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.
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".