Executive

William Webb

Executive Director

William is a JD Candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. For his Master of Arts, William secured a Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) to research work-integrated learning. In 2017, he joined the Canadian Intern Association as Director of Law Reform. For his leadership in research and law reform on work-integrated learning, he received Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Student Association’s 30-In-30 Award. William currently works as an Administrative Law Division Leader at a legal aid clinic in Toronto where he represents clients before various tribunals.

 

Nora Parker

Director of Outreach

Nora Parker is a law student at Osgoode Hall Law School. She completed a Bachelor of Humanities with Highest Honours at Carleton University and a SSHRC-funded Master of Arts in English at the University of Toronto. Nora is currently an Administrative Law Division Leader at a legal aid clinic in Toronto and also works as a research assistant for Professor Sara Slinn. Her interests include labour, constitutional, and administrative law. Prior to law school, Nora worked in the publishing industry, starting as a publisher operations intern. This experience inspired her interest in advocating for interns.

 

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Jacob Schweda

Prairie Director

Jacob is a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law, where he clerked at the Québec Court of Appeal and worked as a research assistant in the areas of constitutional and family law. He is currently an articling student at a labour and employment law firm in Edmonton, Alberta. During law school, Jacob completed paid internships with the BC Workers’ Compensation Board and the Alberta Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General. Jacob became interested in young workers’ rights during his internship at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, Germany after completing his undergraduate studies. He grew up on 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.

 

 

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Sophie Helpard

Atlantic Region Director 

Sophie is a recent graduate of Western University with a degree in Political Science. While at Western Sophie was the President of the University Students’ Council, advocating on behalf of students to the provincial and federal governments. She continues this work as Executive Director of Students Nova Scotia, a provincial advocacy organization that represents students to the Nova Scotian government on many post-secondary issues including the fair treatment of students in the workforce. She cares about the mission of the Intern Association, particularly the government relations necessary to reform laws across the country. Sophie is particularly concerned about the gendered difference in exposure to unpaid internships.

 

 

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Andrew Langille

Director of Advocacy

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.

 

 

 

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Richa Sandill

Director Of Research And Policy

Richa Sandill is the Director of Research and Policy for the Canadian Intern Association. Richa earned her LL.B. (with honours) from University College London in the United Kingdom in 2013. She serves as Co-Secretary on the Executive Committee for the Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties, and Human Rights Section, as well as serving on the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Forum. Richa is a deeply passionate advocate for gender equality and young workers’ rights.  She has conducted legal research on violence against women in Malawi and Kenya for international women’s rights charity The Equality Effect, as well as contributing public legal education material to METRAC’s Ontario Women’s Justice Network website. She is an Associate Lawyer at Rudner MacDonald LLP, a boutique firm specializing in Employment Law services for both employers and employees. During both her studies and her subsequent National Committee on Accreditation process upon her return to Canada, Richa has undertaken both paid and unpaid internships, including a legal research internship during law school at Save the Children in New Delhi, India.

 

 

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Amy Kishek

Member at Large

Amy is a labour lawyer, with experience in administrative, labour, human rights and employment law. She is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa Common Law Faculty, and holds a master’s in Political Economy from the University of Toronto where she was a Junior Fellow at Massey College.  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). Amy’s first hand experience with unpaid internships, and with student debt, lead her to take action with the Intern Association, in the aim of addressing systemic issues that plague young workers.