THE TEAM

Denise Dwyer – Founder/PresidentDenise Dwyer

Assistant Deputy Minister of Education, Leadership and Learning Environment Division

Denise’s professional life is richly characterized by the intersection throughout of three different but complementary roles: mentor, lawyer and lifelong learner.  She is the founder and president of the Black Female Lawyers Network which exemplifies her commitment to seeking tangible pathways to achieving a fully inclusive and diverse legal profession.

Currently in the role of Assistant Deputy Minister of the Leadership and Learning Environment Division at the Ontario Ministry of Education, Denise  is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and programs that support equity and inclusive education, leadership capacity of board administrators and educators, effective school board governance structures, parent and community engagement, teachers and the promotion of safe, accepting and healthy schools and student and staff well-being.

Previously she was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Public Safety Training Division within the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS), Denise led a transformational agenda dedicated to the modernization of police education and training. Her Division provided centralized corporate support services and was responsible for coordinating and integrating public safety training in policing, fire services and correctional services. Her portfolio also included oversight of the Ontario Police College.

Denise is a mentor and coach to many students and legal professionals.  She describes it as the passion that led to her interest in education. Interestingly, her career trajectory within in the Ontario Public Service began in 1991 as Assistant Crown Attorney in the Ministry of the Attorney General and later expanded to conducting drug prosecutions for the federal Department of Justice. In 2006, she became counsel for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and three years later, was promoted to Legal Director.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics from McGill University and is a graduate of the University of Windsor Law School. Her Master’s degree in Adult Education was earned from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

 

Nicole MyersNicole Myers Vice President

Crown Counsel, Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services

As counsel for the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Nicole provides advice and representation to both ministries on a variety of matters relating to services and supports for vulnerable Ontarians. Nicole’s practice areas include litigation, privacy and access law and corporate commercial.
Prior to articling with MCSS/MCYS, Nicole was a summer student at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer where she facilitated multiple modernization projects on diversity & inclusivity, youth engagement and public education; former research assistant to David Tanovich at Windsor Law and was a Student Director of the Law Enforcement Accountability Project, leading four research teams on systemic issues relating to policing and Charter issues.

 

Shaneka Taylor – TreasurerShaneka Taylor
Associate, Boghosian + Allen LLP

Shaneka is an associate at Boghosian + Allen LLP where she practices in the areas of general municipal litigation and general commercial litigation, including real estate litigation. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2011. Prior to joining Boghosian + Allen LLP, Shaneka summered and articled at Aird & Berlis LLP. She is a Board Member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, Kingsway Community Life Centre and Foor for the Poor Canada. She is a past Board Member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Ontario Bar Association. Shaneka is also a licenced real estate salesperson in the Province of Ontario.

 

Jenelle Ambrose

Jenelle E. Ambrose – Secretary 
Associate, Dentons LLP

Jenelle Ambrose is a lawyer in the Risk Management group of the Toronto office of Dentons Canada LLP. She advises colleagues in connection with actual and potential conflicts of interest, the rules of professional conduct generally, and other matters of professional responsibility and risk management.

Before joining the risk management group, Jenelle practised in the financial services group at Dentons.

 

DawDawn Bennettn Bennett
Partner, Bennett Law Chambers

Dawn Bennett is a partner in Bennett Law Chambers, P.C,. and co-owner of Mississauga Law Chambers, a members only business center designed exclusively for lawyers and licensed paralegals. Dawn practices in the area of family law. Her Family practice includes but is not limited to: Divorce; Collaborative Family Law; Family Property division; Paternity Disputes; Child Custody; Child support; Child Protection; Child Access and Visitation issues; Spousal support; Grandparents’ Rights; Separation Agreements; Providing Legal Opinions on Foreign Divorces for persons who wish to remarry in Canada, and Contested Court Proceedings.

Dawn has earned degrees in English, Business, and Law. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1998, and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2001.

Her professional memberships include the Collaborative Family Law Practice GroupInternational Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsChristian Legal FellowshipPeel Law Association, and the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in London, England.

Dawn has been a guest speaker at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law’s Internationally Trained Lawyer’s Program. She has also been a guest speaker on entrepreneurship at State Street Bank in Toronto.

Ingrid Minott

Ingrid Minott

Associate, Deloitte Canada

Ingrid is a lawyer who currently works in-house as legal counsel to Deloitte LLP where she manages complex commercial litigation files on a broad range of legal issues involving audit, tax, advisory and consulting services. In her current role, Ingrid manages the successful delivery of legal services by external counsel and provides litigation, risk management and compliance advice and support to internal stakeholders across Canada. Prior to joining Deloitte, Ingrid began her career as an associate at Stikeman Elliott LLP where she practiced as a commercial litigator for five years and provided advice on a broad range of commercial legal issues, including in the context of shareholder disputes, contract claims, regulatory proceedings, securitis litigation and product liability litigation.
Ingrid is a member of the Ontario and New York Bar and has acted for clients in variety of industries, including the financial services, manufacturing and food services industries. Ingrid provides pro bono legal services through Pro Bono Law Ontario’s Law Help Program and has taught as a Sessional Instructor at Humber College.

 

Natalie De Hnatalieaney-Stewart
Grievance Officer with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union

She received her undergraduate Honours B.A. at the University of Toronto; law degree at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law; and Certificate in Negotiation through Osgoode’s Professional Development Program. After receiving the University of Windsor’s Social Justice Fellowship, she spent three months in the Democratic Republic of Congo researching sexual violence against women. This experience prompted her to found M.O.R.E. Women International – a organization focused on increasing access to education for women and girls in Africa….
Natalie has focused her career exclusively in the area of social justice and public interest advocacy. Her passion for advancing the rights of marginalized and vulnerable individuals started over 15 years ago, first as a volunteer at her local church and eventually as a community harm reduction worker.
As of May 2016, Natalie finally satiated her passion for health and fitness and assisting women in reaching their goals by pursuing her coaching certification in Healthy Eating and Weight Loss.
 “…the One who called you is completely dependable. If He said He’ll do it, then He will” – 1 Thessalonians 5:24