Public Interest Law Centre (PILC)

Lawyers

Director

Byron Williams


Direct Line: 204.985.8533

Fax: 204.985.8544

Toll Free: 1-800-261-2960

E-Mail: bywil@pilc.mb.ca

Byron Williams is a graduate of Robson Hall, Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. He was called to the bar in 1993. He has practised law at the Public Interest Law Centre (PILC) since then. He became the Director of PILC in 2004. At PILC he has represented, among others, consumers, people with intellectual disabilities, low-income tenants, unemployed women, and graduates of foreign medical schools. He has taught courses on poverty and the law at the University of Winnipeg and made presentations on administrative law at Robson Hall.

In 2013, Byron was the first recipient of The Law Society of Manitoba’s Richard J. Scott Award, which is presented to individuals who advance the rule of law through advocacy, litigation, teaching, research, or writing. In 2015 he received the Canadian Bar Association Legal Aid Liaison Committee’s Legal Aid Leader Award, which is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to access to justice through legal aid. In May 2017, Byron was presented a Meritorious Service award by CPA Manitoba. In June 2017, Byron received an Honourary Doctorate in Law from the University of Winnipeg.

Byron has appeared before all levels of Manitoba Courts as well as the Federal Court of Appeal. He has participated in regulatory interventions before a wide array of provincial and federal administrative tribunals including the Manitoba Public Utilities Board, Clean Environment Commission and Human Rights Commission as well as the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission and the National Energy Board.

 

 

Staff Attorneys

Allison Fenske

Direct Line: 204.985.8545

Fax: 204.985.8544

Toll Free: 1-800-261-2960

E-Mail: alfen@pilc.mb.ca

Allison Fenske is a graduate of Robson Hall, Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. She was called to the bar in 2008. She joined PILC in 2015. In her work she has represented, among others, residential school survivors, First Nations organizations, and equality seeking groups.

Allison has taught courses on women and the law and the Canadian legal system at the University of Winnipeg. In 2013, she received the Manitoba Bar Association Pro Bono Award, which is awarded to lawyers or firms for the donation of professional services towards the enhancement of access of public interest legal services in Manitoba. In 2016, Allison was commended by the Clerk of the Executive Council for her work on behalf of patients seeking medical assistance in dying for which she also received the MBA Access to Justice Award

Allison has appeared before all levels of courts in Manitoba and the Federal Court of Canada, as well as numerous provincial and federal administrative tribunals. She has served as a presiding member of the Housing Cooperatives Appeal Tribunals.

 

 

Joëlle Pastora Sala

Direct Line: 204.985.9735

Fax: 204.985.8544

Toll Free: 1-800-261-2960

E-Mail: jopas@pilc.mb.ca

Joëlle Pastora Sala is a graduate of the French Common Law Faculty, University of Ottawa. She was called to the bar in 2014 and joined PILC in 2013. In her work, she has represented individuals, First Nations political organizations, provincial and national equality seeking groups and consumer organizations. She has also had the honour of working with Elders and Knowledge Holders.

Joëlle has appeared before the Manitoba Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as numerous provincial and federal administrative tribunals.  She has taught courses on poverty and the law at the University of Winnipeg. She has served on the Community Unemployed Help Centre Board of Directors and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities Human Rights Committee, and Board of Directors of the Association des juristes d’expression française du Manitoba (AJEFM), and has co-chaired the Canadian Bar Association – Manitoba Bar Association Aboriginal Law Section.

In 2014, Joëlle received The Law Society of Manitoba’s Montague Israels, Q.C. Prize, which is awarded on the basis of performance in all aspects of the Manitoba Bar Admission Program, earlier academic record, likelihood of future professional and personal accomplishments, and other interests and achievements both within and outside the study and application of law.

 

 

Katrine Dilay

Direct Line: 204.985.5220

Fax: 204.985.8544

Toll Free: 1-800-261-2960

E-Mail: kadil@pilc.mb.ca

Katrine Dilay is a graduate of Robson Hall, Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. She was called to the bar in 2016. She joined PILC as an articling student in 2015. In her work, she has represented First Nations political organizations, consumer organizations, disability groups and equality seeking groups.

Katrine practises mostly in the area of human rights and consumer rights and has appeared before the Public Utilities Board and the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission.

In 2016, Katrine received The Law Society of Manitoba’s Montague Israels, Q.C. Prize, which is awarded on the basis of performance in all aspects of the Manitoba Bar Admission Program, earlier academic record, likelihood of future professional and personal accomplishments, and other interests and achievements both within and outside the study and application of law.