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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)

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: 

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Editor and regular contributor to Pensions & Benefits Law(
  • 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).