Aviva Trial Lawyers is dedicated to Diversity & Inclusion.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is imprinted in our Committee structure.

Our commitment to diversity is encapsulated in the very structure of our organization.   Formed in 2020, our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee consists of lawyers, clerks and staff comprising of both management and non-management roles.   Top levels of our management team sit as executive members on the EDI Committee.  We also have a separate Equality, Diversity and Inclusion subcommittee consisting of staff that is integrated into the executive EDI Committee that exists to ensure that EDI objectives in all areas of our organization are properly represented.  Both committees meet once a month and we collectively share and implement ideas on how to improve on diversity within our organization and the profession at large.    We created this structure so that all persons within Aviva Trial Lawyers have a chance to be heard and included within our greater objectives of advancing diversity.  

We are committed to being a leader in the legal profession regarding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion objectives.

We have several ongoing objectives which we have implemented or are actively implementing in order to achieve our diversity goals.  They include but are not limited to:

  • Implementation of blind hiring policies with respect to hiring of all candidates for legal positions, aimed at reducing and eliminating decisions for hiring based on unconscious bias.
  • Implementation of mandatory Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion training sessions for all employees of Aviva Trial Lawyers via educational seminars, training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) aimed at educating our workforce regarding topics such as unconscious bias, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, what is an ally, the differences between binary or non-binary, and so forth.   More than just educational sessions, we seek to implement practical workshops aimed at developing practical skills on how to address, educate, lessen and eliminate situations of bias, exclusivity and racism within our organization. 
  • Implementation of Website Improvements to advertise our ongoing commitments to EDI for the entire legal profession, the public at large and the future of our legal profession, being students and prospective new hires.
  • Data collection:  in order to assist in understanding how we are doing in terms of improving with diversity, we encourage the collection of data and statistics regarding members of diverse groups within our organization so that we can actively see areas of improvement and address them.
  • Integration of addressing EDI objectives with our formal Mentoring Program.   At Aviva Trial Lawyers, we have implemented a formalized mentoring program that seeks to create professional relationships that are critical to the development of mentees and mentors as they progress through the organization.   The head of the Mentoring Program sits as a member on our executive EDI Committee.  Mentors are also encouraged to create safe-spaces to speak to their mentees about professional goals and objectives and even EDI concerns where appropriate.
  • Ongoing education regarding availability of work-life balance initiatives, encouragement of maternity and paternity leaves as part of improvement to commitment to support for familial culture and support to employees.
  • Active collaborations with Human Resources department of Aviva Canada Inc. with respect to ongoing improvements regarding diversity to the Respect at Work and Code of Conduct policies within the larger corporate organization so-as to have an even broader influence outside of the legal industry in terms of improving EDI commitments.
  • Creation and maintenance of Executive EDI Committee and subcommittees aimed at fostering an inclusive culture of openness regarding creating a better workplace for all employees of our organization no matter their role.

 

Aviva Trial Lawyers is Diversity.

Aviva Trial Lawyers is Diversity.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Members:

Adrian Fernandes

Litigation Clerk

 

Alicia Edwards

Litigation Clerk

 

Andrea Dunbar

Litigation Clerk

 

Andrew McCutcheon     

National Managing Counsel

 

Catherine Koch

National Quality Counsel

 

Claudia Carver  

Litigation Clerk

 

Dennis Ong

Senior Counsel

 

Elizabeth S. Liu

Senior Counsel

 

Emily Zhou

Counsel

 

Gale Mourtopalas

Litigation Operations Supervisor

 

Hilary Gingerich

Litigation Clerk

 

Ken Chan

Litigation Operations Analyst      

 

Lianne Furlong

Vice President, Legal Claims – Aviva Canada Inc. & Chief Litigation Counsel – Aviva Trial Lawyers

 

Meagan Burke

Litigation Clerk

 

Suhasha Hewagama       

Counsel

 

Teresa-Anne Martin

Counsel

 

Ucina Golding

Practice Assistant