Aliya Ramji is General Counsel and Senior Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs at Figure 1. Figure 1 is a case-sharing platform for healthcare professionals and was named one of Canada's top tech companies to watch in 2018 by Maclean's. Aliya is an international lawyer who acted as legal counsel and global business unit advisor at CSA Group prior to joining Figure 1 in October 2014. In 2016, Aliya was named one of the top 10 thirty-somethings by the Association of Corporate Counsel and was awarded the Young Alumni of Influence by the University of Toronto, University College. She has spent time lobbying the US Senate and Canadian government, making submissions on international free trade agreements, and taking companies global.
Aliya will be one of our panelists at our upcoming Toronto Cocktails & Conversation.
1. Why did you decide to become an In-House Counsel?
"I wasn't planning on becoming in-house counsel. In fact, I was very much against it. But when one of my clients from big law was looking for someone to help with their trademarks work, it seemed like the perfect fit. My role evolved from trademarks counsel to more general corporate commercial work to international trade. As in-house counsel, I have had the opportunity to work on projects that I wouldn't otherwise get to work on. TTIP, CETA and NAFTA submissions, testimony in the House of Commons, and lobbying in the US Senate: these are not every day tasks for outside counsel. "
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