Immediate Past President
Denise began her career in the Ontario Public Service as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Kitchener, Ontario and it culminated...
Jenelle is in house legal counsel with Grant Thornton LLP where she manages the delivery of legal services...
Kamika is part of KSS HoldCo Inc.’s Executive Team and Management Committee as General Counsel for the company and its varied subsidiaries
Onika earned her J.D. in from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois in 2011. Onika returned...
Chinelo began her law practice in Nigeria, where she was called to the bar in 2007. She built ...
Kadiata is a bilingual (English/French) Corporate Commercial Lawyer with Momentum Business Law PC.
Nicole Singh is a partner in Fasken’s Labour, Employment, and Human Rights practice group.
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.
Jenelle is in house legal counsel with Grant Thornton LLP where she manages the delivery of legal services by external counsel and provides legal support on a wide range of issues including privacy, regulatory compliance,risk management, contracts and policy matters.
She obtained her J.D. from Dalhousie Schulich School of Law and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2012 and admitted to the New York bar in 2015. Before joining Grant Thornton, Jenelle practiced for five years in the financial services and risk management groups at a Bay Street law firm. Jenelle is a member of the Canadian Bar Association.
Outside of work, Jenelle dedicates her time to mentoring young people.
Kamika is part of KSS HoldCo Inc.’s Executive Team and Management Committee as General Counsel for the company and its varied subsidiaries including: Kingsdale Advisors, QM Environmental, Harbor Club Hotel, Neale’s Sweet n’ Nice Ice-cream, Titan Supply, Aisle 24, BIPOC Executive Recruitment, ESG Global Advisors, Celldration Water and the Black North Initiative.
Prior to joining the KSS HoldCo team, Kamika studied and worked in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean, in various legal capacities including as an Associate specializing in the areas of corporate law, real estate, civil litigation, health law, employment law and wills and estates. She has also worked in academic research conducting award winning health studies and writing published research papers to improve health outcomes and reduce the stigma associated with STI/HIV in the black community in London and the Caribbean.
Kamika was called to the Ontario Bar in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from The University of London, City University; The Osgoode Certificate in Health Law from Osgoode Hall Law School; a Master’s degree in Health Promotion and Public Health from Brunel University in the United Kingdom; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Law & Society from York University.
Kamika also serves as Board Member of the Council of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario where she sits on various committees to ensure public safety and promotion of the College.
Onika earned her J.D. in from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois in 2011. Onika returned to Canada and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in June of 2016 after completing the National Committee on Accreditation Qualification Program and the Ryerson Law Practice Program.
Currently, Onika Angus is a Counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General seconded at the Ministry of Health/ Ministry of Long-Term Care Legal Services Branch. In this role, she provides advice on a variety of commercial and public law matters including regulated health professions, home care and long-term care, and government contracting and procurement.
For the last two years, Onika has been a member and committed volunteer with the BFLN serving on the Fundraising and Membership Committees. In 2019 she became the chair of the BLFN Membership Committee.
Chinelo began her law practice in Nigeria, where she was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2007. She built her practice in civil litigation, commercial transactions, and corporate governance while working in private practice and in-house roles for reputable institutions. She was a Senior Associate with the renowned Aluko & Oyebode LLP, known as the largest law firm in Nigeria and one of the most prestigious in the West African Region.
She completed her Masters’ Degree in Business Law at the Schulich Law School, Dalhousie University (Halifax) in 2012, and qualified for practice with the Ontario Bar in 2018.
Chinelo presently works as a Finance Transactions Counsel at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, where she advises on deal structuring towards providing affordable housing solutions for Canadians.
Outside of work, she is an advocate for women empowerment in the society, volunteers with the Black Business Law Clinic, mentors younger colleagues within and outside the profession, and writes on her personal blog. She currently heads the Communications Team of the Black Female Lawyers Network.
Kadiata is a bilingual (English/French) Corporate Commercial Lawyer with Momentum Business Law PC. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2020. Her solicitor practice focuses on assisting Professionals, Small Medium Businesses owners, Technology Start-ups and Not-for-Profits with their corporate commercial and employment law needs.
Kadiata is internationally trained and holds a maîtrise in International and European law from the University Paris X- Nanterre (France), an LL.M in Common Law from Saint-Louis University School of Law (USA) and an LL.M Business Law from De Montfort University (UK). Kadiata has been an active member of BFLN since February 2020 and currently serves as a BFLN Director-at-Large and Chairs the Events Committee.
Nicole Singh is a partner in Fasken’s Labour, Employment, and Human Rights practice group. Nicole regularly advises public and private sector employers on a wide range of issues, including labour disputes, grievance arbitrations, human rights and accommodation, employment standards, employment contracts and terminations, collective agreement interpretation, and wrongful dismissals. Nicole has represented clients before arbitrators, courts, the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.
Nicole has specialized experience in the health care sector. She spent over a year at a large acute care hospital where she managed the hospital’s labour and employment litigation, and provided day-to-day legal advice to the hospital’s human resources department.
Nicole is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She regularly advises clients on achieving a more diverse workforce and eliminating systemic barriers. Nicole is a member of Fasken’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Nicole also co-leads the LAWS mentorship program at Fasken, which aims to support, guide and motivate high school students who face various barriers to educational advancement.