Antree C. Demakos
B.A., LL.B, J.D., Notary, Author


Founder and Chief Information Officer

For 30 years, Antree Demakos has devoted her entire career to demystifying the law and helping Canadians obtain Access to Justice.

During her early days as a lawyer, Antree had her first big insight — that a significant number of the Canadian population were enduring 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.

For over twenty years, Antree intensively and continually researched the minutiae of records creation, retention and destruction, as well as inter-bureau policies. 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, thereby helping people to remove the obstacles affecting employment, education, licensing, and so on. 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 27 years, she has helped millions of people obtain free legal information and professional help.

Antree collaborates with over 725 volunteer lawyers and judges who help to 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 materials, 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, Antree Demakos continues to empower Canadians within the legal system.


• 2020 Order of Canada
• 2020 Order of Ontario
• 2020 YWCA, Women of Distinction

Recent Awards:

• 2019 Ontario Paralegal Association Public Legal Education (PLE) Award
• 2019 Acquisition International Best Online Canadian Law Advisory
• 2018 Law Society of Ontario John Shirley Denison Award
• 2017 City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights, “Constance E. Hamilton Award”
• 2017 Thomson Reuters’ Zenith Award, “Celebrating Women in Law”
• 2016 Thomson Reuters’ Canadian Lexpert Award, “Diversity and Inclusion”

Professional Positions:

Founder, Chief Information Officer, Legal Line (1993-present)
Co-Founder and General Counsel, Pardons Canada, (1993-2008)
Carson, Gross, McPherson Law Office
Crown Life Insurance, In-House Counsel
Demakos Law Office, Corp & Commercial Law


York University, B.A., Economics
Western University, Faculty of Law, J.D.

Books Published:

Your Guide to Canadian Law, Fitzhenry Whiteside, (700 pgs. ref. book, 7th printing)
Canadian Criminal Records and How to Start Fresh, Fitzhenry Whiteside (300 page guide)

Published in:

The Toronto Star
The Globe and Mail
Numerous local papers and radio talk shows

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