Lesha  Van Der Bij

Lesha Van Der Bij, Knowledge Management Lawyer

Contact Information

  • tel: 416.862.4209
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Bar Admission

Ontario, 1998

Education

  • University of Toronto, LL.B.
  • University of Western Ontario, B.A. (Psychology)

Office

Toronto

Language(s)

English

Biography

As a Knowledge Management lawyer, Lesha has led a number of projects aimed at facilitating the effective and timely delivery of cutting-edge legal advice to Osler clients, including the development of a new firm-wide precedent system, the "Knowledge Market", and the firm's first external facing blog (a 2014 Clawbie award winner).

Lesha also manages the Pensions & Benefits and Labour & Employment Departments' knowledge management, process improvement, and client communication activities.  She monitors legal and industry developments and oversees the development and maintenance of the Departments’ precedents, project plan templates and research related resources, ensuring that the Departments’ legal, intellectual and practical expertise is captured and readily accessible by all legal professionals. 

In addition, Lesha is involved in the legal knowledge management community, as a past co-chair and an ongoing member of the Toronto Legal KM Group.

Before joining Osler’s Knowledge Management team, Lesha practised in Osler’s Pensions & Benefits Department for a number of years, providing advice on a wide range of issues.

Lesha is very active on social media. You can connect with her on:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/leshavanderbij

https://twitter.com/lvanderbij 

Notable Matters

  • Led a team in the development of a new firm-wide precedent system – the “Knowledge Market”.
  • Developed and launched “Pensions & Benefits Law” – Osler blog on pensions and benefits issues.
  • Participated in advisory groups which directed the firm on a new intranet design, a matter centric document management system, website refresh and other technological improvements.

Affiliations

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association – Member of Pensions & Benefits Executive
  • Canadian Bar Association

Publications/Events/Education

  • Editor and regular contributor to Pensions & Benefits Law(www.pensionsbenefitslaw.com).
  • Co-Chair, 2014 Toronto-New York Knowledge Management Summit.
  • Indalex: What Are the Pension Implications, Osler Update, February 11, 2013 (co-authored).
  • Law Firm Blogging – Moving From An Internal to An External Blog, ILTA Law Blog, July 12, 2011
  • Ontario Pension Reform, Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal, March 2011.
  • US and Canadian employment law: key distinctions, Practical Law Company, July 2010 (co-authored).

Pro Bono/Community Work

  • University of Toronto Alumni Mentor Program