Our people

Meet our dedicated team of Board of Trustees, Class Proceedings Committee, and staff members.

The Law Foundation of Ontario is governed by a five-person voluntary Board of Trustees. Three Trustees are appointed by the Law Society of Ontario and two by the Attorney General of Ontario. The Foundation also administers the Class Proceedings Fund, which provides cost assistance in class actions. The Law Foundation of Ontario appoints one member of the Class Proceedings Committee and the Attorney General also appoints one member. Three members are appointed jointly by the Foundation and the Attorney General. All of the work of the Foundation and Class Proceedings Committee is supported by a small and dedicated staff team.

Alida DeLorenzi

Grants Officer

Arta Tafaj

Senior Administrative Coordinator (Accounting & Compliance)

Lara Sanders

Director, Strategic Finance

Lili Pach

Grants Officer

Lisa Cirillo

Chief Executive Officer

Lisa Cirillo has served as CEO of The Law Foundation...

Lisa Sherin

Director, Human Resources & Operations (Interim)

Nancy Caetano

Senior Administrative Assistant

Nathalie Noël

Communications Specialist

Noah Aiken-Klar

Director, Grants & Programs

As Director, Grants & Programs, Noah provides strategic leadership for...

Rachael Simser

Law Student

Remissa Hirji

Director and Counsel, Class Proceedings Committee

Ria Dey

Legal Assistant, Class Proceedings Committee

Sharnette Beckett

Finance Assistant

Tiffany Smith

Grants Officer

Alida DeLorenzi

Position: Grants Officer
Phone: 416-598-1550 x 205
Email: ADelorenzi@lawfoundation.on.ca
Categories: Grants Officer, Staff
Pronouns: she/her

Arta Tafaj

Position: Senior Administrative Coordinator (Accounting & Compliance)
Phone: 416-598-1550 x 213
Email: ATafaj@lawfoundation.on.ca
Categories: Staff
Pronouns: she/her
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Lara Sanders

Position: Director, Strategic Finance
Phone: 416-598-1550 x 208
Email: LSanders@lawfoundation.on.ca
Categories: Staff
Pronouns: she/her

Lili Pach

Position: Grants Officer
Phone: 416-598-1550 x 210
Email: LPach@lawfoundation.on.ca
Categories: Grants Officer, Staff
Pronouns: she/her
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Lisa Cirillo

Position: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 416-598-1550 x 204
Email: LCirillo@lawfoundation.on.ca
Categories: CEO, Staff
Pronouns: she/her

Lisa Cirillo has served as CEO of The Law Foundation of Ontario since September 2020. Prior to this, Lisa was Executive Director of Downtown Legal Services, a community-based legal clinic at the University of Toronto law school, since 2010.

Lisa has practiced human rights, education, housing, and family law in a wide variety of social justice organizations including Downtown Legal Services, ARCH Disability Law Centre, and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

She also has extensive experience in public legal education and information (PLEI). She managed the Family Law Education for Women project, which assisted marginalized women in understanding their rights and responsibilities under family law. She also worked with Community Legal Education Ontario’s Your Rights. Your Language project where she managed PLEI in multiple formats and languages focused on high priority legal issues for newcomers to Canada.

Lisa has served on a number of boards and committees over the years, including the: Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education; National Association of Women and the Law’s National Steering Committee; Legal Aid Ontario’s Clinic Law Advisory Committee; and the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Community Advisory Group.

She earned her Hons. B.A. from the University of Toronto, her LL.B. from Queen’s University, and her LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar in 1998.

Lisa Sherin

Position: Director, Human Resources & Operations (Interim)
Phone: 416-598-1550 x 214
Email: LSherin@lawfoundation.on.ca
Categories: Staff
Pronouns:: she/her

Nancy Caetano

Position: Senior Administrative Assistant
Phone: 416-598-1550 x 203
Email: NCaetano@lawfoundation.on.ca
Categories: Staff
Pronouns: she/her
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Nathalie Noël

Position: Communications Specialist
Phone: 416-598-1550 x 209
Email: NNoel@lawfoundation.on.ca
Categories: Staff
Pronouns: she/her
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Noah Aiken-Klar

Position: Director, Grants & Programs
Phone: 416-598-1550 x 214
Email: NAiken-klar@lawfoundation.on.ca
Categories: Staff
Pronouns: he/him

As Director, Grants & Programs, Noah provides strategic leadership for the Foundation’s granting activities.

Noah comes to the Foundation from RBC where he was the inaugural Director, Youth Social Impact and most recently served as Director, Academic and Strategic Partnerships, Technology, & Operations. Prior to RBC, Noah was the Regional Director of Community Investments at Ontario Trillium Foundation. Noah also spent three years as the National Director of Pro Bono Students Canada where he led a network of 4,000 law student and lawyer volunteers from 21 law schools across the county.

Noah earned his LLB from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and practiced in civil litigation earlier in his career.

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Rachael Simser

Position: Law Student
Email: RSimser@lawfoundation.on.ca
Categories: Staff
Pronouns: she/her
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Remissa Hirji

Position: Director and Counsel, Class Proceedings Committee
Phone: 416-595-1425 x 302
Email: RHirji@lawfoundation.on.ca
Categories: Staff
Pronouns: she/her

Ria Dey

Position: Legal Assistant, Class Proceedings Committee
Phone: 416-595-1425 x 303
Email: RDey@lawfoundation.on.ca
Categories: Staff

Sharnette Beckett

Position: Finance Assistant
Phone: 416-598-1550 x 202
Email: SBeckett@lawfoundation.on.ca
Categories: Staff
Pronouns: she/her

Tiffany Smith

Position: Grants Officer
Phone: 416-598-1550 x 212
Email: TSmith@lawfoundation.on.ca
Categories: Grants Officer, Staff
Pronouns: she/her
 

*Appointed by the Law Society of Ontario
**Appointed by the Attorney General of Ontario
***Appointed by The Law Foundation of Ontario