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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.

Adrian Lang

Adrian Lang is Head of Business Management, Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, at Bank of Montreal, where she has accountability for a broad range of business and strategic priorities. Prior to that role, she was Associate General Counsel at BMO where she led the litigation team for personal and commercial. Prior to joining the Bank, in 2013, she was a partner with Stikeman Elliott’s Toronto litigation group. She was awarded the Canadian General Counsel Award for litigation management in 2015, and the Community Builder Award by the CCCA in 2014. She has been recognized by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leading practitioner in a number of practice areas, and was recognized by Lexpert® in 2008 as one of the “Leading Lawyers Under 40″. Ms. Lang is on the Advisory Board of the Class Action Defences Quarterly, sits on the Board of Governors of Royal St. George’s College, is a past director of The Advocates’ Society, and is the past Chair of the Board of Canadian Stage Company. She is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Directors Education Program, and has her ICD.D designation.

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.

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.

Hatty Reisman

Hatty Reisman is a seasoned corporate and entertainment lawyer, with over 30 years of experience and many accomplishments. She is the owner and founder of the boutique law firm of Reisman Law Offices, which focuses primarily on the film and television industry, technology start ups, and on other industries that are founded in intellectual property. Hatty sits on the Board of Directors of numerous organizations, including The Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, Canadian Women in Communications & Technology, and Kids Help Phone.


Laurel Turchin

Laurel Turchin joined BMO Financial Group in 2013. In her current role in the BMO Enterprise Regulatory Office she advises several of BMO’s lines of business during examinations by the bank’s primary regulator, OSFI. Laurel has practised securities law with the Ontario Securities Commission’s Investment Funds Group, corporate law with MDS Laboratories Inc., and estates/trusts with TD Trust and Canada Trust. Between 2006 and 2013, Laurel took a hiatus from her career to raise her three children. During this time she led a women’s networking group and served as president of the board of a not-for-profit organization.


Erica Young

Erica Young works as Policy Counsel in Member Regulation Policy at the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). She works on policy initiatives relating to the development, revision and approval of new and revised Dealer Member regulations and guidance. She works closely with other IIROC staff and stakeholders in the securities and investment industry.  Prior to joining IIROC, Erica practiced as a commercial litigator at a boutique business law firm.  She obtained her J.D. from the University of Torontwalo 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 YWL from 2013-2015 and is now a proud member of the Advisory Board of YWL.  Erica also the Chair of the Toronto Branch of the Leaf Education Action Fund (“LEAF”).


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