Garrick Apollon has been a Legal Counsel with the Department of Justice for over 10 years. He is also a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management. An alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (Penn Law), Garrick was a student of Professor Regina Austin, Director of the Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law. He was also the host for a television program on access to justice. More recently, Garrick led an innovative learning project involving MBA and JD-MBA students in the production of visual legal advocacy videos with the University of Ottawa and a multinational corporation. An active legal scholar, Garrick has seven publications in leading peer-reviewed American law journals in the fields of corporate governance and ethics, negotiation and dispute resolution.
Garrick played football for the Rouge & Or at Université Laval. He was a member of the Rouge & Or when the team won its first Vanier Cup, awarded to Canadian university football national champions. Garrick is Fellow of the FILM Initiative at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University. Garrick holds a degree in civil law (LL.B.) from Université Laval, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa, a Master of Law in International Business Law (LL.M.) from Université Laval and a Master of Comparative Law (LLCM) from Penn Law. He was called to the bar in Ontario in 2004.
Étienne Trépanier is a lawyer and a filmmaker. A legal counsel with the Department of Justice for over 18 years, Étienne is an expert in entertainment and communications law. He currently serves as legal advisor for the Department of Canadian Heritage. As a way to bridge his legal and creative skills, Étienne has for many years maintained an active film production business through Tenor Films. He has directed and produced two travel documentaries, which were distributed through a large network of cinemas and art houses in Québec.
Étienne has also written, directed and produced awareness campaigns for organizations such as the Association of Justice Counsel and the Tax Court of Canada. Most recently, he collaborated with Garrick Apollon to write, direct and produce visual legal advocacy videos with the University of Ottawa and a multinational corporation in the context of an experiential learning activity for MBA and JD-MBA students. He is the team leader of the national initiative Justice.TV at the Department of Justice of Canada. Étienne is Fellow of the FILM Initiative at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University. Étienne holds a degree in civil law and common law (LL.L-LL.B.) from the University of Ottawa, and was called to the bar in Quebec in 1998.
Bita Ghiasi (JD/MBA’19) – Programs & Special Projects
Bita Ghiasi is in her second year of the JD/MBA program at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business. During her studies, she has been involved in clubs across both schools, including the Osgoode Business Clinic and the Schulich Investment Banking Club. This past summer, Bita worked as a Summer Associate in Sales & Trading at Scotiabank.
Prior to commencing the joint program, Bita obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration from Schulich with a specialization in Finance. She then worked in management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, working closely with clients across several competencies and industries, with a focus on Financial Services and Retail.
Ankita Gupta (JD’19) – Research Associate, Climate Change [CCLI]
Ankita Gupta focuses on corporate governance and climate change risk. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Specialist in Finance and Strategy. In the past, she has worked in accounting, finance and marketing roles at Deloitte Canada, Unilever and Hershey. She spent the greater part of last year supporting Professor Anita Anand and Professor Poonam Puri, researching insider trading in Canada and the use of the corporate veil by MNCs and continues to be actively involved in a research capacity in these projects alongside the CCLI Initiative with the Hennick Centre for Business and Law. Ankita is currently serving as a Junior Editor on the Transnational Legal Theory Journal and Junior Caseworker with the Osgoode Business Clinic. In her free time, Ankita volunteers with the United Nations and serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for her undergraduate management student association.
Graham Haynes (JD’18) – Research Associate, Climate Change [CCLI]
Originally from the small town of Sussex, New Brunswick, Graham is a second-year student in the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School and holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree (conferred magna cum laude) from St. Francis Xavier University. Graham has worked as a summer law student for one the largest public oil & gas companies in Canada, and this summer will be summering at Stewart McKelvey LLP in Saint John, New Brunswick, where he will be seconded to the largest private oil & gas company in the country. Graham is also a Senior Caseworker at the Osgoode Business Clinic and the Co-President of the Osgoode Chapter of the Canadian Law Games Association.
Maha Mansoor (JD/MES’19) – Research Associate, Climate Change [CCLI]
Maha Mansoor focuses on climate change and corporate behaviour. She holds an HBSc in Forestry and the related disciplines of Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto where she spent much of her undergraduate time focusing on the impact of certification systems on business behaviour. In 2016, she published a research article related to private regulation in the bioenergy sector and maintains a strong research role in this capacity. In her free time she acts as a board member for her local environmental association, OakvilleGreen Conservation Association, as well as a board member on her local Toastmasters association
Wendy Ngai (JD’17) – Research Associate, Climate Change [CCLI]
Wendy is a third-year JD candidate with a strong interest in corporate social responsibility and cap and trade systems. During law school, Wendy was involved in a number of initiatives, including the Osgoode Business Clinic, volunteering with Pro Bono Students Canada’s Civil Litigation Project,and participating in the Environmental Advocacy Moot workshop. Following her second year at Osgoode, Wendy spent her summer at the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Legal Services branch. In her free time, Wendy enjoys travelling, horseback-riding, strolling through parks with her dog and binge-watching the tv show “How to Get Away with Murder”.