Lawyers and Staff

John Lawford

Executive Director/General Counsel

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.

Alysia Lau

Barrister & Solicitor, Counsel, Regulatory and Public Policy

Alysia Lau, Barrister & Solicitor, is external Counsel, Regulatory and Public Policy, for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. She specializes in regulatory and consumer protection law, media and broadcasting, telecommunications, energy, and privacy. Alysia regularly appears before administrative tribunals and Parliamentary committees on various consumer protection and public policy matters. She holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts & Science from McMaster University. Outside of law, she also volunteers with the OIM Innercity Arts program in Ottawa.

Jonathan Bishop

Research & Parliamentary Affairs Analyst

Jonathan Bishop is a Research Analyst at the Ottawa office of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Prior to joining PIAC in August 2012, Jonathan was a Parliamentary Affairs and Stakeholder Relations Officer at the Competition Bureau. As well, he spent 8 years working in the Senate and the House of Commons as a Policy Advisor and Legislative Assistant. Jonathan holds a graduate degree in Political Science from Acadia University and an undergraduate degree from the University of New Brunswick.

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.

Ben Segel-Brown

PIAC Consultant until call to the Bar in June 2017, then Staff Lawyer

Former PIAC Articling Student 2016-17

Ben Segel-Brown has been rehired in anticipation of his call to the Bar after articling at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Ottawa. He studied law at Queen’s University in Kingston. Prior his articles, Ben worked for the Parliamentary Budget Office where he helped negotiate access to information, plan legislative reforms, and write reports. During his legal studies, he also acted as a legal aid caseworker assisting low-income Kingston residents with landlord-tenant, victim compensation, creditor-debtor, and quasi-criminal files. He has a bachelor degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University.

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