Join this panel if you are interested in the practice of one or more phases of law including the preparation of legal documents, lawsuits, advising clients as to their legal rights, and gathering evidence to formulate defense or initiate legal action. Career examples: Lawyers, paralegals

Moderator: Dany Assaf

Dany Assaf’s practice focuses on competition and antitrust, in both domestic and international matters, as well as on foreign investment review. He acts for Canadian and international clients, advising on all aspects of competition law and foreign investment matters and has been involved in many of Canada’s highest profile transactions and investigations. Dany has been recognized as a leading expert in the areas of competition law and foreign investment law. He is also a co-founder and instructor of the inaugural Islamic Finance course as part of the Executive Programs at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Dany has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Western Ontario and has served as an associate editor of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Magazine. Dany is a member of the Board of the Canadian Club of Toronto and formerly represented a prior firm at the Canada-Arab Business Council.


Peter Henein

 Peter Henein, Cassels Brock (Toronto) is a partner practicing in the areas of entertainment, intellectual property, product liability and class action law. He has defended major Canadian and multinational enterprises against class action litigation, as well as acted for numerous intellectual property rights holders, including prominent television producers. He is the Chair ofthe International Special Law Group of the Defense Research Institute (“DRI”) Product Liability Committee and sits on the planning committee for the DRI Intellectual Property group. Mr.Henein speaks on entertainment, IP and product issues throughout North America and is a regular skills instructor for litigators through The Advocates’ Society.

Dina Awad

Dina Awad is an associate in McCarthy Tétrault’s Litigation Group in Toronto and maintains a general litigation practice with an emphasis on professional liability, public law, and commercial litigation. She regularly prosecutes and defends professionals in disciplinary proceedings. Ms. Awad also acts as designated representative for minors in immigration proceedings. Ms. Awad clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal in 2012-2013. She received her LL.B. and B.C.L.degrees from McGill University in 2011. At the Faculty of Law, Ms. Awad was manager of the McGill Law Journal, president of the Arab Law Students Association, and a pro bono student at a Montreal refugee legal aid clinic. She summered and articled at a prominent Toronto firm, completing rotations in litigation and government law. Prior to her legal studies, Ms. Awad obtained a Bachelor of Arts with Great Distinction in Psychology and Behavioural Sciences from McGill University in 2006. She then worked for the Ontario government in education policy and for an international governance and economic consultancy firm in communications. Ms. Awad was called to the Ontario bar in 2012. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Advocates’ Society, and the Arab Canadian Lawyers Association. She sits on the Board of Directors of a Toronto community children’s mental health centre. She is bilingual and able to assist clients in French. 

Sharaf Sultan

Sharaf Sultan is a founding partner of the law firm Chiarotto Sultan LLP where he practices in both employment and workplace immigration law. Sharaf has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, including wrongful dismissal, design of policies and procedures, as well as workplace human rights matters.

 Sharaf advises both large and small employers on a wide range of workplace employment matters, including hiring and termination, performance management, drafting of workplace employment policies, restrictive covenants, and employment contracts. Sharaf also regularly manages employment litigation and human rights applications.

 Sharaf further advises employers on a wide range of immigration matters for companies involved in the relocation or hiring of foreigners into the Canadian labour market. He has extensive experience preparing and providing advice with respect to Business Visitor visa applications, intra-company transfers, Labour Market Opinion applications, and applications for permanent residence. Sharaf’s clients include large American and multinational corporations.

 Sharaf regularly writes and speaks on both employment and workplace immigration matters. He has also taught at the university level and continues as an adjunct professor on advocacy, employment and immigration law.

 Prior to founding Chiarotto Sultan LLP with Lia, Sharaf was a lawyer within Heenan Blaikie LLP’s labour and employment group and worked as a consultant with the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  Sharaf Sultan attained his law degree from the University of Ottawa.  He also has a Masters of Development Economics from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.