Board of Directors

Aarondeep Bains

President

Aaron Bains is an associate in the Capital Markets 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 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.

Aaron initially began working with SABA Toronto several years as a volunteer, eventually becoming appointed to the Board and finally appointed as the Treasurer, Vice President and now President. Aaron also serves on several legal and non-legal boards and executive committees in Ontario.  He is a past executive committee member of the OBA Business Law Section and International Law Sections. He is an involved with the management of The St. Georges Society of Toronto Charity and the Breakfast of Champions for SickKids Charity. Finally, Aaron is the Vice President of the Canadian International Council Toronto Branch, a global affairs organisation and a regional advisory to the World Sikh Organisation.

When Aaron is not working he is found nowhere, as he is never not working. He kids, when Aaron is not working he is found enjoying the Ontario countryside.

Divya Khurana

Vice President

Divya is an associate lawyer at Shirtliff Hinds Law, where she practices in the area of criminal defence and is a standing crown agent for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. Divya has a unique practice, working in both criminal defence and federal prosecutions, and has experience handling a broad range of criminal matters in both the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice. Divya also has experience working in civil litigation on Bay Street where she handled human rights, and civil litigation matters. Divya received her honours Bachelor of Arts in psychology from York University before attending the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law where she completed her J.D. 

Divya has been a SABA member and volunteer for years, prior to becoming a member of the Board of Directors, where she first held the position of Secretary before being elected as Vice-President. Divya is also the founder of SABA Toronto’s women’s committee. Divya has a passion for advocacy and community involvement and volunteers with numerous other organizations and Boards. 

Jasmine Singh

Treasurer
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Jasmine is Legal Counsel for BMO Financial Group. She is a derivatives lawyer based in Toronto. Jasmine has experience with a broad range of capital markets transactions, with a particular focus on OTC derivatives, repos, and securities lending transactions and advising on collateral, set-off, netting and derivatives enforceability.

Jasmine holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts 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. 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 advancement of equity, justice and opportunity for women and racialized lawyers in the Canadian legal community.

Sarah Malik

Secretary

Sarah Malik is a criminal defence lawyer with Hicks Adams LLP. Sarah maintains a practice in the Greater Toronto Area and has successfully represented clients facing a variety of offences in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. Sarah has also brought constitutional challenges to criminal legislation and has a passion for social justice. Sarah obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law and her Honours Bachelors of Arts from York University. She is an advocate for diversity, equity, and opportunity in the profession and society at large.

Monty Dhaliwal

Director

Monty is a litigator and associate at Pallett Valo LLP, where he is a member of their Commercial Litigation Practice, Estate Litigation Group, Employment & Labour Practice and Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring Practice. He attended law school in the United Kingdom at the University of Buckingham, after which he gained inside knowledge of the NCA process upon his return to Ontario.

Outside of the law, wherever that is, Monty spends his time playing hockey and golf. He also serves as a member of the Young Advocates’ Standing Committee at The Advocates’ Society.

Amandeep Dhillon

Director

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.

Ashok Menen

Director

Ashok Menen is an Investigation Counsel in the Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). Ashok is both a lawyer and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). Ashok serves a dual role at the OSC, advising on enforcement matters with an interjurisdictional component and as legal counsel to the Office of the Whistleblower. He also represents the OSC at the International Organization of Securities Commissions, on committees dealing with enforcement and the exchange of information and in screening applications for jurisdictions seeking to accede to various multilateral agreements.

Prior to joining the OSC, Ashok worked as a forensic accountant at a Big Four accounting firm and at a global forensic accounting boutique.

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Melissa Krish

Director

Melissa is Senior Legal Counsel at Gordon Food Service Canada Ltd. and is responsible for overseeing the legal needs of the Canadian operations coast to coast, from negotiating customer contracts to real estate transactions related to the company’s steady growth to addressing the employment needs of the company’s over 5,000 employees. Before Gordon, she was Deputy General Counsel at Frontera Energy Corp. where she led complex transactions and oversaw the company’s corporate governance and compliance, and collaborated with its board of directors, senior management and business units to further strategic objectives. Prior to her time in-house, she was an associate at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys volunteering her time and was part of the executive team that organized the largest South Asian arts & entertainment festival outside South Asia, called Masala!Mehndi! Masti! She currently sits on the board of the Overlea Garneau Alumni Association and Girls’ E-Mentorship (GEM).  

Annie Tayyab

Director

Annie is a litigator at Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP, a commercial and competition litigation boutique. She has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and other courts and tribunals in Ontario. She specializes in complex high-stakes litigation, including multi-jurisdictional class actions, contractual disputes, competition law, shareholder disputes, and regulatory proceedings. She received her undergraduate degree from McGill University and her law and masters degrees from the University of Toronto.

In her spare time, Annie volunteers with Pro Bono Ontario and is an active participant in several mentorship programs. She also loves trying out new restaurants.

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Janani Shanmuganathan

Director

 

 

Janani Shanmuganathan is a partner at Goddard Nasseri LLP, a litigation boutique that specializes in criminal, civil and professional regulation. She has been counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada and argued more than 30 times at the Ontario Court of Appeal. In addition to criminal trials and appeals, Janani also does regulatory work, defending professionals subject to investigations and disciplinary proceedings.

Outside of the courtroom, Janani has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School and in the undergraduate Criminology program at the University of Toronto. She is a mentor with the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the South Asian Women in Law mentorship program. She is also a member of the Probono Inmate Appeal Program at the Ontario Court of Appeal and volunteer duty counsel with the Law Society of Ontario.

 

Richa Sandill

Director

Richa Sandill is an employment & human rights lawyer and litigator. 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 Vice Chair for the Ontario Bar Association (OBA)’s Women Lawyers Forum, Director of Research & Policy for the Canadian Intern Association, and as a member of the OBA Equality Committee. She previously sat on the OBA’s cross-section Dialogue on Licensing Committee to provide input to the Law Society of Ontario on the experience of NCA candidates in the lawyer licensing process. This year marks her fifth consecutive term with the Ontario Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Forum. Additionally, in August 2017, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association. She has proudly served on its Women’s Committee, Advocacy Committee, Social Media & Website Committee, and SABA’s Gala Committee since her election to the Board.

Ron Choudhury

Director

Ron Choudhury has a multi-dimensional tax practice. He is among a handful of tax practitioners whose expertise includes both income tax and sales tax. Ron’s income tax practice focuses primarily on corporate tax, tax planning for high net-worth individuals, and executive compensation issues, while his sales tax practice is geared towards the real estate industry, charities and not-for-profits, and non-residents. Ron is the national Lead for the Sales Tax Specialty Group at Miller Thomson.

Ron advises on corporate tax matters including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, securitizations, and general corporate reorganizations. He has particular expertise in international inbound and outbound transactions, including treaty issues, the non-resident trust rules, and lending transactions.

Ron’s GST/HST practice includes advice regarding the real estate industry, not-for-profits and charities, exportation, importation and place of supply, GST/HST aspects of corporate transactions, the direct-selling industry, and compliance issues faced by non-residents doing business in Canada.

A founding member and past President of the South Asian Bar Association, Ron is active in the general Indo-Canadian community as well as the South Asian legal community. He received the 2016 Cornerstone Award from the South Asian Bar Association—North America, won a scholarship from the International Bar Association, and was a Member of the Year of the Indo- Canada Chamber of Commerce (awarded to the Young Professionals’ Committee chaired by him).

Ajith Thiyagalingam

Director

Ajith Thiyagalingam is Legal Counsel at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Ajith has experience in immigration, administrative, national security, employment, compliance and regulatory, privacy, and human rights and international law.

Ajith obtained his Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he was Co-President of the South Asian Law Students’ Association, Mentorship Director of the Tamil Law Students’ Association, Co-Chair of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, and a research assistant. Further, he was involved with the Dentons LLP Tax Advocacy Project, Parkdale Community Legal Services clinical intensive program, and Community & Legal Aid Services Program.

Ajith completed the Fintech Programme with First Class Standing from the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, Negotiations from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, and Business Strategy and Financial Performance from INSEAD Business School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from York University.

Ajith is an advocate for diversity, inclusion, access to justice, and equality both within the legal profession and in the society at large. Ajith is an avid cinema and theatre enthusiast, enjoys engaging in mentorship activities, practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation, and spending time with his family.

Sona Advani

Director

Sona Advani is the Acting Legal Director at the Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities Office with the Ministry of the Attorney General. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Downtown Toronto office for 15 years, and has prosecuted a variety of offences under the Criminal Code of Canada.

She has been significantly involved with the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto (SABA) and its important initiatives for many years.

In her spare time, Sona teaches at different advocacy programmes, volunteers with the Canadian Cancer Society and mentors junior lawyers.

Sunira Chaudhri

Director

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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