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Diana Miles, BA, LLB, CDir, joined the Law Society of Ontario in 2001 as the Executive Director of Professional Development and Competence. She has since held numerous positions in the organization in addition to the competence portfolio, including Executive Director of Organizational Strategy, of Communications and of Professional Regulation. Diana was appointed Acting CEO in September 2017 and CEO in March 2018.
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Virginia holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Toronto with a double major in Criminology and Ethics, Society & Law. As part of this degree, she completed an undergraduate thesis literature review project on the unique nature of domestic violence in queer relationships and the lack of appropriate services available to survivors. She graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law in 2016. During her time at the University of Ottawa, Virginia was named a Top Ten Outstanding Volunteer by the Pro Bono Students Canada’s Ottawa chapter for her corporate governance work for a not-for-profit corporation. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2017 after completing her articles at a boutique Labour and Employment Law firm.
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Prior to joining the Superior Court of Justice, Madam Justice O’Bonsawin was General Counsel at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and previously Counsel at the Canada Post Corporation. She practiced in the areas of mental health, labour, employment, human rights and privacy law. She has also taught the course Les autochtones et le droit part-time at the University of Ottawa.
Madam Justice O’Bonsawin received her LL.B. from the French Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa and her LL.M. (Thesis: Treatment Orders in the Mental Health Context – Do They Really Work?) at Osgoode Hall in 2014. In October 2021, she will complete her PhD (Thesis: A Principled Approach: Mandatory Application of the Gladue Principles at Review Board Hearings) at the University of Ottawa. She was recently awarded the School of Abenaki Scholarship from the Middlebury Language School.
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Madam Justice O’Bonsawin is Chair of the Education Committee and a member of the Technology Committee of the Canadian Superior Court Judges’ Association. She is Chair of the Ontario Justice Education Network in Ottawa, member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario and a member of the organizing committees for national conferences. She also acts as a mentor to lawyers and law students.
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Madam Justice O’Bonsawin has many publications such as:
• Access to Justice and Gladue Reports: We All Have a Role to Play in Lawyer’s Daily (2020)
• A Principled Approach: Applying Gladue Principles at the Ontario Review Board in the National Judicial Institute Indigenous Law Subject Collection (2018)
• Canada’s Bill C-14 [NCR] A Knee Jerk Reaction to Sensationalized Not Criminally Responsible Cases in the Canadian Criminal Law Review (2016)
• Mental Health Checklist: A Guide for Members of the Judiciary (2016).
In 2019, Madam Justice O’Bonsawin was inducted into the University of Ottawa’s Common Law Honour Society. She was nominated for the Laura Legge award in 2017 and profiled in Tête à Tête – Improving Understanding in the Nation’s Courtrooms in 2016. In 2013, she was awarded the Rising Star Award by Lexpert Magazine, recognizing her as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40. She was also recognized as a leading businesswoman by Canada Post Corporation on International Woman’s Day in 2008.
In June 2018, Convocation approved revised and updated guidelines for lawyers who represent Indigenous clients. The 15 guidelines are designed to ensure the competence and professional conduct of lawyers in providing legal services to Indigenous Peoples, and non-discriminatory access to legal services in Ontario.
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In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission put forth a set of Calls to Action that urge all levels of government and all Canadian institutions to join in the effort toward the reconciliation between Indigenous people and Canada.
The Calls to Action are broad, and address all areas in which state bodies and policies exert authority over the lives of Indigenous people living in Canada - including justice.
A range of issues under the umbrella of colonialism contribute to this overrepresentation: racism, poverty, addiction and illness, the intergenerational trauma stemming from the residential school system, and cross-cultural miscommunication and misunderstanding between those working within the colonial legal system and the Indigenous people who move through it.
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