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Osgoode’s Internationally Trained Lawyers Day (OITLD) 2018

About the Event

Osgoode’s Internationally Trained Lawyers Day (OITLD) on Thursday, May 31, 2018 will showcase the strength of internationally-trained talent in Toronto.

This is a unique opportunity for a diverse array of lawyers and law graduates from different countries, who may otherwise be going through the process of accreditation or licensing alone, to meet others and to build upon their own networks.

It also provides an opportunity for former students, new students, and prospective students to network with supportive and experienced members of the legal profession.

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Sessions for Internationally Trained Lawyers and Law Graduates

Benefit from informative sessions that go through the accreditation, licensing and recruitment processes.
This year’s event will focus on strength through personal and professional wellness. Engage in facilitated discussions on career building and identifying/capitalizing on your own unique strengths.

Afternoon Sessions: $25 plus HST (non-refundable)
Afternoon Sessions and Evening Reception: $35 plus HST (non-refundable)

Evening Reception

Join members of the legal and professional community in the evening to meet, network and exchange ideas.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Hadiya Roderique, Lawyer, Journalist, and Ph.D. Candidate, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She will explore the strengths of diverse teams and retaining diverse talent.

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Evening Reception: $15 plus HST (non-refundable)
Afternoon Sessions and Evening Reception: $35 plus HST (non-refundable)

+ Agenda

Full Agenda*
In front of Moot Court
Rm 1005/1006
Registration Opens
Moot Court, Rm 1005/1006
Opening remarks
Moot Court, Rm 1005/1006Rm 



The NCA Accreditation Process: Hear from an NCA representative

Malcolm M. Mercer, Partner, General Counsel, McCarthy Tétrault


Finding your Strengths: How to define your value as an internationally-trained candidate in the search for your next legal position

Dali Cela, Job Search Advisor, York University

Moot Court, Rm 1005/1006
Law Society of Ontario: Licensing Process Update

Ken Osborne, Manager, Licensing and Accreditation
Gina Haros, Team Manager, Licensing Process
Claire Hepburn, Team Manager, Articling Program

Gowlings Atrium
Moot Court, Rm 1005/1006
Law Practice Program – Informational Session and Updates

André Bacchus, Assistant Director, LPP Work Placement Office, Ryerson University

Slide Deck

Moot Court, Rm 1005/1006
Wellness strategies for success in the NCA, Licensing, and Legal Job Market

Iva Keighley, Student Success & Wellness Counsellor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Gowlings Atrium
Moot Court, Rm 1005/1006
Career Paths for Internationally Trained Talent: Hear from a panel comprised of various employers and alumni.

  • Paul D. Jones, Principal, Jones & Co.
  • Faizan Ellahi, Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public
  • Eva Guo, Associate, McCarthy Tetrault LLP
  • Omar Hasan Al Zahid, Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public
  • James Kitts, Associate, Liblong Digambar Professional Corporation
  • Gabriela Martinez, Student-at-law, Ryerson LPP and Registered Immigration Consultant
  • Albana Musta, Associate, Walker Sorensen LLP
  • Tim Pavlov, Associate, Torys LLP
  • Margaret Shodeinde, LLM in International Business Law (Class of 2016), Student, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Michael Vrantsidis, Lawyer, Brown & Partners LLP
  • Nakul Kohli, Senior Associate, Transfer Pricing, PwC
6:00 – 6:30
Moot Court, Rm 1005/1006
Hadiya Roderique,
Lawyer, Journalist, and Ph.D. Candidate, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto“The Strengths of Diverse Teams and Retaining Diverse Talent”law-society-of-ontario-accredited-edi.png This event contains 0.5 EDI Professionalism Hours.
6:30 – 8:00
Helliwell Centre, Rm 1014
Networking Reception

The evening networking reception will bring together the panel participants and members of the profession for a networking event and celebration of diverse international talent. Light appetizers and refreshments served.


Sponsoring OITLD provides an exceptional opportunity to strengthen and increase your company’s visibility and profile with a strategically targeted group of leading professionals, who are prospective customers for your products and/or services.

Interested in sponsoring? Download the 2018 Sponsorship Package to find out more.

Jones & Co Emond Publishing

Past Sponsors Include

Past OITLD Sponsors

Venue Details


Osgoode Hall Law School Map

Osgoode Hall Law School
Ignat Kaneff Building, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON Canada
M3J 1P3


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The closest visitor parking garage to Osgoode Hall Law School is Arboretum Lane Parking Garage (ARB) at 22 Arboretum Lane.

Cost (maximum): $2.50/half-hour ($20.00 max), Lost Ticket $20.00
Weekday Evenings: $2.50/half-hour ($8.00 max after 6:00 p.m.)

*Speakers will be updated as they are confirmed. Agenda and speakers are subject to change without notice.

All tickets are final sale – no refund is available for this event.