Osler Diversity Scholarship Program: Inaugural winners

We are pleased to announce the inaugural winners of the Osler Diversity Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Mandavni Dhami, a law student at the University of Toronto, and Reakash Walters, a law student at the University of Ottawa.

Mandavni Dhami

Mandavni Dhami (University of Toronto) and Douglas Rienzo.

Mandavni Dhami, University of Toronto

Excerpt from application: “I am directly responsible for developing the Reconciliation Committee. The Committee was formed after I suggested to the DLS Executive that the clinic required a meaningful and organized approach to reconciling Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations. We are currently developing a strategic plan of action and will be collaborating on a project for this upcoming academic year.”

Reakash Walters

Barry Fong, Reakash Walters (University of Ottawa), Clark Holden and Donna White.

Reakash Walters, University of Ottawa

Excerpt from application: “While I was completing my undergraduate degree in Communications, I became interested in how organizations and individuals can learn more about people they may view as different through diversity and inclusion training. I decided to take a three-day training course on the topic and the facilitators, impressed with my contributions, asked me to join their team. I was thrilled at the opportunity and jumped into the work… It was incredibly rewarding work and I had the opportunity to facilitate learning for a variety of groups, including health professionals, dentists, community organizers and university students. Every session I saw a light come on in a least one participant’s face as they understood why diversity in all settings was key to organizational success.”


About our Diversity Scholarship Program

As part of Osler’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, in 2018, the firm established the Osler Diversity Scholarship Program for eligible second-year law students. This program provides up to two $2,500 scholarships each year to law students who, like Osler, seek to promote diversity and inclusion.

Spearheaded by Osler’s Diversity Committee, this program is designed to ensure that law students are recognized and celebrated for their diversity and inclusion efforts. Applicants were asked to demonstrate their commitment to being a diversity leader within their law school, the legal profession or the broader non-law community.

Our scholarship Selection Committee included Osler members and a representative from one of our long-term clients, the Bank of Montreal. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Paul Noble, Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel, BMO Capital Markets, for his help in selecting our inaugural winners.

We received many worthy applications and the decision was a tough one. Our sincere thanks goes out to all the students that applied. 

“Congratulations to Reakash and Mandavni, whose leadership and work in promoting diversity will go a long way in making a difference,” said Douglas Rienzo, Osler pensions and benefits partner and Chair of Osler’s Diversity Committee. “We were truly inspired by all applicants and want to thank all of the students who submitted an application.”