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Board of Directors

Devin Persaud

President

Devin Persaud is a Senior Associate at Goodmans LLP, a premier Toronto-based full service law firm. 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. 

In his spare time Devin enjoys binging Netflix shows, trying and rating new Pizza places around the city and watching/emulating his favourite Bollywood stars.

Annie Tayyab

Vice President

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

Secretary

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.

Mohena Singh

Treasurer

Mohena Singh is Crown Counsel for the Ontario Ministry of Finance, where she has a broad practice that includes tax litigation, prosecutions and the statutory interpretation of tax legislation. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business before attending Osgoode Hall Law School where she completed her JD. Mohena is passionate about advocating for equity and inclusion within the legal field and is currently a member of her branch’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Mohena is also a certified yoga instructor and in her spare time, enjoys practising and teaching yoga to her family and friends.

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.

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.

 

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 Principal Associate at Capital One Bank where she is responsible for drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements for the Canadian and US Credit card business.  She is also responsible for managing legal, financial and regulatory risk. 

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 fitness, hiking, travelling and trying new restaurants.

Maneesha Gupta

Director

Maneesha Gupta is a Bay-Street trained Intellectual Property and Technology lawyer in Toronto. She is a graduate of University of Toronto – St. George and earned her Juris Doctor degree at Osgoode Hall Law School. Her practice focuses on financial technology, brand protection and enforcement, which includes all aspects of patents, trademarks and copyrights; commercializing innovations, and regulatory considerations related to artificial intelligence and emerging technologies.

Maneesha is an active member of the legal profession and regularly advocates for the advancement of women, diversity and inclusion and access to justice. Before joining FACL as Mentorship Chair, Maneesha founded a local chapter of the United Nations Development Program, a grassroots economic development organization. She has represented the City of Toronto as the official hostess of the International Indian Film Awards. Maneesha judges various national advocacy competitions and has guest lectured at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Ted Rogers School of Management. Maneesha is a frequent speaker and writer on technology and intellectual property law.

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.

Davin Garg

Director

Davin Michael Garg is Crown Counsel with Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General at the Crown Law Office — Criminal, where he conducts criminal trials and appeals at all levels of court. His specialties include white-collar and corruption cases, impaired driving prosecutions, and Charter litigation under sections 9 and 10. He practices in English and French. He is also a coordinator of the office’s education and student programs, which includes developing inclusion and anti-racism training.

Davin originally hails from Vancouver, where he completed his undergraduate degree in business at Simon Fraser University and his law degree at the University of British Columbia. He and his wife love spending time with their small son and their smaller chihuahua.

Komil Joshi

Director

Komil Joshi is an associate at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, where she is also the founder and co-chair of Osler’s South Asian Network. Her practice focuses on a wide range of privacy, data management and cybersecurity matters, including responding to data breaches, assisting with investigations by privacy regulatory authorities, advising on privacy risks in mergers and acquisitions, and drafting privacy notices, policies, practices and procedures. She also provides anti-spam, digital marketing, consumer protection, and marketing and advertising advice.

Komil obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo. 

In her spare time, Komil loves to work out, dance, and go hiking.

Arun Krishnamurti

Director

Arun Krishnamurti is an experienced technology lawyer with a track record of practical, business-oriented legal advice. After having worked at a leading law firm, and now in-house at Google Canada, Arun’s well versed in analyzing and responding to complex (and frequently cross-border) legal issues, including product launches, cloud services and other outsourcing agreements, consumer protection and many other commercial and regulatory topics. In addition to SABA, Arun currently sits on the board of Can Tech, and remains actively involved in his communities, taking active roles in mentoring, as well as supporting diversity and equity seeking groups. 

Arun has been named to Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40.

Amrita Mann

Director

Amrita Mann is a partner in the Dispute Resolution Group and exclusively practices commercial and civil litigation. She has broad-ranging experience in commercial litigation including breach of contract, shareholder and partnership disputes, oppression remedy litigation, professional negligence, construction liens, real estate litigation, and employment matters.

Amrita graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law with magna cum laude honours and was also the recipient of the Martin Mason Memorial Prize in Constitutional Law. Amrita’ practice leads her to frequently appear before the Superior Court of Justice, the Court of Appeal and various administrative boards and tribunals. Amrita is a trusted advisor for her business clients and has developed a reputation among her clients and colleagues as a tough and aggressive litigator who takes a strategic and creative approach to resolving legal disputes.

In her spare time, Amrita is passionate about travel and fitness, especially kickboxing.

Aarondeep Bains

Ex Officio - Past 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.

Student Liaisons

Jaskaran Grewal

Jaskaran Grewal is a third-year student at Western Law and Co-Chair of the South Asian Law Students’ Association at Western. In his spare time, Jaskaran loves to read, keep up with the financial press, work on cars, and lift weights.

Srinidhi Akkur

Srinidhi Akkur is a third-year law student at Queen’s University and the Co-President of the South Asian Law Students’ Association at Queen’s Law. During her free time, she enjoys practising yoga and experimenting with new vegan recipes.

Natasha Ramkissoon

Natasha Ramkissoon is a 3L student at Osgoode Hall Law School and is one of the Co-Chairs for Osgoode’s South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) Chapter. She is passionate about criminal law and social justice issues.

Anisha Sivathas

Anisha Sivathas is a 2L JD Student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. During her 1L year, Anisha was involved with the South Asian Law Students’ Association at U of T and the Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) program and participated in the Cassels Brock Cup Moot. This summer, Anisha has been working as an Educator with the University of Toronto Faculty of Law’s Youth Summer Program.

Komal Pervez

Komal Pervez is a University of Toronto Graduate with an L.L.B from the University of Southampton a Russell Group University, in the United Kingdom. She is a current N.C.A candidate and works as an immigration case analyst at Green and Spiegel LLP, in Toronto. Komal is particularly interested in the intersection of immigration law and public policy. In her leisure time, Komal enjoys working out, volunteering within her local community, and managing her law blog.

Shreeya Devnani

Shreeya is currently in 2L at the Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Ryerson University. In her spare time she enjoys going for walks, hiking and discovering new coffee shops!

Rahul Sapra

Rahul is a 3L student at Western Law where he is concurrently completing his HBA with the Ivey Business School and BSc (Major in Medical Sciences) at WesternU. He chairs the Western Law Anti-Racism Working Group, is the president of the Student Legal Society, serves as board chair of the University Students’ Council, and is a member of the South Asian Law Students’ Association. Outside of school, he is an avid sport climber, aviation nerd, and marvel geek!

Sindia Vijayarajan

Sindia is a second-year student at Osgoode Hall Law School. She completed her first-year at Queen’s Law where she was elected as the VP Events on the SALSA Executive council and helped form the Queen’s Tamil Law Student Association. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, reading, gaming, and binging shows.

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