As founding partner of the organizations, the LFO appoints representatives to their governing bodies
Neha Chugh has joined the Law Commission of Ontario’s board of governors as the Law Foundation of Ontario’s representative, while Paul Jonathan Saguil has been reappointed as the foundation’s representative on the Ontario Justice Education Network’s board of directors.
Effective this January, Chugh has replaced Stephen Goudge, a retired judge, who joined the commission’s board in 2009 and who began acting as the foundation’s representative in 2014.
Chugh is a criminal defence lawyer based in Cornwall Ontario and is the owner and managing partner of Chugh Law Professional Corporation, where she focuses her practice on youth and adult mental health, litigation and research. Chugh has participated in numerous judge-alone and jury trials involving assaults, sexual assaults, mischiefs, breaking and entering and drinking and driving.
Chugh has served as prosecutor in the Akwesasne Court, assisted with provincial offences prosecutions at the City of Cornwall and taught at Iohahi:io Akwesasne Education and Training Institute. She has sat on the boards of the Centre York Centre supervised access facility in Cornwall, CUREA/CURET and Cornwall Standard Freeholder’s community editorial board. Admitted to the bar in 2011, she obtained her JD from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Saguil, who also serves as treasurer of the education network, will begin his second term as the foundation’s representative this February. At TD, Saguil has acted as deputy head of TD Bank Group’s sanctions compliance and anti-bribery/anti-corruption program as part of the global anti-money laundering department; as AVP for global anti-money laundering – innovation, governance and risk strategies; and as senior counsel in the legal department. He has practised at Stockwoods LLP.
Saguil has served as vice chairperson of the board of The 519 Community Centre, as chairperson of the board of directors for Start Proud, as chairperson of the sexual orientation and gender identity law section executive of the Canadian Bar Association and as board member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers. For the Ontario Bar Association, he has acted as chairperson of the equality committee and of the sexual orientation and gender identity law section and as member of the board of directors.
Called to the bar in 2008, Saguil obtained his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. He has taught at the Internationally Trained Lawyers Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
The Law Foundation of Ontario, which serves as a founding partner of the commission and of the education network, can appoint a representative to serve on each of their governing bodies. These representatives work independently of the foundation but seek to keep these organizations interlinked.