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Soma Ray – Ellis
Chair, Employment Group

Soma Ray – EllisSoma Ray-Ellis is a Partner at Himelfarb Proszanski. She is the Chair of the Employment & Labour Group and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

Ms. Ray-Ellis is also the current Chair of the Employment Group of Consulegis which is an international network of premier law firms with more than 1,700 lawyers in over 45 countries. She is often asked to speak nationally and internationally on employment law issues. Most recently, she chaired a panel discussion on the effectiveness of restrictive covenants which was held in Cape Town, South Africa (October 2015) and on Canadian discrimination and anti-harassment law which was held in Barcelona, Spain (May 2015).

Ms. Ray-Ellis represents companies and executives in all areas of employment law including wrongful dismissal, employment contracts, employment policies, human rights issues, privacy law issues and also conducts investigations. She has been involved in numerous high profile litigation matters including representing Air India as lead counsel at the Air India Inquiry. She has also conducted numerous harassment and discrimination investigations for various Municipalities and Corporations.

Ms. Ray-Ellis has published extensively. Her works include the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada volume on Employment Law, 785 pages (Lexis Nexis; 2015), the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada volume on Discrimination and Human Rights, 674 pages (Lexis Nexis; 2013), and the Employment Equity Manual (Carswell). She co-drafted the original “Rules of Practice” for the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and also assisted in drafting the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Rules of Professional Conduct relating to lawyers practicing mediation. She is considered a prominent employment law lawyer by the national media and has made numerous appearances on CP24, Global TV, CTV National News, CBC Newsworld and City TV.

She has been involved in several high profile investigations including the investigation concerning the Toronto Community Housing Corporation; a matter that became public in 2014. She has represented significant members of society including CEOs, senators and government officials in highly sensitive matters both nationally and internationally.

For her work, she has received numerous awards including The Lawyer of the Year by the South Asian Bar Association and The Business Leadership Award by Women Entrepreneurs of Canada. In 2002, she was inducted into Canadian Who’s Who and Who’s Who of Canada Business. She has been quoted extensively in national newspapers, including the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and the National Post, on matters pertaining to such topics as sexual harassment, workplace violence, privacy, overtime, email, internet policies, employee fraud and terminations.

Ms. Ray-Ellis chaired the Viennese Ball in 2009 and has contributed significantly through other charitable work by being a member of various charitable Boards including the Toronto Philharmonic, Scouts Canada and Women Entrepreneurs of Canada.

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Ms. Ray-Ellis has published a substantial amount of articles in the area of employment law including the following articles and papers:

  • “A Nuanced Decision on Constructive Dismissal”, The Lawyers Weekly, (May, 2015)
  • “15th Annual Employment Law Summit”, The Law Society of Upper Canada - Continuing Professional Development, (October, 2014)
  • “Ruling Affirms Long-Term Notice for Short-Term Execs”, The Lawyers Weekly, (September, 2014)
  • “Different Owner, Same Liability”, The Lawyers Weekly, (May, 2014)
  • “The Hight Cost of Malicious Prosecution”, The Lawyers Weekly, (March, 2014)

To view more of Soma Ray-Ellis’ articles click here and presentations click here.

Employment Group Associates:

  • Derek W. Levinsky
  • Jorge Pineda


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