2021-2022 Team

Meet our phenomenal team 2021-2022.

Co-President: Taylor Bain, 3L

Taylor (she/her) is a 3L in the English Common Law program. She comes from Manitoulin Island, completing her undergraduate degree at Carleton University in Law, Policy and Government. Taylor has been a technoship and research assistant for Professor and feminist Jane Bailey, focusing on the role of tech-facilitated violence against women. She is looking forward to exploring more about how to enhance the position of women in the workforce.

Co-President: Kate Bell, 3L

Kate is in her third year at UOttawa Law and is interested in pursuing studies related to women’s rights and access to justice issues. Kate has a degree in International Development and Political Science from the University of Guelph and as part of this spent 4 months in India, travelling and studying environmental and women’s rights issues within the Indian context. In her two years between undergrad and law school, Kate was the manager of a yoga studio in Toronto where the value of community and women supporting each other was further ingrained in her. When she’s not trying to stay on top of readings, Kate loves to cook, spend time with friends and family and practice yoga.

Co-VP Events: Kallisti Sipidias, 3L

Kallisti is a 3L in the English Common Law Program.  Born and raised in Toronto, Kallisti graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours BA in Political Science and Sociology.  Kallisti’s genuine curiosity, quest for knowledge, and desire for developing a deeper understanding of the world, lead her to serve as the Director of Partnerships at TEDxUofT where she developed corporate partnerships and managed fundraising activities. As a believer in women’s equality, Kallisti is excited to work with UOAWL and collaborate with other like-minded organizations to influence public policy and highlight women’s achievements in the legal profession. Kallisti’s passion for law is rivalled only by her love for fitness, cooking, travelling, reading, and collecting antique jewellery.

Co-VP Events: Renée Manderville, 2L

I’m Renée Manderville and I’m a 2nd year English Common Law Student. I got my BAH in history at Queens and my masters in Southeast Asian history at McGill. I’d describe myself as a feminist and environmentalist, and my interest in getting involved with UOAWL stemmed predominantly from my research on gender inequality in Southeast Asian economies and societies that have been exacerbated by the effects climate change. This work allowed me to understand vulnerabilities that accompany intersectionality on a global scale. UOAWL is a great stepping-stone to getting more involved with Canadian feminist initiatives and promoting substantive equality for future generations of women.

VP Finance and Sponorship: Chauntae De Gannes, 2L

Chauntae (she/her) is an ambitious and intelligent leader with experience both in government and the community. Chauntae graduated from Queen’s University’s Faculty of Arts & Science and received the Mark R. Wilson Award for outstanding commitment to the Queen’s community. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Global Development Studies.  Chauntae’s passion for creating change led her to serve as an Executive Member of Queen’s Female Leadership in Politics and Queen’s Women in Leadership during her undergraduate career. Chauntae’s commitment to gender parity can also be highlighted in being selected to sit in the House of Commons as a Daughter of the Vote for Equal Voice Canada in the inaugural year of the initiative. During Chauntae’s summer before law school, she worked as a Policy & Programs Assistant for the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate. Additionally, starting 1L Chauntae currently sits on the Common Law Student Society English Assembly. Chauntae brings unique insight and experience to the UOAWL team from her involvement in different spaces and communities. In her free time Chauntae likes to apply her creative talents cooking elaborate meals and spinning beats with her DJ skills.

Web Editor-in-Chief: Jordan Geist, 1L

Jordan Geist is a 1L student in the English Common Law program. She is a Management Engineer from the University of Waterloo where she specialized in user centric design and process improvement. Throughout her time at Waterloo she studied and worked with innovative technologies such as machine learning algorithms and facial recognition products. While she is excited about the role innovative technologies can play in society, her focus increasingly shifted from creating technology to thinking about their broader ethical, and societal impacts. Building on her engineering background, she hopes to bring her expertise in emerging technologies to the legal world with work at the intersection between law, technology and policy. In her free time, she enjoys workout classes, reading and travelling. 

VP Operations: Aliyyah Jafri, 2L

Originally from Vancouver, BC, Aliyyah (she/her) is a 2L student in the English Common Law program. Prior to attending law school, Aliyyah completed a Bachelor of Arts at McGill University, specializing in International Development Studies and Political Science. Along with her work with UOAWL, Aliyyah works at the University of Ottawa’s Community Legal Clinic in the Family Law Division. It is her hope that alongside the UOAWL team, she will be able to assist in amplifying marginalized voices and promoting intersectionality on the uOttawa campus and beyond. Outside of law school you can find Aliyyah going for jog down the canal, reading and seeking out the best donuts Ottawa has to offer.

VP Equity and Diversity: Ayushi Dave, 3L

Ayushi (she/her) is a 3L in the English Common Law program. As an Indian born and raised in Botswana, Southern Africa, diversity, women’s rights, and inclusion have always been close to her heart. She graduated from Carleton University with an Honours BA in Law and Legal studies. During her undergrad, Ayushi was the Vice-president of Scholars at Risk, an NGO that advocates for freedom of speech and the release of scholars prosecuted for their work. Her personal and professional experiences have led her to dive deeper into understanding the barriers women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other marginalised communities continue to face. As a passionate advocator for women’s equality, Ayushi is thrilled to be a part of an organisation of like-minded people that aims to uplift womxn and dismantle systemic barriers and inequalities. When she gets a break from school, Ayushi loves to travel, paint, and be outdoors! 

Co-VP Communications: Isabelle Santerre, 2L

Isabelle Santerre is a 2L student in the Political Science and Juris Doctor program. She is passionate about human rights and is always striving for equality. She is currently an Associate Editor at the Ottawa Law Review, VP Social for the AECLSS, a Research Assistant for the Pol Comm Tech Lab, among other things. When not in school, Isabelle enjoys learning new languages, rock climbing and reading.

Co-VP Communications: Julia Chung, 2L

Julia Chung (she/her) is a 2L student in the English Common Law program. She is a 1.5 generation Korean-Canadian raised in Vancouver, the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples. Julia is particularly passionate about women’s rights and empowerment of women in leadership and hopes to contribute this passion through her writing!Kate forwarded an image

1L Rep: Meena Shan

Meena is a 1L student in the English Common Law program. She graduated from the Schulich School of Business with an iBBA and has an interest in international human rights law. Outside of class you can find her trying new recipes with her air fryer, watching the newest Disney movie and grabbing some bubble tea!

1L Rep: Caitlyn Graves

I am 1L student in the French Common Law program and I am passionate about both motivating women and being motivated by women. During my undergrad at the University of Guelph, I joined the Greek organization Pi Beta Phi that strives to develop strong women and enrich lives through community service. The Exec positions I held and the bonds I formed really allowed me to develop a passion for female leadership and sisterhood. Over this past summer, I volunteered for New Dawn Editions, a feminist translation company, where I worked on translations that taught me about the major gaps and social inequalities that women face,  whether it be regarding reproductive rights, domestic violence, equal pay, among others. I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm and the knowledge I’ve acquired to uOAWL’s events and initiatives this year!

1L Rep: Aya Alshahwany

Aya is a 1L student in the English Common Law program. She has recently completed her undergrad in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa and has an interest in international, refugee and environmental law. In her spare time, Aya is usually taking care of her houseplants, reading, or playing the guitar.

1L Rep: Kelsey Prevost

My name is Kelsey, I’m from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and I am excited to be joining the University of Ottawa’s Association of Women in Law as a 1L rep! One of the reasons I joined this society was to learn about the different issues women face pursuing a legal career. I’m looking forward to being a part of a team that will provide interesting and informative events for everyone!

1L Rep: Crystal Shum

During her undergrad at UofT studying English and Political Science, Crystal was involved in an equity collective with a mission to raise awareness about unjust issues and promote equity in all aspects of our lives. She is excited to explore space and advocate for women’s rights with UOAWL

1L Rep: Shehnoor Nasir

I am in the 1L Common Law Program and currently interning for UNHCR. I’m very excited to be part of UOAWL and I’m looking forward to working with everyone planning events that relate to refugee women and their protection through law.

1L Rep: Jaena Kim

Hi, I’m Jaena Kim (she/her) and I’m thrilled to be a UOAWL 1L Rep! I majored in flute performance at McGill prior to joining the English Common Law program, and I’ve had the pleasure of performing in front of 16,000 people and competing in Vienna as the only Canadian musician at an international music competition. UOAWL’s mission to extinguish the systemic barrier and inequities against womxn sounds like the type of world I want to live in—I can’t wait to contribute towards that future through UOAWL!

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