UWWRC Board chair
Board Chair, United Way Waterloo Region Communities
Partner, Gowling WLG
Neena Gupta is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Waterloo Region and Toronto offices. Her practice focuses on a broad range of employment and human rights matters. She is known for her practical, cost-effective and focused approach to employment law and litigation. She is known for her practical, cost-effective and focused approach to employment law and litigation. Neena regularly advises employers on both compliance and litigation involving the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Canada Labour Code, the Canadian Human Rights Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Employment Standards Act, 2001 (Ontario). A popular and engaging speaker, Neena has been invited to present at the International Bar Association (IBA), Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), the Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and the International Paralegal Management Association (IPMA). She developed the employment law course at Seneca College and taught at both the University of Toronto and Queen’s Universities as an adjunct professor at their respective Faculties of Law on human rights. Neena served for five years as a governor of the Law Commission of Ontario, which focuses solely on law reform, and is currently on the Rules Committee of the Ontario Superior Court. In addition to being on the United Way Waterloo Region Communities Board, Neena is also involved in Literary Review of Canada and BioTalent Canada, a not-for-profit focused on talent issues in the bioscience industry. She was previously a director of the Advocates’ Society and TiE Toronto, which is part of an international network supporting entrepreneurship. In 2002, Neena was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee medal in recognition of her service to the legal profession and the community at large. She received a Lexpert Zenith Award in 2017 in recognition of her demonstrated excellence and thought leadership in the legal profession. In 2018, she received the inaugural FEMPOWR award from the Waterloo Region Law Association, as an exemplar of mentorship of female practitioners.