ACE Mentorship – Lawyers Unplugged

Wednesday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Royal Canadian Military Institute 426 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5G 1S9 Canada

Grow, Connect, And Succeed!

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Herman Cain

ACE Society in collaboration with Albanian Canadian Lawyers Association (ACLA) is excited to bring to you the next “ACE Mentorship Panel: Lawyers Unplugged", featuring a moderated panel of five successful seasoned and young Albanian-Canadian lawyers who will share their perspectives in charting their career in law, as well as learnings and challenges of Canadian Lawyers.

This is a great opportunity to network and meet like-minded individuals and join this dynamic conversation for an in-depth chat with attorneys who will share how they pivoted in to different industries, issues they faced as professionals and other challenges and sued along the way. As such, we encourage students, professionals, leaders and parents to join the discussion in promoting Albanian-Canadian lawyers success stories.

Meet the Panelists

Marin Nati

Lawyer and Owner

Nati & Caborubias

Marin studied social science at York University and obtained his law degree from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

He has worked extensively with the African Canadian Legal Clinic, as both a summer research student and articling student. As an articling student, he researched and assisted in drafting two legal factums that went to the Supreme Court of Canada: Tran v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) and British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v. Schrenk.

He then completed the rest of his articles at Ciraku Law Office, a boutique practice specializing in personal injury, and other civil litigation matters.

Right after his call to the bar, Marin began practicing as a solo practitioner with a focus on criminal law and litigation. He is now practicing in association with Ms. Caborubias at Nati & Caborubias, a full-service boutique practice. Marin has appeared and continues to appear regularly before the Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice and Licence and Appeal Tribunal.

Lusi Brace

Barrister, Solicitor and Notary Public

Brace Law

Ljusi Brace (Lusi) is the founder of Brace Law located in Vaughan and Oakville. She received her LLB from Queen Mary University of London, in United Kingdom. Ms. Brace practices in all areas of Criminal Law, Canadian Immigration, Family Law, Civil Litigation and Education. She has litigated in Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice and Federal Court of Canada. Ms. Brace is a member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is also a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and co-founder and Director of Communications of Albanian Canadian Lawyers Association. She is also a Notary Public in Ontario. Ms. Brace provides services in English, Albanian and Italian.
Prior to establishing Brace Law, Ms. Brace worked alongside senior counsels in downtown Toronto, as well as practiced and operated throughout the Greater Toronto Area. She is a firm believer in the importance of access to justice and its significance for people who are unable to have their voice heard, exercise their human rights, challenge racism and discrimination or hold decision makers accountable. She is on the Ontario Legal Aid panel for Criminal Law. Ms. Brace understands and appreciates the importance of accessing legal aid, ensuring justice is served while maintaining the public’s trust in the Canadian justice system.
When Ms. Brace takes on a case, her clients benefit from her substantial knowledge, passionate dedication as well as her ready sense of humor. She fosters and honors a trusty environment with her clients so they feel comfortable and can be fully honest in answering questions, explaining their case, and sharing their concerns. The relationships Ms. Brace aims to have with existing and potential clients are built on trust, understanding, efficiency, transparency and effectiveness.
Preceding her legal career, Ms. Brace was qualified as an intermediate- secondary school teacher. She is still in good standing with Ontario College of Teachers. She taught for approximately 5 years and has an extensive experience of teaching in classrooms in Ontario as well as instructing businessmen and foreign professionals from various backgrounds. Her extensive teaching experience has profoundly contributed to her improvisational speaking skills whether be it in her offices, in court or in public.

Fred Gjoka

Commercial Real Estate Law

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)

Fred Gjoka is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with a particular focus on sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, currently practicing as a Senior Associate at the law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG).  Prior to joining BLG, Fred summered, articled and practiced at another Bay Street firm for over 5 years, and more recently worked for several years as legal in-house counsel with a leading multinational corporation. Fred obtained his JD from Western Law in 2009, after completing his Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) at Queen’s University in 2006. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2010, and received The Osgoode Certificate in Negotiation from York University in 2018.

Albana Musta

Corporate Lawyer

Walker Sorensen LLP

Albana is an associate lawyer with Walker Sorensen LLP. She is licensed and a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario. Albana advises corporate clients with respect to many commercial and regulatory matters. Her practice is mostly focused in insurance and corporate law. Albana initially completed a four years program in Business Administration and then studied civil law obtaining her law degree from the University of Tirana. She has also . She was admitted to the LLM (Canadian Common Law) Program at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2014, while fulfilling at the same time the educational requirements of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (National Committee on Accreditation) to become a qualified lawyer in Ontario. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in January 2017 and became an associate with the firm.

Professional Associations

  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Law Association
  • Member of Toronto Lawyers Association

Member of the Albanian Canadian Lawyers Association

Paola Beci

Senior Policy Advisor

Ontario Government

Ms. Beçi is an International Trade specialist and former Public Servant. As Senior Advisor to Ontario’s Chief Negotiator, as well as to the former Minister of International Trade, Paola advised the Provincial Government in the context of the NAFTA 2.0 – now referred to as CUSMA. Concurrently, Paola served as Portfolio Lead for a number of chapters, including Gender, E-Commerce, and Intellectual Property.

Ms. Beçi is a Solicitor admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in Australia (2017), holds an NCA Certificate (2018), and is a Law Society candidate due for admission in 2020. Paola’s legal expertise is in the fields of Immigration, Intellectual Property, Franchising, and International Trade.

She served as Team Lead for Students Crossing Borders, as Head Delegate for various international competitions, including MUNs, Humanitarian Affairs UK, and the Khmer Rouge Trial Number 002, in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

Meet the Event Moderator

Pamela Metani

Articling Student

Goldman Hine LLP

Pamela Metani received a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College in 2016, having majored in philosophy and French. In 2019, she completed her Juris Doctor at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is Goldman Hine LLP’s current Articling Student. Pamela is passionate about various branches of business law, and intellectual property law. In 2018, her paper on stalking horse processes was nominated for the International Insolvency Institute’s Annual Writing Prize.