Blazing Your Own Path

Check out this event invitation from Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion…

Dear colleagues,

By way of introduction, I am on the Executive Committee of Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion (LLD). LLD is an association of legal leaders across Canada who are committed to promoting diversity in the workplace, as well as supporting initiatives to encourage greater diversity and inclusion in our organizations, the legal profession, and the greater Canadian business community.

Part of my role on the LLD Executive Committee is to increase its presence in the western provinces. In that regard, we have organized an interesting and thought-provoking LLD event on Thursday, February 7, 2019. I would be pleased if you could join LLD in Calgary for an evening of conversation and networking, including a panel discussion on various career paths in law and promoting diversity in the workplace.

Panelists include:

  • Chima Nkemdirim – Vice President, Government Relations at Shaw Communications and former Chief of Staff for Calgary Mayor Nenshi
  • Bindu Cudjoe – Senior Vice-President and General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Canadian Western Bank
  • The Honourable Madam Justice April Grosse – Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta

Moderator – Munaf Mohamed, Bennett Jones LLP

The speakers will share their thoughts on both challenges and opportunities for lawyers from diverse backgrounds and the different paths they have taken to building careers based on legal training.

The details for the evening are as follows:

Date: Thursday, February 7th, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m. | Check In and Pre-Mingle
  5:00 p.m. | Speaker Panel
  6:00 p.m. | Networking
Address: 4500 Bankers Hall East
  855 – 2nd Street S.W.
  Calgary, AB  T2P 4K7
  45th Floor, Jones Boardroom

The event will be hosted by the Calgary office of Bennett Jones LLP.


Please RSVP by Friday, February 1, 2019. You are more than welcome to extend this invite to a few members of your legal department or firm who may be interested in also attending, but please have them RSVP separately so we can confirm numbers for catering. We hope to see you there! You can contact me directly at if you have any questions.

If you are interested in learning more about LLD generally, please visit

Best regards,


Jeff Ellis

Chief Legal Officer

Canadian Pacific