YWL Board of Directors


Mariana Fonar

President

Mariana obtained her J.D./MBA from the University of Western Ontario and the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2012 and a Bachelor of Administrative Studies (Honors) in Marketing from York University in 2008. Following her call to the Bar in 2013, Mariana practices as a Corporate/Commercial and Employment lawyer prior to starting her role as Legal Counsel at SkyPower Global, one of the most successful developers and owners of utility-scale solar energy projects in the world. Prior to attending law school, Mariana worked in product planning at Mercedes-Benz Canada and the Bank of Montreal.

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Laurel Hogg

VP and Director of Membership

Laurel Hogg obtained her J.D. from the University of Ottawa in 2015 and Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Simon Fraser University in 2010. Laurel articled with the litigation firm Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffiin LLP. Following her call to the Bar, Laurel returned to the firm as an Associate practicing in a broad range of civil litigation, including class actions, commercial, intellectual property, and professional liability matters. Prior to joining Lenczner Slaght, Laurel worked at the Federal Court of Canada and as a caseworker in the Criminal Division of the University of Ottawa Community Legal Aid.

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Sasha Toten

Secretary and Treasurer

Sasha Toten is the Secretary and Treasurer of Young Women in Law. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Ottawa in 2013 and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science and History. While in law school, Sasha co-founded the uOttawa chapter of the Women’s Legal Mentorship Program to help women develop a support system throughout their legal careers from the classroom to their careers and beyond. Sasha practices corporate law at Minden Gross LLP.

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Sarah Naiman

Director of Events

Sarah Naiman obtained her JD from the University of Windsor in 2013 and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2014. Sarah is currently in-house counsel with Intact Insurance and prior to that, worked at a commercial litigation boutique. While attending law school in Windsor, Sarah volunteered at the Community Legal Aid of Windsor where she represented individuals who could not afford to pay for legal services. Sarah currently volunteers with Law Help Ontario PBO.

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Jessie Lamont

Events Officer

Jessie received her J.D. from the Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 2015 and graduated with a B.A. (Honours) in Middle Eastern History and Women’s Studies jointly from Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College in 2011. Jessie summered and articled with Dentons Canada LLP, where she returned as an associate in the litigation and dispute resolution group in 2016. While attending Queen’s Law, Jessie was an executive member of the Human Rights Club, Events Co-Chair of Queen’s Law Orientation, a peer counsellor for the Queen’s Happiness Project, and an Upper Year Buddy. Jessie received several academic awards at Queen’s and was a volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada and Queen’s Legal Aid.

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Stephanie Provato

Events Officer

Stephanie obtained her J.D. from the University of Windsor in 2015, and graduated from the University of Toronto in 2011 with an Honours B.A. in Criminology. She has also studied abroad at both the University of Oxford in England and the University of Lucerne in Switzerland. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016, and currently works at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. While attending law school, Stephanie spent one summer as part of the in-house legal team at the Toronto International Film Festival. She was also an Editor with the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, and was actively involved with Pro Bono Students Canada. Stephanie has multiple published works, and currently runs her own website, IP Oversee, reporting on intellectual property and entertainment law developments and hot topics.

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Giselle Davidian

Director of Marketing

Giselle Davidian obtained her B.C.L./LL.B. degrees from McGill University in 2014 and a Master of Environmental Science degree and Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto in 2008 and 2007, respectively.  Giselle articled at Williams & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP where, following her call to the Ontario bar in 2015, she returned as an associate lawyer practicing in the areas of environmental law, environmental litigation, energy and natural resource law.  Prior to law school, Giselle had a career as an environmental scientist at a consulting engineering firm in Toronto.  While attending law school at McGill, Giselleserved as co-director of McGill’s Environmental Law Association, worked extensively at the McGill Legal Information Clinic and participated on the editorial board of McGill’s Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy.  Giselle is a research contributor to the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law in Montréal.

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Amrita Dhillon

Communications Officer

Amrita obtained her J.D. from Bond University, Australia in 2013 and graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2010 with a B.A. (Hons) in Political Science. Amrita articled with Elections Canada’s Corporate and Regulatory Department and was called to the bar in 2015. She has experience both in private practice and as in-house counsel. Currently, she is a Content Development Lawyer for LexisNexis Canada.

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Shannon Paine

Sponsorship Officer

Shannon obtained a joint Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration from Dalhousie University in 2013 as well as a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies with a Minor in International Development Studies from the University of New Brunswick in 2009. She articled with the City of Calgary Legal Department and was called to the Bars of both Alberta and Ontario in 2014.  After moving to Toronto, she began practicing as a corporate lawyer with G.S.Jameson & Company, a firm with legal expertise in Food Matters. Shannon is actively involved in the community through volunteer work with Toronto Green Community and Food Lawyers of Canada.

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Anna Alizadeh

Articling Student Officer

Anna obtained her J.D. from the University of Ottawa in 2015, and her Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Biology from York University in 2012.  Anna is an Associate at de VRIES LITIGATION LLP, and practices in the areas of estates, trusts and capacity litigation.   While at the University of Ottawa, Anna was the Vice President of the University of Ottawa Association of Women and the Law.  She was also the Communications Executive for the Health Law Students’ Association, where she organized social events and informative talks.

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Andrea Buncic

Independent Director

Andrea Buncic obtained her J.D. from Dalhousie University in 2011 and graduated from University of Guelph in 2006 with a B.A. (Honours) in International Development: Political Economy and Administrative Change. Andrea is an Associate at Miller Thomson LLP and practices primarily in the area of Trusts and Estates Litigation. While at Dalhousie University, Andrea was an executive member of the Domus Legis Society for which her primary role was encouraging and communicating with student members. Additionally, Andrea was an executive member of the Weldon Arts and Culture Society through which she helped organize events for local Halifax charities. Upon graduating, Andrea was awarded The Graduating Class of 2008 Book Prize, which is awarded to the graduating student who best exemplifies the camaraderie of their year, and demonstrates Andrea’s commitment to her community.

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Natasha Prasaud

Independent Director

Natasha Prasaud obtained her J.D. from Dalhousie University in 2011 and graduated from McMaster University in 2007 with a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science. Natasha is the Assistant Director of Professional Development and Student Programs at Dentons Canada LLP.  While at Dalhousie University, Natasha was the Vice President Academic of the Law Students’ Society, was an executive member of the Weldon Arts and Culture Society where she helped organize events for local Halifax charities and sat on committees including the Dalhousie Career Development Office Committee. She was also voted “President for Life” of her graduating class and is responsible for organizing alumni events in the city.

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