Team

In office

Christine O'Doherty, Lawyer

Christine O'Doherty, Lawyer

Executive Director

514-731-2855, extension 1

Christine O’Doherty has been CIAJ’s Executive Director since 2017. A bilingual lawyer experienced in professional, labour and commercial law, she has contributed to developing and implementing effective government relations and public affairs strategies for a number of major organizations. Ms. O’Doherty has taught at the Faculté de pharmacie de l’Université de Montréal for 14 years, where she was responsible for the implementation of the soft skills curriculum for graduate and undergraduate students. In her spare time she writes fiction.


 

Nathan Afilalo, Lawyer

Nathan Afilalo, Lawyer

Legal Research

514-731-2855, extension 3

Nathan is a graduate of McGill’s BCL/LLB program and was CIAJ’s first articling student. Trained in both Civil and Common Law, he has been called to the Ontario Bar in 2020 and is now preparing for the Quebec Bar exam. He has clerked at the Montreal Municipal Court, as well as involved himself in Montreal-based access to justice organizations such as The Mile End Legal Clinic and the Centre for Research-Action and Race Relations. At CIAJ Nathan conducts legal research on our national discussions on key issues, pens reports and helps develop CIAJ initiatives.

Robin Duffie

Robin Duffie

Project Manager of Judicial Programs

514-731-2855, extension 6

With almost 10 years of event planning in different industries, Robin uses her trademark skills of problem solving, creativity, and flexibility to produce successful corporate events and meetings. She excels at logistics and operations, and her attention to detail means that events and meetings go smoothly from concept to completion. Good at wearing multiple hats, always maintaining an upbeat, can-do attitude, Robin is adept at responding quickly to changing circumstances, including being an early adopter of virtual events.

Vicki Gondek, CMP (on maternity leave)

Vicki Gondek, CMP (on maternity leave)

Project Manager of Judicial Programs

514-731-2855, extension 6

Vicki is a project manager of all the judicial programs at CIAJ since 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Concordia University, an Event Planning Certificate from LaSalle College and as of May 2017, she became a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). When Vicki isn’t planning CIAJ events throughout Canada, she likes to cook and spend time in the great outdoors biking around Montreal. 

Isabelle Ligot

Isabelle Ligot

Communications Manager

514-731-2855, extension 2

Isabelle enjoys developing creative communication strategies and building bridges between people. Her work at CIAJ includes strategic planning, writing and translating various texts, creating brochures and designing visuals, and managing all web and social media content. Isabelle graduated from the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal. A language lover, she also holds a certificate in translation and a graduate certificate in legal translation from McGill University.

Mary Plagakis

Mary Plagakis

Project Manager of Multidisciplinary Programs

514-731-2855, extension 4

Mary is the project manager of CIAJ's multidisciplinary programs. As such, she makes sure that everything runs smoothly, and everyone is well taken care of.  She holds a Bachelors in Sociology and a Bachelors in Child Studies from Concordia University.  She enjoys solving puzzles, getting caught up on reading her pile of books. One of the things on her to do list is travel to Australia and New Zealand.