Proud to feature leading minds in the Asian-Canadian legal community.
The Honorable Russell G. Juriansz
The Honorable Russell G. Juriansz is a justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Justice Juriansz made history as the first racialized judge to be appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2004, and as the first person of South Asian origin to be appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in 1998. He also served as president of the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association from 2002 until his elevation to the Court of Appeal.
Justice Juriansz was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1974 after earning an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.
Prior to his appointment in 1998, Justice Juriansz was a lawyer for 24 years, both in government and private practice. He practised in administrative, constitutional and employment law, concentrating on human rights, labour relations, pay equity, pension and benefits and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. From 1978 to 1987, he was at the Canadian Human Rights Commission as General Counsel and Director of Legal Services for most of that time. He then went on to become a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP before establishing his own practice.
He has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada on some of the country’s seminal human rights cases, including discrimination (Bhinder v. CNR and O’Malley v. Simpsons-Sears), sexual harassment (Robichaud v. Canada [Treasury Board]), and pay equity (SEPQA v. Canada [Human Rights Commission]). Another notable case was Gauthier v. Canadian Armed Forces, which opened combat trades to women.
Justice Juriansz’ passion for human rights extended beyond his career in private practice, as he was a frequent writer, editor and speaker on issues of equality and discrimination. He also taught human rights law and constitutional law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.
Keynote Speaker: Julia Shin Doi
Julia Shin Doi is General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors of Ryerson University.
As an Executive Group member, she provides legal and governance advice and has operational responsibility for access to information, privacy, and records management. Julia advises Ryerson’s Law Practice Program and is an ambassador for Ryerson’s Law School initiative. Julia is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School since 2001, teaching legal drafting. Julia is the co-author of the leading Canadian text on drafting boilerplate contract clauses, Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements.
An active member of her community and the legal profession, Julia is past chair and member of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Ontario Chapter (Ontario Bar Association) which represents thousands of corporate counsel nationally. She is past president of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers and a founding member of the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association. She co-founded the Roundtable of Diversity Associations which brings together diverse professional associations and founded the Women’s General Counsel chapter of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario to support senior women in law.
In 2014, Julia was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), in recognition of her vision and leadership, management role, contribution to corporate performance, and community service. In 2015, Julia was awarded the Ontario Bar Association’s Linda Adlam Manning Award for Volunteerism in recognition of her outstanding volunteer commitment, advancement of the interests of the Ontario Bar Association’s membership, and promotion of the role of the legal profession in Ontario. In 2016, the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association awarded Julia their highest national honour, the R.V.A. Jones Award, as her career exemplifies the highest standards of service, conduct, and professionalism. In 2017, Julia received the Award of Excellence from the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and Osgoode Hall Law School Dean’s Alumni Gold Key Award for achievement in the public sector. Julia was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential 2017 in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.
Julia obtained her BA with distinction (English major) from the University of Toronto, her JD and LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School, was admitted to the Bar in Ontario in 1994, and is a registered trademark agent.
Special Guest Speaker:
Jagmeet Singh was born in Scarborough, Ontario, spent part of his childhood living in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador and grew up in Windsor, Ontario. Jagmeet holds a B.Sc. in biology from the University of Western Ontario and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was first elected as Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding Bramalea-Gore-Malton in 2011, re-elected in 2014 and served as both the Deputy House Leader and later Deputy Leader of the Ontario NDP from 2015-17.
As an activist lawyer, Jagmeet offered pro-bono work for community organizations fighting for social justice issues like anti-poverty campaigns and immigrant and refugee rights. He also conducted numerous free educational seminars entitled ‘know your rights’ for university students across the province.
As a Provincial Member of Parliament, Jagmeet was a leader in the fight to tackle economic and systemic injustices like preventing exploitation by auto insurance companies, ensuring stronger protections for workers employed by temporary job agencies and pushing the Ontario government to end the practice of arbitrary street checks, or ‘carding’ by police.
As Leader of Canada’s NDP, Jagmeet is attacking some of the most challenging issues of our time - inequality, electoral reform, Indigenous reconciliation and climate change - to build a Canada where no one is left behind.
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Your ticket entitles you to breakfast, lunch, full access to all panels, the opportunity to network with leaders of the Asian-Canadian legal community, an invitation to our after-conference social, and more!
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Introductions + Keynote Speaker Address
9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.
Recruitment Panel/ Future of Law Panel
11:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Guest Speaker
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Corporate Transactions Panel/ Litigation Panel
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Diversity Panel/ Government & Public Interest Panel
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m – 5:00 p.m.
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