Osler South Asian Network – Best Practices for Small Businesses Operating amid a Global Pandemic

The Osler South Asian Network is hosting a one-hour webinar for small businesses on legal best practices for operating in the midst of a global pandemic, from a banking & financial services, employment and privacy perspective. Topics discussed include:

  • A review of liquidity options available in the market
  • A review of risk mitigation strategies in dealing with employees on Deemed Emergency Leave
  • A discussion on personal information, privacy policies, and consent

Following the broadcast, participate in our live Q&A session.

Meet the Speakers

  • Arshia Asif, Associate, Banking and Financial Services
  • Niveda Anandan, Employment and Labour Lawyer
  • Komil Joshi, Associate, Privacy & Data Management

The panel will be moderated by Kristin Ali, an Associate in our Privacy & Data Management group. 

Thursday, September 17, 2020
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET


Young Women in Law – Call for Applications

Young Women in Law (YWL) is a not-for-profit organization that aims to provide young women lawyers in their early stages of practice with a platform and the tools to connect with other lawyers, enhance their skills and give back to their community. YWL also provides support to young women lawyers as they navigate the early stages of their career, seek to make career transitions and strive to balance work with their personal life.

This year, the YWL Board of Directors is accepting applications for the following positions. Please visit www.youngwomeninlaw.com to view the full position descriptions:

  • Director of Events: In this role, you will be working collaboratively with the other two Directors of Events to plan and execute high-quality, responsive events that serve members and reflect YWL’s mission statement and objectives.
  • Director of Marketing & Communication: In this role, you will be working collaboratively with the other Director of Marketing & Communications to manage YWL’s website, social media, monthly newsletter, email communications and event advertising.
  • Director of Sponsorship: In this role, you will be working closely with the Events team and external sponsors to make sure every event is a success. In addition, the Director of Sponsorship liaises with other associations and organizations to identify partnership opportunities.
  • Independent Director: In this role, you will be working works closely with the Board of Directors to identify risks and opportunities, and to support the organization’s initiatives. The incoming Independent Director will also be responsible for YWL’s Career Coaching Program.

How to apply

Click here to complete an online application. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on August 26, 2020.

Please note that this year YWL will be implementing a name-blind application process whereby resumes and application forms will be anonymized before they are reviewed by YWL’s Nomination Committee.



For Immediate Release, August 5, 2020


TORONTO, ONTARIO – The South Asian Bar Association of Toronto (SABA Toronto) held their Annual General Meeting on July 30, 2020. During the meeting, new board members and a new executive were also elected. SABA also recognized its Student Recognition Award Winners during this meeting.

SABA Board of Directors, 2020-2021

The 2020-2021 Board of Directors of SABA in alphabetical order by last name are:

Aarondeep Bains

Anisha Bhardwaj

Monty Dhaliwal

Amandeep Dhillon

Maneesha Gupta

Ravi Jain

Melissa Krishna

Sarah Malik

Ashok Menen

Devin Persaud

Richa Sandill

Janani Shanmuganathan

Jasmine Singh

Amrita Tamber

Annie Tayyab

SABA Toronto would like to thank all the outgoing Board members for their leadership and work.

SABA Board Executive

Aarondeep Bains of Aird & Berlis LLP has been re-elected as the President of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto. “I look forward to working with our strong board and leading SABA Toronto as we work on important advocacy and diversity issues facing racialised licensees during the next year,” said Bains.

Jasmine Singh has been elected as Vice-President, Devin Persaud appointed as Treasurer, and Annie Tayyab elected as Secretary.

SABA Student Recognition Award Winners

SABA Toronto would also like to congratulate our Student Recognition Award Winners: Rono Khan from Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Shailaja Nadarajah from Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Gurvir Sangha from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and Jayashree Sivakumar from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. All award winners were selected due to their outstanding contributions to their schools, SALSA Chapters, local communities, and outstanding academic achievements.

About SABA Toronto

The South Asian Bar Association of Toronto is the GTA’s premier legal organization dedicated to promoting the objectives of South Asian members of the legal profession. Members of SABA Toronto include lawyers that self-identify as South Asian or are of South Asian origin, and lawyers that advocate on issues of relevance to the South Asian community. Our membership is dynamic, ever-expanding and includes lawyers from large and small law firms, sole practitioners, government agencies and departments, nonprofit organizations, and corporations. Members of the judiciary, academics and law students also form an integral part of SABA Toronto.

South Asian Bar Association of Toronto


Announcing SABA Toronto’s 2020-2021 Student Liaisons!

SABA Toronto is pleased to announce and introduce our new slate of Student Liaisons for the upcoming year.  Please meet:

  • Mathurhaen Sirikantharajah – Student Membership and Advocacy Liaison
  • Rono Khan – Student Social and CPD Liaison 
  • Miina Balasubramaniam – Co-Student Marketing Liaison
  • Shalini Ayalasomayajula –  Co-Student Marketing Liaison

Each of the individuals above brings with them a passion and demonstrable experience to uplift their communities and current environment. We are extremely excited to welcome them to the SABA team!

To learn more about your new Student Liaisons, follow them on their respective social media accounts, and join us at our AGM on July 30.

Mathurhaen Sirikantharajah

• LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mathurhaen-siri/

• Instagram: @mathurhaen

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mathurhaen.siri/

Rono Khan

• Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/rono-khan

• Instagram: @ronokhan_

• Facebook: /www.facebook.com/rono.khan

Miina Balasubramaniam

• Instagram: @miina.bala

• Facebook: Miina Balasubramaniam

Shalini Ayalasomayajula

• LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/shalini-ayalasomayajula-72020151 

SABA Toronto 2020 AGM

SABA Toronto’s Annual Meeting of Members will be held virtually via the Zoom Platform at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020 (“the Meeting”) for the following purposes:

1. to receive and consider the annual financial statements of SABA Toronto;

2. to elect up to seven (7) directors for a two (2) year term;

3. to transact such further or other business as may properly come before the Meeting (or any adjournment thereof).

Members of record as of the close of business on Thursday, July 23, 2020, will be entitled to vote at the Meeting. Members who are unable to attend the Meeting in person are requested to date and sign the form of proxy attached here.

The statements of interest of the candidate for election as directors are as follows:

  1. Dylan Bal
  2. Anisha Bhardwaj
  3. Rahul Gandotra
  4. Maneesha Gupta
  5. Ravi Jain
  6. Ashok Menen
  7. Devin Persaud
  8. Amrita Tamber
  9. Annie Tayyab
  10. Ajith Thiyagalingam

SABA Gala Photos 2019

What: The 2019 South Asian Bar Association of Toronto Gala and Awards Night
Where: The Liberty Grand, Toronto
When: Wednesday, November 27, 2019

For Immediate Release, August 13, 2019

The South Asian Bar Association of Toronto (SABA) welcomes the announcement made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to commit to a one-time legal aid top up of $26.8 million for legal aid in Ontario to maintain
programming cut by the current Ontario Government.

The federal government is also allocating funds to other provinces, namely $1.16 million to British Columbia and $20,000 to Manitoba. This funding is on top of the $49.6 million allocated over three years for immigration and refugee legal aid that was announced by the federal government in this year’s federal budget.

Earlier this summer, SABA President Aaron Bains with board member and Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee Sunira Chaudhri met with Minister of Justice David Lametti and his staff to discuss issues affecting vulnerable Canadians, including cuts to legal aid in Ontario. Aaron Bains and then Secretary (now Vice-President) Divya Khurana also met with staff at the Justice Department to discuss legal aid issues in Ottawa this past July.

Earlier this year, Ontario’s current conservative government cut Legal Aid Ontario’s budget by 30 per cent ($133 million), which included eliminating all funding for refugee and immigration law services. The one-time contribution by the federal government is to assist in refugee and immigration cases. Prime Minister Trudeau has stated that discussions will continue over the next year in order to maintain the services: “We will engage in reflection and conversations in the coming year about how to ensure long-term sustainability for legal aid for refugees and immigrants.”


South Asian Bar Association of Toronto