Practice Part 1 - Promoting Inclusivity & Diversity; Introduction to Indigenous Issues: Increasing Equality & Inclusion for Indigenous Peoples |

Practice Part 1 - Promoting Inclusivity and Diversity; Introduction to Indigenous Issues: Increasing Equality and Inclusion for Indigenous Peoples

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Substantive: 0.0
5 minutes
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: 1.0
1 hour
Roberto Aburto
Heather Austin-Skaret
Kim Pate
Danica Steadman
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
65 minutes
$99.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

Accreditation Criteria 6.0 generally - Entire content of panel relates specifically to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and will touch on promoting inclusivity and diversity within attendees own law firms as well as with clients and increasing equality and inclusion for indigenous people by educating attendees about some of the recommendations in the TRC final report.


Roberto Aburto

Roberto practices municipal law and civil litigation, with a focus on development disputes including real property disputes, construction law, land use planning law, expropriation, municipal tax assessment, and commercial litigation. Roberto represents all sides of the development industry, including developers, municipalities, municipal councilors and community organizations. Active in the community, Roberto serves on the board of directors for the Lifesaving Society (Ontario Branch) as the corporate secretary/legal adviser. Roberto sits on the CCLA Diversity Committee. Roberto sits as regional representative for Eastern Ontario on the board of directors of the Ontario Expropriation Association. He is part of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute Concussion Injury Working Group. He is a member of Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society, the Ontario Bar Association, Greater Ottawa Homebuilders' Association and the Canadian Property Tax Association. He is also co-chair of Gowling WLG's National Diversity and Inclusion Council and is committed to promoting principles of diversity and inclusion. Roberto serves as host of Diversonomics-a podcast on diversity in the legal market.

Heather Austin-Skaret

Heather is a partner with Mann Lawyers LLP. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1995, after receiving her L.L.B. from the University of Ottawa. She also holds a B.A. from the University of Manitoba. In her current practice, she focuses on wills and estate planning and administration as well as residential and commercial real estate. She is an active member of the Ottawa Estate Planning Council, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, County of Carleton Law Association and the Ontario Bar Association. Heather is a long standing member of the East Region Solicitors Conference Planning Committee. When not practicing law she can be found on a volleyball court or at the cottage.

Kim Pate

Kim Pate was appointed to the Senate of Canada on November 10, 2016. She is a nationally renowned advocate who has spent the last 35 years working in and around the legal and penal systems of Canada, with and on behalf of some of the most marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized, particularly imprisoned youth, men and women. Senator Pate graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1984 with honours in the Clinical Law Programme and has completed post graduate work in the area of forensic mental health. She was the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) from January 1992 until her appointment to the Senate in November 2016. CAEFS is a federation of local societies who provide services and work in coalition with Aboriginal women, women with mental health issues and other disabling conditions, young women, visible minority and immigrant women, poor women and those isolated and otherwise deprived of potential sources of support. Prior to her work with CAEFS, she worked with youth and men in a number of capacities with the local John Howard Society in Calgary, as well as the national office. She developed and taught Prison Law, Human Rights and Social Justice and Defending Battered Women on Trial courses at the Faculties of Law at the University of Ottawa, Dalhousie University and the University of Saskatchewan. She also occupied the Sallows Chair in Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 2014 and 2015. Senator Pate has been instrumental in building coalitions across the country with other equality-seeking women’s, anti-racism, anti-poverty and human rights groups and organizations; and, in this capacity, has worked with feminist legal scholars, lawyers, other professionals and front-line advocates and activists — from Indigenous communities to transition house and rape crisis centre workers. Kim Pate is a member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, the Canadian Bar Associations’s Bertha Wilson Touchstone Award, and five honourary doctorates (Law Society of Upper Canada, University of Ottawa, Carleton University, St. Thomas University and Wilfred Laurier University) and numerous other awards. Her extensive list of publications, national and international speaking engagements and her strategic intervention and advocacy for substantive equality testify to her commitment to broader social, economic and cultural change. She continues to make significant contributions to public education around the issues of women’s inequality and discriminatory treatment within social, economic and criminal justice spheres.

Danica Steadman

Danica Steadman is the manager of student programs in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office. She is responsible for the recruitment and management of summer and articling students in the office, which hires approximately 40 students annually. Danica is the local chair of the Ottawa branch of Gowling WLG’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which supports the National Diversity and Inclusion Council’s mandate and initiatives. She is also a former co-chair of the Canadian Section diversity working group of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) — an association of over 2,500 legal career professionals who advise law students, lawyers, law offices, and law schools in North America and beyond. Danica recently accepted the distinguished position of Canadian Section chair with the NALP. Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Danica was the program chair of the paralegal and law enforcement foundations programs at a local college in Ottawa. She was also an associate at a law firm and gained experience in a broad range of legal areas, including civil litigation, criminal law, employment law, estates law, family law, insurance law, personal injury law, small claims law and real estate law. Danica completed her LLM at the University of Ottawa and is fluent in both French and English.

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