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Proud to Welcome our 2016/2017 Articling Students

Cassels Brock is proud to announce our 2016/2017 articling students for our Toronto and Vancouver offices. Get to know them, below:

Vancouver Students

Jonathan Chandler (Dalhousie)

Jonathan received his J.D. from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. In law school, Jonathan achieved Dean’s List distinction and received numerous course prizes, including the Angus L. McDonald Prize in Tort Law, the Cox & Palmer Corporate Taxation Prize and the Alastair Fraser Award in Mergers & Acquisitions. He was awarded the Alastair Fraser Award in Commercial Law for having the highest combined grade in Bankruptcy & Insolvency and Secured Transactions, and the Robert B MacLellan Memorial Scholarship in Business Law for having the highest grade point average for a second year student in the law school’s business law specialization program. Jonathan also served as a member of the Business Law Association of Dalhousie, helping organize student and lawyer networking events. Prior to joining Cassels Brock, he spent two summers working as a provincial forest firefighter in Revelstoke, British Columbia. 

Aimee O’Donnell (University of British Columbia)

Aimee earned her law degree with a concentration in Business Law from the University of British Columbia. Aimee holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Psychology and a minor in Criminology from Simon Fraser University. During her studies, Aimee earned multiple academic awards including the Norman MacKenzie Scholarship, Law Foundation Award, and Ian, Jonathan and Peter Gritten Memorial Bursary. Throughout law school, Aimee volunteered as a caseworker with Community Legal Aid and the Law Students' Legal Advice Program, providing legal information to society’s most marginalized citizens. Prior to summering with Cassels Brock in 2015, her work experience included seven years in accounting and volunteering as a restorative justice coordinator, facilitating workshops with the Alternatives to Violence Project.

Toronto Students

Marco Ciarlariello (Osgoode Hall)

Marco graduated from the J.D. program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to law school, Marco earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Western University where he specialized in English Literature and Italian Language Studies. While at Western and Osgoode, Marco received a number of awards and scholarships for academic excellence. At law school, Marco was actively involved in the student community where he was the treasurer of the Entertainment & Sports Law Association, vice president of the Osgoode Society Against Institutional Injustice and a member of the Osgoode hockey team.

Danielle DiPardo (Dalhousie University)

Danielle received her J.D. from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. In 2015, she was awarded the McInnes Cooper Internet Media Law Prize. Prior to law school, Danielle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (with Distinction) from Brock University. At law school, Danielle was an active participant in the Dalhousie community. She was the treasurer for the Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association, a co-chair on the Law Students’ Society Social Committee and a committee member for Law Games during the 2014-2015 academic year. Throughout her three years at law school, Danielle was a student advocate for the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service where she advocated for students regarding academic appeals and disciplinary matters both informally and at Senate Disciplinary Committee hearings. In the fall of 2015, Danielle spent a term studying in the International Exchange Program at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, where she obtained a Certificate in Management and Leadership for Lawyers.

Michael Garbuz (University of Toronto)

Michael graduated from the J.D. program at the University of Toronto. Prior to studying law, Michael graduated with distinction from Western University with an Honours Bachelor of Medical Sciences. He was on the Dean’s List during all four years at Western University. At law school, Michael was actively involved as a student ambassador for the Faculty of Law. He also co-drafted both a comment letter to the OSC on a proposed whistleblowing program, and a comparative patent litigation study for Industry Canada. In the fall of 2015, Michael spent a semester abroad at the University of Hong Kong studying international business and corporate law. Michael also serves as an ambassador for Future Sinai, working to raise funds and awareness for Mount Sinai Hospital.

Rowan Groenewald (University of Windsor)

Rowan received his J.D. from the University of Windsor. At law school, Rowan was extensively involved in both academic and extra-curricular life. He finished ranked 11th out of 140 students in the J.D. program and was a recipient of the Law Society of Upper Canada & Osgoode Society Award of Excellence in 2016. Rowan served as president of both the Faculty of Law’s Corporate Commercial Club and its Movember Committee, and was an editor for the Windsor Review of Legal & Social Issues. He also worked as a student researcher for Pro Bono Students Canada, volunteered as a mentor with the University of Windsor Pre-Law Society and acted as a student ambassador for the Faculty of Law. Prior to attending law school, Rowan completed his undergraduate studies at Queen’s University where he received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies. He was actively involved with varsity athletics as a member of the Varsity Development Rowing Team and volunteered tutoring and mentoring underprivileged youth in the Kingston, Ontario community.

Stephanie Kerzer (Dalhousie University)

Stephanie is recent graduate of Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law where she received the William D. Outhit Prize in Administrative Law, awarded to the student who has attained the highest academic standing in Administrative Law. Last year, Stephanie was nominated for Schulich’s international Smith Shield Moot competition for securing an Honours distinction and for ranking among the top of her class in the second year Compulsory Moot. Stephanie spent her first summer at law school working as a research assistant for Professor Jamie Baxter re-envisioning an upper year course in the area of land use planning and municipal law. During this time, she gained invaluable research experience and authored academic papers that were published and included in the course materials. Stephanie also participated in Pro Bono Students Canada, where she drafted a policy proposal to assist the Ecology Action Centre in developing a comprehensive Greenbelt and Open Space Plan for the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Sam Massie (Western University)

Sam graduated from the J.D. program at Western University in 2016. Prior to studying law, he completed his undergraduate degree at Western University, obtaining a Bachelor in Management and Organizational Studies with a specialization in Finance and a minor in Economics. During his undergraduate degree, Sam managed a profitable painting franchise while maintaining a spot on the Dean’s List.

Amanda Metallo (Osgoode Hall)

Amanda received her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was the recipient of the Aird & Berlis LLP Prize in Contracts, the Shin Doi & Benda Prize in Legal Drafting, the McMillan LLP Award and the Honourable F.H. Barlow Scholarship. Prior to studying law, Amanda earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Ethics, Society and Law at the University of Toronto, where she graduated with High Distinction and received a number of academic, leadership and mentorship awards. At law school, Amanda was actively involved in the Osgoode community. She served as a Dean’s Fellow for Professor McCamus’ first year contract class, mentored J.D. students through the Dean’s Tutor Program, and volunteered with the Osgoode Women’s Network. In the fall of 2015, Amanda spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Amsterdam.

Sophie Moher (Queen’s University)

Sophie graduated from the J.D./M.B.A. program at Queen’s University in 2016. During her M.B.A. studies, Sophie had the opportunity to help a start-up company producing Continuing Legal Education materials with their marketing initiatives. In her MBA program, she was awarded the Noranda Sales Corporation/William G. Deeks Award in strategy. At Queen’s Law, Sophie took on an active role in the student community. She was the co-chair of the Queen’s Law Students’ Society of Ontario (LSSO) Committee as well as the Joint Program Students Representative. In the 2014-2015 academic year, Queen’s Law established a student-run online newspaper, Juris Diction, and Sophie was a copy editor and member of the Editorial Board.

Chad Podolsky (University of Toronto)

Chad received his law degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. During law school Chad was an active member of a number of law school clubs including the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and the Business Law Society. Chad helped execute the Cassels Brock contract drafting competition at the University of Toronto. He also represented the University of Toronto in the National Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada where he made it to the semi finals against students from law schools across Canada. During law school he has volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and mentors undergraduate students through Ivey’s Alumni Partnership Program. Chad received an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in 2013. Chad was on the Dean’s List throughout his undergraduate studies and received scholarships for academic excellence. Chad participated in the Ivey Community Consulting Program, assisting a company that specializes in allowing disabled individuals to play hockey. Before law school, Chad was also the Program Director of Camp Solelim.

Amanda Scolieri (University of Windsor)

Amanda received her J.D. from the University of Windsor. Amanda was actively involved within the Windsor community. She has volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada working on a power of attorney and wills research project. Amanda regularly volunteered at the Downtown Mission, an organization committed to providing programs and services to those in need within the Windsor community. She also assisted with organizing fundraising events for the Downtown Mission. Amanda was also involved within the Windsor Law community, she was a finalist in the First Year Moot Court Programme and received an honourable mention for top oralist and best factum in the Zuber Moot. She also was a mentor for incoming first year law students and for undergraduate students contemplating applying to law school. In the fall of 2015, Amanda spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland taking courses in International arbitration and International trade law. 

Michael Weizel (Queen’s University)

Michael received his J.D./M.B.A. from Queen’s University and the Queen’s School of Business. At Queen’s University, Michael participated in clinical legal work for the Queen’s Legal Aid program, where he worked with local low-income residents and students of both Queen’s University and Saint Lawrence College. Additionally, Michael was an active member of the Queen’s Law Cancer Society and an orientation leader and mentor for first year law students at Queens. Prior to attending law school, Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from McGill University. Michael also previously spent two summers working at a boutique immigration law firm in Toronto.

Patricia Wood (Osgoode Hall)

Patricia received her J.D./M.B.A. from Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business, specializing in Global Mining Management and graduating with Honours. Prior to studying law, she obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, graduating with High Distinction and specializing in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. At Schulich, she volunteered at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference and at Women Who Rock events. In addition, she was a member of Women in Capital Markets and Women in Mining. At Osgoode, Patricia was a senior editor for Transnational Legal Theory and a research assistant. She also presented her thesis at King’s College London and helped develop teachable modules for law school classes across the world. She was the Hennick Fellow for Business and Law and co-chaired the annual J.D./M.B.A. Conference. Patricia was also involved in several student organizations, holding executive positions with the Osgoode Society for Corporate Governance, the Osgoode Business Law Society and the Osgoode Women’s Network, writing for The Court, and editing articles as copy editor for Osgoode’s newspaper, The Obiter. During law school, she also competed in several moots, including the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria.