Education: Bachelor of laws, University of Ottawa (2009)
Biggest business achievement: Co-creating the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program in the same year that I made Partner at Caza Saikaley LLP.
Biggest obstacle overcome: Despite being a single parent, I graduated second out of 168 students completing their third year of the English bachelor of laws program in the Faculty of Common Law.
The research won’t just improve surgery in Ottawa, but also help people avoid it altogether by simulating injury patterns to find a way to prevent them.
Biggest influences: My kids. They made me who I am today. In law school, they inspired me to work hard. In practice, they have kept me humble and taught me how to listen.
Most important lesson I’ve learned in business: Communication is key: who is going to do what and by when? Effective litigation requires clear project management.
First job: Cook at the Green Door restaurant.
Advice I’d give the younger me: Don’t care about the opinions of everyone, only the opinions of those you respect.
Favourite pastime: Reading.
I’m currently reading: The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
Favourite movie: Miller’s Crossing
Favourite song: Strangers by the Kinks
Favourite Ottawa sports team: Ottawa Senators