10+ Standing Committee

The 10+ Standing Committee was established as an official Standing Committee in 2018, with a mandate to promote the interests of mid-career advocates within The Advocates' Society.

10+ Executive

Yola Ventresca

Yola Ventresca


Emily Lawrence

Emily Lawrence


Chloe Snider

Chloe Snider


Communications Liaison: Steven G. Frankel, sfrankel@dwpv.com

What is 10+?

For the purpose of carrying out its mandate, the definition of midcareer advocates is not rigidly defined, but generally considered to be comprised of advocates who have been in practice for about 10 to 17 years.

10+ fosters networking and engagement among mid-career members to build and engage members during this phase of their careers and seeks to develop opportunities for the participation of mid-career members in the Society. 10+ members sit on various TAS Standing Committees.

10+ also promotes access to justice initiatives, pro bono initiatives, leadership, and career and business development programs for mid-career advocates.

10+ Initiatives include:
  • Mid-Career Forum
  • Pitch Perfect
  • The Inside Story
  • Breakfast Near Tiffany's
  • Breakfast with Tiffany's
  • Mid-Career Women’s Social
  • Transitions Panel
  • Lessons in Leadership
  • Mentoring Dinner Series (jointly with YASC)
  • TAS Podcast (jointly with YASC)
  • Mid-Career Upscale Social
  • Advocacy Matters newsletter


The Committee is led by an Executive Committee that consists of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Communications Liaison. Committee membership reflects the diversity of the Society’s membership, including, without limitation, representation from different practice areas of law and from across Canada.

Committee membership is limited to Society members who are mid-career advocates.

Annual Call for Applications

The 10+ Standing Committee seeks engaged, hard-working volunteers to promote the interests of mid-career advocates through planning and implementing information and networking events, administering Advocacy Matters newsletter and participating in the work of The Advocates’ Society.
The Society welcomes applications to 10+ SC from Society members who are about 8 to 20 years of call. Successful applicants will serve a two-year term starting May 2021. Parental leave will be accommodated.

To apply for 10+ Standing Committee 2021/22 term click here. Deadline March 15, 2021.

Questions? Please contact Emily Lawrence at emily.lawrence@paliareroland.com.

10+ Members

Rahool Agarwal, Lax O’Sullivan
Michelle Alton, Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal
Melanie Baird, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Daniel Baum, Langlois Avocats, S.E.N.C.R.L.
Kathryn Bird, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
Jean-Michel Boudreau, IMK S.e.n.c.r.l./LLP
Ian Breneman, Blakes
Lisa Marie Buccella, Aviva Trial Lawyers
Sonu Dhanju-Dhillon, Torkin Manes LLP
Michael Doyle, Doyle Advocacy
Erin Farrell, Gowling WLG (Canada)
Steven Frankel, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Andrew Gibbs, Department of Justice
Laura Glithero, Cohen Highley LLP
Andrea Gonsalves, Stockwoods LLP
Jennifer Hunter, Lerners LLP
Megan Keenberg, Van Kralingen & Keenberg LLP
Brian Kolenda, Lenczner Slaght
Ewa Krajewska, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Ayesha Laldin, Department of Justice
Sabrina Lucenti, Dooley Lucenti LLP
Clarence Lui, Reain Lui Stock
David Milosevic, Milosevic Fiske LLP
Tamara Ramsey, Dale & Lessman LLP
Natalia Rodriguez, Conway Baxter Wilson LLP
Andrea Sanche, Ricketts, Harris LLP
Lyla Simon, Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada
Cynthia Spry, Babin Bessner Spry LLP
Andrew Sunter, Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP
Nathan Sutherland, Pink Larkin
Zahra Taseer, Simpson Taseer LLP
Deborah Templer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
William Thompson, Addario Law Group
Christine Vanderschoot, Vanderschoot Family Law
Kevin Westell, Pender Litigation