conference 2020: Intro to law
Date: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2020
Time: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Through Discord, Zoom, and Youtube
Optional donation to Innocence Canada
First 100 registered attendees will receive FREE swag bags with FREE shipping! Hurry and register now!
Open to all students around the globe interested in law
Notable lawyers, government officials, award-winning leaders, reputable speakers
Cutting-edge workshops and lectures by leading experts
Lunch break and 15-minute breaks between events
Fun activities with exciting PRIZES!
Understand different sectors of law and various career options
Learn reasons beyond the prestige and the paycheque
Be inspired and informed about the pursuit of an exciting place within the law profession
Recognize the power of networking with like-minded peers and professionals in the field
Gain leadership and initiative skills
9:00 - 9:30
9:45 - 10:30
10:45 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:30
12:45 - 1:25
Evolving role of the legal profession
1:40 - 3:05
3:20 - 4:00
4:45 - 5:00
5:15 - 6:15
6:30 - 7:00
Final remarks + prize winners
Alena is an experienced, award-winning lawyer with a strong background in corporate governance and the regulatory, financial services, and government sectors. Prior to joining FSRA, she served as the Deputy Director, Legal Services Branch at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) where she provided legal and strategic advice to senior government officials in multiple ministries on various high profile issues relating to energy sector policy, draft legislation, corporate governance, and transactional matters.
In previous roles in the banking and credit union sectors, she provided legal and strategic advice on matters related to regulatory, risk, compliance, corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and capital markets.
Alena is active in various legal industry and practice groups, sits on a number of voluntary Boards, and is passionate about supporting initiatives that promote diversity, inclusion, and women in leadership positions. She is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and its Mentorship Program, the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (past Chair), and the Women General Counsel Canada.
Dr. Karine Rashkovsky has made a big splash in the world of progressive education by founding and directing Brain Power (brainpower.ca), an award-winning enrichment learning centre that has not only educated (and continues to educate) thousands of select bright and talented students (Canada's future leaders from grades 1 through 12) in the GTA and beyond, but also has sent them around the world to pursue leadership opportunities in ivy league academia, medicine, law, engineering, entrepreneurship, data science, and creative industries, to name a few.
She leads a large team of diverse Ph.D. educators in providing transformative academic programming at Brain Power -- where they teach subjects such as Aerospace Engineering, Public Speaking & Persuasion, Math Olympiad Training, and Mechanics of Writing (note: Brain Power provides professional improv comedy training to all staff to ensure students are both challenged by the unique curriculum and entertained by their expert instructors). Karine has also won many awards; Toronto City MOGUL 2019. CSPN Entrepreneur of the Year 2019, Top Entrepreneur City of Vaughan 2019, Top Business CIty of Vaughan 2018, Passion Into Practice Award York Region 2018.
Rebecca completed her law degree at the University of Ottawa in the common law program. During her time at the University of Ottawa, Rebecca volunteered for a variety of social justice initiatives including LEAF’s "Only Yes Means Yes" program, which taught high school students about the law of consent, and Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) as a volunteer for a research project with the Sexual Assault Network. She was later a member of the Student Advisory Board of PBSC at the University of Ottawa. In the last year of her studies she worked as a caseworker at the University’s Legal Aid Clinic in the Women’s Division, assisting clients who had been the victims of violence with applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
It was during her summer experience at Innocence Canada, where she worked on legal education modules and client cases, that she knew she wanted to pursue a career in criminal law. Rebecca is thrilled to be continuing her legal career and social justice work as a staff lawyer at Innocence Canada by helping those who the criminal justice system has failed.
Matthew Tse is a second-year law student at McGill University. His interests include theories of justice, technology and the law, and social empowerment. He has also written, among other things, on rap music’s relationship with the civil rights movement, gender inequality in the medical field, and gangs in the Prairies.
Prior to his law degree, Tse graduated with a BA in sociology from McGill. Beyond academics, he has played for Hong Kong’s national lacrosse team at the 2018 World Championship, and also founded an e-commerce business during his freshmen year (www.visionsocks.ca).
Kristine Tay is an accomplished graduate, having recently completed her Commerce/Law degree at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Over the years, she has accumulated extensive legal experience spanning across multiple jurisdictions including Australia and Singapore. Well-versed in both civil and criminal procedure, she is currently undertaking her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice to become admitted in Australia. As an ex-competitive national swimmer, Kristine enjoys swimming in her spare time, and working on a startup passion project, ClerkshipReady, which aims to assist law students to land their own clerkship offers in Australia.
Aaron is a member of the Aird & Berlis Capital Markets and Venture Finance Group. He practices corporate law with an emphasis on debt and equity financing and domestic and international M&A. On financing matters, Aaron regularly advises Canadian borrowers, including start-up and FinTech companies, and US or Canadian banks on local and cross-border lending transactions. On M&A transactions, Aaron serves a broad range of the firm’s clients, including, strategic/financial buyers, family offices, and retiring or otherwise divesting sellers. Aaron also works with the corporate regulatory team at Aird & Berlis to provide advice on competition and foreign investment law issues that arise on certain mergers and acquisitions. Aaron’s broad range of client experience allows him to see issues from all sides of a deal and
provide effective solutions to meet the clients’ needs.
Sophie Zhao is currently a summer fellow at Innocence Canada and studies at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law. She previously completed a Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology at McGill University. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys reading literature, watching operas, and backpacking.