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Julie Lassonde

Lawyer and mediator

Julie Lassonde is a bilingual lawyer and accredited mediator, member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Barreau du Québec. She completed her undergraduate and law degrees at McGill University. In 2007, she received an Innovative Electronic Theses & Dissertations Award for her interdisciplinary LL.M. thesis entitled “Performing Law,” completed at the University of Victoria and combining the fields of law and performance art. 

Ms. Lassonde runs a consultancy business focused on social justice, including legal issues related to gender, sexuality, immigration, and professional responsibility. She offers research, training and support services to organizations, mainly in the public and non-profit sectors across Canada. She is trained to conduct workplace investigations and mediation involving harassment and violence. She also offers consulting services to support organizations in increasing workplace inclusion and diversity, such as needs assessments and equity audits. In her work, she applies an analytical framework taking into account intersecting identity characteristics, power dynamics between relevant actors, as well as the broader socio-legal context.

From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Lassonde worked part-time as a research lawyer at the Law Commission of Ontario where she headed a family law project. From 2010 to 2012, one of her main projects was to lead the development of the first Francophone women shelter in Toronto, including running the organization and managing the shelter’s construction. In the past few years, she worked on a multi-year project with the Canadian Association of Women in Construction, aiming to increase women’s participation in the construction sector. She also build a respectful workplace policy framework and implementation plan for BuildForce Canada. From 2013 to 2017, she has served on the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund’s law program committee. For more information, see www.jlassonde.com.