Amy is an articling student at Champ & Associates, a labour, human rights and employment law firm in Ottawa, and a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa Common Law Faculty. She also holds a master’s in Political Economy from the University of Toronto. Amy has extensive work experience working in both the political and public service, including working as a staffer on Parliament Hill. A passionate advocate for access to justice, Amy is a co-founder of A2J, a provincial lobbying group aimed at addressing access to both legal education and legal services. She also serves on the board of director of Equal Voice, a non-for-profit aimed at electing more women to all levels of politics, and is an active volunteer with the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).
Director of Research and Labour Policy
Schenella is in her second year of the Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resources program at the University of Toronto. She is a recipient of the Verma Graduate Award and the Alexander C. Pathy Graduate Award. Prior to her graduate studies, Schenella completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science at York University. She was previously a Mentor for Big Brother and Sisters, and a Styling Consultant for Dress for Success Toronto. She was also Chief Communications Officer for her student association for the 2014-2015 school year. Schenella enjoys working on policy proposals and speaking publicly on behalf of the Canadian Intern Association. She is committed to supporting positive labour market outcomes through elevating individuals’ economic standing. In particular, she is passionate about fair pay and improved working conditions for students and interns.
Josh is a Toronto labour lawyer and intern rights advocate. Josh first got involved in the fight for intern rights during law school as the Co-Founder of Students Against Unpaid Internship Scams, a partner organization that urged the Ontario government to take action to protect interns. Josh’s experiences as an advocate for intern rights includes appearing before Ontario’s Standing Committee on Social Policy to discuss the Learning Through Workplace Experiences Act, speaking at the press conference for the Greater Protections for Interns and Vulnerable Workers Act, 2014, and advocating for greater protections for interns in a range of radio, television and print media interviews.
Jacob is a law student at McGill University, where he also works as a research assistant in the areas of family and constitutional law. Jacob became interested in young workers’ rights during his internship at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, Germany. He is originally from BC’s Gulf Islands, where his activism focused on anti-homophobia and anti-bullying work. His interests include the relationship between the state and its citizens, as well as intergenerational fairness.
Director of Advocacy
Richa holds an LL.B. from University College London in England and is a current bar licensing candidate for the Law Society of Upper Canada. During law school, she undertook a mixture of paid and unpaid internships around the world, including conducting constitutional and international human rights law research for the National Director of Health and Nutrition at Save the Child Children India. A passionate advocate for equality rights, in 2013 she was awarded an honorary membership of the National Council of Women in Great Britain for a highly commended written submission on improving access to justice for single mothers. It was during a volunteer placement interpreting for trafficked domestic workers in London that she developed a strong interest in workers’ rights. This has continued to influence her current practice aspirations in employment and human rights law, as well as her involvement with young workers’ issues at the Canadian Intern Association.
Alyssa is a graphic designer, photographer and maker working freelance and with Critical Mass design agency. While completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago she interned with Design Bureau Magazine and Time Out Chicago magazine. After graduating, she co-founded The Great Race, a community-outreach program that encouraged Type-2 diabetics around the United States to live active lifestyles using their city’s public and green spaces. Most recently, she was invited to be a designer in residence at the prestigious IDEO in Chicago. Alyssa designed the logo and colour palette for the Canadian Intern Association brand.
Andrew is a Toronto based labour lawyer and an internationally recognized labour law scholar. Andrew holds a Master of Laws in Labour Relations and Employment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Guelph. Andrew’s background in private, public and non-profit sector organizations gives him a unique perspective from which to comment on a variety of issues impacting young Canadians in the new economy. His research on the legal regulation of the school-to-labour market transition has been utilized by a large number of organizations, including the Tax Court of Canada, the Law Commission of Ontario, and Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman. Andrew acts as labour relations expert for organizations, as legal counsel to individuals and organizations on labour, employment, and human rights matters, and as a strategic consultant to organizations and political parties on economic and labour market issues affecting youths.