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About Lancaster House

ABOUT: Lancaster House Publishing is a leader in providing thoroughly researched information on labour, employment, and human rights law. Our mandate is to serve the needs of employees, employers, professional organizations, unions, management, and labour and employment law practitioners.

PUBLICATIONS and CONFERENCES: Lancaster’s leading-edge publications on workplace law, as well as our online legal research tool, First Resort™, are only part of the wide range of services that Lancaster provides, which include live conferences and interactive audio conferences across Canada. All of our conferences deal with current topics which pertain to the workplace and are led by recognized experts together with experienced labour and employment lawyers.

Lancaster House Staff

Stephanie Amaral

Chief Operating Officer

Roshien Asanta

Director, Sales and Corporate Development

As the Director of Sales and Corporate Development at Lancaster House, Roshien is responsible for supervising and overseeing the sales and client service departments. Roshien examines sales and marketing data and trends in preparation for various campaign and product launches. She is also responsible for managing Lancaster House's large conference and site licence accounts. When Roshien is not at the office, she enjoys reading, volunteering and spends her time with family and friends.

Boris Bohuslawsky

Senior Editor

Boris has been a writer and editor at Lancaster House since 2000. He studied History and English Literature at the University of Toronto, where he graduated with High Distinction, before earning a graduate degree in English at Queen's University. Boris attended Osgoode Hall Law School, where he was awarded the Osler Hoskin and Harcourt prize in labour relations law as well as the Bereskin and Parr prize in intellectual property. His responsibilities at Lancaster House include serving as managing editor of Leading Cases on Labour Arbitration, the Labour Arbitration Yearbook, and the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal. In addition, since his call to the Ontario Bar in 1998, Boris has continued to practise labour and employment law (in association with Peggy Smith Law Office, Kingston), with particular emphasis on rights disputes in the unionized public and broader public sectors.

Rachel Cardozo

Editorial Administrator

As an Editorial Administrator, Rachel is responsible for updating eAlerts, communicating with Lancaster writers and for editing conference materials. She received an Honours B.A. in English and Political Science from York University and then completed a Paralegal postgraduate diploma at Centennial College. In her spare time she enjoys painting, baking and crafting.

Paula Chapman

Editorial Director and Corporate Counsel

A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Paula was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995, having articled with a labour law firm in Toronto. After her call, Paula briefly worked for Lancaster House in 1996 as a legal editor, then went on to practise as an associate in law firms specialising in labour, employment and human rights law in Toronto, Ottawa and Sudbury. Paula also practiced for several years within the legal clinic system, in the areas of human rights, disability and employment-related litigation. Prior to re-joining Lancaster House, she practiced as a partner within her own employment and litigation law firm.

Chris Davidson

Senior Conference Developer & Research Associate

Chris came to Lancaster House in 2010 from a position as a contract associate at a union side labour law firm in Toronto. He completed joint articles with that same firm and the legal department of a national union. He was briefly away from Lancaster from 2013-2015 to practise employment and poverty law at a community legal clinic.

He holds a B.A. (Hons.) in English Language and Literature and a J.D. from Queen's University. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2009. In his spare time he is pursuing graduate studies in labour relations and employment law. He is also the owner of the Lancaster mascot, Diamond the Maltese dog.

Tod Duncan

Research Associate

In addition to his role as a research associate at Lancaster House, Tod Duncan is a Ph.D. candidate in Social and Political Thought at York University. His dissertation research looks at the historical and theoretical underpinnings of Canadian multiculturalism and its relationship to the internment and redress of Japanese Canadians. Before joining Lancaster House, Tod was a contract faculty member in York's Department of Humanities. Tod and his partner have a lovely, scruffy rescue dog named Lucero, who is originally from Bogota, Colombia. Both Tod and Lucero are avid soccer fans.

Meryl Zisman Gary

Legal Director, Conferences

Meryl has always had a strong commitment to social justice and social reform. Prior to joining Lancaster House, she practiced equality and human rights law at Bakerlaw, a small firm in Toronto. Meryl has been actively involved in community and legal organizations concerned with equity and social reform, and served on the Board of Community Outreach Programs in Addictions from 2010 to 2014. Meryl obtained her B.A. from Dalhousie University in Halifax, where she majored in Philosophy. She completed her J.D. and LL.M. (specializing in constitutional law) at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. She currently teaches constitutional law in Osgoode Hall's Professional LL.M. in Canadian Common Law.

Mary Hosein


As an Accountant, Mary oversees all aspects regarding the accounting functions and payroll duties for Lancaster House. She has previously worked with another book publishing company in various roles including General Accountant and Market Analyst. Mary received her Hons. B.Comm. from Laurentian University and is currently pursuing her designation. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, and reading.

Michelle Johnston

Legal Editor

Prior to joining Lancaster, Michelle practiced labour and employment law at Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin. Michelle obtained her B.A. (Hons.) at the University of Toronto, where she majored in history and political science. Michelle obtained her J.D./LL.B from Western Law and was the gold medalist of her graduating class. Michelle and her partner are the proud 'parents' of a silly little cockapoo named Morty.

Cheryl Lee

Senior Event Planner

As the Senior Event Planner for Lancaster House, Cheryl is responsible for the organization and implementation of live/in-person conferences, workshops and audio conferences. With an extensive background in corporate event planning, Cheryl has over 8 years of experience managing complex events from the conceptual phase to completion. Cheryl obtained her Honours BSc. degree from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Psychology and Anthropology. Soon afterwards, she completed the Event & Meeting Management Certificate Program from George Brown College.

Outside of the realm of event planning, Cheryl spends her free time as the writer for the well-received fashion and lifestyle blog, Cheryl in the City. She can also be found perusing one-of-a-kind boutique stores, practicing her culinary talents, or curled up with a novel from The New York Times' list of bestsellers.

Jennifer McPhee

Senior Research Associate

Jennifer is responsible for booking the speakers for Lancaster House conferences and for conducting other conference-related research. Prior to joining Lancaster House in 2009, she worked as a journalist. Jennifer received her B.A. in English from the University of Toronto and then completed a postgraduate degree at Ryerson's School of Journalism. She is working on a screenplay in her spare time.

Kathy Ong

Client Service & Database Representative

As a Client Service & Database Representative, Kathy's primary focus is to ensure that client inquiries are resolved in a timely and adept fashion, she assists customers in registering for conferences, answers questions related to their accounts, and provides support to the production, sales and conference teams. Kathy graduated from York University where she majored in Law and Society. Kathy's future ambitions are to work within the criminal justice system and pursue outreach work for non-profit organizations.

Karina Palmitesta

Editorial Administrator

Karina joined Lancaster House in 2016 as an Editorial Administrator, coming from a background in editorial work that spanned magazines, newspapers, and trade publishers. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Certificate in Editing from Simon Fraser University’s publishing program. In her off hours, she writes and reads fiction and poetry, and dabbles in running, yoga, home renos, salsa dancing, and baking.

Fatema Pardhan

Account Representative

Fatema joined Lancaster House in March of 2015 as an Account Representative. She graduated from the University of Toronto in June of 2013, with a B.Sc., Honours degree in Pharmacology. At Lancaster House, Fatema is responsible for providing existing and new customers with up-to-date information on new product launches and upcoming conferences. In addition, she also works with Lancaster House management to refine sales strategies in order to optimize efficiency and results. In her free time, Fatema enjoys discovering new restaurants in the city and spending time with her family. Besides English, Fatema speaks Hindi, Gujarati and Swahili fluently.

Jeff Priest

Graphic Designer & Web Developer

Jeff strives to please your eyes and present all of Lancaster's products and services in a clear and compelling manner. His work includes book and journal covers, logos, print ads and brochures, webpages, and even an editorial cartoon or two. Jeff studied classical animation at Sheridan College in Oakville before working as a freelance graphic and web designer. His artwork has appeared in local newspapers and magazines, on CityNews and CTV National News, and in the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Midusana Rajapalan

Production Administrator

Midusana provides support in the production of live and audio conference materials. She is responsible for formatting and finalizing draft materials for Lancaster House conferences, along with being involved in the marketing process. She has a B.Sc. in Health Studies and Sociology from the University of Toronto, and a Paralegal post-graduate diploma. When she is not working, she enjoys travelling, reading, and listening to music.

Lorna Tan

Executive Assistant

As an Executive Assistant, Lorna is responsible for providing both legal and administrative support to Jeffrey Sack, President & CEO with Lancaster House and principal of Jeffrey Sack Law. With a zest for learning, Lorna graduated with Honours in Early Childhood Education, High Honours in Human Resources Management, and is currently enrolled in the final courses to obtain a Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation. That aside, Lorna enjoys exploring different restaurants, exercising, spending time with loved ones, and getting lost in a good book.

Karen Wong

Production Coordinator

Karen ensures the timely delivery of conference material as part of the production team at Lancaster House. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours B.A. degree in English and comes from a background in magazine publishing.