Fay Faraday is a human rights, labour and constitutional lawyer and the founder of an innovative social justice law and strategic consulting practice in Toronto. Since 1996 Fay has represented unions, civil society, community coalitions and individuals in human rights, labour, constitutional, pay equity, administrative and public law litigation. She also works collaboratively with organizations and multi-stakeholder coalitions to develop strategic visions and practical action plans to advance human rights and social justice outcomes. Fay has represented clients on many leading constitutional and human rights cases at the Supreme Court of Canada and Ontario Court of Appeal. Her work has addressed a wide range of systemic human rights issues including gender and work, rights of persons with disabilities, racial discrimination, pay equity, employment equity, poverty, income security, rights of transnational migrant workers, LGBTQ rights, rights of Indigenous communities, homelessness, economic and social rights, and international human rights norms. Fay has published extensively on constitutional law, labour and human rights, including co-authoring and co-editing three books on human rights: Making Equality Rights Real (2006), Enforcing Human Rights in Ontario (2009) and Constitutional Labour Rights in Canada (2012). In addition to her legal practice, Fay is a Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. She has taught courses on legal ethics and professional regulation of lawyers since 2010 and has also taught courses on human rights/anti-discrimination law. Since 2015 Fay has been the Course Director of Osgoode’s program on ethical lawyering.
After about 15 years at large national firms in Montreal and Toronto, in 2014, Lai founded a boutique law firm focusing on employment and labour law, human rights, administrative law, and litigation. Licensed as a lawyer in both Ontario and Quebec, she assists businesses, not-for-profit organizations, entrepreneurs and individuals across Canada, as well as U.S. and China, with their legal issues. She is a member of Alternative Dispute Resolution Ontario, and conducts workplace investigations as well as mediations. In January 2017, she was also appointed Deputy Judge, Superior Court of Justice, Small Claims, working part-time in Toronto. As Deputy Judge, she presides over trials, motions and settlement conferences. Lai also has an extensive history of speaking and writing engagements. She has written articles and spoken at numerous conferences on the issues of: workplace law, discrimination and accommodation, professional regulation and discipline, professional ethics, leadership and diversity and cultural competence. She is a past President of Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) Ontario, and inaugural National President, FACL (June 2015-June 2017). Lai is also immediate past Chair of the Roundtable of Diversity Associations (April 2015-March 2017), and active at the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association. Lai is also a Board member of Up with Women (a not-for-profit organization that provides support and coaching to homeless women in various cities in Ontario). Lai works in both English and French. A native Toisan speaker, she also speaks some Mandarin.
Natasha Persaud is a Partner at Formative LLP where she practices Human Rights and Employment Law. She is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Osgoode Hall Law School where she supervises students at the Community and Legal Aid Services Programme, focusing on issues of poverty in the Administrative law context. Formerly a lawyer with the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, Natasha has litigated before various courts and tribunals and has appeared as a panelist in forums addressing issues of race, gender and islamophobia. Natasha is a Steering Committee member of the Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law (CAMWL), a former Advisory Council member of CAIR-Can (now National Council of Canadian Muslims) and has provided research assistance with respect to Charter issues including Ishaq v. Canada.