Sandra is a litigation law clerk who specializes in regulatory, employment law, and human rights law. In 2018, she became the law clerk for the Professional Self-Regulatory Bodies Practice Group.
Sandra began her career as a law clerk 30 years ago with a sole practitioner who specialized in Family Law with matters involving Family and Children Services. Over the years Sandra has applied her passion for advocacy, analytical approach to problem solving, and attention to detail to the opportunities afforded to her in a variety of roles as legal assistant and/ or law clerk. She became the “right-hand” to some of Ontario’s most experienced and recognized lawyers.
In 2007 Sandra joined WeirFoulds to assist one of our most notable partners, Raj Anand, and over the years she worked closely with him on some of the most complex cases, including the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182, and Cole v. Ontario (Health and Long Term Care) where he represented the interveners. Sandra applied her administrative skills to assist him when he became the inaugural Chair of Ontario’s Human Rights Legal Support Centre in 2008 and during his four four-year terms as Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario, and his role as Vice-Chair and adjudicator of the Hearings Tribunal with the Law Society of Ontario. Sandra also assisted with workplace discrimination investigations, labour grievances and arbitrations and review of school board policies.
Sandra manages a number of files involving professional regulators and licensing bodies, as well as other public sector clients. Sandra assists lawyers with drafting submissions and agreements for matters before Discipline and Fitness to Practise Committees and before Registration Appeals Committees and assists lawyers with preparing prosecutorial viability assessments and materials to be presented before screening committees. She also assists lawyers who represent professional regulators and licensing bodies with respect to complaints made at the Human Right Tribunal of Ontario.
Sandra also manages a number of files involving employment and labour issues (wrongful dismissal claims, employee hiring and terminations, workplace policies and procedures, workplace investigations,) human rights cases (sexual harassment and violence claims, workplace discrimination and accommodation), professional self-regulation discipline and liability proceedings, and land claims.
She has worked on files at all levels of court in Ontario (Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada), the Nunavut Court of Justice, the Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as at the administrative tribunal level including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Law Society of Ontario Hearings Tribunal.
Outside of the office Sandra makes time outside of work to speak before school boards, police boards, non-profit organizations and community groups on matters related to violence against women and children, poverty, and human rights. In 2011 Sandra was a facilitator for the inaugural Peace Camp, a one week day camp program at Conrad Grebel College, at the University of Waterloo, for youth ages 8 to 14 years old.
- Certificate in Human Rights Law Theory & Practice Osgoode Professional Development, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2016
- Certificate in Conflict Management, Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo, 2011
- Law Clerk program, George Brown College, 2004
- B.A. (English Literature), University of Guelph, 1994
- WeirFoulds’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario
“Use of Charter Values in Administrative Law Decisions: What can be done further?” Osgoode Professional Development, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2016
“From Ignorance Toward Enlightenment: How Poetry Shaped a Community”, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, 2012
“Taking It To The Streets: Hidden Homelessness of Women”, METRAC, Spring Newsletter, 2006