Anna Goldfinch supports the work of trade unions across the public sector. She provides practical advice, negotiates worker-friendly solutions to complex workplace problems, and advocates for her clients before arbitrators, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, and the courts. In her work, Anna fights to ensure workers are treated fairly and with dignity. She is particularly interested in supporting unions’ work to create healthy work environments free from harassment and discrimination.
Anna was a unionist and advocate long before she became a lawyer. The daughter of a steelworker and a public-school teacher, she has seen first-hand the positive impact of collective power in the workplace. Anna’s activism led her to be elected as the Ontario Representative of the Canadian Federation of Students. In this role, she advocated on behalf of 350,000 members for high quality and accessible post-secondary education while forming strong ties with labour unions across Ontario. Anna’s time in the student movement made her a sharp strategist. Routinely going up against university administrations and municipal and provincial governments, she successfully negotiated the reinstatement of childcare funding for graduate students in the City of Ottawa and fought for province-wide legislation to respond to sexual assault on campus.
Anna completed the joint BCL/LLB program at McGill University. Anna’s favourite part of law school was working with clients, both as a volunteer at the McGill Legal Information Clinic and during her year-long placement with the Centre for Action on Race Relations. These experiences taught her about the importance of approaching clients with compassion and in helping to make the legal process more accessible and less traumatic for clients. Anna is also bilingual, and happy to help clients in both English and French.
In recognition of her commitment to her colleagues, practical learning experiences, and strong academic record at McGill, Anna was named a Blake Scholar and was awarded the James A. Woods Scholarship in Civil Litigation and the Montreal Bar Prize in Civil Procedure. Anna also holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University, where she focused on Social Policy.
Anna summered and articled at the firm. Following her call to the Ontario Bar in 2020, Anna clerked for Chief Justice Strathy, and Justices Simmons and Thorburn at the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
When not acting for her clients, Anna enjoys being outdoors, especially back home in the Eastern Townships, Quebec.