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Lesha  Van Der Bij

Lesha Van Der Bij

Knowledge Management Lawyer

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.4209



Bar Admission

Ontario, 1998

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

Lesha leads knowledge management initiatives aimed at ensuring that our legal professionals have ready access to the information and resources they need to provide effective and timely legal advice. Recent projects include the development of databases to manage precedents and research and to track representative work.

Lesha also oversees the Pensions & Benefits and Labour & Employment Departments' knowledge management programs.  She works with lawyers to analyse matters, determine process improvements and develop project plan templates.  Lesha monitors legal and industry developments and oversees the development and maintenance of precedents 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.

  • University of Toronto Alumni Mentor Program 

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

  • 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 (a 2014 Clawbie award winner).
  • Provided input and guidance regarding the design, development and roll-out of firm wide technologies, including a new intranet, a matter centric document management system, website refresh and other technological improvements. Organized and presented legal education and knowledge management programs, including a “Practice Innovation Summit”.
  • Organized and presented legal education and knowledge management programs, including a “Practice Innovation Summit”.

  • A Recipe for Success: Cooking Up KM from Scratch, ILTA White Paper, July 2015 (co-authored)
  • 2014 Toronto-New York Knowledge Management Summit, Co-Chair
  • Law Firm Blogging – Moving From An Internal to An External Blog, ILTA Law Blog, July 12, 2011
  • Editor and regular contributor to Pensions & Benefits Law