Myriam M. Seers

Senior Associate
Toronto: 416.865.7535
Montréal
Fax 416.865.7380

Education

LLB (Cum Laude), 2007
University of Ottawa
2001-2004 McGill University

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2008

Overview

Myriam practices litigation and dispute resolution, with a particular focus on investor-state arbitration, international commercial arbitration and commercial litigation involving clients in the mining, electricity, oil & gas and transportation sectors. She also has experience with regulatory proceedings, and related litigation, involving natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution, and electricity generation. She has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, in international arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC Rules, in all levels of Ontario and Canadian federal courts, before Ontario administrative tribunals including the Ontario Energy Board and the Environmental Review Tribunal, and in domestic arbitrations.

Myriam has substantial experience with litigation funding agreements, including in acting for claimants whose claims are funded by a litigation funder and in advising litigation funders regarding the risk profile associated with prospective funded claims. She also regularly advises clients on matters involving compliance with Canadian economic sanctions.

Myriam was the recipient of the Advocates’ Society’s Young Advocates’ Standing Committee 2018 Civility Award, awarded each year to an advocate of up to ten years of call who epitomizes the principles of civility and professionalism in their practice.

Myriam is active in teaching advocacy skills. She has participated as a faculty member for the Foundation for International Advocacy (FIAA)'s Workshop on Questioning Fact Witnesses in International Arbitration delivered in Bogotá, Colombia, in Geneva, Switzerland and in Paris, France. She has also participated as an advocacy skills adviser for the Law Practice Program at Ryerson University, and co-leads Torys' internal advocacy training programs. Myriam has completed several advanced advocacy courses, including FIAA's Workshop on Questioning Expert Witnesses in International Arbitration held at the Geneva Graduate Institute, as well as the Osgoode Hall Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop.

Myriam is a native speaker of both English and French, is fluent in Spanish, has a limited working proficiency in Portuguese and Italian, and basic proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.

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Professional Involvement

Myriam volunteers at Pro Bono Law Ontario’s Law Help program, where she provides pro bono legal advice to unrepresented litigants involved in civil litigation matters before Toronto-area courts, and also answers incoming inquiries through the Pro Bono Hotline. She acts as a professional mentor through the Canadian Colombian Professional Association’s mentoring program, through which she assists legal professionals from Latin America in transitioning their careers to Canada.

Memberships and Affiliations

Myriam is a member of the International Bar Association, the Energy Bar Association, ICC Canada, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, The Advocates' Society, the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association and the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO).