President (2021 - Present)
Aaron is an associate lawyer at Aird & Berlis LLP practicing primarily in corporate finance and corporate-corporate finance and corporate-commercial law. In the past he has been a volunteer report writer for the Canadian Senate’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes. He holds a Master of Laws in European and International Business Law from Université Lyon III Jean Moulin, a Juris Doctor degree from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of British Columbia. He has also studied international business law at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in the UK and international relations theory at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris in France.
President (2020-21). Vice President & Technology Chair (2017-20)
Anthony is a software engineer who has built successful products at North American tech companies. Anthony’s areas of expertise and interest include data / martech, and neuro / health tech. He believes in effective altruism and the power of science and technology to improve society.
Member at Large
Ilyes Saidani is currently a broker with Solar Brokers Canada in addition to completing his Honours BA at the University of Toronto (Victoria College) in Ethics, Society, and Law. As a renewable energy broker Ilyes has contributed to the fight against climate change by assisting in the completion of numerous investments in solar energy.
At the University of Toronto, Ilyes has been an Associate Editor at The Strand Paper, the co-founder of several student-based political organizations such as Awakened Youth Against Apathy (AYAA), and a finalist at select annual Law & Business case competitions. Ilyes holds high interest in global affairs, currently holding a Deputy-Ambassador position on the board of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Toronto Branch. On a volunteer basis, Ilyes continues to work with The Semiotones, a beloved band based out of Victoria College that plays for SickKids charity fundraising.
Renee van Kessel
Renee has a long-standing interest in international affairs and conflict resolution, sitting on the board of the CIC Toronto for the past 10 years, advising Proyecto Accesso (a democratization organization for Latin America), participating in the organization and facilitation of the Worldview Conflict Resolution Conference for students in 2005, providing Canadian counsel to the Centre for Peace Through Culture, and in 1993, was a founding member of the Canadian Chapter of the Canadian German Lawyers’ Association.
Fraser is Past President of the Canadian Information Technology Law Association (IT.Can). He has served as Chair of the International Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Technology Law Committee of the International Bar Association and director of York Technology Association. He is the author of Computer Technology and the Law in Canada, co-author of Internet Law, and co-editor of Electronic Commerce: A Practitioner’s Guide and of Mann’s Technology Law News.
Fraser has been recognized as a leading lawyer in technology law by various national and international publications, including Chambers Global Guide (where he has been ranked in Tier 1 of Technology lawyers in Canada), LEXPERT, the International Who’s Who of Internet and e-Commerce Lawyers and Best Lawyers in Canada.