Born in Toronto in the early 1970’s, I have a very diverse background.
My father was born in India (prior to Partition) to Janaki Subramaniam and K. N. Subramaniam, a high ranking civil servant awarded an O.B.E. for his work during Partition.
My mother was born in Toronto to my Grandmother from Finnish descent and my Grandfather from German and Swiss descent.
Public School Years
After elementary school, I went to high school at Woburn Collegiate Institute. In high school I was the Editor of the school poetry and prose magazine “Glass Shadows”, the President of the Languages Club, and the Treasurer of the Student Activity Council (with a budget of about $50,000).
I attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and obtained an Honours Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) degree. While there I was part of the stage crew for the Queen’s Players (a musical comedy troupe).
I then attended Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, and obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree which I have subsequently converted into a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. I participated in the Mock Trial (again, a musical comedy review), and competed in (and won first place team and first place oralist) in the University of Toronto – Osgoode Hall Law School mooting competition. I was then elected as a representative on the Student Caucus of Faculty Council (the decision making body of the Law School).
I articled at a top-tier litigation firm, Thomson, Rogers, and upon my call to the Bar opened my own practice dealing with real estate, estates and commercial law. While my firm became profitable within the first few months of opening, I grew weary of the solicitor’s practice, and decided to return to litigation. I joined the Ministry of the Attorney General first as a Provincial Prosecutor (prosecuting and appealing provincial offences, primarily Highway Traffic Act and Liquor Licence Act matters), and then worked with Legal Aid as a Duty Counsel lawyer, and finally returned to the Ministry of the Attorney General as an Assistant Crown Attorney.