Claire is a law student at the University of Ottawa and will be articling at Torkin Manes LLP in Toronto. She completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Geography from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Claire has been an unpaid intern at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC and at the Ministry of the Attorney General in Toronto, where she had very positive experiences. In June 2012 Claire founded the Canadian Intern Association because she is concerned about how internships will affect her generation; is interested in learning about the legal aspects of this issue; and enjoys being an advocate.
Barbara is a recent Master of Public Administration graduate from Queen’s University. She is currently working for the Government of Canada. Barbara completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo – what she likes to call Canada’s Silicon Valley. Barbara has been tracking the issue of unpaid internships for a few years and believes that the surge in the number of illegal internships in Canada signals the need for effective enforcement of employment laws.
Tom recently completed a Post Grad Certificate in Event Management (Humber College 2013), and also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Acting (Ryerson University 2009). He has worked as an actor, director, and is now venturing into program coordination and event management. He believes in a fair wage for fair work. Tom has spoken at universities and colleges about the growing issue surrounding internships within Canada. He currently resides in Toronto and has an undying passion for his hometown Leafs.
Kyle is a graduate of George Brown College’s Event Planning and Destination Tourism program. He is working in a Community Outreach role at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Organizing Committee. Kyle’s experience with managing complex projects and tight budgets includes, the first Celebrate Yonge, various initiatives with MP Olivia Chow, and the national tribute network to Jack Layton through the Movember movement. Kyle is committed to fair wage practices in industry today and was successful in a claim to seek unpaid wages following an unpaid internship.
James is an investment analyst at Manulife Financial. He joined the company in 2010 as part of the Investment Division Rotational Program. Upon completion of the program, James worked for the firm’s proprietary trading desk until his recent transfer into the private placements group. James holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and a Master of Science in Finance & Investment from the University of Edinburgh. James feels fortunate to have enjoyed several paid internships which contributed to his success following university.