I am a lawyer licensed to practice law in Ontario. I received my Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007. Prior to attending law school, I received an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University, majoring in History.
Since 2007, I have worked as a speechwriter and communications strategist, a general manager of a small nonprofit organization, and a director/legal advisor at a large nonprofit organization. I have also sat on the Board of Directors of multiple nonprofit organizations. Over the years, I have provided significant pro bono legal assistance to individuals and organizations concerning labour and employment, landlord/tenant, nonprofit, corporate, and small claims matters.
I have been working as legal counsel for the Toronto Underground Market since May, 2011. It was that experience that opened my eyes to just how many individuals and organizations are clamouring to develop new and innovative ways to feed their communities, combat hunger, and shorten the distance between farm and plate. They have creative, dynamic ideas, and need to know how to work within the existing food legislation framework to execute those ideas. The Underground Market experience also showed me that legislative and regulatory change is necessary in order to foster, and not stifle, this kind of innovative thinking.
I have always had a deep love and appreciation for food and cooking. Using my legal skills to assist food entrepreneurs, food initiatives, farmers, and restaurants, particularly in this time of boundary-pushing concerning the way we interact with food, is to me a very meaningful merging of my love of food and my legal skills.
In my spare time, I write and take photos for a blog on home cooking called Carly’s Whey. I am also a freelance food writer.
photo by Bouke Salverda