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Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee is a standing subcommittee of the CCLA Membership Committee, tasked with identifying and determining the overall approach that the CCLA should adopt to ensure it is inclusive of the entire legal community that the CCLA serves.

The purpose of the CCLA Diversity Committee is to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion in the CCLA by enabling the values and principles of equality and equity in its organizational structure, policies, programs, and services.

To read the full mandate of the Diversity Committee, please click here.


Inclusive Language Guide

Please click here to read the CCLA Inclusive Language Guide prepared by the committee.


Acknowledgement of Indigenous Territories

Please click below to view statements for the Acknowledgement of Indigenous Territories for the Ottawa / Montebello / Mont Tremblant regions: 




The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These include but are not limited to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability or socio-economic status.

Diversity also encompasses areas of practice, models of practice, and years of practice.

It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and appreciating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within our legal community.

The term inclusion is used to describe the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity. Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected and supported. Inclusion requires the identification and removal of barriers that inhibit the diverse legal community's participation with, and contributions to, the CCLA. Inclusion puts the concept and practice of diversity into action by creating an environment of involvement, respect, and connection within the CCLA.

Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion are about capturing the uniqueness of the individual and about creating an environment within the CCLA that reflects the diversity of the Ottawa bar. It is an environment that values and respects individuals for their talents, skills and abilities to the benefit of the legal community and the communities we serve. 


Committee Members 

Committee members are available by phone or email to discuss matters pertaining to Diversity. You can learn more about the committee chairs and reach them by using the contact information below:

Committee Member Phone Email
Rebecca Bromwich (Acting Chair), Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Roberto Aburto, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
David Ang, Sharp Ang 613-794-0125
Natasha Chettiar, Reed Robins Naik LLP 613-701-1256
Manraj Grewal, Paolucci Law  613-407-5810
Ludmilla Jarda, Nelligan Law
Elizabeth Kabesh, DK Law 613-863-7487
Mitchell Kitagawa, Kelly Santini LLP 613-238-6321 x236
Virginia Lomax, Westaway Law Group 613-722-9091
Justice Pam MacEachern, Superior Court of Justice

Julia McDonald, Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)
Asfrah Syed-Emond, Syed-Emond Lawyers 613-822-8962



David Ang

Rebecca Bromwich
Acting Chair

Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich is Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, for Gowling WLG (Canada/Russia).  Rebecca has been an Ontario lawyer for over sixteen years. She worked in private practice from 2003 – 2009, starting at a large firm, doing a wide range of litigation work. She also worked for six years as Staff Lawyer, Law Reform and Equality, to the Canadian Bar Association, then as a Policy Counsel with the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, and subsequently, Dr. Bromwich served as a per diem Crown Attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General in Ottawa.

Rebecca's career has spanned academic work as well as legal practice. From 2015-2019, she was Program Director for the Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution program at Carleton University.  She is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (ADRIO) and has a Certificate from the Program on Negotiation Master Class at Harvard University (2017). In 2018, Rebecca received a Certificate in Mediation from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

Rebecca received her Ph.D. in 2015 from the Carleton University Department of Law and Legal Studies, and was the first ever graduate of that program. Rebecca also has an LL.M. and LL.B., received from Queen’s University in 2002 and 2001 respectively, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati

Rebecca is a co-editor of Robson Hall Law School’s criminal law and justice blog: and is a research associate with the UK’s Restorative Justice for All Institute.

Rebecca is a member of the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) Artificial Intelligence Working Group.


Helpful Links and Resources


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