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Amy Kishek - Canadian Intern Association. Ottawa, ON, CA

Amy Kishek

Lawyer and Executive Director | Canadian Intern Association

Ottawa, ON, CANADA

Advocate for policy and law reform in areas of workplace law on behalf of precarious and young workers



Amy is the Executive Director of the Canadian Intern Association and a labour lawyer, with experience in administrative, labour, human rights and employment law. She is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa Common Law Faculty, and holds a master’s in Political Economy from the University of Toronto where she was a Junior Fellow at Massey College. Amy has extensive work experience working in both the political and public service, including working as a staffer on Parliament Hill. A passionate advocate for access to justice, Amy is a co-founder of A2J, a provincial lobbying group aimed at addressing access to both legal education and legal services. She also serves on the board of director of Equal Voice, a non-for-profit aimed at electing more women to all levels of politics, and is an active volunteer with the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). Amy's first hand experience with unpaid internships, and with student debt, led her to take action with the Intern Association, in the aim of addressing systemic issues that plague young workers.

Industry Expertise (2)

Legal Services

Government Relations

Areas of Expertise (14)

Human Rights & Workplace Law

Human Rights

Labour Law

Employment Law

Youth Employment

Young Workers

Government & Politics

Public Outreach

Advocacy and Social Justice

Policy Advocacy

Access to Justice

Law Reform

Policy Analysis

Workplace Law

Education (3)

University of Ottawa: Juris Doctor, Common Law 2015

University of Toronto: Master's of Arts, Political Economy of International Development 2012

University of Ottawa: Bachelor of Social Sciences, Public Administration and Political Science 2011

Affiliations (2)

  • Board Member, Equal Voice
  • Imagine Canada

Languages (2)

  • Arabic
  • English

Media Appearances (3)

Probe finds federal departments neglected to pay interns

CBC  online


Liberal government investigation uncovers examples of interns who should have been paid

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Proposed rules on unpaid interns a 'political problem' for Liberals, advocates say

CBC  online


Advocates say unpaid internships lead to precarious employment for young workers

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Federal government faces heat for unpaid intern rules

Ottawa Citizen  print


The federal Liberals are facing a growing backlash over proposed regulations that would allow federally regulated workplaces to hire unpaid interns, which intern advocates say flies in the face of the government’s campaign pledges to help young workers.

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Articles (2)

Navigating rights and responsibilities under workers' compensation and human rights legislation in Ontario

Ontario Bar Association Annual Human Rights Update 2016


A review of recent Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario cases involving injured workers shows that workplace parties are not always responsive to the different obligations that exist under workers’ compensation and human rights legislation in Ontario. It is possible that many disputes over these issues that have ended up before the Tribunal might have been avoided had there been clear policies and processes in place explaining these distinctive obligations and encouraging proactive compliance with both WSIA and Code requirements.

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Canadian Intern Association Rights Guide

Canadian Intern Association


The Guide provides a summary of employment, health and safety, and human rights for interns in each province and the federal sector in the “know your rights” section. The Guide also features “claim back your pay” information, recommendations for law reform, and best practices for employers and academic institutions.

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