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An Honest Conversation: Challenges and Opportunities Facing In-House Women Lawyers of Colour

Toronto, June 27, 2019 - 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for a candid and insightful discussion with five inspiring women on the opportunities and challenges facing in-house women lawyers of colour today. Drawing on her 30 year career as a General Counsel and role as Former Chair of the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Legal Profession, Michele Mayes will kick-off the discussion with her insights on the need for new solutions and tools to interrupt bias and drive meaningful change across the legal profession.

We hope you can join us for a networking reception after the program.

Mandatory Contuining Education

This program contains 1 hour and 30 minutes of Equality and Inclusion Professionalism content.

This organization has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Ontario.


Michele Coleman Mayes,
Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, The New York Public Library; Former Chair, ABA’s Commission on Women in the Legal Profession



Cecile Chung,
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Samuel Group of Companies

  Kikelomo Lawal,
Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary,
Interac Corp.

Sarah Qadeer,
General Counsel, The Home Depot, Canada

  Rahat Godil,
Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Moderator)

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  • Registration: 3 – 3:30 p.m
  • Keynote & Panel Discussion: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Cocktail Reception: 5:30 – 7 p.m.


Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
199 Bay Street
Suite 4000, Commerce Court West
Toronto, Ontario (Map)