LeeAnn joined the Sport Law & Strategy Group in 2010 after working as a criminal defense lawyer in Toronto for over eight years. She continues to maintain the skills she obtained in criminal practice, which included helping her clients with advocacy, diplomacy, confidentiality, impartiality, empathy, and patience.
LeeAnn has been able to successfully integrate her skills into the sport industry and especially enjoys assisting clients with mediation, arbitration, case management, and appeals. She has helped produce manuals and guidelines to assist organizations in their compliance with legislation dealing with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability Act (AODA). LeeAnn has also helped several NSOs with their transition under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) and hopes to do the same for local and provincial sport organizations, once the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) comes into effect.
During her association with SLSG, LeeAnn has developed a particular interest in the areas of workplace harassment and risk management and has assisted both Rachel and Dina with the delivery of Risk Management workshops to many NSOs. LeeAnn currently works with Jason to provide a similar workshop at the PSO level to ensure that all levels of sport are making informed decisions when identifying and evaluating the risks facing their organizations.
When not working, LeeAnn enjoys spending time with her family, going to the cottage on Lake Huron, and volunteering at her daughter‘s school. LeeAnn spent 15 years competing locally and internationally in dragon boat racing and has recently taken up running. Having completed several 5K runs, her goal is to complete a 10k race by the end of 2017.