I was nurtured in a family and community that encouraged me to read and lead through an understanding of Black communities’ histories of hopeful and resilient strivings for justice, equality and social equity. It was in my late teens that I decided that I wanted to use law and policy to affect change for Black and other racialized communities. I have been pursuing racial justice leadership in life, law and policy ever since.
I currently serve as the Manager of the City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism (CABR) Unit. The CABR Unit is responsible for the implementation of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism.
Outside of my daily work, I maintain a separate and independent practice of providing various services, including human rights education, as well as legal research, analysis, and drafting support. Through this work, I build on more of a decade of developing an expertise in leveraging human rights law to address expressions of anti-Black racism.
With extensive experience as a legal, social and public affairs consultant and commentator on issues concerning anti-Black racism in Canada, I have appeared on or written for various media, providing insight on intersectional anti-racist human rights litigation, policy and advocacy that addresses anti-Black racism in the areas of policing, education, child welfare, labour and employment, and other social services. I have advocated on matters related to anti-Black racism in Canada at various levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and before two United Nations human rights committees in Geneva, Switzerland. This work has resulted in me being nominated in both 2016 and 2017, as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.
Prior to joining the City, I worked as an Associate at Falconers LLP, a leading human rights law firm that specializes in civil, constitutional, and criminal litigation, with a particular focus on state accountability. I entered private practice before working as a legal aid lawyer, serving as the Policy & Research Lawyer at the African Canadian Legal Clinic (“ACLC”). My role at the ACLC was exclusively devoted to engaging in legal, policy and social advocacy and organizing against systemic anti-Black racism for the purpose of protecting and promoting the rights and interests of African Canadians across Ontario.
Though the core of my expertise focuses on law, policy, advocacy and analysis for addressing anti-Black racism, my approach has always been one that is not only intersectional in nature, but is also grounded in a commitment of respecting and protecting the rights of all socially disadvantaged groups. This approach was an essential critical competency that I honed while working as a Human Rights, Equity & Diversity Advisor at Humber College, where I began my career soon after becoming an Ontario-certified lawyer.
I now use my accumulated professional skills and expertise to advise individuals, organizations and corporations from a wide range of sectors on best and promising practices for preventing, and constructively responding to human rights issues where anti-Black racism is identified and/or raised as a concern.
In addition to holding an LL.B. and B.C.L. from McGill University, Faculty of Law, I hold an Hons. B.A. from the University of Toronto in Ethics, Society & Law.