Anne Irwin: Chair
Anne is a Toronto lawyer with a background in human rights, pay equity and administrative law who is currently practising in the area of education law representing children and youth. As a parent of three children, one with special needs, she brings to the table both personal and professional experience advocating for children within the school system. Anne has significant experience in school related community work and has a particular interest in law reform, community development and public education in the area of education law.
Emma Rhodes: Co Vice-Chair
Emma was called to the bar in 2002 and started her own youth criminal justice practice in 2008. Emma has been involved in a variety of activities to promote education and awareness of youth criminal justice issues including sitting on numerous panels for Legal Aid Ontario, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ontario Bar Association. In March 2014, Emma testified before the Senate of Canada’s Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights about the overrepresentation of visible minority youth in the criminal justice system. Emma is also on the newly formed Executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s Child and Youth Law Section. Emma is currently an Instructor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she has taught Trial Advocacy since 2010, was an adjunct professor at University of Toronto from 2012 to 2014 for a course on Youth Criminal Justice, and has guest lectured at Humber College.
Rishma Bhimji: Co Vice-Chair
Rishma is a tax litigation lawyer with the Department of Justice in Toronto. While in law school, she completed a study abroad in France at L’Université Paris-Sorbonne. Rishma articled at the Department of Justice and clerked with the Ontario Court of Justice at College Park. She was called to the bar in 2009 and has been practicing with Justice for 7 years.
Lennox Gibbs: Treasurer
Lennox is a Vice President in the Equity Research Group at TD Securities. He is a Senior Capital Markets professional with extensive experience evaluating public companies and structuring equity investment ideas for Canada’s leading institutional portfolio managers. Lennox applies a combination of Equity Analysis skills, Capital Markets expertise and Industry Knowledge to a coverage universe that spans Canadian Life Science, Pharmaceutical and Health Care companies. Lennox has been consistently ranked as a leading Health Care Analyst by various rating agencies. Prior to joining TD Securities, he was an Executive Director at CIBC World Markets. Lennox graduated from the University of Toronto, with a Master of Engineering (MEng).
Patric Senson: Secretary
Patric has a long history of working with children and youth both professionally and in a volunteer context. Through university and his twenties, Patric was involved in Scouting at all levels of the organization, from running a successful cub pack to serving on regional and provincial councils that set policy and program direction for the movement. Today, Patric runs his own sole practice as a lawyer focussing on child and youth issues. He is a panel member of the OCL, practices Youth Criminal Justice and sits on the 311 Jarvis’s crossover youth committee. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Patric was an award winning science journalist with CBC radio. In his spare time he is actively involved in the LGBT community and is a frequent participant in the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation’s Friends for Life Bike Rally, an annual event that raises more than a million dollars for the organization. For two years he was the media and communications lead on the steering committee for the event.
Avery Adams graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2010 and went on to pursue a post-graduate certificate in Human Resource Management and currently works as a human resources specialist at a trade union in Toronto. She currently acts as an executive committee member on a not-for-profit children’s charity and serves as a youth mentor in the community. Avery hopes to contribute to protecting and advancing the legal rights and dignity of children and youth in Canada through voice and empowerment while helping Justice for Children and Youth achieve and support their overall goals and objectives.
After becoming intrigued with the world of advertising at Queen’s, Tim moved to Toronto and joined Gee, Jeffery & Partners in January 1995 working on Sporting Life and Telco giant Rogers for four years. In April 1999, Tim joined the ranks at BBDO. During his time at BBDO, Tim held various positions rising to VP, Group Account Director in the Account Service Department while running the entire PepsiCo Canada portfolio for seven years. Tim’s work has been recognized in business building and creative award shows around the world. In 2011, Tim was promoted to Senior Vice-President, Creative Operations and New Business, where he ran the Creative Department alongside the Executive Creative Directors, BBDO’s New Business practice and was the Agency’s main media contact. In 2015, Tim took over BBDO’s in-house, post-production facility, Ricochet Post-Productions and started Flare, BBDO’s content production division. Tim also has an altruistic side and has long been a charity volunteer. For the past 20 years, Tim has been a board member, and is currently the Chair, of the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund, a charity that raises funds to send deserving children to summer camps across Canada. Tim has been married for 19 years and has two daughters 14 and 12, who look shockingly like him. They love traveling and have visited Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Bali, Singapore and are planning a trip to Vietnam for 2018.
Sapna is a content strategist, and communications, marketing and branding professional with more than 15 years of experience in the public, not for profit and social business sectors, along with extensive work with corporate, foundation and educational partners. For more than a decade, she lead the strategy and development of the brand and content for WE (formerly Free The Children, Me to WE and WE Day), a social and educational movement gaining global momentum. At WE, Sapna founded the Creative and Communications department and grew the globally-focused team of 40+ people to deliver on multi-platform marketing, communications, design, educational and editorial needs with both a global strategy and targeted regional focus across Canada, US and the UK. Her leadership on program and curriculum development ensured that education was intrinsic to WE’s outcome of empowering diverse groups of young people to be thoughtful change agents. She has been instrumental in developing high social impact campaigns and content to inspire and empower activism and advocacy among young people. She consults with companies and organizations across sectors including film, arts and culture, foundations, health, social businesses and start-ups. A storyteller at heart, Sapna has leveraged her talents as a wordsmith and editor on several book and editorial projects. Drawing on her journalism background, she has overseen editorial management and content development in numerous regional and national publications. Sapna holds degrees from Ryerson and Western Universities.
Norine is Senior Counsel at the Office of the Chief Justice, Superior Court of Justice providing legal advice, policy development, judicial education and media relations to the Court. She is an experienced criminal lawyer having served as a Crown attorney and defence counsel. Her career has focussed on litigation, legal education and policy development on issues of advocacy, sexual and domestic violence, youth justice, and victims’ issues. She recently designed and managed a criminal defence service at Legal Aid Ontario for highly vulnerable criminal defendants, with a particular focus on clients with mental health issues. She has spoken broadly and developed educational programs for Crown attorneys, defence counsel, police and the judiciary. Her primary focus is mentorship to junior counsel.