Raj Anand

PartnerWeirFoulds LLPIn-House Counsel; Employment

Raj Anand is a senior civil litigation, employment administrative and human rights lawyer and mediator and a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario. He is a former Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Rights Commission and presently acts for complainants and respondents in internal investigations and Ontario and federal applications. He has acted as a Board of Inquiry under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Police Services Act, as Co-Chair of the University of Toronto Tribunal member of the Law Society Tribunal and as counsel to a number of administrative tribunals. Raj has spoken and written on diverse subjects including trial, appellate and administrative advocacy and human rights.

Raj practises in the areas of human rights, constitutional and administrative law, labour relations, civil litigation, professional negligence and discipline. He is a former Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and presently acts for complainants and respondents in internal investigations and Ontario and federal applications. He has acted as a Board of Inquiry under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Police Services Act, as Co-Chair of the University of Toronto Tribunal and as counsel to a number of administrative tribunals.
 
Raj has spoken and written on diverse subjects including trial, appellate and administrative advocacy and human rights. He graduated with the Dean's Key in 1978 from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He served in 1986-1987 on the Ontario Task Force for the the Law Concerning Trespass to Publicly-Used Property As It Affects Youth and Minorities.

In 1997, Raj was the first recipient of the Advocates' Society Award of Justice. His experience as an adjunct professor includes "The New Administrative Law" course in the LL.M. programme at Osgoode Hall Law School and "Diversity and the Legal Profession" at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law. He has acted for a variety of parties in public interest litigation and commissions of inquiry. For 7 years he was the Advocates' Society representative on the Equity Advisory Group of the Law Society. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Boards of Directors of two community clinics and Legal Aid Ontario, the Advocates' Society and Pro Bono Law Ontario, and as President of the latter organization and the University of Toronto Law Alumni Council. He is presently a member of the Equality Rights Panel of the Federal Court Challenges Programme.

In 2003, Raj received the Law Society Medal, the highest honour awarded by the governing body of the legal profession in Ontario, and in 2007 and 2011, he was elected by the profession to 4-year terms as a bencher of the Law Society. In June 2007, he was awarded Professional Man of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. In April 2008, he was appointed by the Province of Ontario as the Founding Chair of its Human Rights Legal Support Centre. In 2010, Raj received the award for Distinguished Career from the South Asian Bar Association.

Education

  • University of Toronto, LL.B. (Dean's Key), 1978
  • Queen's University, B.A., 1975

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1980

Experience

  • Richardson v. Kimberley, [2012] O.J. No. 640 (S.C.J.)
  • Toussaint v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), [2010] F.C.J. No. 987 (F.C.)
  • Regular v. Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, [2010] N.J. No. 165 (S.C.)
  • M.D. v. Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society, [2010] O.J. No. 2270 (S.C.J.)
  • Weitzman v. SAP Canada Inc., [2009] O.J. No. 5041 (Div. Ct.)
  • Gunther v. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, [2009] F.C.J. No. 1036 (F.C.)
  • Cooper et al v. The Attorney General for Ontario, [2009] O.J. No. 3589 (Div. Ct.)

Associations

  • Bencher, Law Society of Ontario (also Vice-Chair, Law Society Hearing Panel (Adjudication, Case Management and Mediation); Chair, Tribunals Committee; Vice-Chair, Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee; Member, Finance, Access to Justice Committee, Licensing and Accreditation Task Force, Articling Task Force, Governance Task Force and the Tribunals Process Working Group)
  • Chair, Minority Advocacy and Rights Council
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association
  • Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice

Awards & Honours

  • Distinguished Career Award, South Asian Bar Association, 2010
  • Professional Man of the Year, Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, 2007
  • Law Society Medal, Law Society of Ontario, 2003
  • Award of Justice, the Advocates' Society, 1997