Emilie N. Lahaie

Associate | 
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Emilie Lahaie is an associate in the Aboriginal Law Group at Cassels. Emilie works on Aboriginal legal matters and related environmental assessments, negotiations and regulatory and constitutional issues. She offers extensive experience in administrative law, civil litigation, human rights advocacy and law reform. Emilie has represented clients at various administrative tribunals, including the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and Ontario Coroner’s Court and in the Residential Schools Independent Process. She has also appeared on matters before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2017, Emilie appeared before the Senate Committee for Aboriginal Peoples to testify in regard to the potential impact of Bill S-3.
Prior to joining Cassels, Emilie worked directly with clients from the urban Indigenous community of Toronto through an agency established by the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.

  • Canadian Lawyer Magazine, Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers, Nominee (2017)
  • Pro Bono Students Canada, Callwood Fellowship, Nominee (2012)
  • Assisted in the organization and running of a legal summer program for high-school aged Aboriginal youth from across Canada through the University of Toronto – the program introduced youth to basic legal skills, including Aboriginal specific legal issues such as the Duty to Consult
  • Worked with the John Howard Society’s Native Inmate Liaison Office Program to draft a report on C-10 and its effects on Gladue court and create materials for Aboriginal inmates detailing various legal and social services available through the Ontario correctional system
  • J.D., University of Toronto, 2014
  • M.A., Western University, 2011
  • B.Mus., Western University, 2009
  • Ontario, 2015
  • British Columbia, 2018
  • Ontario Bar Association, Executive Member, Aboriginal Law Section