Acting Executive 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.
Director Of Finance And Fundraising
Stephane Hamade is the vice-president, education of the Federation of Students at the University of Waterloo. He is a fourth-year student in the mathematics program. Stephane has completed several paid internships through the University of Waterloo’s renowned co-op program including roles at the Departments of Finance, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development, and at Scotiabank. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Federation of Students and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance for the past year. Stephane believes that increasing the number of paid internships and co-op programs is a large part of the solution for the youth unemployment problem facing young people today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Law Reform
William is a JD Candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. For his Master of Arts, William secured a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to research the stats of internships in Ontario. During his undergrad, William co-founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts and was a student representative to the Divisional Council of the Faculty of Arts. William has worked as a research assistant, where his work focused on labour and employment in the creative economy. He has also worked for the Ontario Ministry of Education, where he helped research and develop policies and programs for at-risk youth.