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Board of directors

Meet the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a team of women lawyers who direct the organization. Each Director fulfills a specific role and manages the responsibilities associated with her portfolio. The Directors work together to put on exciting events and other activities to further YWL’s mission statement. Interested in joining the Board of Directors? Check the website for updates about upcoming applications!

Anastasia-Maria Hountalas (she, her, hers) President 

ahountalas@youngwomeninlaw.com

Anastasia-Maria Hountalas is an associate at Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc, where she advises and represents clients in all aspects of professional regulation. Prior to joining the firm, Anastasia-Maria summered and articled in the litigation department of a leading national law firm, with a focus on health law. Anastasia-Maria completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History at McGill University and obtained her law degree from Queen’s University. During law school, Anastasia-Maria was actively involved in the Queen’s Law community, participating in the Prison Law Clinic and several study abroad programs.

Kimberley Asnani (she, her, hers) 

Director of Events 

kasnani@youngwomeninlaw.com

Kim is a commercial real estate lawyer in Toronto. She obtained her J.D. and Honors Business Administration degree from Western University in 2015 and 2012, respectively. She has practiced at three full-service national law firms and in-house at Ivanho√© Cambridge. 


Izabela Baczkowska (she, her, hers)

Director of Marketing & Communications 

ibaczkowska@youngwomeninlaw.com

Izabela Baczkowska obtained her J.D. from the University of Ottawa in 2016, her M.A. in Socio-Legal Studies from York University in 2012, and her Honours B.A. in Law & Society from York University in 2010. Izabela works as an InSource lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Prior to joining Blakes, Izabela worked in the area of family law, and summered and articled at a full-service law firm in       downtown Toronto. 

Molly McCarthy (she, her, hers)

Director of Events

Molly McCarthy is currently counsel at the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada.  Molly obtained her JD from Queen’s University in 2020 and graduated from University of Ontario Institute of Technology with an Honours BA in Legal Studies in 2015. Prior to law school, she worked for two years with a boutique wealth management firm in downtown Toronto. While at Queen’s Law, Molly was actively involved with the Queen’s Elder Law Clinic, served on a number of Committees, and participated in the Bader International Study Program.

Jack Goslett

Independent Director 

jgoslett@youngwomeninlaw.com

Jack Goslett is a Partner at Aird & Berlis LLP and the Co-Chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative. Jack’s practice focuses on banking and corporate/ commercial law, with an emphasis on domestic and cross-border lending transactions, including syndicated credit facilities, senior and subordinated/mezzanine financings, asset-based lending and venture capital/private equity investments. Jack completed a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons.) at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2007 and obtained her J.D. from the University of Windsor in 2011.

Pooja Sihra (she, her, hers)

Director of Sponsorship 

psihra@youngwomeninlaw.com


Pooja maintains a broad transactional practice in general corporate and commercial matters, mergers and acquisitions, financings, corporate reorganizations and dispositions.  She completed her law degree from the University of London.  During law school, she volunteered at Start-Ed Pro Bono Legal Clinic where she assisted small business owners and tech startups on a variety of corporate, commercial, and intellectual property matters. In addition to being involved as a Co-Director of Sponsorship for Young Women in Law, Pooja is actively involved with the mentoring committee for the Women's Law Association of Ontario. 

Joanna Hunt-Jones (she, her, hers) Independent Director 

Joanna Hunt-Jones is an associate lawyer at Normandin Chris LLP, where she practices all aspects of family and matrimonial law. She obtained her J.D. from Queen’s University in 2014. Prior to law school, Joanna completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Global Development Studies) and a Masters of Public Administration at Queen’s. She has held past volunteer positions with various organizations, including the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, Pro Bono Students Canada and the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance.

 


Samantha Tom (she, her, hers)

Vice President & Director of Membership

stom@youngwomeninlaw.com

Samantha Tom obtained her law degree from Western University and her Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University. Sam is currently in-house legal counsel for Borrowell, a Toronto-based Fintech and advises on a broad range of corporate commercial matters including payments, privacy, technology and regulatory compliance. Previously, Sam was in-house legal counsel at a Canadian financial institution and prior to that, an associate in the Financial Services Group at a full-service national law firm specializing in lending, securitization, and payments.  


Anisa Arra

Treasurer

aarra@youngwomeninlaw.com

Anisa Arra received her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2016. After articling in an insurance defence firm in downtown Toronto, she founded Arra Law Firm where she practices business law, real estate law, and civil litigation. Concurrently, Anisa is an Advisor Council member of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation, the president of Albanian Canadian Lawyers Association, a standing committee member of The Advocates’ Society, and an advisor with Sick Kids Professional Advisors’ Network. Previously, she worked as an adjunct professor at Humber College teaching a law course to upper year students and volunteered with OJEN as a trial advocacy coach for high school students.

Elsie Ikhariale (she, her, hers) 

Corporate Secretary 

eikhariale@youngwomeninlaw.com


Elsie Ikhariale (she/her) is legal counsel at an independent public agency. She completed her (Hons) B.A. at the University of Toronto and obtained her J.D. at Western University. Her current practice focuses on the intersections between project development, workplace law and public policy. 

Elsie regularly volunteers with several legal and non-legal organizations such as the Black Female Lawyers Network and Access Alliance. When Elsie isn’t practicing law, she’s writing about a range of topics from skincare to her experiences as a Nigerian Canadian.

Nathalie Siah (she, her, hers)

Director of Marketing & Communications

nsiah@youngwomeninlaw.com

Nathalie Siah is currently a real estate lawyer at Legal Direct. Her practice focuses on mortgages and refinancing. Prior to joining the firm, she obtained her LLB from the University of Reading. During law school, Nathalie was a representative for her year and was involved as The Editor for The Spark Newspaper.

Anna Lu (she, her, hers)

Director of Events 

alu@youngwomeninlaw.com

Anna maintains a broad practice in all areas of real property litigation. She also provides effective solutions to clients on their planning and municipal matters. Anna has experience advising clients on issues ranging from title matters to boundary disputes. Anna has also been involved in advising clients on complex acquisitions and dispositions and in providing strategic advice on zoning and tax issues.

Anna completed her J.D. at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to law school, Anna obtained an Honour’s Bachelor of Science with majors in Psychology and English from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. During law school, Anna was active at Osgoode’s Mediation Clinic, where she regularly assisted Crown counsel with intake at the Private Information Court and led her own Small Claims and community mediations. She also led a team of 17 executives as Co-President of the Asian Law Students’ Association, and served on the board of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers as a Student Director in 2019-2020. Anna is fluent in Mandarin and enjoys true-crime documentaries, baking, and running by the lake in her spare time.

Sahar Talebi (she, her, hers)

Director of Sponsorship 

stalebi@youngwomeninlaw.com


Sahar Talebi is an associate at Lenczner Slaght. Sahar’s litigation practice involves a variety of areas, including complex commercial and professional liability matters. Sahar obtained a Dual JD degree from the University of Windsor in 2018.

During law school, Sahar was focused on various advocacy and access to justice initiatives. She also volunteered at Pro Bono Students Canada: Windsor Law Chapter, the Windsor Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, as well as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Legal Clinic in Detroit, Michigan.


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