After completing both an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Canadian Studies from Trent University and a Master of Arts degree from Trent's Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, I headed south to the University of Windsor Law School, with its innovative focus on "access to justice," where I earned a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree. 

While there, I was ranked in the top 10% of my class and earned:

  • The Scotiabank Award for Wills
  • The Frank W. Wilson and Marion Claire Wilson Memorial Scholarship in Constitutional Law, and; 
  • The Cassels Brock & Blackwell Centennial Prize for the highest combined average in Constitutional Law and Constitutional Litigation.

I completed my Articles at a major Toronto firm and was called to the Bar of Ontario and am a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

In addition to helping people with their legal issues, I  am the author of a number of publications on Canadian politics, history and the law.  I lecture frequently on the law, both to students and to the general public and am a Professor of Law and Business in the School of Design at George Brown College.   An engaged corporate leader, I serve on  the boards of directors of several companies including Co. Ferrara Ltd., a leading design strategy firm in Toronto.   I also serve as General Counsel to the Association for Canadian Industrial Designers and Counsel to the Institute without Boundaries.  

An active volunteer, I was raised with the belief that we must "pay it forward," and I serve on a number of committees and boards. In particular, I am Chair of the Sharon Temple Museum Society and am volunteer with Scouts Canada. For this work, I've received a number of awards including the Ontario Volunteer Service Award and Scouts Canada's Medal of Merit, "for especially good service to Scouting".