Ken RitsonPartner

Biography

Ken Ritson is a partner at Cheadles LLP and specializes in Corporate Law, providing a broad range of services for business owners and their companies – from the idea stage to exit, including:

  • incorporations
  • financings
  • mergers/amalgamations
  • risk management
  • debt collection
  • corporate governance
  • asset purchase/sales
  • share purchase/sales
  • shareholder or partnership agreements

Ken’s clients range from owner operated entrepreneurial businesses, non-profit organizations, professional corporations and high tech firms, to large institutions and everything in between.  Additionally, Ken advises many indigenous entrepreneurs and First Nations on their optimal business structure and economic development opportunities, including whether to set up a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited partnership, corporation or Joint Venture.

Given his vast experience and intimate knowledge of the Ontario Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS), Ken is regularly retained by Mining companies from all over the world to provide title opinions on patented and unpatented mining claims and licence of occupations for the purpose of IPOs, large financings or acquisitions.  Further, Ken frequently deals with prospectors and small mining companies in all aspects of Mining Law, including negotiating acquisition agreements, exploration agreements, royalty agreements.

Ken and his wife Jaclyn were born and raised in Thunder Bay and have been blessed with two boys, Reed and Mackenzie, born in 2016, and 2017 respectively, and a daughter Gina, born in 2019.  When he is not practicing law, Ken lives an active lifestyle, and in addition to participating in competitive sports, he enjoys swimming, fishing, cross-country skiing and hiking with his family.

Community Involvement:

  • Director – Thunder Bay AAA Kings Hockey Program
  • Past Director – Thunder Bay Boys and Girls Club
  • Coaching – Minor Hockey

Publications, Presentations, Awards

  • Instructor for Canadian Condominium Institute Courses
  • Instructor for Entrepreneur Jumpstart Program
  • Guest speaker at Real Estate Board Seminars (topics: Seller Property Information Sheets; realtor liability)
  • Guest speaker at First Time Home Buyer Seminars
  • Thunder Bay Law Association, 2017 Service to the Profession Award

Bar Admission

2010 – Ontario

Education

  • BComm – Economics (University of Guelph – 2006)
  • LLB (University of Calgary – 2009)

Bill ShanksPartner

Biography

Bill’s practice began with Cheadles after law school and continues for over three decades!   As senior managing partner Bill ensures an efficient and smooth delivery of value added services to clients.  Timely completion of work based on exceeding client’s reasonable expectations is the litmus test for success.  Litigation – standing on one’s feet before a decision maker—is what keeps Bill engaged and enthusiastic

Family Law, Insolvency, and Management side Labour and employment law are the principal areas of his practice.  Experienced staff make all the difference in keeping client matters on track and on time.  Bill has appeared before all levels of Courts in Ontario, including appellate Courts to the Ontario Court of Appeal, recently involving video hearing.  His primary Court of practice is the Superior Court of Ontario.  Appearances before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, WSIAT, and Arbitration panels make for an experienced counsel in labour related issues.

As past President of United Way of Thunder Bay,  past chair of Nor-West Gyro.

Educational Background

  • Studied at University of Western Ontario now Western University for pre-law studies
  • LL.B. — University of Ottawa
  • Barrister and Solicitor – Law Society of Ontario

Professional Associations

Bill is a member of the Litigation and Law Practice sections of the American Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and a member of the Advocates’ Society and the Thunder Bay Law Association

Community Involvement

Bill’s personal time focuses on many and varied largely outdoors activities befitting his residency situate in the outdoor paradise we call Northwestern Ontario.  Currently Bill is the Commander of the Lakehead Division, Canadian Power Squadron both expanding his personal knowledge of boating through the excellent courses offered by the Squadron which he provides direction and guidance.  The Northern Light Campers Association has elected Bill as its President to advocate on behalf of the Association’s interests in one of the most pristine wilderness areas in North America.  Muskie and Pike are the fish he likes to seek out in his outdoor adventures.  Bill is keenly interested in the traditional life of Canadians and their proximity to and reliance on the land and all its creatures.  Bill enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, canoeing, and other modes of accessing the wild.

Bill is a past Director of the Hogarth-Westmount Hospital. He is the Past-President of the United Way of Thunder Bay, Past Vice-President of Junior Achievement, and a former Treasurer of Nor’West Gyro.

Rosa Carlino

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Rosa CarlinoPartner

Biography

Rosa is a partner with Cheadles LLP, having summered and articled with the firm since 2010 before being admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in June 2013.  Rosa obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Windsor in 2012. Rosa became a registered trademark agent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office in March 2021.

Rosa works in multiple areas of law but focuses on corporate, commercial, trademarks, wills, estates and real estate law. As a past sole-proprietor, Rosa understands the complexities of the commercial world in both a legal and practical sense and enjoys assisting new business owners navigate the complexities of the legal end of business. Additionally, Rosa recognizes and respects the difficulties of dealing with estates and wills both legally and emotionally. In addition to assisting her own clients, Rosa often presents to the general public on this topic to try and simplify what is often an overwhelming time in people’s lives.  Recently, Rosa has also co-instructed the Business Law course for Lakehead University’s Faculty of Business Administration’s MBA program.

Rosa is from Schreiber, Ontario, a small town east of Thunder Bay. While she is not a native Thunder Bay-ite, since making the move to Thunder Bay in 2012, Rosa has immersed herself into the community and is now involved in many boards and organizations in multiple capacities. Rosa is an avid volunteer and loves convincing others to join in on the fun. Outside of work and volunteering, Rosa enjoys spending time her family and friends but mostly with her favourite little man, her dog, Reggie.

Professional Associations

  • Thunder Bay Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Canadian-Italian Business and Professional Association, Thunder Bay Chapter
  • Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Thunder Bay Business Women’s Network
  • SHIFT – Young Professionals Network

Community Involvement

  • Past Chair of the Board of Directors (2018)– Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Director – Thunder Bay Law Association’s Board of Directors
  • Director- Institute of Italian Studies Lakehead University
  • Member – Canadian-Italian Business and Professional Association, Thunder Bay Chapter
  • Former Fund Development Coordinator – Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario
  • Member – Holy Angels Catholic Women’s League
  • Former Leader- First Communion Program at Corpus Christi Parish

Awards/Accolades

  • Lakehead University’s 2019 Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • Chronicle Journal Reader’s Choice Award for Best Lawyer (2020)
  • Chronicle Journal Reader’s Choice Award for Best Lawyer (2019)
  • Chronicle Journal Reader’s Choice Award for Best Lawyer (2018)
  • SHIFT-Young Professionals Network’s 2018 Top 20 under 40 Northern Ontario Visionary Award (NOVA) for Leadership
  • Thunder Bay Law Association’s 2017 Service to the Community Award
  • “Volunteer Extraordinaire” Award from Camp Quality Canada (2017)
  • Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award

Publications & Presentations

Bar Admission

2013- Ontario

Education

  • 2021 – Registered Trademark Agent, Canadian Intellectual Property Office
  • 2012 – University of Windsor Faculty of Law – Juris Doctor
  • 2010 – Lakehead University Faculty of Business – Master of Science in Management
  • 2008 – Lakehead University Faculty of Business – Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Human Resources Management, Minor in Marketing)

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Kaitlin Roka

Associate Lawyer

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Kaitlin RokaAssociate Lawyer

Biography

Kaitlin became an Associate Lawyer with Cheadles LLP in September 2018. She practices in the areas of Corporate/Commercial, Wills and Estates, and Real Estate.  Prior to completing her law degree, Kaitlin worked at the firm as a student throughout her time in law school, as well as completed her Practice Placement with the firm.

Kaitlin graduated with her Juris Doctor degree from Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in 2018. She achieved the highest mark in Constitutional Law in her first year and graduated on the Dean’s List.  She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Queen’s University and a B.A. (Hons) degree in Law and Society from York University.  Prior to law school, Kaitlin obtained her Paralegal P1 Licence from the Law Society of Upper Canada and worked as a licenced paralegal.

Born and raised in Millbrook, Ontario, just outside Peterborough, Kaitlin’s interests include travelling, baking and exploring the outdoor beauty that Northwestern Ontario has to offer.

Community Involvement

Director – Canadian Condominium Institute – Northwestern Ontario Chapter

Publications and Presentations

Guest Speaker for Canadian Condominium Institute Courses

Publications in Canadian Condominium Institute – Northwestern Ontario Condo News

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Thunder Bay Law Association

Bar Admission

2018 – Ontario

Education

  • 2008 – Queen’s University – B.A. Sociology
  • 2010 – York University –  B.A.(Hons) Law and Society
  • 2013 – Sir Sandford Fleming College – Paralegal Diploma
  • 2018 – Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University –  Juris Doctor

Jordan Lester

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Jordan LesterPartner

Biography

Jordan is a partner at Cheadles, having joined the firm in September 2013. Prior to joining Cheadles, Jordan articled as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of Justice – Northwest region. While based in Thunder Bay, he also clerked for the Superior Court judges of Kenora, Sault Ste. Marie and Parry Sound.

Jordan has successfully represented clients while appearing before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Divisional Court, Superior Court of Justice, Federal Court of Canada, Alberta Queen’s Bench, Ontario Court of Justice, Provincial Offences Court, Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Ontario Municipal Board (now the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal). His cases have been reported by a variety of publications including the Ontario Reports, Canadian Human Rights Reports, Canadian Labour Law Cases, Estates & Trusts Reports, Municipal and Planning Law Reports, Construction Law Reports, Weekly Criminal Bulletins and the All Canada Weekly Summaries.

Before entering the world of law, Jordan spent several years as a reporter for the CBC, filing stories at the regional, provincial and national level, making regular contributions to programs such as World Report, Ontario Today, and The World This Weekend. Jordan is very active with various not-for-profit organizations in Thunder Bay, and in his spare time he enjoys snowboarding, playing hockey, fishing and watching the Blue Jays.

Professional Associations

  • Thunder Bay Law Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association
  • Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education

Community Involvement

  • Local Organizing Committee – 2017 WBSC U18 Baseball World Cup
  • Mock trial coach – Ontario Justice Education Network
  • Director – Thunder Bay International Baseball Association
  • Fundraiser – Harbour Youth Services of Thunder Bay
  • Volunteer – Lawyers Feed the Hungry
  • Clinical Instructor – Lakehead University Faculty of Law – Constitutional Law
  • President and Trustee – Thunder Bay Community Foundation
  • Vice-Chair – Lakehead Public Schools Foundation
  • Co-Chair – Thunder Bay Covid Community Response Fund
  • Treasurer and Director – Thunder Bay Law Association

Publications & Presentations

  • Responsible communication on matters of public interest: An analysis of the modification to qualified privilege (2012) 17 Media & Arts Law Review 145.
  • “Bill S-6 and the First Nations Elections Act: The Modernization/Paternalization of Voting under the Indian Act” 15.3 Ontario Bar Association, Aboriginal Law Section, July 2012
  • How to accommodate transgendered or gender-nonconforming students in schools” in Caroline Spindler Ed., CAPSLE 2016: Bright Lights on Emerging Issues in Education Law, Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education, held in Toronto, Ontario May 1 – 3, 2016 (Toronto: CAPSLE, 2017).
  • “Human Rights Law in 2016” (presentation) – Human Resources Professionals Association – Northwest Chapter – May 5, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON
  • “The Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement: Expanding the horizons of education self-government in Canada”, CAPSLE 2017: In the Land of Living Skies – Expanding the Horizons in Education and the Law, Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education, held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan April 30 – May 2, 2017
  • “Discrimination or No Discrimination” (presentation) – Human Resources Professionals Association – Human Resources Professionals Association – January 23, 2020 – Toronto, ON
  • “Costs – For Us; By Us” (presentation & paper) – Thunder Bay Law Association Continuing Legal Education Fall Conference – October 19, 2018 – Thunder Bay, ON
  • “Cause or No Cause” (presentation) – Human Resources Professionals Association – Northwest Chapter – February 23, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON
  • “SLAPP FIGHT 2.0 – Developments in Anti-SLAPP motions since August 30, 2018” (presentation & paper) – Thunder Bay Law Association Continuing Legal Education Fall Conference – October 25, 2019 – Thunder Bay, ON

Bar Admission

2013 – Ontario

Education

  • 2006 – University of King’s College – Bachelor of Journalism (Honours)
  • 2011 – Bond University – Juris Doctor

Tyra Ohman

Associate Lawyer

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Tyra OhmanAssociate Lawyer

Biography

Tyra is a lawyer with Cheadles LLP. She practices in the area of family law. Prior to joining Cheadles, Tyra has worked in the area of family law in Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout, Ontario.

Tyra graduated with her Juris Doctor degree from Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in 2017. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Guelph and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan.

Tyra is born and raised in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, and enjoys everything Northwestern Ontario has to offer. While not practicing law, Tyra enjoys spending time outdoors, skiing, running, cycling, swimming, fishing, and socializing with friends and family.

Education

2009 – University of Guelph – Honours Bachelor of Arts

2013 – University of Saskatchewan – Masters of Arts

2017 – Bora Laskin Faculty of Law – Juris Doctor

Bar Admission

2017 – Ontario

Don ShanksCounsel

Biography

Don devotes a substantial portion of his practice to labour relations matters. He regularly appears before courts of various levels, the Ontario Labour Relations Board and at grievance arbitrations. Don also negotiates on behalf of management for first-contract situations and renewals of collective agreements.

In addition to labour law, a significant portion of his practice is dedicated to education law.

Don has been engaged in the academic community as both a clinical instructor and a lecturer at Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.  As a clinical instructor, Don lead sessions on Professional Responsibility dealing with the Rules of Professional Conduct of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the developing jurisprudence in the area of legal ethics.  Don was also a sessional instructor for the Faculty’s Labour and Employment Law Course, dedicating half of the course to the field of Labour Law and the other half to Employment Law and Litigation.

In the 1980 – 1981 academic year, Don was an associate professor at Osaka Gakuin University in Japan, instructing in the fields of Comparative Law and Anglo Canadian-Japanese Legal Systems.

Don is a Certified Labour Law Specialist in Ontario.

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association, CAPSLE (Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education)
  • Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education
  • North American-Japanese Friendship Foundation
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • The Advocates Society
  • Thunder Bay Law Association

Bar Admission

  • 1979 – Ontario
  • 1993 – Roll of Solicitors of the Supreme Court of England and Wales

Education

  • 1974 – University of Western Ontario – Economics
  • 1977 – University of Western Ontario – LLB
  • 1980 – University of Cambridge – LLM

Cody Fraser

Associate Lawyer

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Cody FraserAssociate Lawyer

Biography

Cody is a lawyer at Cheadles LLP where he works in multiple areas of law, focusing on real estate law, wills and estates, Aboriginal law, municipal law, and corporate law.

Cody was born and raised in Thunder Bay and is active within the community. He was elected to Thunder Bay City Council (Neebing Ward) for the 2018-2022 term and sits on many committees and boards in his capacity as councilor.

In law school, Cody was selected by his peers to be the Valedictorian of the graduating class of 2019. During his undergraduate studies Cody was active in the Lakehead University Student Union and was a member of the Lakehead University Senate. During law school and undergraduate studies, Cody worked in Indigenous business consulting and worked as a project support person for a government led commission known as the Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission. Through his work and education, Cody has gained a unique skill set and is knowledgeable in the intricacies of First Nation-Crown relations and business-government relations.

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Thunder Bay Law Association

Community Involvement

  • City Councillor – City of Thunder Bay (Neebing Ward)
  • Chair – City of Thunder Bay Audit Committee
  • Board Member – Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
  • Member – Sister City Advisory Committee
  • Member – Anti-Racism and Respect Committee
  • City Council Representative – City of Thunder Bay Elders Council

Bar Admission

  • 2020 (Ontario)

Education

  • 2016 – Lakehead University – HBA (Indigenous Learning)
  • 2019 – Lakehead University – JD

Nathan Wainwright

Associate Lawyer

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Nathan WainwrightAssociate Lawyer

Biography

Nathan is a lawyer at Cheadles LLP and practices with the firm’s litigation team. His practice includes contractual disputes, labour and employment law, Construction Act litigation & adjudication, defamation, and general civil and commercial litigation.

While in law school, Nathan was heavily involved in mooting competitions. He was an intramural moot winner, represented the law faculty at the OTLA Cup, had the distinction of winning the prestigious Arnup Cup, and participated in the Sopinka Cup. When Nathan and his teammates placed first in the province-wide Arnup Cup moot, they became the first Lakehead University law students to ever win a major mooting competition.

Prior to pursuing law and while completing an undergraduate degree and an MBA, Nathan played varsity basketball for Lakehead University. He and his teammates were Provincial Champions in 2011 and National Finalists in 2013.

When not practicing law, Nathan enjoys living an active lifestyle and spending time with his family and friends.

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates Society
  • Thunder Bay Law Association

Community Involvement

  • Joseph’s Foundation of Thunder Bay Board of Directors (2019-Present)
  • Lakehead University Board of Governors (2017-2019)

Bar Admission

  • 2020 (Ontario)

Education

  • 2014 – Lakehead University – BA (English/Geography)
  • 2015 – Lakehead University – MBA
  • 2019 – Lakehead University – JD

Doug ShanksRetired

Biography

Doug is Of Counsel at Cheadles, having joined the firm in 1984.

Doug has successfully represented clients in many areas of business law. Doug’s business practice includes assisting clients with advice in the following areas:

  • Acquisitions
  • First Nation businesses and financing
  • Financing arrangements
  • Joint ventures
  • Licensing and other IT arrangements
  • Sales, distribution and franchise arrangements
  • Business formation
  • Governance issues
  • Organizational structuring
  • Registration and licensing matters
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Shareholder, partnership and joint venture agreements

Doug has many long-standing client relationships, characterized by a strong dedication to understanding his clients’ businesses and the industries in which they operate. As a result, his services are responsible, efficient, innovative and results-driven.

Doug is engaged in corporate and commercial law and has been retained regularly in transactions involving the purchase and sale of businesses, incorporations, estates and succession planning. Doug assists start-up technology companies with corporate structures, intellectual property protection, venture capital and angel investor financing and technology licensing agreements. He advises on corporate governance issues including shareholders’ agreements and option agreements for directors, officers and employees, joint ventures, shareholder disputes, general business operations and other commercial transactions.

Doug often represents financial institutions with respect to financing and secured loan transactions. He has been involved in purchase, sale and land development transactions as a real estate lawyer.

With his corporate practice, Doug provides advice in general corporate areas including amalgamations and incorporation of companies. He often prepares and advises commercial contracts, partnership agreements, joint ventures, co-ownership agreements, and share and asset purchase/sale agreements.

In the area of real estate, Doug advises on the purchase, sale and development of properties and, all forms of lease agreements. He frequently represents financial institutions and businesses in connection with loan transactions secured against real property and other assets. He assists clients with all types of land development applications including official plan amendments, zoning changes, site plan approvals, subdivisions, severance consents and minor variances. Doug has appeared at Ontario Municipal Board hearings and before Committees of Adjustment.

Doug’s intellectual property law practice includes advising clients on matters relating to patents, trade marks, copyright, and industrial designs. He counsels clients on invention patentability and trade mark registrability, and assists clients in the commercialization of their intellectual property through joint ventures and licensing.

Doug has assisted clients in acquiring, protecting, exploiting and enforcing intellectual property rights, including educational institutions, high technology firms, clients in the telecommunications industry, as well as the charitable and not-for-profit sector.

Doug’s practice includes trade-mark licensing, franchising, and advising on privacy law compliance.

Doug advises clients in real estate and condominium law, including developers, buyers, sellers and condominium corporations on issues of corporate governance and operations. He is the president of the Canadian Condominium Institute – Northwestern Ontario Chapter, and has done presentations at its seminars on condominium matters.

In indigenous law, Doug’s work has focused on acting for First Nations clients in negotiations or in assisting non-indigenous clients who want to develop positive, working relationships with indigenous peoples.

As part of his indigenous and commercial practices, Doug has advised First Nations people and companies involved in lending to First Nations.

Doug is very active with various not-for-profit organizations in Thunder Bay, and in his spare time he enjoys relaxing at the cottage, cross-country skiing and golfing in his spare time.

Professional Associations

  • Member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, 2009 to present
  • Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Thunder Bay Law Association, the Advocates Society, a registered trademark agent and the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals
  • Associate member of the Thunder Bay Real Estate Board and past counsel to such Board for over 3 years
  • Past director of the Thunder Bay Law Association
  • Past member of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Council
  • Past Member of the Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Past Sessional Lecturer, Lakehead University’s School of Business Administration, business law
  • Past member of the Consent and Capacity Board

Community Involvement

  • Past Director on the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Center Board of Directors ( 4.5 years ) , past member of the Executive Committee and past Chair of the Quality Committee
  • Past President of the Canadian Condominium Institute, Northwestern Ontario Chapter, for a period of three years
  • Chair of the National Canadian Condominium Institute Constitution committee; Past member of the National Council and Ontario Caucus.
  • Member of National Angel Capital Organization (NACO)
  • Member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, 2009 to present
  • Past President and past Director of the Thunder Bay (Port Arthur) Rotary Club
  • Member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Thunder Bay (Port Arthur) Rotary Club
  • Past President and member of Thunder Bay Professional Advisors of Thunder Bay
  • Past member and treasurer of the Lakehead University Foundation
  • Doug was awarded the Thunder Bay Law Association Community Service Award in 2017

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker on various topics to many community groups, including The Thunder Bay Real Estate Board, and many other organizations
  • “Becoming an Investor-Ready Entrepreneur”, presentations for the Northern Ontario Enterprise Gateway entrepreneur education programs;
  • Seminars to Canadian Condominium Institute, National and Northwestern Ontario Chapter on condominium issues;
  • Presentations to the Thunder Bay Professional Advisors Association on topics of interest to professionals.
  • Seminars to Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund on legal issues of financing and with emphasis on indigenous borrowers.
  • Doug has served as a sessional lecturer with Lakehead University’s School of Business Administration and lectures regularly on various topics dealing with franchising for the Business Development Bank of Canada , Confederation College, and other community groups. In addition, Doug is a member of the Port Arthur Rotary Club.

Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Corporate Governance
  • Trademarks and trade names
  • Technology & Intellectual Property
  • Financial Services ( Commercial Debt Recovery )
  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Tax
  • Charities & Not-for-Profit
  • Corporate Tax
  • Private Client Services
  • Sales Tax,
  • Tax Litigation
  • Mining
  • Real Estate
  • Condominium
  • Municipal, Planning & Land Development
  • Procurement
  • Transactions & Leasing

Bar Admission

1978 – Ontario

Education

  • LL.B. ( University of Western Ontario – 1976)
  • Call to Ontario Bar (Barrister and Solicitor – 1978)
  • University of Windsor – Faculty of Law – Alternate Dispute Resolution Course – 1995
  • University of Windsor – Faculty of Law – Alternate Dispute Resolution Advanced Course – 2000

Tisha Hasan

Associate Lawyer

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Tisha HasanAssociate Lawyer

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Tisha Hasan is a lawyer with Cheadles LLP and practices in the area of family law. Her practice includes child protection and custody disputes.

Tisha graduated with her Juris Doctor from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in 2021. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto double majoring in Criminology and Equity studies with a focus on disability and critical race theory. Tisha also holds a minor in Woman and Gender Studies.

Originally from Toronto, Tisha moved to Thunder Bay to pursue her interests in equity and social justice. Her passion is to advocate for marginalized groups and for individuals who are unable to advocate for themselves such as families and children in crisis. As a summer and placement student at Cheadles LLP, Tisha assisted in various family law matters. She understands that individuals, families and children face many challenges when entering the legal system. Tisha strives to be a compassionate, empathetic, committed and fearless advocate for her clients.

Tisha is also a passionate advocate of inclusion, community capacity building and promotion of individuals with disabilities. She is a volunteer with the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto and runs monthly programs for adults with disabilities. She is also a board member of Community Living Thunder Bay, which endeavours to promote the rights and quality of life of persons with intellectual disabilities.

Tisha is an amateur foody and enjoys cooking, reading, painting, playing board games and spending time with family and friends.

Community Involvement

  • Board Member – Community Living Thunder Bay
  • Chair – Lakehead University Student’s Union
  • Volunteer – Down Syndrome Association of Toronto

Bar Admission

  • 2021 (Ontario)

Education

  • 2017 – University of Toronto – HBA
  • 2021 – Lakehead University – JD

Karson Blackwood

Associate Lawyer

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Karson BlackwoodAssociate Lawyer

Biography

Karson joined Cheadles LLP as an Associate Lawyer in 2021. He practices in multiple areas of law including real estate, wills and estates, and corporate commercial. As a law student, Karson completed his Practice Placement and worked during the summer, with Cheadles LLP.

Karson was born and raised in Northwestern Ontario and is proud to call the District of Thunder Bay home. In 2012, he first completed a diploma in welding at Confederation College and then continued his education at Lakehead University where he attained an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree. He then joined the class of 2021 at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University, successfully obtaining a Juris Doctor.

While obtaining his law degree, Karson took part in the Ontario Trial Lawyers Moot, where he and his team placed first in the mock trial competition, bringing home the OTLA Cup to Lakehead University. He also volunteered for Pro Bono Students Canada, where he created a brochure to help community members navigate the legal system after the tragic loss of a loved one.

Outside of his career, Karson enjoys a healthy active lifestyle and loves spending time with family and friends. He especially likes to take part in many of the activities Thunder Bay has to offer, such as snowboarding, mountain biking and playing hockey.

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Thunder Bay Law Association

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer – Dew Drop Inn
  • Volunteer – Pro Bono Students Canada (2019 – 2020)

Bar Admission

2021 (Ontario)

Education

  • 2021 – Lakehead University – JD
  • 2018 – Lakehead University – HB Comm
  • 2012 – Confederation College – Diploma (Welding)

Kimberly Zyla

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Kimberly ZylaParalegal

Biography

Kimberly is a licensed paralegal with Cheadles LLP. She provides legal services in the areas of Small Claims Court, Landlord Tenant and other various administrative tribunals.

Kim graduated with honours from Mohawk College with a Paralegal Diploma in 2020 and obtained her P1 Licence in January of 2021. After completing the Paralegal Program, Kim furthered her education and received a certificate in Aboriginal Canadian Relations from Confederation College.

Prior to entering into the legal field, Kim graduated from Confederation College with a diploma in Travel and Tourism. For three years Kim spent her summers working at a remote fishing lodge just outside of Sioux Lookout, Ontario where she fell in love with the outdoors and Northwestern Ontario.

Kimberly was born and raised in Thunder Bay and outside of work enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, camping and spending time with her dogs.

Professional Associations:

Law Society of Ontario

Education:

  • 2021 – Confederation College – Aboriginal Canadian Relations Certificate
  • 2020 – Mohawk College – Paralegal Diploma
  • 2016 – Confederation College – Travel and Tourism

Courtney Turner

Associate Lawyer

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Courtney TurnerAssociate Lawyer

Biography

ourtney Turner is a lawyer with Cheadles LLP and practices in the area of family law and child protection.

Courtney graduated with her Juris Doctor degree from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in 2022. She also holds a Master of Arts in History, Honours Bachelor of Arts in History, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Lakehead University.

Originally from Ingersoll, ON, Courtney moved to Thunder Bay to learn more about the rich history of Northwestern Ontario and to enjoy the abundant hiking and kayaking offered in this region. While earning her law degree, Courtney served as the Program Coordinator for Pro Bono Students Canada Lakehead Chapter and volunteered with the Thunder Bay Violence Against Women Taskforce.

Outside of law, Courtney is very passionate about the historical community in Thunder Bay and spends much of her free time enjoying the outdoors with her dog, Kevin.

Education

  • 2017 – Lakehead University – HBA and BA
  • 2019 – Lakehead University – MA
  • 2022 – Lakehead University – JD
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