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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Summer Student

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Background

Education

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Activities and Societies: Lerner's Cup moot, FOOM Moot, Hicks Morley Labour Law Moot, Denton's Negotiation Competition

University of Toronto

Bachelor's Degree, Geography, Urban Studies

Graduated with High Distinction

George Brown College

Certificate, Chef Training

Experience

Summer Student

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
– Present (3 months)Toronto, Canada Area

Summer Legal Student

D+H
(3 months)Toronto, Canada Area

Operations Manager

Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art & Design
(2 years 9 months)Toronto, Canada Area

+ Performed research on statutory and regulatory requirements and drafted corresponding policies, including on privacy, human rights, and occupational health and safety, as well as hiring and financial control procedures.
+ Oversaw the implementation of new policies by leading staff and management training sessions.
+ Audited company systems and procedures for compliance with the Private Career Colleges Act.
+ Acted as the point-of-contact between the company and its attorneys on all legal issues.
+ Researched and wrote new contracts for staff, students and the internal student loan program.
+ Drafted, reviewed and edited company documents, both internal and public-facing.
+ Created financial projections, budgets and “state of the company” presentations.
+ Assisted with annual audit and Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities re-registration requirements.

Intern

Amnesty International UK
(3 months)London, United Kingdom

+ Authored and updated activism related content on amnesty.org.uk.
+ Published newsletters, bulletins, and other communications.
+ Consulted with members of the activism team to improve and plan website functionality and content.

Employment Surveyor (Summer Position)

City of Toronto
(1 year 6 months)Toronto, Canada Area

+ Conducted surveys across 3,500 businesses to update the City’s database.
+ Planned daily tasks efficiently, solved in-field problems and customer-service issues.
+ Programmed an Excel script to significantly reduce manual data sorting required for reports.

Intern

Toronto Community Foundation
(8 months)Toronto, Canada Area

+ Researched the state of Toronto’s charitable sector to make recommendations for grant programs.
+ Edited and compiled reports of grant proposals and funded programs for publication.
+ Supported outreach efforts by facilitating the distribution of communication material.
+ Provided administrative support to the team across various departments.

Assistant Manager

Pier 1 Imports
(3 years 6 months)

+ Led sales team by communicating daily briefs, guiding associates to achieve sales targets, and training new associates on company policies.
+ Assisted customers by answering questions and resolving issues to mutual satisfaction.
+ Managed daily cash and tender accounting alongside receiving, processing and merchandising stock, and maintaining store cleanliness.

Honors & Awards

McCarthy Tétrault Prize for Ranking First in the First Year Class

Osgoode Hall Law School

Blakes Scholar

Osgoode Hall Law School

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Award

Top Plaintiff Team

Warren K. Winkler Class Actions Moot

Sherrard Kuzz LLP Prize in Labour Law, Employment Law and Administrative Law

Osgoode Hall Law School

Interests

  • (In no particular order): Reading
  • cooking
  • whisky tasting and collecting
  • urban exploration
  • cycling
  • internet and technology issues
  • democratic and corporate governance
  • proportional representation
  • urban development and planning
  • video games
  • board games
  • etymology
  • backgammon
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