Elizabeth Shilton, Chair (Toronto, ON)
Elizabeth Shilton is a retired lawyer. For many years she was a partner in the Toronto law firm of Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntrye & Cornish LLP, where she practiced labour/employment and equality law. She also served as managing partner of the firm. While in practice, she was on the board of both LEAF and the LEAF Foundation, and co-chaired LEAF’s National Legal Committee. She also represented LEAF and other equality-seeking organizations before the Supreme Court of Canada in several ground-breaking cases. In 2010, she was among the “lawyers who have made a difference” honoured by LEAF at its 25th Anniversary celebration. After leaving practice, she earned a doctorate in law at the University of Toronto, and joined the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace at Queen’s University as a Senior Fellow. In 2016, she was honoured as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA Toronto for her work in law and justice. She is currently serving LEAF in a volunteer capacity as Interim Executive Director while LEAF undertakes a search for its next Executive Director & General Counsel.
Gillian Hnatiw, Vice Chair (Toronto, ON)
Gillian Hnatiw is a litigation partner at Adair Goldblatt Bieber in Toronto. Her broad civil litigation practice focuses on health law, professional liability and regulation, and administrative law. In particular, Gillian specializes in claims for sexual assault, abuse, exploitation and violence, including forms of on-line and digital violence involving the non-consensual taking and/or sharing of intimate images. She has argued cases before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. She has also been involved in numerous administrative proceedings, most notably the Coroner’s Inquests into the deaths of Ashley Smith and Katelynn Sampson. Gillian writes and speaks on wide spectrum of subjects, including judicial diversity, parental leave, the Charter rights of complainants in sexual assault trials, and alternatives to justice for sexual assault survivors. In 2015, Gillian was named to Lexpert’s annual list of “Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers under 40”. She is currently recognized in Best Lawyers and Lexpert in the fields of medical negligence and health care law.
Nalina Sacoor, BAS, CPA, CGA, Treasurer (Toronto, ON)
Nalina Sacoor is a CPA with over 20 years experience. She currently works for the Aga Khan museum. She was raised in Lisbon, Portugal and has a long history of volunteer work with the Ismaili communities in both Lisbon and Toronto. She is also a professional photographer, and her volunteer activities include providing photographic coverage to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. She also has provided finance and treasury support in the settlement of a Syrian family . She has a passion for issues of gender equality.
Geeta Sehgal (Toronto, ON)
Geeta Sehgal holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto, and an LL.B. from the University of Alberta. She has expertise in public agency and post-secondary institution governance, with almost ten years of experience working with the University of Alberta and the Government of Alberta. Geeta has been involved with LEAF since 2008, as an active member of LEAF Edmonton’s Executive Committee. She has a strong commitment to feminism, anti-racism, social justice and human rights, and has worked to bring awareness and attention to emerging equality issues.
Adriel Weaver (Toronto, ON)
Adriel Weaver is a lawyer at Goldblatt Partners LLP. She has a broad litigation practice, including criminal, constitutional, Aboriginal and administrative law matters. She has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada.
Adriel received her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2006, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007 after clerking at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She also holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies from York University, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Urban and Environmental Studies.
Adriel is a sessional lecturer in the Criminology and Sociolegal Studies program at the University of Toronto. She has been an active volunteer with LEAF, including recently providing valuable assistance on the case committee for LEAF’s intervention in R. v. Barton at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Katherine Rivington (Toronto, ON)
Katherine Rivington is the Head, North American Retail Credit and Chief Risk Officer, Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking and Wealth Management at BMO Financial Group. She has held various senior leadership roles during her 10+ years in financial services following earlier experience in private equity and management consulting. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a JD / MBA degree from the University of Toronto where she graduated as the gold medallist. Katherine has a strong commitment to equality and human rights issues and has previously served in Board positions at Skills for Change, a non-profit organization, where she served as the Chair of the Governance Committee and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.
Susan B. Boyd (Vancouver, BC)
Susan B. Boyd is Professor Emerita at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she held the Chair in Feminist Legal Studies from 1992-2015. She is also a Visiting Professorial Fellow with the Legal Intersections Research Centre at the University of Wollongong in Australia, where she presented “W(h)ither Legal Feminism?” In March 2017. Professor Boyd researches and publishes on feminist legal theory, and gender and sexuality issues in the fields of family law, especially child custody and parenthood law. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters, and several book length projects. Her edited collection Challenging the Public/Private Divide: Feminism, Law, and Public Policy was published in 1997. Her second co-edited annotated bibliography, Canadian Feminist Literature on Law: An Annotated Bibliography, appeared in 1999. In 2007, she co-edited Reaction and Resistance: Feminism, Law, and Social Change and Poverty: Rights, Social Citizenship and Legal Activism. The collection Law and Families appeared in 2006 (with H Rhoades). Her book Child Custody, Law, and Women’s Work was published in 2003. Her latest co-authored book (2015) is Autonomous Motherhood? A Socio-Legal Study of Choice and Constraint, which addresses legal parenthood and the possibilities for “autonomous”motherhood. Professor Boyd is a long-standing member of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law. She recently joined the Board of LEAF and co-chairs LEAF’s Legal Practice Committee. In 2012, Professor Boyd was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of her international reputation as a leading socio-legal scholar who has made exceptional contributions to family law and feminist legal studies.
Donna Dasko (Toronto, ON)
Donna Dasko is currently Fellow, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, and teaches in the Master’s program. She is one of this country’s best known pollsters. During her career as Senior Vice-President of Environics Research Group, she played a crucial role in building the firm into one of Canada’s leading research organizations. She is co-founder and Past National Chair of Equal Voice, a national non-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to public office in Canada. In December 2015 she founded the Campaign for an Equal Senate for Canada, pressing for a gender-equal Senate. She has served as president of St. Stephen’s Community House, director of the United Way of Greater Toronto, director of the Canadian Youth Foundation, and Governor of the Canadian Unity Council. She is a member of the Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Social Conditions and provides ongoing advice on the Canadian census and all of its social surveys.
Donna holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Toronto. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and lives in Toronto.
Dee Dooley (Halifax, NS)
Dee Dooley is a feminist socio-legal researcher and community development worker. She is currently the Regional Capacity Coordinator at Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, where she works with organizations, service providers, and governments to develop trauma informed responses, policy, and address systemic advocacy issues related to supporting survivors of sexualized violence. Dee has over ten years of experience with crime prevention and leadership development programs for women, youth, and LGBTQ populations who have experienced violence. She holds degrees in sociology, gender studies, and criminology where her research focused on the criminalization of women survivors of intimate partner violence. Dee is passionate about social justice, advocacy, and supporting young feminists to become changemakers in their communities. In 2015, Dee was a recipient of the Governor Generals Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.
Elaine Harris (Toronto, ON)
Elaine Harris is a retired lawyer who practised law for over twenty-five years as a partner in a small firm in downtown Toronto specializing in commercial real estate and finance for both institutional and private clients. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A. in French) and Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Elaine has always been an active volunteer in the community and education areas. She sat on the boards of The Leo Baeck Day School and Jessie’s, the June Callwood Centre for Young Women for several years and was president of both organizations for two years. For the past six years she has been involved in a research project at the Baycrest Geriatric Centre in Toronto studying the links between volunteering and healthy aging. In 2013 Elaine received the Volunteer Service Award from the Government of Ontario. She is a fervent advocate for lifelong learning and is looking forward to her new role at LEAF.
Kerry Lynn Okita (Calgary, AB)
Kerry Lynn Okita is a litigation lawyer from Calgary, Alberta. She practices in the areas of employment law, immigration, human rights and sexual harassment. Between 2010 and 2012, Kerry Lynn took a leave of absence from her practice to work as volunteer legal counsel for the United Nations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Kabul, Afghanistan. Closer to home, Kerry Lynn sits on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Centre of Calgary, a storefront feminist drop-in centre that provides community, education and support to approximately 11,000 women every year.