One of Harrison Pensa’s most active community contributors, Mana provides practical advice and careful guidance to individuals, corporations and municipalities on a wide range of legal topics. She is engaged most often with employment and labour issues, Canada Pension Plan (CPP) cases, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) matters, occupational health and safety (OHS) files, and general litigation.
Both individual and organizational clients frequently call on Mana to review employment contracts and termination packages or to handle appeals of CPP, WSIB and OHS cases. She also helps clients who are dealing with human rights violations, breach of contract cases, defamation matters, or issues involving election law.
Mana is often “in demand” within Harrison Pensa itself. Her colleagues seek out her assistance with a broad range of corporate/commercial matters, estate litigation cases, personal injury files, and professional discipline proceedings. She takes pride in her collaborative approach to serving all the firm’s clients and meeting their needs.
Mana is highly active in the London community, serving on multiple boards and becoming involved in as many fundraising events, both inside and outside the firm, as possible. Among other activities, she serves as Secretary of the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre, as the Vice-President of the Regional HIV/Aids Connection, and a Board Member of London Lawyers Feed the Hungry and its “Court House Rocks” Committee.
In addition, Mana helps teach the Litigation Practice Course at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law as a facilitator, participates in the Brescia Professional Mentoring Program and helps judge student moots at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law. She also provides her time and expertise to the Western Law Small Claims Court Project, attending three- or four-hour sessions at the Central Library and helping law students provide free legal advice to those who cannot afford legal services. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Middlesex Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association.
Family, friends and the welfare of animals are three aspects of life outside the firm that are especially important to Mana. She is a devoted horse owner who goes horseback riding on weekends. She also takes salsa lessons, plays music, and loves reading and writing.
Employment and Labour Law; Litigation and Dispute Resolution