Ian Levine is a Canadian entrepreneur who has been innovating in the Canadian legal space since 1991.
As co-founder of Pardons Canada, Ian undertook the herculean effort of assessing the REAL effects of criminal records, and building relationships with hundreds of associations that helped people get back-on-track. After more than two decades of guiding countless Canadians to a ‘fresh start’, Ian looked up one fine day and realized that the organization he had helped create had become the recognized authority in its field.
Before long, Ian was bombarded with invitations to speak, and has since conducted over 400 presentations to all levels of government including Canadian Border Services, Continuing Education meetings for lawyers, probation officers, Toronto Police and many others. Because the purpose of Pardons was to help Canadians who had ‘paid their dues’ to get a second chance at a full life, Ian was constantly asked why he would work so hard for criminals. “Any person who did wrong, paid their dues and tried to make themselves a better person has fulfilled their punishment and is deserving of a pardon. What the community doesn’t realize is that good people continue to punish themselves with shame, and suffer needlessly for years after their court imposed sentence has ended, and that’s not right, everyone needs HOPE.”
Because the mission was to take away barriers to a decent life, including institutional barriers and inner self-limiting barriers, Ian invested heavily in each person who visited the Pardons office seeking information or help as he says… “I will never regret the time we invested in each and every person”.
Asked how many of these one-on-one, heart-to-heart sessions he conducted during his tenure as Pardons Canada Founder and Director, he answers, “Only about twenty thousand. I didn’t have the time to meet them all”.
While Pardons was being built, Ian’s partner, Antree Demakos, decided to climb another mountain. “Where is the free, comprehensive, accurate and current database of answers to all the common questions Canadians have about the law ?”, she asked. It did not exist, and so of course, Ian and Antree decided to build it. Ian reached out to the very best. Before long, 30 (and now over 710) prominent Canadian lawyers and judges had started to chip in, providing answers and questions, clarifications and advice. With Ian’s telecommunications knowledge and technical skills, Legalline.ca was cultivated into a telephone “live answer’ hot-line, and an internet online information trove.
Informix Database Software Corporation, National Telecom Manager
Pardons Canada (Pardons.com), Founder & Program Director (1993-2008)
Legal Information Ontario, Co-Founder
Legal Line Corporation, Co-Founder, VP of Strategic Alliances (1993-present)
The Toronto Star
The Globe and Mail
Numerous local papers and radio talk shows
York University, Economics
McGill University, Post Graduate Applied Business Management