Board Of Directors

Executive

Michelle Jorge

President

Michelle Jorge applies a hands-on approach to her practice that delivers results to her clients through dedicated representation and relentless pursuit of the full amount of compensation possible. She has represented injury victims and their families in many levels of court, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

She has acted as counsel at trial, and represented individuals before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal, and the ODSP Tribunal.

Personal Injury lawyer Michelle Jorge handles serious injury litigation for the following:

Accident benefits disputes
Defective products litigation
Dog attacks
Disability insurance claims
Gym negligence
Motor vehicle accidents
School board negligence
Slip and fall
Michelle is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. Currently, she is Director of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, and serves as a member of the Advocates’ Society, the Portuguese Canadian Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice. Michelle is a former State Delegate for the American Association for Justice on behalf of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, is on the Outreach Committee for the Portuguese Canadian Lawyers Association, and is also a member of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario. Michelle is currently on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice.

She is President of the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business Professionals, and a past member of the Board of Directors for the National Case Management Network. Michelle has also served as a past chair of the New Lawyers Division for the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, and has co-chaired and lectures at conferences held by many organizations. She has also written for the Litigator and is a member of the Ontario Bar Association.

Michelle has written the following papers for various conferences:

2008 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association New Lawyers Division Conference -Drafting Pre-trial Memos
2009 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association New Lawyers Division Conference – AB Limitations and Limits You Must Know
2009 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Spring Conference – Chronic Pain: What is it Really Worth?
2009 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Fall Conference -Rule Changes to Pre-Trials
2010 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Business of Law – Changes to the SABs: Why You Need to Adapt Your Law Practice to the Changing Legislation
2011 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association New Lawyers Division Conference – Top FSCO Decisions
Michelle has co-chaired at the following conferences:

2009 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association New Lawyers Division Primer 4
2010 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Business of Law: What You Need to Know From the Get Go
2010 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Fall Conference: Experts and Defendants: Evidence You Need to Lead & Arguments You Need to Meet
2012 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Spring Conference- Torts & Trials: The Tips You Need To Know & Use
2016 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Running a Successful Personal Injury Practice

Michelle Jorge

Sergio Ruivo

Vice-President

Sergio Ruivo was born in Leiria, Portugal and immigrated to Canada with his family at a young age.  Sergio graduated from university in 1985 with Honours Bachelor Degree in Finance and was admitted to Order of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1987.

Sergio Ruivo is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years experience in public accounting/management consulting. He spent several years within industry in senior financial roles, before moving into the commodity sales tax consulting field and a return to the practice of public accounting primarily serving the needs of the Portuguese business community.

Sergio is a past President, Treasurer and current Vice-President of the Federation of Portuguese Business and Professionals (FPCBP) and has been on the boards of various other community organizations over the years.  He has thoroughly enjoyed his return to Public Accounting in large part due the great support he has received.  He is focused on bringing a high level of professionalism to his practice and ensuring that the clients, in particular Portuguese businesses, achieve sustainable long-term success within the broader Canadian business context.

Sergio Ruivo

Lucas Pereira

Secretary

Lucas Pereira is a 3rd year student at the University of Toronto St. George campus, studying Ethics, Law and Society. He plans on going to law school with the hopes of becoming a lawyer. He is moving in the right direction by gaining experience through working at Jewel Radimisis Jorge LLP. as a legal assistant. He is very motivated and driven individual. Lucas is eager to assist the Portuguese community in building a strong web of Portuguese business owners and professionals. His main focus is oriented towards working together in harmony, to ensure the flourishment and success of the Portuguese community. Lucas is a great event planner and has much experience doing so through coordinating an array of both charity and social events that have been a success.  Lucas started his event planning initiatives in elementary school, organizing his school’s first ice hockey team. Since then his ability to network and strategize have continued to advance through experience. These abilities were recognized by his high school who then deemed him valedictorian of his graduating class.

Lucas is very empathetic and charismatic which will aid in the execution of his vision for the Federation.

Lucas Pereira

Paulo Pereira

Treasurer

Paulo Pereira is a 2nd year student at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus, studying accounting and political science. He has previously won the FPCBP scholarship on two occasions and is dedicating time and effort to give back to the federation. Professionally, Paulo Pereira has only ever worked in Construction in order to pay for his university education. He plans on obtaining a CPA designation upon finishing his undergraduate education. Paulo Pereira is also an active member of Portuguese community centres scene. He is a board and rancho member for ACMT.
Paulo Pereira

Directors

Paul Rocha

Director

Paul Rocha is a Mortgage Advisor with CIBC. His passion for excellence and dedication to his clients are the pillars of his 26 years of banking career. Paul started part time in the banking industry in 1990 while he was at York University studying Accounting and Economics. Since then Paul has had the privilege of working with Canada’s most trusted banks, including RBC, TD Canada Trust, and Scotiabank. 

Paul’s strong entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish several successful businesses. Together with his partner he started one of Toronto’s most successful translation agencies, establishing contracts with clients such as, Elections Canada, Toronto Tourism, and Chubb. In 2011 Paul’s translation agency was awarded the Elections Canada translation contract, being responsible to translate most of Election Canadas print and radio material into 55 languages.  

In 2007 Paul set his visions across the Atlantic and headed to Portugal where he spent 6 years. While in Portugal, Paul established one of Porto’s most recognized Office Centre’s. Paul’s Office Centre provided small to medium sized business, executive level office spaces, including meeting and conference rooms as well as a full suite of administrative, and technology support. 

Paul has an unfortunate addiction to Technology. Paul has spent several sleepless nights learning to code and setup high level telephone, web and mail servers. While his age may no longer afford him the opportunity to pull off all nighters coding (thank God), his passion for everything Tech is unscathed. 

In his spare time Paul likes to go hiking, camping and canoeing in what he likes to call “Home”, Algonquin Park. Here he has the opportunity to recharge, while watching clouds being born, and listen to the haunting sounds of the loons and wolves.

Paul Rocha

Eduarda Sousa-Lall

Director

Eduarda Lee Sousa-Lall is honoured to embrace her Luso-Italian Heritage. Born in New York, U.S.A. to extraordinary parents and a proud member of a Family Legacy, that includes one of the first Pioneers to arrive from Lisbon, Portugal on the shores of Halifax, Canada, Pier 21 in 1953 and the arrival of her father, the following year.  Summers spent in Portugal to Saturday mornings spent in Portuguese School, there has always been a wonderful reminder of the importance of Family, Parental Roots, Respect and Mindfulness for others. To persevere and to motivate a positive contribution in our Community!  Through the years, Eduarda maintained a connection with the Portuguese Community. During her last year of High School, she volunteered as an Assistant at Summer Camp, which was held in the First Portuguese Club. Having the opportunity to enjoy her father’s Folklore and Traditions, Eduarda danced in the “Rancho Folclórico da Nazaré”.

 

Eduarda studied at the University of Toronto and received her Masters in Anthropology and Archaeology with a Minor in Languages.   A privilege and honour to be selected along with a group of other International Students (Summer of 1980 & 1981) and to participate in the Archaeological excavation of Le Flageolet I (Commune de Bezenac – Dordogne, France).  As well as, attend a private viewing of Lascaux Caves, Limousin, France accompanied by Professor Jean-Philippe Rigaud (Université Bordeaux).

 

Having lived in various locales, surrounded by diverse Cultures, Traditions, Religions and Languages, experiences that rendered a unique perspective towards Life. One element that they ALL had in common, is that FOOD requires NO PASSPORT and is often offered as a token of Hospitality and Friendship! A Foodie by Nature, Eduarda studied Culinary Arts in Chicago, which morphed into sculpting Cakes and Sugar Flowers. Her passion and attention to detail for creating Botanically correct Sugar Flowers, lead to Competitions and a part-time teaching opportunity in 2013 at the prestigious Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts in Toronto.  A member of the Canadian Society of Sugar Artistry (Non-Profit Organization est. 1986), Eduarda participated on the Board as a Director and Coordinator of the Marketing Committee (2010) and held the Position of President (2011-2013).

Apart from being an Entrepreneurial Mother and Manager at SendOutCards, Eduarda spends her time as a Volunteer. As a Member of the Adoption Council of Ontario, Eduarda is a Mother with a Mission and an Advocate for the Adoption Community, focusing primarily on International Adoption and Canadian Immigration Laws. Always striving to improve awareness at the Provincial and Federal Levels and to foster a more cohesive rapport between the Adoption Community and the Government.

“HOPE with WHEELS” is an Outreach Program of the HAVEN on the Queensway (Non-Profit Organization and Recipient of the Prestigious Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award for “Social Innovator” 2014). Eduarda and a team of volunteers, offer Hope and feed the Homeless (throughout the streets of Toronto) and at L.A.M.P.  HARM Reduction Program (Etobicoke).  Most individuals are stricken with Substance Abuse and Mental Illness.  In 2015, under the guidance of World Vision Canada and the L.E.A.P. Community Assessment Program, Eduarda designed a strategic Outreach Program (part of the Haven on the Queensway) and is the Coordinator of “STEPPING OUT”, which Mentors and Advocates for Children, Youth and Women who desire to STEP OUT of the Sex Trade and the Maze of Human Trafficking.

A zest for Life and “paying it forward”, hobbies do include the Culinary Arts, a Certified PADI Scuba Diving Instructor, a former Equestrian Rider and the BOLD completion of the CN Tower EDGE WALK!  Eduarda lives in Toronto with her husband Larry and their two sons, Chayodom and Natanael.

Eduarda Sousa-Lall

Susie Dantas Owtram

Director

Susie Dantas Owtram – Wife, mother and international brand-marketing specialist with 10+ years experience in Consumer Packaged Goods.

Susie completed an international bachelor of Business at the Schulich School of Business where she was recruited to work for L’Oreal Canada. She quickly climbed the ranks from marketing trainee to group manger experiencing double-digit growth year after year with awarded product launches in the Canadian marketplace. She then took on the challenge of National account manger for L’Oreal Paris and successfully launched the biggest hair care line in L’Oreal’s history reaching record-breaking shares in less than 3 months. Her vast experience in marketing and sales made her a perfect candidate for marketing development at the L’Oreal international headquarters in Paris, France where she spent almost 2 years researching global trends, writing international concepts, and developing world wide campaigns for the next 3 years of skincare launches. Her profound experience in brand marketing on a national and international level as well as her keen sense for detail and high standard for perfection make her an invaluable member of the PepsiCo Marketing team where she currently works on Emerging Brands the growth engine for the future of snacks.

Susie lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and newborn baby boy and enjoys going for long walks with her chocolate lab Samson, yoga and travelling..

Susie Dantas Owtram

Kim Ferreira

Director

Kim Ferreira is the son of two Portuguese immigrant parents, who arrived in Canada in the late 70s. Kim is proud of his Portuguese heritage and has returned to his native Portugal on a number of occasions to understand his cultural heritage.

Kim is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and has been practicing law in the GTA since 2005. As a lawyer, Kim is an experienced litigator with a diverse commercial litigation practice. Kim tackles each case with a business focused and commonsense approach. He has a wide-ranging litigation practice that includes experience with construction matters, shareholder disputes, oppressions claims, bankruptcy and insolvency litigation, employment disputes, professional liability claims, and enforcement of creditor rights.

Kim recently began practicing in Mississauga and has made a consisstent effort to focus his legal practice on providing legal representation to Portuguese businesses and individuals. In furtherance of this initiative, Kim, in the fall of 2015, joined the board of directors of the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professionals to meet likeminded individuals seeking to help Portuguese businesses, professionals and individuals.

Kim Ferreira

Tony Araujo

Director

Tony Araujo was born in Toronto to one of the early Pioneers who emigrated from Sao Miguel in 1954. Tony attended Seneca College of Applied Arts where he studied Mechanical Engineering Technology. Tony is currently a partner at Paragon Systems, a product development technical centre which performs testing and validation for manufacturers of automotive, defense, electronics parts and infrastructure suppliers. He currently holds the position of Vice President – Testing. In this role Tony has published and presented technical papers on testing issues throughout North America. In addition to his current role as Treasurer of the FPCBP for the past 2 years, Tony served as a director of the Federation in 2012 and 1996.
Tony Araujo

Susy Henriques

Director

Susy C. Henriques, PFP Branch Manager at Scotiabank Susy was born in Toronto, lived in Portugal until she was 16 and returned to Toronto to forge a new life alongside her older sister Elizabeth. Determined to make a career in Canada she was working two part-time jobs simultaneously when she started a third at Scotiabank. From then to now, Susy has worked for Scotiabank for 25 years. In this time she has held different positons moving up over the years from part-time Teller, Ledger Officer, Personal Banking Officer, Senior Personal Banking Officer, Financial advisor, Manager Personal Banking to recently becoming the Manager of the Eglinton and Caledonia branch.. With her financial planning background Susy has been advising customers and their families with their investments and borrowing needs. She has been attending events hosted by the Federation of Portuguese Business and Professionals (FPCBP) for many years and joined as a board member in 2013. Susy believes in giving back to the community. She has been involved in raising funds for several charitable organizations such as United Way, Reach for the Rainbow, Baycrest, and local charities within the neighbourhood. She also ran with Rosa Mota, the Portuguese Olympian who was her idol and considered the greatest female marathon runner of all times, to raise funds for Doctors hospital. Susy lives in Toronto with her husband and her two daughters, both of which she encourages to also be active and give back to the community. On her spare time she loves to play tennis, go for a bike ride and spend time travelling with her family.
Susy Henriques

Melissa De Simas

Director

Melissa De Simas