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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!

Laurel Hogg, President

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 is a litigation lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Gryadon LLP with a focus on intellectual property law. She represents clients in a wide range of intellectual property matters in the life sciences and technology industries. Prior to joining Blakes, Laurel worked as an associate at a litigation boutique firm in Toronto, where she also summered and articled. Before that, she worked at the Federal Court of Canada and as a caseworker in the Criminal Division of the University of Ottawa Community Legal Aid.

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. 

Kimberley Asnani, Director of Events

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. 

Anastasia-Maria Hountalas, Director of Marketing and Communications

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.

Izabela Baczkowska, Director of Marketing and Communications

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 is an associate at Lerners LLP and practices exclusively in the area of family law. Prior to joining Lerners, Izabela summered and articled at a full-service law firm in downtown Toronto.

Sydney Bunting, Director of Sponsorship

Sydney Bunting received her J.D. from Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 2017 and graduated with a B.A. (Honours) in English Literature from the University of Alberta in 2012. Sydney summered and articled at a family law boutique before starting as an associate in family lawyer at Wilson Christen LLP. While attending Queen’s Law, Sydney was a caseworker at both the Family Law Clinic and the Business Law Clinic, and volunteered as Fundraising Manager for the 2017 Grad Formal Committee. Sydney also worked as a legal research intern for the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund in 2015.

Sasha Toten, Independent Director

Sasha Toten 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 is currently in-house counsel with the Corporate Legal Group at Sun Life.

Jessie Lamont, Vice President and Director of Membership

Jessie Lamont received her J.D. from Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 2015 and graduated with a B.A. (Honours) in History and Women’s Studies jointly from Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College in 2011. Jessie summered, articled, and began her career as a litigation associate at a full-service international law firm before she moved to Goddard Gamage LLP, where she practices in the areas of estate, power of attorney, and capacity litigation. While attending Queen’s Law, Jessie received several academic awards and was a volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada and Queen’s Legal Aid, Events Co-Chair of the Queen’s Law Orientation, a peer counsellor for the Queen’s Happiness Project, and an Upper Year Buddy. In addition to her involvement with YWL, Jessie is also an Honorary Committee Member for the Person’s Day Event fundraiser for the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund.

Stephanie Provato, Director of Events

Stephanie Provato obtained her J.D. from the University of Windsor in 2015, and had previously graduated from the University of Toronto in 2011 with an Honours B.A. in Criminology. She studied abroad at both the University of Oxford in England and the University of Lucerne in Switzerland. Stephanie was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016, and is an entertainment lawyer in Toronto. She is currently the Director of Business and Legal Affairs in the television group at Entertainment One. Prior, Stephanie worked at two national law firms and was in-house at the Toronto International Film Festival. During law school, Stephanie was 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, reporting on intellectual property and entertainment law developments and hot topics. Outside of her practice, Stephanie is an advisor for the Lighten CASL initiative, and was invited to speak at and work with the House of Commons to offer recommendations and contribute to the statutory review and re-drafting of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL).

Samantha Tom, Director of Sponsorship

Samantha Tom obtained her J.D. from Western University in 2015 and her Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in 2011. Sam is currently in-house legal counsel for President’s Choice Financial and advises on a broad range of corporate commercial matters including banking regulatory, payments, privacy and technology. Prior to PC Financial, she articled and practiced at a full-service national law firm as an Associate in the Financial Services Group specializing in lending, securitization, FinTech and regulatory law.

Christina Iannozzi, Treasurer

Christina Iannozzi is an associate at Levitt LLP. She has an active employment law practice with a focus on human rights and litigation. Prior to becoming an associate, Christina completed her LL.M. at Western University with a specialization in mental health discrimination in the workplace. Christina received her J.D. from Western University in 2016 and graduated from McMaster University in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and Business. She is currently the Treasurer of Young Women in Law and is an active member of The Advocates’ Society.

Amanda Metallo, Corporate Secretary 

Amanda Metallo is an associate at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. Amanda’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on merger and acquisition, private equity and venture financing transactions. Amanda obtained her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2016, and graduated from the University of Toronto in 2013 with an Honours B.A. in Economics and Ethics, Society & Law. During law school, Amanda was actively involved with the Osgoode Women’s Network and completed a semester abroad at the University of Amsterdam.

Stephanie Voudouris, Independent Director

Stephanie Voudouris is an associate at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. She has an active commercial litigation practice with a focus on securities litigation and class actions. Stephanie has appeared before the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Securities Commission, and other commissions and tribunals, and has experience with private arbitration and mediation proceedings.  Stephanie received her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2013, where she graduated in the top ten percent of her class. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Young Women in Law and an active member of the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association.

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