Called to the Bar in 1992, Antree Demakos has devoted her entire career to demystifying the law and helping Canadians obtain Access to Justice.
During her early days as a corporate lawyer, Antree had her first big insight — that a significant number of the Canadian population silently endures lives full of shame over past criminal misdeeds. Unable to clean up their records and move forward, these people suffered in silence, not knowing where to turn for help. In an effort to help these people, Antree co-founded ‘Pardons Canada’, whose purpose was to give people HOPE and to help Canadians start fresh. Over twenty years, Antree intensively and continually researched the minutiae of records creation, retention and destruction, as well as inter-bureau communications. A comprehensive set of procedures was developed and maintained, ensuring that the difficult and complex job of criminal record removal could be successfully completed. During Antree’s time as General Counsel, Pardons Canada successfully cleared 250,000 records. As a leading expert in Canadian criminal records, Antree went on to write the authoritative 300-page book, “Canadian Criminal Records and How to Start Fresh”.
In 1993 Antree Founded and continues to be the driving force behind Legal Line, a federal, non-profit organization. For 25 years, she has helped millions of people obtain free legal answers and professional referrals through her pre-recorded, 24-hour information telephone line, live telephone support and the Legalline.ca website.
Antree collaborates with over 625 volunteer lawyers and judges who help keep the legal information up-to-date and accurate. She has also received the endorsement and support of 8,000 government and agency offices across Canada, who promote Legal Line through the distribution of Legal Line flyers, and by linking to the Legal Line website.
An ongoing concern is that the vast majority of our population have been left out of traditional Access to Justice programs. Their legal issues are numerous, including — employment, tax, marriage, divorce or living common-law, children, mortgages, immigration, starting or growing a business, insurance for life, health, or property, lawsuits for breach of contract or injuries, and so forth. By removing barriers to justice and through her creativity, Antree Demakos continues to empower Canadians within the legal system.
Antree has been recognized for her achievements in facilitating Access to Justice and has been awarded four of the top legal awards.
Recent Awards and Nominations:
Winner – 2018 Law Society of Ontario John Shirley Denison Award
Winner – 2017 Province of Ontario Access, Equity and Human Rights, “Constance E. Hamilton Award”
Winner – 2017 Thomson Reuters’ Zenith Award, “Celebrating Women in Law”
Winner – 2016 Thomson Reuters’ Canadian Lexpert Award, “Diversity and Inclusion”
Crown Life Insurance Company, In-House Counsel
Carson, Gross, McPherson Law Office
Antree C. Demakos Law Office, Corporate and Commercial Law
Co-Founder and General Counsel, Pardons Canada, (1993-2008)
Founder, Chief Information Officer, Legal Line (1993-present)
York University, B.A., Economics
Western University, Faculty of Law, J.D.
The Toronto Star
The Globe and Mail
Numerous local papers and radio talk shows