Brendon has been involved with various disability organizations as a member, volunteer, employee or director for most of his life. He created PooranLaw to provide support to this community and to influence disability law and policy throughout Canada.
Prior to founding PooranLaw, Brendon worked for a large multi-national law firm where he practised labour and employment law and at a boutique law firm that specialized in accessibility issues. Before entering the legal profession, Brendon spent several years as a management consultant where he regularly provided strategic advice to human services clients in the United States.
In addition to practising law, Brendon teaches Critical Disability Law at York University, is the Past-President of Community Living York South and is a founding director of both PLAN Toronto (now Partners for Planning) and Microboards Ontario. He is also a former Senior Lawyer Member on the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board.
Community involvement and advocacy work
- Ample policy and law reform work in the areas of income security, legal capacity and accessible, inclusive housing options
- Member of the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Disability Advisory Committee
- Founding director of Plan Toronto (now Partners for Planning) and Microboards Ontario and Past-President of Community Living York South
- Contributor to various Law Commission of Ontario initiatives relating to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), legal capacity and the Registered Disability Savings Program (RDSP)
- Brendon D. Pooran, Cheryl Wiles Pooran and Tom O’Dwyer. “Inspiring Possibilities Estate Planning Guide,” Community Living Ontario 2016.
- Lora Patton, Brendon Pooran & Rita Sampson. “A Principled Approach: Considering Eligibility Criteria for Disability-Related Support Programs through a Rights-Outcome Lens,” Law Commission of Ontario, 2010.
- Brendon D. Pooran and Cara Wilkie. “Failing to Achieve Equality: Disability Rights in Australia, Canada and the United States,” Journal of Law and Social Policy, Vol. 20, 2005, 1-34.
- Brendon Pooran, Stephanie Dickson and Saquiba Rahman. “Guardianship as a Last Resort,” Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal (2021), 40 E.T.P.J. 239.
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