The Paradox and Perils of High Functioning Individuals

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 12:45 to 14:00

Franklin Lew Forum

Orlando Da Silva, LSM, Senior Crown Counsel “The paradox and perils of high functioning individuals”

Orlando Da Silva has been a prominent trial lawyer for 24 years, beginning his practice at one of Canada’s largest law firms, before moving to the public sector to lead the Corporate-Commercial Litigation Team at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, where he represented Ontario in critical litigation including Indigenous treaty and land claims.

During his term in 2014-2015 as president of the Ontario Bar Association, Orlando led the profession across Canada in a mental health anti-stigma campaign by speaking publicly about his own suicide attempt, how he survived, and how, despite his illness, he’s led a successful and rewarding life. His message has reached over 6 million people.

  • 2015 “one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada” Canadian Lawyer Magazine
  • 2016 Law Society Medal Law Society of Ontario
  • 2016 Torontonian of the Year CBC Metro Morning
  • 2016 Transforming Lives Award Centre of Addiction and Mental Health
  • 2017 Distinguished Service Award Ontario Bar Association
  • 2018 Tom Marshall Award of Excellence for Public Sector Lawyers OBA Public Law Section

He will be speaking on:

  • the paradox and perils of high functioning individuals
  • depression and anxiety in the legal profession
  • drawing upon his own personal experiences

Orlando Da Silva was beyond exceptional. His messaging was very relatable, outlined practical tools such as coping strategies, and addressed a very important stigma around high-performing/functioning individuals.”

Registration is required. Email Cherry Chiu, Program Assistant chiu@allard.ubc.ca.

Pizza lunch will be provided.