CONFÉRENCE NATIONALE SUR LE LEADERSHIP D'EPBC

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COMMANDITAIRES DE LA CONFÉRENCE

Merci aux commanditaires de l’édition 2021 de la Conférence nationale sur le leadership d’EPBC.

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RENCONTREZ NOS COORDONNATEURS(RICES) DE PROGRAMME

Hilary Mutch
(she/her)
University of Victoria

Hilary is looking forward to her role as the Summer and School-Year PBSC UVic Program Coordinator. Hilary was born and raised in Treaty 7 (Calgary, Alberta) and holds a BA in English Literature from McGill University. Prior to joining UVic Law, Hilary spent six years in the non-profit sector, where she became passionate about community engagement and transformative learning. She was inspired to enter the legal profession after her involvement with a pro bono initiative while working at a community organization.

 

In her spare time, Hilary enjoys dog walks, running, and exploring the outdoors. She is eager to work with the many students, lawyers, and community organizations that are involved with PBSC.

Kaymi Yoon-Maxwell
(they/them)
University of Victoria

Kaymi is a Korean/Scottish settler in the joint degree program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders (JD/JID) at the University of Victoria. After completing their undergrad at the University of British Columbia they worked at West Coast LEAF and Pivot Legal Society, where they were inspired to pursue law school. In their first year of law school, Kaymi was a PBSC volunteer at Together Against Poverty Society; they are excited to continue their involvement with PBSC as a 2021/22 School-Year Program Coordinator. This summer, Kaymi is working for the BC First Nations Justice Council and John Howard Society Pacific.

Angela Tenisci
(she/her)
Thompson Rivers University

Angela was born and raised in Kamloops. She completed her Science undergraduate degree from UBC in Vancouver before becoming a police officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. After spending four years with the RCMP on Vancouver Island, Angela and her partner moved back to Kamloops to be closer to family and to pursue a career in law. They are very excited as they are expecting their first child at the end of May. Angela is a very proud Kamloopsian and is excited to facilitate social justice projects with PBSC to give back to her hometown. This is Angela’s second year with PBSC, and she is thrilled to continue being a part of the PBSC family.

Leigh Lester
(she/her)
Thompson Rivers University

Leigh Lester (she/her) is an incoming-2L student at TRU Law and currently resides on the beautiful, unceded Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. Leigh is passionate about access to justice and the intersectional issues surrounding the feminization of poverty. She is driven by, and draws strength from, the support of her family and two kids. Leigh loves to run and identifies with her Aries fire sign.

Lauren Boag
(she/her)
University of British Columbia

Lauryn is originally from Ontario but moved around frequently while growing up. Giving back to her community, no matter where she is living at the time has always been important to her. She has experience working at a non-profit serving people facing housing instability, at an immigration law firm, and has volunteered at a crisis hotline centre. This past year, she has been volunteering through PBSC at the BC Society of Transition Houses to complete research around Canada's national occupancy standards. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and salsa dancing.

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Amy Ko
(she/her)
University of British Columbia

Amy is a current student at UBC Allard in BC. She enjoys video games, drinking copious amounts of tea, and walking her dog!

Elias Jimenez Gonzalez
(he/him)
University of Alberta

Elias just finished his second year of law school at the University of Alberta. During law school, he has been involved at Student Legal Services since his first year and became the PBSC Coordinator for the University of Alberta chapter this year. Elias was inspired to pursue a career in law due to his own family's history of struggling to access the legal system after immigrating to Canada in 2003.

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Emily Phillipos
(she/her)
University of Alberta

Emily grew up in Edmonton before graduating from the University of Alberta with both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Commerce before attending law school. She has volunteered with many organizations across Edmonton including Canadian Blood Services. She also participated in 5 Days for the Homeless, an event where students sleep outside for 5 days to raise awareness for youth homelessness. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, snowboarding in the winter, and water sports in the summer. She is looking forward to the day she can meet her law school classmates in person!

Riley Thackray
(she/her)
University of Calgary

Riley grew up in the Rocky Mountains, where she developed her love for skiing, mountain biking and any other backcountry adventure. Riley was fortunate to spend this pandemic school year living in Golden, BC, which allowed her to continue doing all the activities she loves in what spare time she had. Riley is thrilled to be a part of the PBSC Program Coordinators team. Riley recognizes the vast privilege law students have and profoundly believes in the importance and values of PBSC.

Aviaah Randhawa
(she/her)
University of Calgary

Aviaah is a 3rd-year law student at the University of Calgary. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of British Columbia. Before law school, she helped develop and refine UBC's mental health programming and provided students and faculty with writing and research consultation. As a 1L, she volunteered with Student Legal Assistance, a pro-bono law clinic, and as a 2L she was PBSC Calgary’s full-year Program Coordinator. Aviaah is passionate about access to justice and dedicates her free time to yoga, complimentary dog-sitting, and planning her next road trip.

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Kevin Tabachnick
(he/him)
University of Manitoba

Kevin is a PBSC coordinator at the University of Manitoba. Prior to attending Law School, Kevin worked in the non-profit sector in Winnipeg's city centre with various Youth and Art organizations. Kevin is also a involved in the filmmaking community and continues to work and teach when he gets a chance too.

Ashley Bains
(she/her)
University of Manitoba

Ashley is a 2nd year student at Robson Hall and one of the program coordinators for the Manitoba PBSC Chapter. Ashley is from Prince George, BC and she attended UNBC where she graduated with her BSc in Psychology. She is very excited to be joining PBSC because promoting accessibility to legal services is something she is passionate about and hopes to continue throughout her legal career. In her spare time she loves to travel, check out local breweries, and learn new things (she’s currently learning how to play golf!).

Sonia Lee
(she/her)
University of Saskatchewan

Sonia is currently a law student at the University of Saskatchewan - College of Law and an executive of a student club supporting access to justice initiatives. Prior to law school and now as part-time, she has more than 4 years of experience in organizing and facilitating programs with the non-profit sector.

Born and raised in Ghana, she loves to travel and explore food joints.

McKenzie Parks
(she/her)
University of Saskatchewan

McKenzie is entering her third year of law school at the University of Saskatchewan. She was a volunteer for PBSC in her first year, and a school year Program Coordinator in her second. McKenzie was drawn to PBSC because of her passion for access to justice and her belief that, as people with undeniable privilege and power, law students and lawyers should give back to the community in ways which are accessible to them. In her spare time, McKenzie enjoys spending time outdoors during all four seasons of the year with her dog

Miranda Dell'Anna
(she/her)
Lakehead University

Miranda is an incoming 2L at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. Miranda had the opportunity to volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada in her first year with a project at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario. She looks forward to encouraging and facilitating student placements this year!

Tori Maxwell-Turanski
(she/her)
University of Windsor

Tori Maxwell-Turanski is honoured and overjoyed to be a PBSC Summer/ School-Year Coordinator at the University of Windsor for 2021/ 2022! After graduating from Ryerson University with a degree in English, Tori arrived at Windsor Law in 2019. This fall she will be heading into 3L (time flies!) with big aspirations for the future of PBSC at Windsor Law. Throughout her university career, helping to end homelessness has been a deep passion of Tori's. She has been involved with PBSC’s ID Clinic Project for the last 2 years and holds the experience very close to her heart. She is committed to giving other students as meaningful an experience with PBSC as she has had while building strong relationships with the community. She cannot wait to get started and meet you all!

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Sarafina Guthrie
(she/her)
University of Windsor

Sarafina has recently completed her first year of Law School at UWindsor and looks forward to her second year while being the School-Year Coordinator. She fulfilled her Undergraduate Degree at Wilfrid Laurier University with a Combined Major in Law & Society and Leadership. Following that, she moved on to Sheridan College to gain her Certificate in Project Management. She has since spent time working in the Non-Profit Entrepreneurial field. She enjoys reading the genres of History and non-fiction while figuring out life itself. Access to Justice is a great passion for her that she looks forward to exploring with PBSC.

Andrea Lee
(she/her)
Western University

Andrea is an incoming second-year student at Western Law. Prior to law school, she earned her Bachelor of Science with a Specialization in Genetics from Western University. During her first year of law school, she competed in Tory’s LLP Negotiation Moot, and was an executive member of the Western Intellectual Property Association while working part time for Housing and Ancillary Services at Western. Andrea hopes to diversify the pro bono opportunities available to law students at Western this year, as well as improving her own legal skills.

Tanya Soni
(she/her)
Western University

Tanya Soni will be a 2L at Western Law in September 2021. Prior to law school, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French at Wilfrid Laurier University. Tanya has worked with PBSC during her first year at Western Law as a volunteer for with Elgin-Oxford Legal Clinic and has also worked at Community Legal Services at Western Law as a caseworker where she will continue to work for the upcoming summer. Tanya also enjoys participating in a number of Moots, during her first year she participated in the Siskinds Moot as well as the Client-Consultation Competition. During her free time, Tanya enjoys traveling and practicing yoga, she is currently working on getting her yoga teacher certification!

Kesh Brar
(she/her)
Osgoode Hall Law School

Kesh Brar graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and a minor in Gerontology. She is passionate about improving population-level quality of life using the law. Prior to starting law school, Kesh worked on a number of projects aimed at enhancing policy related to tobacco control, flavoured e-cigarettes, and online food delivery services such as UberEats. Presently, her interests are in intellectual property law, health law, and family law. Kesh volunteered with the Osgoode PBSC Chapters’ Immigration, and Refugee Project, and is excited to continue working with PBSC this summer.

Natasha Romer-Atyeo
(she/her)
Osgoode Hall Law School

Natasha is a current JD student at Osgoode Hall Law School, class of 2023. Before law school, she attended Queen's University, where she obtained a BAH in English Literature and Psychology. Her interests include business law and increasing access to justice. She is a disability advocate and volunteers with seniors and has helped tutor new immigrants in preparation for their citizenship test. Natasha greatly looks forward to helping provide students with an opportunity to participate in experiential learning while also increasing access to justice and building community.

Maryam Aziz
(she/her)
University of Toronto

Maryam’s involvement with PBSC began in her first year at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law as a volunteer for Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women & Children. Maryam’s interest in social justice was fuelled throughout her undergraduate studies. She completed a double major in Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and Ethics, Society & Law at University of Toronto as well. Maryam feels strongly about wielding her privilege of attending law school to increase access to justice for systemically marginalized communities. She spends her free time watching romantic comedies and teaching her dog new tricks.

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Sabah Khokar
(she/her)
University of Toronto

Sabah is the incoming University of Toronto School-Year Coordinator. She began volunteering with PBSC in 2019, participating in the Only Yes Means Yes Project and the 519’s Mock Refugee Hearing Program. As a law student, Sabah also volunteers with Women and the Law, serves as a legal researcher for the International Human Rights Program, and is an Editor for the Indigenous Law Journal. Her interests lie in promoting equity and inclusion, as well as breaking down access to justice barriers in the community

Katrina Grogan-Kalnuk
(she/her)
Ryerson University

Originally from rural Manitoba, Katrina holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Ryerson University. Prior to law school, Katrina worked as an educator across Northwestern Canada, leading physical literacy workshops for at-risk youth in communities such as Masset (Haida Gwaii), Ahousaht, and Lax Kw’alaams. As a member of the inaugural class at Ryerson Law, Katrina founded the Access to Justice Interest Group and became the Editor of Features and Opinions for the Ryerson Law student newspaper, Avant Garde. In her spare time, Katrina loves to cook, read memoirs, and go hiking with her partner and Corgi.

Nivi Srinivasan
(she/her)
Queen's University

Nivi is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor degree at Queen's University. She is extremely excited to begin her role as the PBSC Coordinator at Queen's Law, as she decided to attend law school in order to help others in a meaningful way. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Consumer Behaviour/Marketing and Human Resources. She has a multitude of work experience including various roles in Human Resources, Marketing, Event Management, Project Management - most notably at CPG companies such as Nestle Canada and Coca-Cola Canada.

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Sam DiGiuseppe
(he/him)
Queen's University

Sam is returning to PBSC as the School-Year Coordinator, having served as the Summer & School Year Coordinator last year. He is thrilled to spend his final year of law school continuing the important work PBSC Queen’s does for the Kingston community. Prior to attending Queen’s Law, Sam owned a business as a self-represented musical theatre actor; performing in over 20 professional productions across North America.

Suzie De Luca
(she/her)
University of Ottawa (Common Law)

Suzie (she/her) is a student in the Common Law program at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. She completed her B.A. Double Honours in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Manitoba. She also holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. During her undergraduate studies, she was a member of the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba and attended the 59th Commission on the Status of Women at the UN. Suzie is co-founder of I-TRAN, which assists Tamil refugees displaced by conflict. She is looking forward to working with PBSC.

Sabrina Garieri
(she/her)
University of Ottawa (Common Law)

Sabrina Garieri will be entering her second year in the English Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa. She recently graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in Criminology and Political Science. She has a passion for volunteering with homeless and marginalized populations. On her free time she enjoys going for runs and watching Formula 1. She hopes to one day pursue a career in family law with a focus on alternative dispute resolution methods. In doing so, she would like to carve out time to and provide pro-bono services to low income clients in need.

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Alexandra Gévry
Université d'Ottawa (Droit Civil)

Alexandra Gévry est une étudiante en deuxième année à la section de droit civil de l'Université d'Ottawa. Dans un futur rapproché, elle souhaite occuper un poste au sein du Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales. Dans ses temps libre, Alexandra est une adepte de l'activité physique, notamment la course, le yoga et le soccer. Elle a eu l'occasion de jouer dans une ligue AAA de soccer durant les dernières années. Elle anticipe avec enthousiasme de commencer à travailler dans le monde juridique. Enfin, elle se décrit comme une personne emphatique, dynamique et organisée!

Émilie Houde
(elle)
Université d'Ottawa (Droit Civil)

Émilie est étudiante en droit civil à la Section de droit civil de l'Université d'Ottawa. Passionnée par l'accès à la justice et voulant s'impliquer dans la Faculté, elle a participé à un projet pro bono portant sur le droit du logement dès sa première année. Elle a aussi fait partie de deux clubs étudiants qui faisaient la promotion du droit de la santé et du droit de l'immigration et des réfugiés. De plus, depuis le début de la pandémie à la COVID-19, elle travaille en première ligne à l'urgence d'un hôpital.

Florence Couillard
(elle)
Université Laval

Florence Couillard est une étudiante en droit de l’Université Laval et coordonnatrice d’été et d’année académique pour une deuxième. Elle se décrit comme une personne très impliquée, remplie de détermination qui aime mener de nouveaux défis et entreprendre de nouvelles aventures. La rigueur, l’efficacité et le professionnalisme font partie intégrante de sa démarche en tant qu’individu. À travers son implication au sein de EPBC, Florence est fière de pouvoir mettre sur pied de nouveaux projets et ainsi contribuer à accroitre l’accès à la justice. Selon elle, cette implication est une occasion en or de découvrir et d’enrichir sa formation sur le droit et de satisfaire son désir d’apprendre.

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Catherine Lord
(elle)
Université Laval

Étudiante passionnée et dynamique, elle effectuera à l’autonome sa troisième année au baccalauréat en droit. Elle est honorée d’être partie à l’expérience Pro Bono comme coordonatrice.

Danica Garner
(elle)
Université de Montréal

Après avoir complété son DEC en études de la petite enfance à Montréal, Danica est partie poursuivre ses études universitaires au Nouveau-Brunswick. Ne sachant pas tout à fait ce qui la passionnait, elle a exploré beaucoup d’options, pour finalement compléter deux baccalauréats : un en commerce, et l’autre en philosophie, politique et économie. Elle a ensuite eu la chance de travailler en politique fédérale, où elle a vite ressenti le besoin de mieux comprendre les fondements juridiques de sa société. C’est comme ça qu’elle s’est retrouvée à la Faculté de droit de l’Université de Montréal, où elle a le grand honneur de faire partie de l’équipe Pro Bono.

Ndeye Oumy
(elle)
Université de Montréal

Ndeye Oumy Ba est actuellement étudiante en deuxième année à la faculté de droit de l'Université de Montréal. Les notions de justice et d’équité ayant toujours été ancrées en elle, elle a toujours voulu être avocate afin de protéger et défendre les plus vulnérables en plus de lutter contre les inégalités sociales. C'est une femme engagée dans tout ce qu'elle accompli et elle a à cœur tant sa réussite personnelle que celle de sa communauté. Elle a bien hâte d’entamer ce parcours au sein de Pro Bono et de travailler de concert avec les juristes de demain afin promouvoir l’accès à la justice.

Laurent Côté-De Lagrave
(il)
McGill University

Laurent est un élève en 3e année à la faculté de droit de l'université McGill où il complète son B.C.L./J.D. avec une mineure en sociologie. Il est particulièrement intéressé par les enjeux d'accès à la justice et aspire à lutter contre les discriminations systémiques au sein du système de justice. Laurent valorise grandement les expériences pratiques dans la communauté pour leurs vertus pédagogiques et les services rendus. Finalement, il est heureux et reconnaissant de pouvoir contribuer à la mission de EPBC Canada en facilitant la collaboration entre les élèves et les organismes.

Nour Atallah
(she/her)
McGill University

Nour Atallah is a first-year law student at McGill University. She holds a master’s degree in International Development and Globalization and a B.A. in Art History and Theory. Before law school, she worked in the Anishnabe community of Lac Simon where she held the position of Health Plan and Accreditation coordinator as well as Interim Director of Human Resources. Nour has also worked as a Site Coordinator for the Canadian Red Cross – IRCC operation in Lacolle. After having volunteered with the Carrefour de Ressources en Interculturel through PBSC, she will be coordinating the McGill chapter in the upcoming school year.

Sacha Grgicevic-Lesage
(elle)
Université du Quebec à Montréal

Elle est coordonnatrice de la section UQAM depuis déjà un an. Ayant la justice sociale tatouée sur le coeur, elle a créé, en partenariat avec des organismes, divers projets juridiques dans la dernière année visant entre autres à permettre à des communautés plus vulnérables de connaître leurs droits. Elle est intéressée par le droit criminel et tout particulièrement par le volet des violences conjugales et des agressions sexuelles. Elle est donc clinicienne depuis un an dans une clinique juridique universitaire pour les survivantes d'actes à caractère sexuel. Elle est une personne passionnée qui aime se donner à 100% dans les projets qu'elle entreprend. Pure Montréalaise, vous risquez de la retrouver une bière de micro à la main dans le parc Lafontaine les douces soirées d'été.

Gabriel Alves
(il)
Université du Quebec à Montréal

Gabriel Alves est à sa 4e année de baccalauréat en droit à l'UQÀM et se spécialise en droit des affaires. Activement impliqué dans le milieu, il travaille pour le Forum Économique International des Amériques (FEIA). Le FEIA est une plateforme de réseautage international ainsi que d'échange d'idées et de partage de solutions sur les principaux enjeux mondiaux de l'heure. Le FEIA a également pour mandat de permettre la conclusion d’ententes, de fournir des occasions d’affaires uniques et d’offrir des informations privilégiées de leaders, experts et exécutifs mondiaux. Parallèlement à cela, Gabriel travaille comme attaché politique au sein de l’Assemblée nationale du Québec où il effectue des recherches sur différents projets de loi et dossiers politiques. Par ailleurs, son rôle l’amène aussi à conseiller, représenter et intervenir auprès du député avec qui il travaille.

En plus de ces expériences, Gabriel est impliqué dans le milieu juridique comme Représentant de l'UQÀM à l'Association du Barreau canadien — section étudiante, comme Co-Directeur des Partenariats à Compass Legal Clinic — McGill University et comme Exécutif au Comité de droit des affaires de l'UQÀM.

Chloé Mongeau
(elle)
Université de Sherbrooke

Chloé est une étudiante de l'Université de Sherbrooke, également native de cette ville. Dès le début de son parcours universitaire, elle s’est impliquée au sein d'Étudiant.e.s pro bono du Canada. D’abord en tant qu’étudiante bénévole et ensuite, comme coordonnatrice, elle a toujours eu à cœur la mission de l’accès la justice. Pour Chloé, s’impliquer pour l’organisation nationale qu’est EPBC était tout naturel. Alors qu’elle vient tout juste de terminer son baccalauréat en droit, elle entamera, à l’automne 2021, la maîtrise en pratique du droit criminel et pénal. En somme, Chloé se qualifie comme étant une jeune femme passionnée, engagée et dévouée.

Lucas Chicoine-Ouellet
(il)
Université de Sherbrooke

Étudiant en deuxième année en droit – cheminement général, Lucas a toujours apprécié le monde juridique. Il aimait beaucoup suivre les procès criminels lorsqu’il était plus jeune et c’est en partie ce qu’il l’a poussé à poursuivre des études ce domaine. Or, sans cesse incité à en apprendre davantage, il a développé une nouvelle passion pour le métier de notaire, le juriste de l’entente. Lors de l’année 2020-2021, il a eu l’occasion d’agir en tant qu’étudiant-bénévole EPSC auprès d’une coopérative qui venait en aide aux consommateur.trice.s moins nanti.e.s. Aider les personnes les plus démunies a été très formateur pour Lucas et il sentait le besoin d’aider les étudiants à réaliser les mêmes accomplissements qu’il a fait au cours de cette année 2020-2021. Il s’agit d’une des raisons qui l’a poussé à présenter sa candidature pour le poste de coordonnateur de programme.

Frances Borgmann
(she/her)
University of New Brunswick

Frances Borgmann just finished her first year of law at UNB. She lives in Toronto and is excited to start in-person classes out East this September. As a former PBSC volunteer, she witnessed the positive impact of pro bono student work and looks forward to the co-ordinator position. Playing soccer and attending outdoor concerts are her favourite pastimes.

Amélie Lebel
(elle)
Université de Moncton

Originaire de Sept-Iles au Québec, Amélie commencera sa dernière année au programme Juris Doctor (Common law) à l'Université de Moncton. Elle souhaite par sa rationalité et son sens de l'équipe, rassembler les étudiant(e)s de sa faculté dans le but de les insister à l'importance de l'accès à la justice.

RENCONTREZ NOS SUPERVISEUR(E)S LOCAUX/LOCALES

Gillian Calder
(she/her)
University of Victoria

Gillian Calder is an Associate Professor of Law at UVic. She teaches constitutional law, family law, and advanced seminars in related areas. Her primary research is in performativity and pedagogy. She is also a single parent, a lover of penguins, and makes the world's third best shortbread. She is grateful to work closely with the PBSC team at UVic as on-site supervisor.

Tracy Wachmann
(she/her)
University of British Columbia

As the Public Interest Coordinator and PBSC On-Site Supervisor at UBC’s Allard School of Law for over a decade, I am also a lawyer with almost 20 years of practice experience and a strong connection to the local and national social and environmental justice communities. Having practiced in many legal environments as a litigator as well as a consultant to government ministries, I bring a well-informed perspective to my current role. When not working at the Faculty, I can be found kayaking in Howe Sound or hiking the trails of the coastal mountains.

Kaila Mikkelson
(she/her)
University of British Columbia

Kaila Mikkelsen is the on-site supervisor for Pro Bono Students Canada at the Allard School of Law. She manages PBSC as part of her role as the Assistant Dean, Students at the law school. Kaila enjoys working with PBSC students and seeing the positive impact PBSC has on legal access in British Columbia.

Alexis Kazanowski
(she/her)
Thompson Rivers University

Alexis Kazanowski joined TRU Law as the Assistant Dean in 2016. Prior to moving to Kamloops, Alexis was an in-house lawyer and legal editor with the Law Society of British Columbia. While there, she was responsible for administering the mandatory bar admission course (PLTC), including managing the day-to-day operations, hiring and supervising staff, and conducting legal research to ensure course material was current and accurate. Alexis graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2004 and obtained her law degree from Queen’s University in 2007. She subsequently completed her articles at Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP, a management-focused labour and employment law firm in downtown Toronto. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Alexis returned to British Columbia following her call to the Ontario Bar and was called to the BC Bar in 2008. Prior to joining the Law Society’s PLTC Department in 2011, Alexis practised as an Associate Lawyer with Coutts Pulver LLP (now Coutts Pulver Crawford LLP), concentrating on labour, employment, and human rights law.

Susan Billington
(she/her)
University of Calgary

Susan Billington, QC is an associate professor at the UCalgary Faculty of Law and Executive Director of Student Legal Assistance (SLA). Prof. Billigton teaches and supervises students in the SLA clinical courses in the core JD program and also teaches in the first year Foundations course on ethics and professionalism. 

Robin Hansen
(she/her)
University of Saskatchewan

Robin Hansen teaches international law, torts, conflict of law and trusts at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. Her current research examines legal personhood and power.

Trina McFadyen
(she/her)
University of Manitoba

Trina McFadyen is the new Director of Professional Development for the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law. Trina graduated from the Faculty of Law in 2000 and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 2001. She practiced law at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman in the areas of civil litigation, employment, and labour law. Trina then joined The Great-West Life Assurance Company as Legal Counsel. After over a decade practicing law, Trina stepped away to raise her young children and devote herself to various community organizations. She is excited to be in her new role with the Faculty of Law.

Robin Sutherland
(he/him)
Lakehead University

Robin Sutherland, a Mushkegowuk Innino (Swampy Cree) raised in the Moose Cree First Nation (MCFN) and a proud member of the Fort Albany First Nation (FAFN), obtained his B.A./B.Ed. (English and History) from Lakehead University and went on to become a Secondary School Teacher in his home community (FAFN).  After moving back to Thunder Bay in 2016, he returned to Lakehead in the capacity of Aboriginal Transitions Advisor, assisting the Lakehead University Indigenous community with recruitment, retention, program development, and outreach.  Together, these experiences have helped Robin in his role as the Director of Indigenous Relations for the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law since 2018.  As part of his portfolio at the law school, Robin is one of the On-Site Supervisors for Lakehead’s PBSC Chapter. In addition to spending time on the land, Robin enjoys helping students, especially Indigenous students, realize their potential and achieve their goals.

Hope Buset
Lakehead University

Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Hope Buset received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba, with recognition in Aboriginal Law. After graduation from the University of Manitoba, she articled in Thunder Bay at Buset & Partners LL.P. and received her Ontario Call to Bar in July 2006. After returning to Winnipeg in August of 2006, she received her Manitoba Call to the Bar and joined the law firm of Brodsky & Company, a firm specializing in criminal defence law. In early 2011, Hope joined the Legal Help Centre; a not-for-profit organization located in downtown Winnipeg with a mandate to assist low-income individuals access their legal and social rights. In the fall of 2014, Hope joined the firm of Christianson TDS, a rural general practice law firm in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. In July of 2017, Hope moved back home to Thunder Bay and joined the administrative team at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University in the role of Director of Student Skills and Services. Hope is passionate about working with law students and helping them achieve their goals.

Anna Maria DeCia-Gualtieri
(she/her)
University of Windsor

Anna Maria DeCia-Gualtieri is Director of Career Services at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. She was born and raised in Windsor, and is a graduate of the University of Windsor (Honours B.A. - 1998) and of Windsor Law, Class of 2001. After articling with McTague Law Firm LLP in Windsor, Anna was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002 and joined the Commercial Litigation Department at McTague Law Firm LLP, where she practiced commercial litigation and estate litigation until joining Windsor Law. Anna is a member of the Essex Law Association and is active in the Windsor community, including being a board member of Harmony in Action and of the Notre Dame Catholic School Advisory Council. Anna is also a member of the National Association of Law Placement (NALP) and has led several working groups within NALP.

Kimberley Gagan
(she/her)
Western University

Kimberley is a practicing lawyer and has been for over 20 years. In 2000, she joined the Thunder Bay Crown Attorney’s Office (Ministry of the Attorney General) where she prosecuted criminal and provincial offence charges on behalf of the Ministry of the Attorney General for over 14 years as an Assistant Crown Attorney. Kimberley has substantial courtroom and criminal trial advocacy experience, having appeared regularly in the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice. In October of 2014, Kimberley joined the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. In her role there, Kimberley was tasked with developing, implementing and launching a Student Legal Aid Clinic Program at the fledgling faculty. In August of 2020, Kimberley accepted the newly created role of Director of Clinics and Practical Skills at Western University's Faculty of Law where she is an Assistant Professor and manages the Community Legal Services clinic (the student legal aid service) as well as Western's PBSC chapter.

Tristan Mohamed
(he/him)
University of Toronto

Tristan oversees 12 of PBSC's Chapters across Canada in his role as Program Officer at PBSC National. A lawyer and graduate from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Tristan left his career in private practice with an eye to focus on advocating for access to justice through community-driven change. He believes strongly in the empowerment of students to promote pro bono as a tool for systemic change in the legal sector.

Prior to joining PBSC, Tristan worked for a national charitable organization advancing human rights through training and mentorship initiatives. Tristan is frequently found hiking, on his meditation cushion, or on his third lunch of the day.

Lisa Del Col
(she/her)
Osgoode Hall Law School

Lisa is a graduate of Osgoode (’08), she has had a variety of experiences supporting both law students and Indigenous youth. For several years, she was the Aboriginal Law Program Coordinator at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Prior to re-joining Osgoode as the Manager, Experiential Education & Career Development, she was the Director of Programs of Level. Changing Lives Through Law, playing a central role in Level’s Indigenous Youth Outreach Program. Lisa has always shown a deep-seeded commitment to fostering diverse and equitable spaces for law students and future lawyers.

Michael Molas
(he/him)
Queen's University

Throughout my academic and professional career, I witnessed the barriers many people face as they interact with the legal system. Over my five years as On-Site Supervisor, I have also witnessed the tremendous impact PBSC has on improving access to justice. Working with PBSC is important to me because it allows me to continue working towards creating an inclusive justice system, alongside passionate and dedicated young professionals and community partners.

Karine Laframboise
(she/her)
University of Ottawa (Common Law)

Karine Laframboise is a Professional Development Counsellor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (Common Law Section). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology as well as a Juris Doctor both from the University of Ottawa. Karine advises students and alumni in both official languages on a wide variety of career related topics. She also develops career guides, organizes workshops, career days, community and public lawyering roundtables and other events. Karine is responsible for managing various Internships Courses and Social Justice and Public Interest Fellowships offered to students and is the On-site Supervisor for the University of Ottawa Pro Bono Students Canada chapter. She is committed to providing experiential learning opportunities for students as part of the Career and Professional Development Centre’s mission to support students as they explore their career options. Prior to joining the Career and Professional Development Centre, Karine practiced in the area of Family Law, Civil Litigation and Real Estate. She articled at The Royal where she gained experience in Mental Health Law and Labour and Employment and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2012.

Aminata Bal
(elle)
Université de Montréal

Aminata Bal est diplômée de l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (Sénégal) ainsi que de la Faculté de droit de l’Université de Montréal dont elle a dirigé pendant une dizaine d’années, le Centre de développement professionnel (CDP), une plaque tournante entre le milieu professionnel et les étudiants, en plus de développer de solides liens de collaboration avec tous les milieux de pratique juridiques, mais également les universités québécoises et canadiennes. Elle supervise le Comité Probono de l’UdeM depuis une dizaine d'années, elle est membre du Comité-Conseil sur les relations avec les Premiers Peuples et représente également sa Faculté aux travaux de la Table des répondants à l’équité, à la diversité et à l’inclusion et aux relations avec les Premiers Peuples. Aminata est aussi impliquée en tant que présidente du Conseil d’administration, au sein de l’organisme CARI St-Laurent qui contribue à l’insertion sociale et professionnelle des immigrés. En outre, elle a été de nombreuses années, membre du Comité de mise en candidature et ensuite membre du jury, du prix Femmes de mérite de la Fondation Y des femmes de Montréal qui met en lumière chaque année, des femmes qui ont un impact positif et durable dans leur sphère d’activités. 

Jakub Adamski
(he/him)
McGill University

Jakub is the Faculty Fellow in Legal Ethics at McGill University. He has practiced, taught, and written on corporate and commercial law, especially contract law, which he hopes to understand one day. He also teaches judicial institutions and civil procedure and legal ethics at McGill.

Stéphanie Bernstein
Université du Quebec à Montréal

Me Stéphanie Bernstein Ad E est professeure au Département des sciences juridiques de l’Université du Québec à Montréal depuis 2003. Elle enseigne en droit national, comparé et international du travail, et ses activités de recherche sont surtout centrées sur les enjeux juridiques de la précarisation du travail. Elle a œuvré pendant de nombreuses années et continue à collaborer avec des groupes communautaires qui soutiennent les travailleuses et travailleurs précaires et les personnes (im)migrantes. Elle a aussi été associée du bureau spécialisé en droit social et du travail, Ouellet, Nadon et Associés à Montréal, et a agi à titre d’assesseure au Tribunal des droits de la personne du Québec.

Josée Chartier
(elle)
Université de Sherbrooke

Josée Chartier détient un baccalauréat en droit (LL.B.) et un diplôme de 2e cycle en droit notarial (D.D.N.) de l'Université de Sherbrooke. Elle a pratiqué dans une étude de notaires de la région avant de se joindre à Faculté de droit de l’Université de Sherbrooke en 2010. Elle occupe le poste de coordonnatrice des activités de développement des habiletés du juriste. Ces activités sont réparties tout au long du baccalauréat de manière à renforcer et favoriser le développement des compétences des futurs juristes. Elle est responsable des cours de Recherche documentaire, de Communication juridique ainsi que des activités d’apprentissage expérientiel tel que celles offertes au programme d’activités cliniques. Parallèlement à ces fonctions, elle collabore avec plusieurs comités étudiants, notamment celui de ProBono Students Canada (PSBC) qu’elle a le plaisir et le privilège de superviser.

Martha McClellan
(she/her)
University of New Brunswick

Martha is the Career Services Officer at the University of New Brunswick's Faculty of Law and has been the On-Site Supervisor for the PBSC-UNB Chapter since 2015. She holds a J.D. from UNB Law and a B.A. (Hons) from St. Thomas University. She is a long-standing board member for both Sexual Violence New Brunswick (SVNB) and the Public Legal Education and Information Services of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB). Prior to joining UNB Law, Martha articled with the NB Human Rights Commission and worked as a Policy Analyst for the Government of NB. Martha is a new parent and shares many of the same interests as her toddler: dogs, food, and going down slides.

Gillian Tillard
University of New Brunswick

Gillian Tillard (Interim Career Services Officer – University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Law) Gillian graduated from the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law in 2017. Prior to attending law school, she received a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University. After articling with a small law firm in Fredericton, she was called to the New Brunswick Bar in 2018. In her role as interim Career Services Officer, Gillian advises students and alumni on a variety of career-related topics, organizes events and workshops, and provides other career development opportunities and support to students. In addition to her role in Career Services, she also serves as one of the On-Site Supervisors for UNB Law’s PBSC Chapter.

Renata Uresti
(she/her)
Université d'Ottawa (Droit Civil)

Renata Uresti holds a Bachelor of Laws diploma from the University of Monterrey in Mexico and a master's in European Business Law from the University of Aix-Marseille III in France. She started her career as a corporate lawyer and then transitioned into teaching law for almost 10 years at her alma mater. Since 2013 she holds the honour of supervising PBSC's Civil Law Chapter at the University of Ottawa, parallel to her responsibilities as Manager of the Professional Development Centre at uOttawa's Faculty of Law.

Yves Goguen
(il)
Université de Moncton

Yves est professeur adjoint à la Faculté de droit de l’Université de Moncton.

Leanne Shafir
(she/her)
Ryerson University

Leanne is currently the Director of Student Experience and Engagement at Ryerson's Faculty of Law. She has enjoyed a broad range of roles at Osgoode Hall Law School, U of T Law, Government, Law Firm, and her own law practice. She is excited to re-join the PBSC family and support their inaugural Program Coordinator as they begin to build the Chapter.

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