Alice Li, CPA, CA Entrepreneur, businesswoman, and believer of dreams. Alice is a Senior Associate in the Audit and Assurance group at PwC Canada. Beauty and brains - Alice is the reigning Miss Global 2019. Whenever Alice is not crunching numbers at the office, you can find her busking on the streets of Toronto, performing to raise funds for charity. What started as a childhood hobby has now turned into an established charity project, making international headlines all over the world. For Alice, this project was a way to give back to a good cause while doing something she loved, which was the performing arts. The streets of Toronto has now become Alice's favorite stage and a place where her heart truly is. An entrepreneur, Alice founded a nonprofit jewelry store that donates all proceeds to charity. She named it the "Modern Princess" to demonstrate the theme that beauty is both inside and out. Alice is also a young advocate in the local healthy industry, serving as a board member on the William Osler Health Foundation's Future Leaders Board, which supports three local hospitals: Etobicoke General, Peel Memorial, and Brampton Civic. To date, more than $60,000 has been raised towards Toronto's local emergency rooms. Alice wants to demonstrate the difference one person can make and inspire others to be their best selves.
Kim Gale, LL.B - Gale Law - Kim has honed her advocacy skills in a variety of settings and is a fierce advocate for her clients. Kim is a pioneer in the legal community and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the field of law. She had envisioned becoming a barrister from a young age as she enjoys solving problems and negotiating. In 2007, she attended Western University and graduated in 2011 from the media program. After working in shipping and logistics and marketing, she worked as an assistant to an estate litigator in 2013. Kim enjoyed working in this area of law and pursued her dream of going to law school with the plan to one day open her own law firm. In 2015, Kim graduated from City University of London and worked as a paralegal at a Bay street firm equivalent in the UK. She returned to Toronto and completed her equivalency exams, barrister and solicitor exams and articled with the same estate litigator. In January 2018, Kim was called to the bar and launched Law For Millennials and NCA Network while working at a boutique estate litigation firm. In January 2019, Kim launched Gale Law. Kim's experience and peaked interest in estate litigation began in 2013. She has worked on dependant support applications, disputes over who should be estate trustee, and capacity issues relating to will challenges. Kim is passionate about helping clients solve their legal issues. Kim is founder of legal blog Law For Millennials, diversity and inclusion group NCA Network, and law firm Gale Law.
Seann McAleese, LL.B. - Miller Thomson LLP - Seann's specialty is the management side in labour and employment law, both public and private sector. Seann has extensive experience in a variety of industries in both union and non-union settings. Areas of expertise and advice relate to guiding clients on labour relations, union organizing, employment law, executive contracts, restrictive covenants, business transactions, privacy, occupational health and safety and human rights. Seann couples timely and accurate legal answers with business focused, strategic advice tailored to manage the risks and challenges presented by the legal context in order to facilitate corporate objectives. Seann has developed a particular expertise assisting in the hospital, police, insurance and waste services sectors. Seann has attended as counsel before the courts, including at the appellate level, at arbitration and a variety of statutory tribunals governed by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 Labour Relations Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Human Rights Code. Professional achievements: The Best Lawyers in Canada - Labour and Employment Law, 2020 award.
Jean-Pierre A. Laporte, CEO, INTEGRIS Pension Management Jean-Pierre founded INTEGRIS Pension Management with the intent of providing better solutions for investors looking to minimize taxes while protecting their assets. He worked over the past decade as a pension lawyer for a number of prestigious firms in Toronto such as Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Bennett Jones LLP and Fasken Martineau LLP. He has dedicated himself to improving pension legislation and is often called as an expert witness on pension matters before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. He has written a number of seminal articles on pension reform, most notably, on expanding the Canada Pension Plan. He was educated at the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.In recognition of his various contributions to the development of new forms of retirement savings plans, Jean-Pierre was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in October 2012.
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