Speakers and Planning Committees

OBA'S Institute series speakers list

Institute Committee
Name Position
Antoine Collins, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada Chair 
Carissa Tanzola, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP Chair 
Level Up:  Elevate Your Career
Name session title stream
August 18, 2022 - 9:05 am

Allison Graham, Speaker, Author, Executive Consultant, Pragmatic Optimist

Opening Address - Burned Out? Don’t Quit. Do This Instead Early, Mid, Late Career
10:00 am

Anna Alizadeh, WeirFoulds LLP
Justine Johnston, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Richa Sandill, Don Valley Community Legal Services

Tips for Building the Legal Career You Envision Early Career Stream

Matthew Wylie, Strategic Policy Counsel, Policy Division, Law Society of Ontario

Law Society of Ontario Consultation on Succession Planning Late Career Stream
11:00 am

Sunira Chaudhri, Workly Law
Manashee Gupta, Legal Counsel, Wealth, TD Bank Group
Tahir Khorasanee, Loopstra Nixon LLP
Mujir A. Muneeruddin, Abrahams LLP

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone Early Career Stream

Rahul K. Bhardwaj, LL.B, ICD.D, President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Corporate Directors
Katie Black, Black & Associates
Ray Leclair, Vice President, Public Affairs, LawPRO
William Luke, Member, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

Honing Your Leadership Skills by Serving on a Board Mid, Late Career Streams
12:00 pm

Jonathan A. Hacohen, Kormans LLP
Marla Warner, RCC™ , Speaker, Consultant & Coach, For Health Workplace and Personal Solutions

Keynote Address: Digital Detox: How to Reduce Overload Early, Mid, Late Career
1:00 pm

Paula Price, Executive Coach & Founder, Uplevel Lawyer Coaching

 Finding the Right Start for You Early Career Stream

Sabrina Bandali, Bennet Jones LLP
Katy Commisso, Buset LLP
Beth Mountford, Recruitment Consultant, Smith Legal Search

Reinvigorating Your Legal Career Trajectory Mid-Career Stream

Judith L. Huddart, ‘Unretired’ Lawyer
Ray Leclair, Vice President, Public Affairs, LawPRO

Practical Planning Considerations for Transitioning Out of a Legal Practice Late Career Stream
1:45 pm

The Honourable Emile R. Kruzick, Amicus Chambers, Mediator/Arbitrator, (Formerly on Superior Court of Justice)
Gregory Ko, Kastner Lam LLP
Noeline Paul, Condominium Authority Tribunal

Aspirations of being a Partner, a Judge, or an Adjudicator? Early, Mid Career Streams
3:00 pm

Afsana Gibson-Chowdhury, Q. Med., Gibson Chowdhury Clear Collaborative Mediation
Jennifer L. Egsgard, Lawyer & Mediator - Egsgard Mediation

Neutral Diversity Plenary Early, Mid, Late Career Streams
August 19, 2022 - 9:05 am

Dean Jula Hughes, PhD., Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University
Dean Donna Young, Lincoln Alexander School of Law, Toronto Metropolitan University

Opening Address - Preparing Today’s Lawyer for Tomorrow Early, Mid, Late Career Streams
9:45 am

North East: Susan T. McGrath, Barrister & Solicitor
North West: Garth O’Neill, O’Neill Associates
South West: Sebastian H. Schmoranz, McGregor, Sims, Schmoranz P.C.

Spotlight on Practice Outside Toronto/the GTA and Parliament Hill Early, Mid, Late Career Streams
11:00 am

East: Michele Allinotte, Journey Law Professional Corporation
Central West: W. Joanne Horton, Horton & Horton
Central South: J. Ross McFarlane, Flett Beccario
Central East: Jason Schmidt, Schmidt Law Legal Services

Spotlight on Practice Outside Toronto/the GTA and Parliament Hill Early, Mid, Late Career Streams
12:15 pm

Fabien Fourmanoit, Vice President, Legal, Xplornet Communications Inc.
Anthony Gordon, CEO, FiduSure Financial Inc.
Paula Vital, Mindfulness Coach and Yoga Therapist, Live the Present

Closing Address - Finding Happiness and Fulfillment in One’s Career Early, Mid, Late Career Streams