Fight for Equality


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Virtual Pink Tea Conversation with Right Honourable Beverley McLauglin

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin served as Chief Justice of Canada from 2000 to mid-December 2017.

Ms. McLachlin works as an arbitrator and mediator in Canada and internationally. She brings to those forms of dispute resolution her broad and deep experience from over 35 years in deciding a wide range of business law and public law disputes, in both common law and civil law; her ability to work in both English and French; and her experience and skill in leading and consensus-building for many years as the head of a diverse nine-member court.

In June 2018 she was appointed to the Order of Canada as a recipient of its highest accolade, Companion of the Order of Canada. She has received over 35 honorary degrees from universities in Canada and abroad, and numerous other honours and awards.

The 2,094 Supreme Court of Canada judgments in which she participated – of which she wrote 442 – and her legal writings and speaking, include a wide range of subjects in corporate, construction, financial services, taxation, contract, tort, other areas of business law, as well as arbitration and mediation. Her legal texts include, as lead co-author, the first and second editions (1987 and 1994) of The Canadian Law of Architecture and Engineering. It is generally recognized that the judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada during her tenure have affirmed Canada as a jurisdiction that is very supportive of arbitration.

Ms. McLachlin also sits as a Justice of Singapore’s International Commercial Court and the Hong Kong Final Court of Appeal.

Ms. McLachlin is the author of numerous legal articles and publications, as well as a mystery novel, Full Disclosure, and Truth be Told, a story of her life.

with our host

Althia Raj

Political Journalist & Member of CBC’s “At Issues” Panel

Althia Raj is an Ottawa-based political journalist and a member of the CBC’s “At Issue” panel.

She previously served as The Huffington Post Canada’s senior editorial manager and its Ottawa bureau chief from the news site’s inception in Canada in 2011 until its closure in March 2021. At HuffPost, Althia set up the Ottawa bureau and later ran its bilingual newsroom, overseeing its political coverage of Parliament Hill and of the National Assembly in Quebec City.

She also hosted and produced “Follow-Up,” a HuffPost Canada Politics podcast.

Althia was one of the moderators of the 2019 federal election debate. She also organized and moderated a federal NDP leaders debate in 2017 and the Ontario PC leadership debate in 2018.

She is the recipient of several digital media awards for her multi-media election coverage.

Prior to joining HuffPost, Althia was a national political reporter for Postmedia News and an Ottawa bureau reporter for QMI/Sun Media. She also worked as a network producer for CTV and as a producer for CBC Radio’s “The House.”

Althia is a weekly contributor to CPAC’s French-language program “L’Essentiel” and the regular Friday guest on CPAC’s “Today In Politics” podcast.

Althia is a former parliamentary intern. A graduate of McGill University, she now serves on the Board of Trustees of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

She is a founding member of an award-winning not-for-profit arts and culture blog in Ottawa.

Tickets: $5.00 available here.