W. Alejandro (Alex) Munoz received his JD from the University of Ottawa in 2006, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007. During the third year of his legal studies, Alex studied a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also worked for a summer during law school at a global law firm’s office in Caracas, Venezuela. Alex is a partner at Markle Schmid Munoz LLP, a litigation boutique firm. His focus is on criminal and regulatory matters, as well as civil litigation. Alex has appeared as counsel in Courts and Administrative Tribunals across Ontario, including the Court of Appeal. Alex is the editor of the Annotated Ontario Education Act, a yearly publication distributed by Carswell. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Criminal Lawyers’ Association. Alex is involved in the community, speaking to and mentoring high school students, as well as volunteering at the Toronto Pan Am Games in 2015.
Executive Director & Secretary
Veronica Marson holds an Honours B.A. in International Development from the University of Toronto and a J.D. from Queen’s University Law School. She practices personal injury law and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2011. Veronica has demonstrated a strong commitment to community work and was awarded the Dean’s Counsel Diversity Award throughout law school for her work with organizations such as the Correctional Law Project, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in New York City, and the Illinois Migrant Legal Assistance Project in Chicago. She has assisted the Hispanic community through her involvement in development projects in Ecuador, Cuba, and Argentina. She currently acts as secretary for the Board of Directors of the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association. She is also a Junior Board Member of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and a regular contributor to the case summaries’ newsletter of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.
Public Relations & Events Director & Membership Director
Sandra Lozano is originally from El Salvador. She holds an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School as well as an M.A. in Comparative Politics and a Bilingual Honours B.A. from York University. Ms. Lozano was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006 and has been a strong advocate for equity and human rights. She is one of the founding members and past President of the Hispanic Ontario Lawyers Association (HOLA). She has represented HOLA at the Law Society's Equity Advisory Group, the Toronto Lawyers Association Roundtable of Equity Associations, and JusticeNet Ontario. She has also served as past Board Member of Blue Door Shelters. Ms. Lozano currently practices family law and has represented clients at the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, Federal Court and various Boards and Tribunals.
Rita Villanueva received her JD from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2012. She also holds a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto, a law degree from the University of Lima and a Diploma in Finance and Business Law from ESAN Business School in Lima, Peru. Rita is counsel at an innovative law firm based in Toronto. She has worked in private practice at large law firms in Toronto and Lima; worked in house with the legal department of a major Canadian bank and in a global inter-governmental organisation based in The Hague. She is a director of Hispanics in Mining and the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association. She is also a volunteer lawyer with Connect Legal, a legal clinic providing advice to immigrant entrepreneurs. Rita is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is also admitted to practice Law in Peru. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese conversant.
Joseph Carpio graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 2014. He practices primarily in the areas of residential real estate, wills and estates, and wrongful dismissal employment law. Joseph is the CHBA’s past Vice-President, and has represented the organization at the US Hispanic National Bar Association. He also founded the Hispanic Osgoode Law Association, a student organization with a community focus.
Director of Social Media
Damian Lopez graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2010 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2011. Damian previously worked as a securities and mergers & acquisitions lawyer at a large Toronto corporate law firm. Damian now works for Forbes & Manhattan Group and is an independent legal consultant for public and private companies in the resources, agricultural and technology sectors.
Jennifer Quito was called to the bar in 2012 after clerking at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. She holds a B.A. Hons from the University of Toronto in Peace and Conflict Studies and a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Jen currently practices in the areas of pay equity, human rights and education law at a union-side labour firm in Toronto. She is strongly involved in the Latino community through her role as a Board Member at Large on the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association, and through her role as a Board Member at Conocer, an organization focused on improving the educational attainment of Latino youth. Jen is also committed to progressive causes and has interned at a human rights NGO in India, as well as various legal aid clinics such as Parkdale Community Legal Services, the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario, Community Legal Aid Services Program, and the Refugee Law Office.
Directors at Large
Ms. Chaves Paz is an internationally trained lawyer with expertise in immigration law, human rights, employment and labour law, and inter-jurisdictional legal issues. She has over a decade of experience in litigation, legal research and consulting for clients and organizations in Canada and abroad including the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Central America, Asia, and Africa. She has law degrees from McGill University, American University in Washington D.C., and Catholic University in Buenos Aires, and she is a member of the Ontario and Buenos Aires Bar Associations.
Ricardo Alcolado Pérez is licensed to practice law in Cuba, Spain, and Ontario, Canada. Ricardo graduated from the University of Havana in 1999, with 12 years of combined experience in those jurisdictions. In 2001, he received a Diploma in Mercantile Law at the Cuban Institute of Foreign Trade. Subsequently, in 2010, he obtained his L.L.M. (Master of Laws) from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in June 2012. Ricardo is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Madrid (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid). Ricardo worked for an international law firm based in Toronto from January 2006 to June 2012 and now he is the principal of Alcolado Law. He practices in the fields of international business and trade, international debt recovery, corporate law, and international commercial litigation and arbitration. Ricardo also regularly represents foreign companies doing business in Cuba, Spain, and Canada.
Xavier Navarrete received his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2000. He is a partner at a Toronto full service law firm and has extensive trial and advocacy experience. He is involved in community work with a particular emphasis on helping the Hispanic community, is legal counsel to several Hispanic organizations and is the author of several litigation related articles.
Eugenia Cappellaro Zavaleta was called to the Ontario Bar in 2003, where she began working as an administrative law and immigration lawyer. In 2007, she was called to the Nunavut Bar, where she practiced criminal defence law until 2009, when she opened her immigration law practice in Toronto. Currently, she represents and advises clients from all over the world in matters related to immigration, citizenship, loss of status, and the refugee process. She also acts as Designated Representative for refugee claimants before the Immigration and Refugee Board. Eugenia is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), the CBA, the RLA , CHBA, and the LUO. She has volunteered for non-profit and grassroots organizations assisting temporary workers, immigrants and refugees; providing career mentorship; providing HIV awareness and prevention and gender-based violence and poverty prevention advocacy, among others. Currently, she is a Board Member of Homes First, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing safe housing to under-housed and street involved community members. She also involved in prisoner rights advocacy in Toronto. Eugenia is CHBA's representative to the LSUC's Equity Advisory Group
Marcela A. Saitua is a mediator and former civil litigator. As a lawyer she had a broad practice area with an emphasis on personal injury and professional negligence. Marcela graduated from the University of Toronto (Trinity College) with a Combined Specialist B.A. in History and Political Science in 1996. She received her M.A. in International Relations and J.D. from the University of Toronto in 2000, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002. Marcela is the CHBA's represenative at the Roundtable of Diversity Associations (RODA), an organization which seeks to foster a dialogue and initiatives that relate to the advancement of diversity, equality and inclusion in the legal profession in Canada. Marcela is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Advocates' Society, the ADR Institute of Ontario and the ADR Institute of Canada. She has also been a member of the Recital Committee of Tapshoes & Tutus, a children's dance cooperative, for the past several years, and is a member of the Sistema Toronto Parent Committee (Parkdale), having served as Vice Chair of that committee for the past two years. Sistema Toronto is an organization that brings free classical music instruction to disadvantaged children in Toronto. Marcela was born in Santiago, Chile. She is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational French and Italian.
Guillermo Schible graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2004 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2005. Guillermo concentrates at Schible Law on wrongful dismissal and commercial litigation, and appeals. Guillermo is a founder, past President and current member of the board of directors of the Hispanic Ontario Lawyers Association (HOLA) and a past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association's (OBA) Civil Litigation Section Executive; past Chair of the OBA's Young Lawyers' Division-Central; past Vice-President and member of the board of directors of the Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (THCC); and past President of the United States Hispanic National Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division.
The Canadian Hispanic Bar Association Board and Executive
To give back to our community and to the profession.
To increase the number of Hispanic lawyers.
To advance the standing of Hispanic lawyers in the community.
To promote the cooperation and development of Hispanic lawyers.
To be involved in significant issues affecting the Hispanic community.
The Canadian Hispanic Bar Association is a not-for-profit organization that aims to bring together Hispanic lawyers and law students across Canada to form a network that strengthens our community.
With our activities we aim to create a strong involvement of legal professionals and students in building a stronger Hispanic community in Canada.