I am a first generation Canadian, raised by East European refugees in an immigrant neighborhood in Toronto. I was educated in that same neighbourhood at parochial primary and middle schools, and attended the local public high school. I earned the privilege to attend the Royal Military College of Canada and earned my BA (Hons) in International Studies. I trained as a combat arms officer in the armoured corps. I later attended the University of Calgary whence I received my LL.B. (J.D. in American lexicon). Significantly later, I attended the Osgoode Hall Law School and received my Masters in Law (LL.M.) in intellectual property, and later earned a Ph.D. in law. My Ph.D. thesis concerned risk assessment, food labels and genetically modified foods. I have two daughters: one who graduated cum summa laude from the University of West Virginia, with a BSc in agricultural feed and nutrition. The other graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a Bachelor's in Environmental Design, (She is an aficionado of Frank Lloyd Wright.)
I am a senior lawyer who spent the bulk of my professional time with the Federal Justice Department dealing with all manner and level of contracts and negotiations with various industries, governments and institutions across the country, including the Arctic. I dealt with amongst other subjects, ferry / airport privatizations; aviation services devolution; sale of federal airports; Banff & Jasper National Parks commercial / ski leases; Yukon mining / riparian and fisheries law. Commencing in 1992, I focused my professional duties on agricultural biotechnology, genetics and advanced technologies in domestic, international and UN arenas.
Since 2003 I have been an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. I teach contracting drafting and for some 4 years directed the Osgoode Business Clinic. Since 2009 have also been an adjunct professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Law and Business Faculty, Ryerson University. Starting in 2015 I became a contract assistant professor at Ryerson. I teach business law, intellectual property law, information & technology law (privacy, defamation, big data, and regulation) and international business / trade law, all depending on the semester. I find that teaching keeps me fresh, stimulated and current, a benefit to both my clients as well as my students
I have written a number of articles on law and plants, intellectual property rights, risk analysis and plant breeding, regulation of genetically modified / genetically engineered crops and agricultural regulatory schemes in general. I have also authored chapters in textbooks on competing risk analysis systems, and technology transfer processes and issues.