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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.

Jasmine Singh

Vice President

Jasmine is  Counsel at 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 has been a SABA member and volunteer for many years. Prior to being appointed to her current position as Vice President, she has held the role or Director of Communication and Treasurer.  Jasmine has a passion for advocacy and community involvement and volunteers with other organizations and Boards. Jasmine is an advocate for advancement of equity, justice and opportunity for women and racialized lawyers in the Canadian legal community.

Devin Persaud

Treasurer

Devin Persaud is a Senior Associate at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Toronto office, the largest corporate law firm in Canada. Devin provides advice to clients on all aspects of Canadian competition, antitrust, foreign investment, marketing, and corporate compliance law. Devin also advises clients on all potentially anti-competitive and consumer protection business practices as well as in running internal investigations and implementing corporate compliance programs.

Devin is a passionate advocate for diversity-related initiatives in the Canadian Bar.  He is a leading member of the SABA-Toronto network and for his efforts was recently one of the youngest recipients of the 2019 Lexpert Zenith Award – celebrating Change Agents in Law. In 2020 Devin was also a recipient of the FACL Young Lawyer of the Year Award. 

Annie Tayyab

Secretary

Annie is a litigator at Orr Taylor 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.

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 Krishna

Director

Melissa is Associate General Counsel at BentallGreenOak (Canada) Limited Partnership. and is responsible for supporting the legal needs of this global company, from negotiating commercial contracts to overseeing real estate transactions to addressing the employment needs of the company’s nearly 1,500 employees. Before BentallGreenOak, she was Senior Legal Counsel at Gordon Food Service where she headed and managed the legal needs of the company’s Canadian operations. 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).  

Ravi Jain

Director

Ravi Jain, B.A. (Hons.), LL.B., LL.M., C.S. is the National Chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Immigration Law Section. He is also a Managing Senior Lawyer at Green and Spiegel LLP in Toronto operating under his own professional corporation. Called to the bar in both Canada and the United States, Ravi has over 19 years of practice experience. He is among a small percentage who are certified by the Law Society of Ontario as Specialists in Immigration Law. Ravi has been invited to address committees in both the Canadian Senate and Canada’s House of Commons as a subject matter expert in immigration law. He was presented with the Diamond Jubilee Medal by command of Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his significant contributions to Canada. He has also been selected for as a leading immigration lawyer by Who’s Who Legal, The Canadian Lexpert Directory, Chambers and Partners and Best Lawyers in Canada.

Ravi graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A. (Hons.) and obtained his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and his LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School. He is an author of the book Canada-U.S. Work Permits: Issues for Human Resources Professionals (2004 Thomson Carswell) and has written numerous published articles as well and is a frequent speaker at conferences and is regularly sought out for his expert commentary by the national and international media.

Ravi practices all aspects of Canadian immigration law from processing permanent immigration and temporary work permit applications to appeal work at the Immigration and Refugee Board and at the Federal Court of Canada. He works extensively with corporate clients in securing temporary work permits and visas to Canada and the United States.

His full biography is here: https://www.gands.com/team/bio/ravi-jain.

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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.

Sarah Malik

Director

 

 

Sarah Malik is an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General. She prosecutes a variety of offences under the Criminal Code of Canada. Prior to that, she was a criminal defence lawyer with Hicks Adams LLP where she successfully represented clients facing a variety of offences in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. Sarah obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law and her Honours Bachelors of Arts from York University. She has a passion for social justice and is an advocate for diversity, equity, and opportunity in the profession and society at large.

Amrita Tamber

Director

Amrita Tamber is a Contracts Associate at Capital One Bank where she is responsible for drafting and negotiating complex third party supplier contracts for the Canadian and US Credit card operations.  She is also responsible for determining risk and advising on privacy, compliance and insurance issues. 

Amrita received her Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University in Political Science before attending Bond University where she completed her J.D.

Amrita was previously Director of Communications for Young Women in Law and advocates for equality and diversity in the legal profession and society at large. She is also a mentor for the NCA Network where she provides support and guidance to internationally trained lawyers.

Outside of work, Amrita enjoys various activities such as biking, hiking, kickboxing and weightlifting. She also enjoys trying new restaurants. 

Maneesha Gupta

Director

Maneesha is an Intellectual Property and Technology lawyer working at a multinational Canadian bank. She is also the Founder of Mindful Lawyer Canada, a mindfulness, yoga and meditation community in Canada exclusively for today’s legal professionals. The group was founded to tackle psychological distress, anxiety and depression across all areas of the legal fraternity. Aside from law, Maneesha is a speaker and has given lectures at universities and colleges across Ontario, and presented in panel events at the Law Society of Ontario and Toronto Region Board of Trade. 

Maneesha graduated from the University of Toronto – Victoria University and holds a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. Her practice focuses on brand protection and enforcement, which includes all aspects of patents, trademarks and copyrights; licensing innovations & privacy; and AI risk management. She is the Vice-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Law Practice Management section, an organization serving 16,000 lawyers, judges and members. Maneesha is an active board member within the legal profession. She regularly advocates for the advancement of women, inclusion and access to justice. Maneesha also judges several national advocacy competitions across Canada. She is also a past marathon runner, competitive dragon-boat racer and professional dance performer. Maneesha speaks on the following topics: artificial intelligence, women empowerment & leadership, diversity & inclusion and finding your life’s purpose.

 

Anisha Bhardwaj

Director

Anisha Bhardwaj is an associate at Kramer Simaan Dhillon LLP, where she acts on a variety of civil and commercial litigation matters, including matters of breach of contract, construction litigation, and commercial tenancy disputes. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto and her Juris Doctor from Windsor Law.

In her spare time, Anisha is involved with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. She also loves trying out new restaurants and hiking.

Student Liaisons

Rono Khan

Rono Khan graduated from Queen’s Law in 2020 and is completing his articles in Toronto. He enjoys listening to hip-hop and British grime music, watching the Raptors rebuild, and daydreaming about future travel destinations once we have all received the coronavirus vaccine.

Mathurhaen Siri

Mathurhaen Siri is a 3rd year JD/MBA student at Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business. Mathurhaen has co-chaired Osgoode’s SALSA chapter and seeks to promote SABA’s student resources across campus.

Shalini Ayalasomayajula

Shalini Ayalasomayajula is a foreign trained lawyer from India. She completed her Canadian law qualification exams (NCA) and gained experience as a law clerk in Canada. Currently she is enrolled as a student at law with Canadian Centre for  Professional Legal Education (CPLED- 2021). In her leisure time, she enjoys playing Hindustani Classical Guitar, Hiking, Practicing Yoga and reading books. 

Laksmiina Balasubramaniam 

Laksmiina Balasubramaniam is a second-year student in the JD/MPP program at the University of Toronto. She is interested in health law and privacy law.

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