private landowners on a variety of land-related matters, including land use planning, expropriations and environmental law. She also advises on other municipal law issues including municipal finance, by-law interpretation and enforcement, governance and licensing. Prior to joining BLG, Kate practiced at a law firm specializing in land use planning law and civil litigation. In 2013-2014, she clerked for Justices Weiler, Laskin, MacPherson and Benotto at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, where she worked on a wide variety of civil, commercial, administrative and criminal law appeals. Kate also summered with the Legal Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and in the Toronto office of a prominent international law firm.
Tarek Hamam, Legal Counsel, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Tarek is a lawyer specializing in human rights advocacy, transitional justice, and international refugee law. He entered the Canadian public service through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program, and serves as Legal Counsel with the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Tarek worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lebanon and Sudan, as a legal advisor with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Palestine, and taught courses on human rights and international humanitarian law at the AlQuds-Bard Honors College in Jerusalem and the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem. He has also volunteered with Lawyers for Human Rights in Johannesburg, South Africa and as a basketball coach for youth from underserved communities in Beirut, Lebanon.
Tarek received an Honours B.A. with high distinction from the University of Toronto, majoring in International Relations and Commerce. He went on to earn a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, where he was the recipient of the John Yaremko Q.C. Scholarship for academic excellence in the study of Human Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Rule of Law. More recently, Tarek graduated with distinction from the University of Oxford, where he obtained a Masters in International Human Rights Law. In 2017, Tarek was awarded the Said Foundation Alumni Achievement Award in recognition for his contribution to humanitarian efforts and capacity-building programmes in the Middle East. Away from work, he enjoys basketball, surfing, and backpacking.
Vanessa Ibe, Partner, Rosenbaum & Ibe LLP
Vanessa A. Ibe is a partner at the law firm Rosenbaum & Ibe LLP and practices in the areas of construction, corporate and commercial law, litigation, employment and real estate law. She represents individuals and businesses with respect to a wide range of matters including incorporation and corporate organization, corporate restructuring and reorganizations, dispute resolution and drafting and review of employment contracts and policies.
Vanessa obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts from University of Toronto in 2008, completing a double major in Political Science and Commerce. She then obtained her law degree from the University of Windsor in 2012. While in law school, Vanessa received many scholarships and awards for academic achievement and advocacy. Vanessa is actively engaged in community outreach and has spoken about a variety of topics at Toronto area high schools and community youth groups. She is a dedicated Toronto sports fan and can often be found cheering on the Blue Jays and the Raptors.
Mary Jackson, Chief Officer, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Mary is responsible for the management, recruitment, professional development and training of legal professionals and staff. She is also actively involved in women’s initiatives, internal and
external diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as the Firm’s pro bono initiatives. Mary is active in the Women@Blakes network and is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the 30%
Club, a global campaign for greater representation of women on boards for businesses with a minimum target set at 30%. She is also a member of a working group established under the auspices of the UN Global Compact Network, and is collaborator in an ongoing project to define gender equality in the workplace and to identify and address the barriers to achieving this vision. Mary also serves as a member of the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (LFDIN), a group of Canadian law firms who have agreed to work together to promote diversity and encourage a culture of inclusion in firms and the broader legal profession. Prior to joining Blakes in 1999, Mary practiced civil litigation for six years at a large firm in Toronto. She was a law clerk to Madam Justice McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada from 1992 to 1993. Mary pursued her graduate studies in Sociology, where she developed an interest in diversity and inclusion.
Ryan MacIssac, Litigation Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
I am an associate in the Toronto and Calgary offices of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. I have a general civil litigation practice including contract disputes, tort disputes, and medical malpractice claims. I have a particular interest in administrative law and public law issues.
Anthony MacKinnon, Crown Attorney, Ontario Ministry of Attorney General
Tony MacKinnon studied political science and French at U of T (SMC), graduating in 1988. He studied law at Queen’s University, graduating in 1992. After articling with the Director of Criminal Prosecutions with the Ontario Attorney General, Tony was called to the bar in 1994, when he commenced working as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Halton Region. In 2010 Tony was appointed Deputy Crown Attorney for Halton and served as Crown Attorney for Halton from 2011 until 2016. Over the years he has prosecuted all manner of criminal offences in the trial courts of Ontario and has also been actively involved in legal education of police, crown counsel and the judiciary. In 2016 Tony was appointed a Director of Crown Operations for one of Ontario’s six regions. Out of the office, he delights in his family, dabbles in music, and enjoys giving back to the community by various positions held in local organizations.
Christopher McGoey, Osgoode Hall Law School (student, 3L); Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP (employer)
Christopher is in his final year of studies at Osgoode Hall Law School. Christopher will be joining a downtown Toronto litigation boutique after he graduates.
At law school, Christopher has worked with the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association on a Constitutional challenge to the federal medical assistance in dying regime; he has clerked for Ontario’s Health Professional Review Board; and volunteered with a local legal clinic to represent persons with disabilities in human rights and employment matters. Prior to law school, Christopher studied History at the University of Toronto, with a particular focus on American Foreign Policy. Christopher has also worked for the Ontario Medical Association, managed a large restaurant in Toronto’s financial district, and written for a national men’s fashion magazine.
Anthony Minna, Retired Lawyer
Obtained degrees from U of T in history and law. Obtained master’s degree in law from the University of Brussels. Practised law in Canada and Liechtenstein. Worked in private banking and wealth management in Switzerland, The Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands.
Monica Morana, Workers Compensation Benefits Coordinator, Morneau Shepell
After graduating from University of Toronto in 2016 with a major in Italian and minors in French and sociology, Monica obtained her paralegal diploma from Seneca College in 2017 and became a licensed paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario in 2018. She completed her field placement at a plaintiff-side personal injury law firm and then worked as a legal assistant to two associates at a prominent civil litigation and labour law firm. She managed a case load of over 100 files relating to defence of lawyers, professional regulation, union-side labour board applications and employee wrongful dismissal cases. With her personal injury and employment law knowledge, she is now practicing as a paralegal in employer-side WSIB at Morneau Shepell. Throughout her career, Monica has expanded her network and gave back to her community by volunteering with moot competitions. She welcomes undergraduate students to inquire about her experience and insight.
John Parker, Private Consultant
Toronto lawyer, politician, government affairs consultant and Toronto City Councillor, 2006-2014 (with mayors Miller and Ford. Deputy Speaker, Toronto City Council; Vice Chair, North York Community Council; Member, Toronto Transit Commission; Member, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority; Board member, Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Committees: Urban Planning, Works and Infrastructure, Budget, Audit, City of Toronto representative on Toronto Symphony Orchestra board. Member of Ontario Legislature, 1995-1999 (First Harris term), last ever MPP for provincial riding of York East, Chair, Standing Committee on the Office of the Ombudsman, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Native Affairs. Formerly Partner, law firm of Cappell Parker. General practice of law with a focus on small business and commercial matters. Formerly house council with C-I-L Inc. Current Chair, Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy.
Jerome Poon-Ting, Senior Recruitment, Admissions and Diversity Outreach Officer, University of Toronto
Jerome spent over 20 years in student recruitment, admissions and exchanges spanning undergraduate, graduate and professional programs at U of T, Queen’s University and The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. He is a former international student to Canada and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computing & Information Science from Queen’s University.
Shakir Rahim, Articling Student, Ministry of the Attorney General – Crown Law Office Criminal
Shakir Rahim is an articling student at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General – Crown Law Office Criminal. CLOC is responsible for representing the Crown on criminal appeals at the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Shakir has also worked in criminal defence at the Community & Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP). He is a member of the Ontario Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Executive. Shakir received his BA in political science with high distinction from the University of Toronto (Trinity College) in 2014 and his JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2018.
Shakir is also an active volunteer the LGBTQ2S+ community, serving on the board of the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention. He was a member of the Missions Person Investigations Review Working Group created by the Toronto Police Services Board, which recommended the form and terms of reference for the independent review of Toronto Police missing person investigations.
Rafeena Rashid, Partner, Rashid Urosevic LLP
Rafeena is co-founder of Rashid Urosevic LLP, a boutique immigration and citizenship law firm. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. After graduation, Rafeena worked in a variety of administrative roles. She went on to do her Master’s degree in Legal Studies at Carleton University, where she explored migration related issues. It was during this time that she developed a interest in international human rights issues and the plight of refugees attempting to access asylum in Western countries. At the same time, Rafeena worked as a Refugee Protection Officer at the Immigration and Refugee Board. Here, she conducted expedited interviews and assisted decision makers with refugee and protected persons hearings. While completing her MA, Rafeena started law school at Osgoode Hall. After being called to the Ontario Bar in 2008, Rafeena practiced criminal defence and civil litigation. In 2010, she joined the Immigration Law Division at the Department of Justice as Counsel. She represented the Ministers of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and defended decisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board for over six years. She handled cases in the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. In 2016, she and her business partner left the Department of Justice to start their own practice.
Danielle Ridout, Associate Lawyer, Borden Ladner Gervais
Danielle Ridout is currently an associate in the Competition and Foreign Investment group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Danielle graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2016, completing the joint JD/ Master of Global Affairs program, in tandem with the Munk School of Global Affairs. While at the Munk School of Global Affairs, Danielle had the opportunity to complete an internship at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center, and also provided consulting advice to both Global Affairs Canada (in respect of increasing consumer engagement with government travel advisories) and NATO, providing analysis of social media engagement with NATO themes following the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw. Danielle completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough in the International Studies Co-op program. Danielle was also a member of the UTSC Basketball team throughout her time at UTSC, and was a captain of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Fastpitch team (which she was a member of for nine years – go Blues!).
Doug Sarro, Senior Advisor, Research and Regulatory Innovation, Ontario Securities Commission
Doug Sarro is Senior Advisor, Research and Regulatory Innovation, with the Ontario Securities Commission, where he has contributed to several public reports focused on retail investor behaviour. He previously practiced corporate law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and served as law clerk to the Chief Justice of Ontario. Doug holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he graduated as gold medallist and now teaches as an adjunct professor. His work has been published in various academic journals, including the Canadian Bar Review, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, and the Canadian Business Law Journal. He is a member of the Ontario and New York bars.
Chris Sewrattan, Criminal Lawyer , Lawyer at Chris Sewrattan
Chris is a criminal defence lawyer who runs his own law firm in Toronto. He also decides cases as member of the Ontario Parole Board and Licence Appeal Tribunal. Chris is a past member of the Osgoode Hall Law School Admissions Committee. Chris completed his BA in Sociology and Criminology at the University of Toronto in 2008. After graduating, Chris attended Osgoode Hall Law School for his Juris Doctor degree. He sampled a variety of legal areas of practice during his studies. He worked for a law professor, civil litigation law firm, Crown Attorney’s office, Duty Counsel office, and criminal defence law firm, respectively. In 2016, Chris took a break from private practice to obtain a Masters of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. In his spare time Chris wrestles and practices Brazilian ju jitsu.
Ephraim Stulberg, Partner/Senior VP, Matson Driscoll & Damico LTD
Ephraim specialises in the areas of business valuation, economic loss quantification and investigative accounting. He has provided expert evidence in court and at arbitration. He has worked on matters across Canada, as well as the United States, South America, the Middle East and Asia. Ephraim has provided business valuation reports in a variety of contexts, including contractual and shareholder disputes, expropriation, physical damage, matrimonial disputes, and income tax reporting. Ephraim has prepared economic loss quantification reports involving intellectual property infringement, professional negligence, breach of contract, physical damage and personal injury. He has completed numerous assignments involving first-party and third-party insurance coverage. He has prepared investigative accounting reports for both criminal and civil matters. Ephraim has conducted financial investigations in the context of partnership and shareholder disputes and estate disputes, and has also investigated numerous employee thefts. Ephraim has experience in a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas, mining, construction, power generation, computer software, manufacturing, real estate, media/communications, professional services and medical supplies/healthcare.
Ephraim is a frequent contributor to various financial and legal publications. He has published numerous pieces in Lawyers Weekly and Law Times, and has authored or co-authored numerous articles in peer reviewed journals, including the CICBV’s Journal of Business Valuation, the American Bar Association’s Franchise Law Journal, and the Canadian Intellectual Property Review. He received an award from the Ontario Bar Association in 2014 for one of his publications. He is a member of the CICBV’s Publications and Research Committee.
Jiarui Zhao, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright
Jaray (Jiarui) Zhao is building a broad practice in corporate law with a focus on merger and acquisitions, securities matters, and corporate governance. Jaray joined our Toronto office as a summer student in 2015, and returned to complete her articles in 2016 and 2017. During her articling, Jaray was seconded to the law group at the Royal Bank of Canada. While at law school, Jaray was the co-president of the Asian Law Society, a caseworker at Downtown Legal Service, and a clinic volunteer at Law Help Ontario. Jaray is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin).
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