Bio

Sydney joined Cavalluzzo as an associate in 2021 after summering and articling with the firm.

Sydney graduated from the McGill University Faculty of Law, on unceded Kanien’Keha:Ka territory, in 2019 with degrees in civil and common law. After her first year of law school, Sydney volunteered at a community legal clinic for migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong. She remained involved in the movement for migrant rights as a caseworker at the Immigrant Workers’ Centre in Montreal. Sydney furthered her commitment to social and economic justice as a board member of a support staff union at McGill where she advocated for increased job security and pay equity for casual workers. During law school, Sydney also coordinated the Disability and Law program, served as the Director of Communications at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, and worked as a research assistant for Professor Adelle Blackett at the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory. She participated in the Indigenous Field Studies Course in Kahnawake, Mohawk territory, and spent a semester on exchange at the University of New South Wales in Australia, on unceded Bedegal territory.

Since moving to Toronto in 2012, Sydney has been actively involved in community organizing and research, particularly around climate justice and corporate accountability in the Canadian mining industry. This work, alongside her experience as a union member and her academic background in anthropology and gender studies, informs her ongoing dedication to workers’ rights, social justice, and movement lawyering.

Sydney is from Oshawa, the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, and is currently living and working on lands governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant in Tkaronto. She is committed to international solidarity work with Indigenous and colonized peoples

Education

  • Call to the Ontario Bar, 2021

  • Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Civil Law, McGill University, 2019

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Toronto, 2016

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association

  • Ontario Bar Association

  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

Related Events

Event/Jun 24, 2022

Michael Thorburn and Sydney Lang participate in CALL Session: "Labour Lawyering in a Climate Crisis"

Session provides insight on climate-related changes to the workplace

Michael Thorburn and Sydney Lang participate in CALL Session: "Labour Lawyering in a Climate Crisis - Developing a Climate Competent Practice". This...
Event/Oct 6, 2020: 1:09 PM

Analysis of Bill 195 and the Legislation that Authorizes Employers to Override Collective Agreements

Just posted to our publications page is an analysis of the impact on the collectively bargained rights of employees of Ontario’s Bill 195 R...

Related Publications

Publication/6 October 2020

Analysis of Bill 195

Just posted to our publications page is an analysis of the impact on the collectively bargained rights of employees of Ontario’s Bill 195 "Reope...

Related Blogs

Blog/6 May 2022

Remote Work and Workers' Compensation Following Air Canada et Gentile-Patti

Is a worker entitled to compensation if they are injured while working from home?

Is a worker entitled to compensation if they are injured while working from home? This blog post reviews decisions by the WSIAT and most recently by Q...
Blog/28 February 2022

International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day

Recognizing the prevalence of RSIs in the workplace

This post explains describes the challenges in bringing repetitive strain injury claims to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and explains what...
Features/16 February 2022

Reflections: Labour, Human and Civil Rights

June Veecock: “Ruffling Feathers” in pursuit of Anti-Racism in the Workplace and Union Movement

Sydney Lang sits down with June Veecock to discuss her anti-racism activism, including beginning the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canada chapter...
Blog/17 November 2021

A Guide for Non-Unionized Employees to the New Federal Pay Equity Act

How the new Federal Pay Equity Act impacts non-unionized employees and dependent contractors in the federal sector

Cavalluzzo LLP lawyers provide a comprehensive guide to the new federal Pay Equity Act, which came into effect August 31, 2021. This guide, intended f...