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Meet the Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is an independent committee of women lawyers whose mandate is to provide non-binding recommendations to the Board of Directors. The Advisory Board lends their valued advice, knowledge and expertise to the Board of Directors on various issues and topics.

Delee Fromm

Delee Fromm is a lawyer, psychologist and author and has taught and coached for 30 years. As a former partner at a large Bay Street law firm, she practised commercial real estate for 17 years. Prior to her career in law she was a neuropsychologist and now, as a consultant, she provides services to international law firms, corporations, banks, and governments. She is a coach with the LSUC and a guest lecturer at several universities including Ryerson University, the University of Western Ontario, York University and the University of Toronto, including both Rotman School of Management and the Faculty of Law.

She has contributed content for Lexis Practice Advisor Canada. She is the author of two books – Advance Your Legal Career: Essential Skills for Success published by LexisNexis Canada and Understanding Gender at Work: How to Use, Lose and Expose Blind Spots for Career Success. For more information about her, and to read her blogs, please go to www.deleefrommconsulting.com and her profile on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/deleefromm.

Shanin Lott

Shanin Lott is Managing Director, Talent and Professional Resources.  She is responsible for leading the overarching talent management strategy and overseeing all people functions as they relate to lawyers, law clerks, students and business services professionals. This is a diverse role requiring legal, human resources, organizational development and people management expertise. Shanin is responsible for developing talent programs to align with broader firm strategic plans. She works closely with practice group heads and firm senior leaders to develop innovative recruitment strategies to attract, retain and advance the best people and to create a diverse and inclusive firm culture. 

Prior to this role Shanin was a lawyer practicing Corporate Commercial Litigation in the Toronto office. She then spent several years practicing law in New York City where she specialized in complex criminal and civil white-collar defense and securities litigation.

Shanin leads the engagement strategy and diversity initiatives. The firm has been rated as one of Canada’s 50 Best Employers (Aon Hewitt) for the last 7 years and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (Mediacorp Canada) for four of the last five. 

Shanin frequently gives interviews on a range of Talent, HR and Diversity topics including to Lexpert Magazine, The Lawyers Weekly and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. She is also a frequent speaker, including recently speaking on unconscious bias at the Women Legal Conference in May 2016, American Bar Association’s Women in M&A Task Force Meeting in April 2016, at the Conference Board of Canada in October 2015 and at the Catalyst Awards Conference in New York City in March 2015. 

Shanin was honoured with the 2014 Zenith Award for her people-management strategy, commitment to diversity, and the advancement of women. In 2013, Shanin was named one of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching”, recognizing her advancement of diversity and inclusion principles through strategies and initiatives promoted in business and the community.

Erica Young

Erica works as policy counsel in Member Regulation at IIROC (the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada). IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and trading activity on debt and equity marketplaces in Canada. As policy counsel, Erica develops, drafts, reviews and approves new member regulations and guidance. She consults with and educates members of the investment industry and other stakeholders about IIROC’s regulation and guidance.

Prior to joining IIROC, Erica practiced as a commercial litigator for five years at a boutique business law firm in Toronto. She articled at a national full service law firm. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Toronto and graduated from Queen's University with a B.Comm (Hons.). Erica is committed volunteer, mentor and member of the community. She served as President of Young Women in the Law from 2013-2015 and is now a proud member of the Advisory Board of YWL. Erica is the Chair of the Toronto Branch of LEAF (Women’s Legal Education Action Fund) and serves on LEAF’s Governance Committee.

Gina Alexandris

For over 20 years, Gina has been inspiring and supporting individuals and organizations to strategically define their hopes and achieve their goals. As the Senior Program Director of Ryerson’s Law Practice Program, Gina is responsible for the development, implementation and general management of the new innovative transition year training program for licensing Candidates in Ontario. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring academic excellence and the quality of service and program delivery for participants, and outreach to hundreds of contributing members of the legal profession. Gina has also been actively involved with the development of Ryerson’s proposal for its new innovative law school.
With a passion for adult education, leadership and diversity, she completed her Masters of Education in 2012 and received her Coaching Certification in 2017.

Gina developed and directed the award-winning Internationally Trained Lawyers Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and spent more than 12 years with Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, first as Director of Career Services, followed by nine years as the Assistant Dean of Student Services. Between 2013 and 2014, Gina was the Director, Strategic Planning and Knowledge Management for the Legal Services Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. Following her graduation from Osgoode Hall Law School, Gina began her legal career practicing family law and civil litigation in Toronto, Canada.

Ratika Gandhi

Ratika Gandhi is Director of Legal and Compliance at Alcon Canada Inc. where she is responsible for overseeing all legal and compliance matters relating to the organization. She manages various regulatory and privacy matters, as well as issues relating to the sales and marketing of Alcon products and local employment issues. She also works with the business to draft, revise and negotiate various commercial contracts and internal policies, and also assists with implementing relevant industry codes and standards of practice.

Ratika joined Alcon from McMillian LLP, where she was an Associate and obtained a depth of experience in Health Law, Regulatory Law and General Corporate Commercial Law. In her practice at McMillan LLP, Ratika also assisted with a number of mergers and acquisitions as well as assisted clients with privacy and general business issues.

Ratika received an Honours B. Arts Sc. Degree from McMaster University and a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Ratika has also obtained Osgoode’s Certificate in Health Law. Ratika is a committed volunteer, mentor and member of the legal community. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Peel Senior Link and was also on the Health Law Executive Committee of the Ontario Bar Association. Since 2013, Ratika has had many roles on the Board of YWL, including Director of Membership, and most recently, Co-President. Ratika is now thrilled to be an Advisory Board member of YWL.

Wendi Locke

Wendi Locke is a partner with McCarthy Tétrault LLP in its Business Law Group in Toronto. She advises on a broad range of corporate and securities law matters, including corporate governance and compliance issues. Wendi regularly acts on both public and private offerings of equity and debt securities in Canada, with an emphasis on initial public offerings, medium term note programs and the issuance of capital trust securities by financial institutions. She frequently acts on behalf of Canadian issuers in connection with cross border securities offerings into jurisdictions such as the United States and United Kingdom. Wendi is also an instructor for the advanced securities law programs offered by the University of Western Ontario and University of Windsor law schools.

Wendi received her BA (Public Administration) from the University of Western Ontario in 1995, her B.Comm. (Hons.) from the University of Windsor in 1997 and her combined MBA/LLB from the University of Windsor in 2000. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2002.

Jennifer Mathers McHenry

Jennifer began her legal career at one of Toronto’s premier litigation boutiques and founded Mathers McHenry & Co. in 2019 after practicing for more than a decade in the Colson Group at Teplitsky, Colson LLP where her practice focused on executive employment law and litigation, and on providing strategic and legal advice to senior executives, directors, partners, and others at pivotal transition points in their careers.  Jennifer founded MMc&Co. with a commitment to surrounding herself with integrity and excellence and to focusing on what she does best: all things workplace.

Jennifer regularly advises both employees and employers about employment law and with respect to all aspects of the employee/employer relationship, including: offers of employment, human rights obligations, changes of control, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, resignations, termination of employment, constructive dismissals, and post-employment fiduciary and contractual obligations. Her litigation practice encompasses a wide range of complex employment and workplace-related commercial and appellate litigation, including actions involving wrongful and constructive dismissal, breaches of human rights legislation, breach of contract, professional negligence, breach of confidence, unfair competition, negligent misrepresentation, partnership disputes, and shareholder disputes. In addition to her hard law expertise, Jennifer frequently helps senior executives navigate interpersonal and other complexities that regularly present themselves in the context of the employment relationship, all with an eye on their legal rights and options.

Jennifer obtained her LL.B. from the University of Windsor in 2003 where she was the recipient of the John W. Whiteside award for her outstanding contribution to the law school community. She thereafter obtained her LL.M. from the University of Toronto where she focused on Constitutional Law. Jennifer was a founding member of the Advocate’s Society’s Employment and Labour Law Practice Group, and is a regular speaker in schools and for continuing education programs on matters pertaining to employment and executive employment law. Jennifer has been recognized by Lexpert in multiple years as a leading employment lawyer to watch both for employee-side employment law and employer-side employment law. In 2018, Jennifer was the recipient of the University Of Windsor’s highest alumni honour when she was the co-recipient of the Alumni Award of Merit which recognized her for her work on the All Families Are Equal Act and on the #Aftermetoo symposium hosted by the Globe and Mail focusing on sexual harassment and violence in the workplace, as well as for her excellence in private practice. In January 2020, Jennifer will begin teaching at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law as an Adjunct Professor in its Law of Leadership LLM program.

Victoria B. Wilson

Victoria Wilson received her LL.B from  Dalhousie University.  She worked at Blake Cassels & Graydon as a student and McMillan LLP as an associate before moving in-house to Bank of Montreal where she supports the Global Markets line of business specializing in derivatives.

Adrian Walrath

Adrian Walrath obtained her J.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 2010 and graduated from the University of Victoria in 2006 with a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science. In law school, Adrian was Chair of the Community Outreach Committee. Adrian then summered and articled with Cassels Brock and Blackwell LLP. Following her call to the Ontario bar in 2011, she became corporate counsel for a private company. Adrian then joined the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) in 2012. Her areas of expertise include securities law, financial regulatory matters and US and international tax. Adrian was previously a member of the YWL Board of Directors from 2012-2014 as corporate secretary and co-director of events. She is also involved in local women’s charities, including supporting the Red Door shelter.

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