President

Hafeez S. Amarshi

Hafeez S. Amarshi is a Federal Prosecutor and practices in the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice. Hafeez sits on the students’ committee and is a formal mentor for newly appointed Crown Counsel. Prior to joining the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in 2011 he was in private legal practice in Toronto.

He previously worked for the United Nations’ Department of Peacekeeping Operations in Central Asia soon after his call to the bar.

Hafeez is a member of the of The Advocate’s Society’s Criminal Practice Group Executive and has a Criminal Law Specialist designation from the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Hafeez is one of the founders of Lights for Life International, a Canadian based non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides low-cost and green lighting solutions to rural areas in Sub Saharan Africa and India. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Flemingdon Community Legal Aid Services (FCLS), a Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) clinic that largely serves refugees and new Canadians.

He is a recent recipient of a National Prosecution Award for Top Prosecutors and in 2012 Hafeez was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizing contributions to Canadian citizenship and public service.

 

Vice President

Jennifer Asnani

Jennifer practices within the area of commercial real estate and is currently legal counsel with Choice Properties REIT, a subsidiary of Loblaw Companies Limited. Her current practice involves advising the REIT on both commercial leasing and real property acquisitions.

Jennifer is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business where she obtained an Honors Business Administration degree. She also obtained her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Jennifer is a member of both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Law Society of Alberta.

Treasurer

Aarondeep Bains

Aaron Bains is an associate in the Corporate Finance practice group at Aird & Berlis LLP. Aaron has a broad corporate practice which includes mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financings for start ups and small to medium sized enterprises. Aaron also assists the regulatory practice at Aird & Berlis LLP on radio and telecommunications and competition law matters. Aaron has a diverse academic background having studied political science and international relations at the University of British Columbia and Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Canadian law at Queen’s University and international and European business law at Université Jean-Moulin-Lyon-III. He served on the Queen’s University Senate and various Faculty of Law and campus wide administrative committees.

Aaron is currently a member of the Ontario Bar Association Business Law Section and International Law Section executive committees. He also sits on the board of the Toronto branch of the Canadian International Council, a nearly century old organization dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of international affairs. When Aaron is not working he is volunteering with the executive committee of the Breakfast of Champions in Support of Sick Kids charity to help fundraise for Toronto’s children’s hospital.

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Secretary

Devin Persaud

Devin Persaud is an associate at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He practices in corporate/commercial, competition, and foreign investment law. Devin obtained his law degree from the University of Ottawa where he was first introduced to SABA by winning their Student Recognition Award in 2013. During this time Devin was also a founding member of the University of Ottawa’s Business Law Clinic, and an executive of the Law Student Society.

Prior to law school, Devin received a Bachelor of Business Administration with Distinction, from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and proceeded to work in the consumer packaged goods industry. Devin is an advocate for diversity in the profession, and was part of the OBA working group on advocating for changes to racialized licensees. In addition, he is a founding member of MY ROOTS (Malvern Youth Recognizing Our Opportunities To Succeed).

Director

Bindu Cudjoe

Bindu Cudjoe is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel – T&O Legal and Chief Knowledge Officer of the legal, compliance and security groups at BMO Financial Group (BMO).  She is accountable for managing legal and regulatory risk relating to technology, procurement, outsourcing, intellectual property and enterprise brand, marketing and social media. Additionally, she is responsible for knowledge management, including board and senior management reporting, project management, records and information management, centralized litigation support (e-discovery and legal holds) and internal knowledge-sharing systems.

Bindu was most recently Deputy General Counsel & Chief Operating.  Bindu started at BMO as Senior Counsel in the Canadian Personal & Commercial legal team and then lead the BMO Capital Markets Corporate Banking legal team.   Prior to joining BMO in 2012, she was a partner in McMillan LLP’s Financial Services group and is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall law school at York University.

Bindu is active in her local community as a director and secretary of the Oakville Community Foundation.  She is also active in the legal community as a director of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto, former director of the Federation of Asian Canadian lawyers and is an executive member of Women General Counsel Canada.

Director

Divya Khurana

Divya is a sole practitioner practicing in the area of criminal defence and human rights. She has previous litigation experience in both the civil and criminal context. Her current practice is broad, and includes complex adult trials as well as youth matters. She has experience appearing before various levels of Court as well as administrative tribunals.

Divya obtained her JD from the University of Ottawa. She also studied at Université Jean Moulin Lyon III where she focused on International law. As a law student, Divya was the elected common law Director for the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa. Prior to law school, Divya graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

In her spare time Divya enjoys volunteering in the community and currently sits on the Board for the Breakfast of Champions, a charity organization in support of SickKids Hospital

Director

Kelvin Ramchand

Kelvin Ramchand is Crown Counsel for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC). Along with a trial practice he has appeared in the Ontario Court of Appeal on a number of occasions. Kelvin is actively involved in the PPSC student program assisting with recruitment and mentorship. Kelvin received his law degree from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and was called to the bar in 2015.

Prior to law school, Kelvin received an Honours B.A. in Criminology from York University. Kelvin has extensive experience working with youth and tackling various social justice issues including racial profiling as a Program Coordinator at a non-profit organization.  In his spare time, Kelvin enjoys playing and watching sports (particularly baseball as he is an avid Blue Jays fan), watching movies and travelling.

Director

Khalfan Khalfan

Khalfan Khalfan is an associate at Stikeman Elliott LLP practicing in the Employment & Labour Group. Khalfan practices all aspects of employment and labour law on behalf of employers in Ontario, and advises clients on a variety of issues relating to employment and labour matters, including employment standards, privacy, corporate immigration, human rights, occupational health and safety, and employee terminations.

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Director

Neil Gurmukh

Neil Gurmukh is a Partner in the Taxation Department of the Toronto office of Miller Thomson LLP, a national Canadian law firm. Neil’s practice involves advisory work and planning on the income tax-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, executive compensation and financings. He also frequently act on tax controversy matters, GST/HST and sales tax matters, and tax-related pro bono matters.

Neil has completed the CPA’s In-depth Tax Course, the CBA’s Tax Law for Lawyers Program and the Canadian Securities Course. He graduated with cum laude distinction from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and is called to the bar in both Alberta (in 2008) and Ontario (in 2011).

Director

Sunira Chaudhri

Sunira is a litigator and partner at Levitt LLP. She practices employment law and represents both employer and employees with respect to wrongful terminations, constructive dismissals, partnership disputes and human rights issues. She has represented clients at various levels of court and the Human Rights Tribunal and Human Rights Commission.

Sunira attended Osgoode Hall Law School where she obtained her J.D. She is a weekly radio panelist on Newstalk 1010 and comments on employment issues, news and politics. Sunira also serves on the Board of Directors at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto where she focuses on community outreach and inclusivity initiatives for disability groups.

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Director

Aman Patel

Aman S. Patel is Director of Legal Affairs and Outreach. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University and a Masters of Laws from the New York University School of Law. He graduated first in his class in criminal law from Queen’s University and, upon his call to the Bar, the Law Society of Upper Canada awarded him the Law Society’s Second Prize.

After being called to the Bar, Aman commenced his legal career as a sole practitioner and concentrates on criminal law and related areas, appearing before tribunals and the courts of Ontario. He is experienced in representing individuals and corporations in a broad range of matters such as cross-border complex fraud and commercial crime, regulatory investigations and administrative discipline, as well as advocating for those affected by crime. Prior to law, he worked in the field of engineering and was also involved in the running of a thriving family business in Toronto.

A firm believer that life is best enjoyed in giving, Aman enjoys volunteering his time in a wide variety of endeavours. He is a member of the ADR Institute of Ontario’s Internship Committee, a volunteer lawyer with the Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women, and Vice Chair a director of the Rights Advocacy Coalition for Equality. He also formally mentors young and aspiring lawyers. An avid cricketer, Aman also volunteers his time helping in the development and mentoring of junior cricketers at the Toronto Cricket Academy and the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club.

Aman is a member of the Advocates’ Society, Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers. An avid cook, Aman’s recipes have appeared in the Toronto Star and Toronto Life magazine. He has also published articles in the fields of criminal law and civil remedies.

Aman previously chaired the Toronto Board of Trade’s Task Force on the Taxicab and Airport Livery Industry. He was also a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Governance Transition Task Force.

Aman can be reached at aman@amanpatellaw.com.

Director

Rahat Godil

Rahat Godil is a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. She has a diverse practice that includes complex commercial litigation and arbitrations, class actions and constitutional litigation. She has acted for clients in a number of industries, including telecommunications, banking, natural resources, power, mining, financial services, and manufacturers of food, drugs and consumer products.

Rahat has appeared as counsel at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Rahat also has extensive commercial arbitration experience that includes both international and domestic institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. She has represented clients before sole arbitrators as well three-member tribunals, including tribunals formed under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce and the American Arbitration Association’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution.

Rahat is currently an Executive Committee member and Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society. She is also Co-Chair of The Advocates Society’s Arbitration and Mediation Practice Group. Rahat is committed to pro bono work and has volunteered with Pro Bono Law Ontario’s court projects as well as provided pro bono advice and representation to organizations like the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Dignitas International and The Equality Effect.

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Director

Vibhu Sharma

Vibhu is a recent call to the bar in Ontario involved in social justice and refugee cases. She is also called to the bar in India where she was an associate with a leading law firm, spent a summer as a judicial trainee with a Supreme Court of India judge and worked on various human rights and environment protection issues. Thereafter, she moved to Singapore where she studied international and comparative law (LLM) and public policy (MPP) and worked with the Centre for International Law on international trade and investment law issues.

Vibhu is a Kathak dancer and a yoga teacher.

Director

 Amandeep Dhillon

Amandeep Dhillon specializes in the area of civil and corporate/commercial litigation, including matters of breach of contract, shareholder and partnership disputes and oppression matters, defamation, negligence, construction and real estate litigation and civil and commercial fraud. Prior to joining Kramer Simaan Dhillon LLP, Amandeep was the principal of Dhillon Litigation, a litigation boutique focusing extensively on civil and commercial litigation.

A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Amandeep’s practice leads him to frequently appear before the Superior Court of Justice, the Court of Appeal and various administrative boards and tribunals. In addition, Amandeep has extensive experience in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution and has conducted several successful mediations and arbitrations for his clients. Amandeep is a trusted advisor for his business clients and has developed a reputation among his clients and colleagues as a tough and aggressive litigator that takes a strategic and creative approach to resolving legal disputes.

 

Director

Richa Sandill

Richa Sandill is an Associate Lawyer at MacDonald & Associates, a boutique employment law firm in Toronto specializing in Canadian Employment Law services for both employers and employees.

Richa has a broad ranging employment law practice, with a particular emphasis and expertise in advising clients on human rights, discrimination, and workplace harassment matters. Richa is a passionate advocate for her clients, and has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. She has written or been quoted on human rights topics in publications such as the Canadian HR Reporter, the Huffington Post, the Ontario Bar Association’s JUST Magazine, and the Globe & Mail.

Richa is also an extremely active member of the legal profession. She serves as Secretary for the Women Lawyers Forum, and the Constitutional, Civil Liberties, and Human Rights sections of the Ontario Bar Association. This year marks her fourth consecutive term on each of these committees. Additionally, in August 2017, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association.

 

Director

(Ex Officio)

Ranjan K. Agarwal

Ranjan K. Agarwal maintains a complex litigation practice, with a specific focus on class action, commercial, constitutional and employment disputes.
Ranjan has appeared as lead or co-counsel in 13 cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also briefed and argued numerous cases in Federal Court, Ontario and across Canada, and provides strategic advice to companies, funds and organizations at all stages of complex litigation.

In its national rankings, Benchmark Litigation recognized Ranjan as a future star in commercial litigation, noting that he has “probably been involved in more interventions in the Supreme Court of Canada than anyone of his vintage.” Among other recognitions, Lexpert magazine named him a Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40 and Precedent magazine recognized him as Precedent Setter for his advocacy and pro bono work.

Ranjan is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, and co-author of Class Actions Law and Practice. He has published numerous articles on a wide variety of litigation issues in the Supreme Court Law Review, National Journal of Constitutional Law, Alberta Law Review, Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law and the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Ranjan is the past President of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto. He is also Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights section. In 2015, the OBA awarded Ranjan its Heather McArthur Memorial Young Lawyers Award.

 

Director of Communications

(Ex Officio)

Jasmine K. Singh

Jasmine holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business and Society from York University and a Juris Doctor from Bond University. After being called to the bar, she commenced her legal career as corporate counsel for George Weston Limited, one of Canada’s largest publicly traded corporations. Jasmine has experience in a broad range of practice areas from securities, to labour and employment, litigation and corporate governance.

Jasmine is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the profession, and served as co-chair of George Weston’s Diversity and Inclusions Committee. Prior to her legal career Jasmine was involved in managing a thriving family business based in Toronto.