Dear SABA North America Members, 

Welcome to The 6ix!  On behalf of SABA Toronto, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our vibrant and diverse city, as we host the 2024 SABA NA Conference for the very first time. 

Toronto, known for its rich cultural tapestry and dynamic legal community, provides the perfect backdrop for our conference. Based on total population, Toronto is the 5th largest city in North America and the largest metropolitan area in Canada.  Almost 20% of this population is South Asian – so it is no surprise that Toronto is the largest (and in my biased opinion) best SABA Chapter. 

Over the next few days, you will have the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussions, attend insightful panels, and foster meaningful connections with fellow South Asian attorneys from across North America.  Please take this time to meet with your cross-border colleagues as a major theme of this conference is on growing these connections. The exchange of ideas and experiences here will not only enhance your professional and legal capabilities but also reinforce the shared values that unite us as South Asian attorneys. 

We have also catered a fun social calendar during the conference to assist in this regard.  We hope that you all attend our Kickoff Boat Cruise on Wednesday night, a showcase of singing and performances from your peers on Thursday night’s SABA’s Got Talent, a meet and greet of Canadian chapters during Friday evening, and a performance by our very own Bollywood/Canadian icon, Raghav, during the gala on Saturday night. 

During your time here, we also encourage you to explore the beauty and culture that Toronto has to offer. From its iconic landmarks to its vibrant neighborhoods, this city has much to offer. In the helpful conference app, our team has put together a list of places to visit, attractions and events to take part in, as well as culinary delights.   

As you navigate through the diverse offerings of this conference, I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the journey that brought us all here.  Primarily we are here to celebrate these achievements, acknowledge the challenges we have collectively encountered, and envision a shared future we can build together. 

Long Live the North! 

Devin A. Persaud 

President, SABA Toronto 

Partner, Miller Thomson LLP 

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