Chinelo is a seasoned Finance/Business lawyer and Chartered Corporate Governance Professional, ...
Rebecca is the principal lawyer of Scantlebury Law and practices in the areas of employment, human rights and real estate law...
Director at Large
Denise recently retired from a distinguished career in the Ontario public service. Her accomplishments reflect her commitment ...
Director at Large
Mariam Momodu (She/Her/Hers) is an associate in the Corporate and Commercial law, Mergers and Acquisitions ...
Director at Large
Yetunde is a Banking and Finance Associate at Carey Olsen. Shehas a demonstrated history advising international clients ...
Chinelo is a seasoned Finance/Business lawyer and Chartered Corporate Governance Professional, with over 16 years of legal practice spanning Commercial Litigation, Transactions Advisory, Banking, and Corporate Governance.
She was called to the Nigerian bar in 2007, and has worked across reputable institutions, in both private practice and in-house roles. Her work experience includes the renowned Aluko & Oyebode LLP (Nigeria’s largest law firm), as well as in-house Counsel in one of Nigeria’s national banks.
She completed her Masters’ Degree in Business Law at the Schulich Law School, Dalhousie University (Halifax) in 2013, and qualified for practice with the Ontario Bar in 2018.
Chinelo presently is a Senior Counsel at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, where she advises on corporate governance, procurement, policy-making and deal structuring towards providing affordable housing solutions for Canadians.
Outside of work, she is an advocate for women empowerment in the society, has volunteered with the Black Business Law Clinic, as well as been a mentor in the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. Since 2018, she has been an active member of the Black Female Lawyers Network, initially volunteering with the Retreat Committee, and subsequently has been Chair of the Communications team, the Membership Committee and the Ottawa Committee. She is presently the Vice-President of Black Female Lawyers Network, and also chairs the Fundraising Committee.
In 2021, she was recognized by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada, and actively advocates for the advancement of black women in the legal community. She mentors younger colleagues within and outside the profession, writes on her personal blog, and has been featured as a guest-writer on other platforms.
Rebecca is the principal lawyer of Scantlebury Law and practices in the areas of employment, human rights and real estate law with respect to her litigation practice, Rebecca represents both employers and employees and has experience advising on a variety of matters including employment contracts, wrongful dismissals, and various human rights matters. She is also experienced in investigating workplace harassment allegations and related matters. In her real estate practice, Rebecca assists clients with refinancing transactions and residential purchases and sales.
Prior to establishing Scantlebury Law, Rebecca gained experience at a reputable Bay Street law firm where she provided legal services for Fortune 500 companies, and a boutique employment and human rights law firm.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Socio-Legal studies and French Linguistics at the University of Toronto. She also holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. At the University of Sussex, Rebecca received first place in both the internal and regional DMH Stallard LLP Client Interviewing skills competition.
Aside from practicing law, Rebecca’s community work continues to be an important aspect ofher life. Rebecca regularly advocates for the advancement of women, diversity and inclusion and access to justice. Rebecca presently heads the communication committee on the Black Female Lawyers Network (BFLN),and has a keen interest in assisting organizations that provide support services to individuals with Dementia in the Greater Toronto Area.
Immediate Past President
Denise began her career in the Ontario Public Service as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Kitchener, Ontario and it culminated in her promotion to Legal Director for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Currently, Denise is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Indigenous Education and Well-Being Division in the Ontario Ministry of Education. She leads the ministry teams dedicated to enhancing the array of learning conditions that promote student success. Her portfolio includes Indigenous education, student and staff well-being, safe and healthy schools, parent and student engagement, and equity and inclusive education. As well, her work brings focus to youth living under the care of the Crown and of Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario. The programs and policies developed in the Division not only supports Indigenous learners, but also builds the knowledge of all students and educators on the histories, cultures and contributions of our First Nation, Métis and Inuit people.
Denise is a lifelong mentor and coach to many students and legal professionals. She holds a B.A. in political science and economics from McGill University and a law degree from University of Windsor. She earned her Master’s degree in Adult Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Most recently, Denise was recognized for improving the lives of young women and girls as recipient of the 2017 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award.
Director at Large
Mariam Momodu (She/Her/Hers) is an associate in the Corporate and Commercial law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Venture Tech and Emerging Growth Companies groups at Dentons.
Mariam completed her LL.B at the University of Ibadan with first class honors and obtained a masters in Commercial Law from the University of Cambridge. Mariam’s experience spans advising companies and
leading international organizations on a range of corporate commercial matters. Mariam has also advised early-stage and established companies in the technology, infrastructure and energy sectors, both as external and in-house counsel.
Mariam is a Doctoral candidate and Vanier Scholar at the University of Toronto where she studies the role of the private sector in facilitating trade and business within Africa. While attending the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Mariam volunteered with the Black Future Lawyers Mentorship program. She also volunteered with the Women’s Law Clinic at the University of Ibadan. She is a passionate champion for the next generation and provides mentorship and support to young lawyers.
Director at Large
Yetunde is a Banking and Finance Associate at Carey Olsen. Shehas a demonstrated history advising international clients on corporate financing, insolvency, and on viable structures for the financing of
Yetunde is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, Nigeria, and Ontario, Canada. She holds a Master of Laws in Corporations from the NYU School of Law, New York, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Cardiff University, Wales.
Yetunde has a flair for mentorship and development, both within and outside the legal profession. This explains why she has served BFLN since 2020 and will continue to strive for the advancement of women’s rights.