Julie Khamissa

Julie Khamissa

Test I grew up in South Africa and have always worked in the law. My first job was in a law office in Johannesburg when I was fifteen years old. It was a small office so I had many roles. By eighteen I’d taught myself to use a computer and my duties kept on growing. At one point I was even doing accounting. After apartheid ended I worked for an NGO called The Legal Resources Centre. I was assigned to the Constitutional Litigation Unit for senior counsel, George Bizos. This was the first time that South Africa had a constitutional court. These were exciting times. George was counsel in some of the high profile Truth and Reconciliation hearings. I also assisted him with his book called "No one to Blame?" which chronicles the inquests into the deaths in detention of Ahmed Timol in 1971, of Steve Biko in 1977 and Dr. Neil Agget in 1982. Working on this book for George was a real eye opener. Although I grew up in a "coloured" township, I had the feeling that I’d been asleep through this period of our history – I just never knew the "whole truth". I married a Canadian and moved to Canada. With no Canadian work experience, I found looking for a job in Toronto quite challenging. Luck would have it that a former employee of Iler Campbell suggested I fax my CV to Brian. It landed me an interview and soon after, a position as a secretary. Needless to say, I was scared – working in a First World country! I quickly learnt to be a "First World" secretary. Brian, seeing my eagerness to be more than just a secretary, gave me the opportunity to sink my teeth into just about everything. Just like in my first job, I was again a "Jane of all trades". I’m now the office manager, the human resources department, and a law clerk for co-op and corporate work. That list doesn’t quite sum it up though – I don’t know how else to describe my job but as the ‘go-to person’.

Email Address jkhamissa@ilercampbell.com

Level Professional Service Provider Members

Start Date April 1, 2013

Phone Number 4165980103ext119

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Region Ontario

Expertise Accounting, Legal

Services As general counsel to our clients we handle all corporate and commercial needs, including for-profit and non-profit incorporations, governance and corporate structures and regulations, construction law, landlord and tenant relationships, charities law, trademarks and copyright, labour and employment, obligations under the Human Rights Code and related legislation. We have expertise in administrative and regulatory work, including energy, planning and municipal issues and use this expertise for clients ranging from environmental non-profits and charities to affordable housing developers and green builders. We have specialized knowledge of co-operative law; our firm has an extensive co-op client base, and has been counsel to the Ontario Co-operative Association for many years. In recent years, we’ve played an instrumental role in the emerging area of renewable energy co-ops and the development of the Green Energy Act. We are frequently consulted by our clients on issues related to defamation. We also have an elections law client group and an Aboriginal law practice. Our civil and administrative litigation practice fully services the needs of our entire client base.

Languages English

Company Iler Campbell LLC


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