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Cassandra Ma


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T: 416.408.5508
F: 416.408.4814
E: cma@filion.on.ca

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Lisbeth Davis
T: 416.408.3221 x2302
F: 416.408.4814
E: ldavis@filion.on.ca

Education/Admissions
  • Call to the Bar, Ontario – 2017
  • University of Ottawa, Juris Doctor
  • McGill University, Bachelor of Arts

Cassandra Ma
Associate

Executive Summary

Cassandra is an associate lawyer in the firm’s Toronto office. She completed summer and articling terms at the firm before her call to the Ontario Bar in 2017.

Cassandra advises employers in all areas of management-side labour and employment law with unwavering dedication. Her legal practice includes special expertise in issues relating to disability management, workers’ compensation benefits, collective agreement interpretation, and human rights.

Cassandra is a tenacious and disciplined advocate who achieves practical and fair results. She regularly represents employers at labour arbitrations and before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. She also acts for employers in employment-related litigation, including cases involving wrongful dismissal and employment standards disputes, and has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. As part of her proactive approach to resolving workplace issues, Cassandra skilfully assists clients in drafting effective employment contracts, voluntary resignation agreements, and workplace policies. Moreover, she is experienced in investigating matters of employee misconduct and allegations of workplace harassment. 

Prior to commencing her law practice, Cassandra worked for the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB), where she gained extensive insight into the registration and adjudication of workplace injury claims. Using this knowledge, she is uniquely able to craft creative strategies for WSIB claims management that lower her clients’ claims costs.

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) - Member, Human Rights Committee
  • Ontario Bar Association - Newsletter Editor, Workers' Compensation Section Executive
  • Canadian Bar Association 
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers
  • Toronto City Opera’s Board of Directors, Executive Secretary

Selected Publications, Presentations and Media Mentions

“Key Employer and Employment Issues to Tackle during these Uncertain Times”, Ontario Bar Association Seminar, March 2020

Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Act: Quick Reference (2020 edition), Carswell, Co-author

“Managing Mental Health Issues in the Workplace”, FWTA Client Seminar, February 2020 

“Cross-Canada Problems at Labour Arbitration: Trends from the Ontario and Federal Arbitral Jurisprudence”, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, September 2019

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Employment & Labour Laws and Regulations, Canada: Employment & Labour Law 2019, ICLG, Co-author

Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Act: Quick Reference (2019 edition), Carswell, Co-author

“WSIB Claims: Active management to achieve actual results”, FWTA Client Seminar, January 2019

“Bill 148: What does it mean for unionized employers?”, FWTA Client Seminar, January 2018

“Protecting Ontario Workers from Harassment”, Law Society of Upper Canada, March 2017, Co-Author

The Firm's Latest Labour & Employment Law Insights

Ontario's Minimum Wage Increases October 1st
Sept. 25, 2020

New ESA Poster Published
Sept. 25, 2020

Truncated Notice Period Awarded to Older, Short-Service Employee
Sept. 25, 2020

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