Soussanna Karas (Secretary) has a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 2005. She works as in-house legal counsel at the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO). She has been employed with TICO for the last 10 years. TICO is a not-for- profit organization that has been delegated authority to license and regulate travel professionals by the Ontario Government. TICO fulfills the same role for travel agencies as the Law Society of Upper Canada does for lawyers. Prior to TICO, Soussanna worked and articled at the Regional Municipality of Peel. Originally from Russia, Soussanna came to Canada in 1997 and has resided in Toronto ever since. Prior to her immigration, Soussanna has studied law and received her Bachelor and Master of Laws from the Syktyvkar State University, Russia. Soussanna is passionate about equal access to the justice system, consumer protection and community service, the values that are at the very core of MCIS. Soussanna is hoping to make a meaningful contribution to MCIS through serving on its Board of Directors.