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John Lawford is Executive Director and General Counsel of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) in Ottawa. John has been with PIAC since July 2003 and Executive Director and General Counsel since September 2012. Prior to coming to PIAC, John was a lawyer at a large national law firm doing medical-legal research. John has also been Research Director at a major Ottawa law firm. John was Special Projects Director and Webmaster for QUICKLAW Inc. from 1992 to 1999. He has an undergraduate degree in English and a Law degree from Queen’s University (1990).
John is active in the areas of telecommunications, privacy and financial services from a consumer perspective.
Michael Janigan is Special Counsel, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), working in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Janigan represents PIAC and its clients before the Ontario Energy Board and in transportation and competition act matters, as well as general consumer protection. Michael was Executive Director and General Counsel until taking on his new role in September 2012.
Prior to working for PIAC, Janigan was a city and regional councillor representing a downtown ward in the City of Ottawa. He was elected to that position in the community where he carried on a busy litigation legal practice.
Mr. Janigan was born in Ottawa and attended the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario where he obtained both his undergraduate degree in science and his LLB degree. He was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1980. He is also a member of the State Bar of California. He has received an LLM in competition law from the University of London. In addition to his position with PIAC, Mr. Janigan was counsel to the law firm of Scott Hempling and Associates, based in Washington, D.C.from 2001-2006. The Hempling firm provided legal advice to many state regulatory commissions across the United States on issues associated with energy and telecommunications competition and regulation.
p<.Janet Lo – Counsel
Janet Lo, Legal Counsel, has been seconded to the Department of Finance, Canada, under an interchange agreement with the federal government for a period of two years, effective 12 August 2013. We wish to extend our thanks for Janet’s stellar work on behalf of PIAC, notably in broadcasting, telecommunications and competition law matters, since she joined PIAC as an articling student in 2008 and to wish her well in her work with Finance. Janet articled at PIAC thanks to the Law Foundation of Ontario’s Public Interest Articling Fellowships Program.
p<.Geoff White – Barrister and Solicitor, Counsel to PIAC
Geoff White, Barrister & Solicitor*, has been retained as Counsel to PIAC.
In Geoff’s practice he provides advice and representation on legal and regulatory matters, with emphasis on telecommunications, broadcasting, media, competition law, and privacy.
Geoff holds a BA (McGill), JD (Windsor), MBA (Windsor), and the postgraduate BCL from Oxford, and is called to the Bar in Ontario.
p<.Jean-François Léger, Counsel to PIAC
Jean-François has been retained as counsel to PIAC. He practices law in the area of communications with specific focus upon proceedings before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. A graduate of McGill University, he was called to the Québec Bar in 1987 and to the Ontario Bar in 1988.
p(clear).Alysia Lau – Legal Counsel
Alysia Lau has rejoined PIAC as Legal Counsel after articling with the organization for the 2012-2013 year. She has experience in public policy and legal commentary, having served on the editorial staff of legal blog, TheCourt.ca, and the York Centre for Public Policy and Law during her studies in law. She also previously interned with the Access to Justice cluster at UNDP Indonesia. Her interests are in broadcasting, telecommunications and research into vulnerable and low-income consumers. She received her JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts and Science (Biology, Political Science) from McMaster University. During her spare time, Alysia volunteers as a street outreach worker with Ottawa Innercity Ministries.Jonathan Bishop – Research & Parliamentary Affairs Analyst
p(clear).Donna Brady – Office Administrator
Donna Brady joined PIAC in the spring of 1992 as full-time office administrator. Her background is in Business Administration. Previous to joining PIAC, she worked as the Administrative Assistant for a City and Regional Councillor.