Contact LEAF

National Office

180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1420
Toronto, ON  M5G 1Z8
info@leaf.ca
Phone: 416.595.7170
Toll-free: 1.888.824.5323
Facsimile: 416.595.7191

Staff Directory

LEAF Staff members at the national office can be reached at 416.595.7170 or toll-free at 1.888.824.5323

Executive Director & General Counsel

Megan Stephens, Ext. 2002
m.stephens@leaf.ca

Megan is the Executive Director & General Counsel at LEAF. She leads and manages LEAF’s legal activities and daily operations, and works with the Board to develop the vision and strategic plan for the organization. She provides leadership, expertise, support, and direction to LEAF’s work on litigation, law reform, and public education, including acting as counsel for LEAF in its court interventions. Megan holds both a B.A. (McGill) and a Master’s degree in Sociology (Carleton), where her research focused on the use of violence by young women and girls. She has law degrees from McGill (LL.B./B.C.L.), and Columbia (LL.M.). She clerked at both the Court of Appeal for Ontario (for Labrosse, Laskin, Goudge and Sharpe JJ.A.) and for Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2003 and spent more than a decade as Crown Counsel, where she developed an expertise in appellate litigation involving sex work, human trafficking, sexual assault, and sentencing. From 2017 through the spring of 2019, Megan was Commission Counsel to the Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System. Outside of work, you can find Megan enjoying time with her three children and husband, ideally on a mountaintop or by a body of water.

Staff Lawyer

Rosel Kim, Ext. 2003
r.kim@leaf.ca

Rosel contributes to the development and management of LEAF’s cases. She also conducts legal and other research in support of LEAF’s work on litigation, law reform and public legal education. She holds an MA in English Literature and common and civil law degrees from McGill University. Called to the bar in 2016, Rosel began her career as an associate at a Bay Street firm and was most recently at a financial technology company. She is one of the founding members of Asian Canadian Women’s Alliance, a coalition of Asian Canadian-identifying women advocating for systemic change through a feminist and anti-oppressive lens. In 2017, she was selected as one of the 25 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellows in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton region for her leadership potential. Her writing on race, gender and identity have appeared in Huffington Post Canada, Precedent Magazine and GUTS Magazine. Outside of work, Rosel enjoys trying out different hot sauces and reading books.

Staff Lawyer

Cee Strauss
c.strauss@leaf.ca

Cee contributes to the development and management of LEAF’s cases. They also conduct legal and other research in support of LEAF’s work on litigation, law reform, and public legal education. Cee articled with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), following which they managed a CCLA consultation project to hear from youth and educators about their civil liberties concerns. Cee has worked as an associate at a criminal defence firm in Toronto; as a legal assistant at a civil litigation firm in Montréal; and as a law clerk for Justice Sheilah L. Martin at the Supreme Court of Canada. They received their B.C.L./L.L.B. from McGill University in 2016, graduating with the Elizabeth Torrance Gold Medal. They also hold an M.A. in Communication Studies from McGill. Cee was called to the Ontario Bar in 2017 and will be called to the Barreau du Québec in May 2020. Throughout their st­udies and working life, Cee has volunteered with the Prisoner Correspondence Project, a queer and trans prisoner penpal program. Cee loves all things queer, nerdy, and Jewish – see if you can spot them biking around town on their way to a show, a D&D game, or Shabbat dinner.

Project Director

Kat Owens, Ext. 2007
k.owens@leaf.ca

Kat is the project director for LEAF’s Feminist Strategic Litigation Project. Her work focuses on examining the impact of LEAF’s work, connecting with individuals and organizations advancing gender equality, and planning for LEAF’s litigation work moving forward. Prior to joining LEAF, Kat worked as a staff lawyer at the Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry, and as an Assistant Crown Attorney at College Park. She holds law degrees from the University of Toronto and New York University. Outside of work, you will find Kat passionately cheering on Liverpool F.C., playing Ultimate Frisbee, or listening to whatever her current podcast obsession happens to be.

Finance and HR Manager

Grace Hitimana, Ext. 2006
g.hitimana@leaf.ca

Biography coming soon

 

Fund Development Manager

Megan Cameron, Ext. 2004
m.cameron@leaf.ca

Megan is the Fund Development Manager at LEAF, responsible for leading and managing LEAF’s fundraising program. Prior to joining LEAF, Megan worked at Amnesty International in Philanthropy & Major Giving. Before transitioning into fundraising, Megan spent more than six years working as a national journalist for Global News, reporting on a number of human rights and social justice stories. In 2016 Megan was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. Megan holds a degree in Media Studies from the University of Guelph; a Diploma in Journalism, and a Post-Graduate Fundraising Management Certificate, both from Humber College.

 

Communications and Branch Relations Coordinator

Yasmine Abu-Ayyash, Ext. 2009
y.abu-ayyash@leaf.ca

Yasmine (pronounced ‘Yes-meen’) manages LEAF’s communications and marketing initiatives, including LEAF’s website and branding, social media campaigns, and newsletters. She also manages the LEAF branches across the country, assisting with tech and promotional materials. Having previously worked in the nonprofit sector as an Analyst, Gender Specialist, and Media and Advocacy Consultant, Yasmine has expertise in the issue area of gender equity and mainstreaming. She is committed to mainstreaming gender equity and intersectionality frameworks into strategy and communications. In her spare time, Yasmine can be found writing her first cookbook on Lebanese and Palestinian food.

Office Coordinator

April Leather, Ext. 2001
a.leather@leaf.ca

Biography coming soon

 

Office Administrative Assistant

Borrsha Kanapathipillai
b.kanapathipillai@leaf.ca

Borrsha is the Administrative Assistant at LEAF, a role in which she supports the office and ensures its smooth operation. She has previous experience working internationally with Children of Hope Uganda in Lira, as a Donor Representative. Borrsha studied International Development Studies at the University of Toronto. Her professional aspirations are to continue working with organizations that have meaningful and positive impact on society. In her spare time she enjoys: hiking, reading and spending time with friends and family.  

Articling Student

Nicole Biros-Bolton
n.biros-bolton@leaf.ca

Nicole assists LEAF’s legal team, including the Executive Director and General Counsel, staff lawyer and pro bono counsel, in all aspects of their work, including conducting legal research, providing opinions, drafting case proposals and memoranda on possible law reform projects, as well as summaries of recent decisions, and analyzing cases and laws that may be relevant to LEAF’s work. Prior to LEAF, Nicole has provided advocacy and support within the criminal justice and family legal systems, working at the Victim Witness Assistance Program and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. In the UK, she worked as a researcher, trainer and advocate in a hospital program for pregnant women experiencing violence. Nicole interned for the Secretary General of Amnesty International and taught critical thinking and research skills to Chinese high school students in Shanghai. Most recently, she managed the Advocacy and Human Trafficking Programs at Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre in Toronto. Nicole holds a law degree from King’s College London, UK and a Masters in Human Rights Law from the University of London, UK. Nicole lives in Toronto with her husband and her two wonderful children. She loves to dance, finding any opportunity to do so, and loves to cook new and exciting meals.

 

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