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President

Ranjan Agarwal

Ranjan K. Agarwal is a partner at Bennett Jones LLP. He practices complex litigation, including commercial, class action, constitutional and employment law. Ranjan has been counsel on fourteen appeals in the Supreme Court of Canada, including Bedford v Canada, Carter v Canada and R v. N.S. Ranjan has published extensively on constitutional and litigation issues in the Supreme Court Law Review, Alberta Law Review, National Journal of Constitutional Law, Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law, the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, the Advocates’ Quarterly and Constitutional Forum.  He is also a contributing editor to Charter and Human Rights Litigation. Ranjan is co-chair of The Advocates’ Society’s Class Actions Practice Group and co-author of Class Actions Law and Practice, 2nd ed. He is also Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights section and a member of the OBA’s Equality Committee and HRTO Practice Advisory Committee. In 2012, Precedent magazine recognized Ranjan as one of its Precedent Setter Award winners for his advocacy and commitment to pro bono and public interest litigation. Ranjan is also a recipient of the Ontario Bar Association Heather McArthur Memorial Young Lawyers’ Award. He can be contacted at agarwalr@bennettjones.com

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Vice President

Arun Krishnamurti

Arun Krishnamurti is an associate in the Business Law section at the Toronto office of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. He has a broad corporate/commercial practice with an emphasis on technology, including mergers and acquisitions, outsourcings, and software licensing.  Arun also has been involved in the firm’s Start-Up & Entrepreneurial Services initiative, working with start-ups, early stage companies, and entrepreneurs in a number of areas, including crowdfunding, app development (both mobile and web-based), manufacturing and consumer goods.  Arun has also assisted in advising clients in respect of the legal and regulatory aspects of online gaming in Canada.

Arun currently sits on the executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s Information Technology and E-Commerce Section. He has been a member of SABA for several years and first joined the board in 2013. He received his LL.B from the University of Windsor in 2010 and was heavily involved in student government, working with stakeholders in the Windsor Law community to address issues of minority representation and discrimination. He strongly believes that SABA has a bright future with members of the South Asian community in the GTA, and is always actively exploring ways to better engage members of the organization.

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Treasurer

Radha Khosla

As a member of Dentons Canada LLP’s Corporate Law and Financial Services Law groups, Radha Das focuses her practice on representing clients in a variety of commercial law transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, secured lending, securitizations, other credit facilities, public-private partnerships and general corporate issues.

During law school, Radha worked for a large international captive finance company in the automotive industry. She was an academic representative of the Common Law Student Society, and she coached the Varsity Women’s Fastball team at the University of Ottawa.

Radha joined Dentons in 2014.

Secretary

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.

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Subramanyam Narasimhan has started in his own practice recently in Toronto. Subramanyam was associated with various multinational organizations in India, Middle East and Canada. Subramanyam holds LLM from University of Northumbria (UK), specializing in International Commercial law. Subramanyam has also been called to the bar in India and is fluent in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

Subramanyam has been a part of SABA since 2013. He considers SABA to be an excellent organization for networking with professionals, and a strong voice for the next generation of leaders. In future, Subramanyam hopes to reach out to many young professionals and pave the way for budding South Asian lawyers to grow and proactively contribute to the community.

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Director

Bindu Cudjoe

Bindu Cudjoe is Deputy General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer for the Office of the General Counsel at BMO Financial Group. Bindu is responsible for the overall operations of the Legal, Corporate and Compliance Group (LCCG), reporting to the bank’s General Counsel.

Prior to joining BMO, Bindu was a partner in McMillan LLP’s Financial Services Group. Before that she was an associate at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and prior to that was with the Ontario Securities Commission.

Her personal and professional contributions to the legal industry have garnered her numerous industry recognitions which includes most recently a 2014 Lexpert Rising Star Award for top Canadian legal talent under the age of 40 and the 2014 SABA Legal Excellence Award presented by the South Asian Bar Association.

Bindu is the mother of three young children and actively volunteers in her local community, leads diversity and inclusion initiatives in recruitment and retention at BMO, teaches at Osgoode Hall Law School and is a director of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL). Bindu is also a mentor to many lawyers and law students and a frequent panelist and speaker.

Director

Romesh Hettiarachchi

Romesh Hettiarachchi is a commercial lawyer at DH Professional Corporation in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Having appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, Romesh represents clients in various contractual, directors’ and officers’ liability, oppression and other commercial disputes.

Having completed advanced training in alternative dispute resolution, Romesh has represented entrepreneurs in contract and settlement negotiations. Romesh has also used these skills on a pro bono basis to reduce communal conflict.

A member of the Advocates Society, Romesh serves on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association, a not-for-profit dedicated to promoting the objectives of South Asian members of the legal profession as well as other not for profit groups.

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Director

Hafeez Amarshi

Hafeez Amarshi is a Federal Prosecutor and practices in the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice and periodically at the Court of Appeal. 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. Hafeez also previously worked for the United Nations’ Department of Peacekeeping Operations in Central Asia and the Middle East soon after his call to the bar.

He obtained his J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. In addition, he holds a M.A. in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London.

Hafeez is one of the founders and sits on the Board of Directors 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 is also a committed volunteer with the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN), mentoring youth at risk and high school students interested in legal careers.

In 2012 Hafeez was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizing contributions to Canadian citizenship and public service.

Director

Gita Anand

Gita Anand’s practice is restricted to labour relations, employment law and litigation. Advising and representing management on a wide range of matters, she acts for clients within the private and public sector in both union and non-union workplaces. She has significant experience in advising clients on labour relations and employment law issues in the broadcasting, food and beverage, health and charitable and non-profit corporate sectors. Ms. Anand also acts as an investigator/fact-finder in the public and private sectors, conducting workplace investigations involving employment-related issues.

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Director

Aaron 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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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.

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Director

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).

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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).

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Director

Aman Patel

Aman S. Patel 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. Aman has published articles in the fields of criminal law and civil remedies, and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Governance Transition Task Force and the ADR Institute of Ontario’s Internship Committee.

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 from cross-border complex fraud and commercial crime, to regulatory investigations and administrative discipline, to advocating for those affected by crime. Prior to law, he worked in the engineering field 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. Currently, he formally mentors young and aspiring lawyers and is Vice Chair of the Rights Advocacy Coalition for Equality. He previously chaired the Toronto Board of Trade’s Task Force on the Taxicab and Airport Livery Industry. Aman also volunteers his time with the Toronto Cricket Academy where he helps in the development and mentoring of junior cricketers.

An avid cricketer, Aman also loves to cook and his recipes have appeared in the Toronto Star and Toronto Life magazine.

Aman can be reached at aman@amanpatellaw.com.