A Picture of Saron Gebresellassi standing in front of the Toronto sign, in front of City Hall


Saron is a nationally recognized multi-lingual lawyer, scholar, and activist, with an extensive track record in advocating for the people of Toronto. Through her work in the community as an organizer, she has been commended for her ability to facilitate social change at the local, national and global levels, being named by Chatelaine Magazine as one of “Top 80 Amazing Canadian Women to Watch”.

The Community Builder

Saron demonstrated activism at a young age through interactions with teachers at STAR – Students and Teachers Against Racism. At 15, Saron began producing a radio show and was the youngest member of an African-Canadian delegation to meet with then Prime Minister Paul Martin to call for a community-based strategy to eradicate gun violence.

Throughout her time as a law student at the University of Ottawa, Saron was actively involved in institutionalizing diversity initiatives within the Faculty of Law, while working/ in conjunction with the Black Law Students Association of Canada, Women’s Legal Mentorship Program, and Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, to name a few.

Saron for Toronto Mayor Balancing the scales
Saron Gebresellassi City of Toronto 2018 mayoral candidate stands in front of City Hall with her arms crossed whilie looking with serious expression into camera. The background of the City Hall building is slightly blurred with some citizens walking about.

The Advocate

Saron is a human rights and litigation lawyer and founder of the People’s Firm, a law firm located in her childhood neighbourhood of York Square. She took the skills she gained at a prominent Bay Street law firm and applied it to her passion for working within the community.

Saron has won high profile cases, and assisted hundreds of clients and their families from across the GTHA and beyond, including Montreal, New York, and California. Saron continues to provide her time to pro bono cases and public interest legal clinics so that she can contribute her expertise to individuals and community organizations.

The Creative

Saron finds ways to weave her social justice spirit into her artistic interests of music, linguistics, and creative journalism. She maintains an active practice as a classically-trained flautist and pianist, with advanced training in rudiments and theory. She is fluent in seven languages, including American Sign Language, and has actively advocated on behalf of the Deaf community. Utilizing her degree in Radio and Television Arts, Saron produced a video project on Toronto’s cultural neighbourhoods and has appeared on various national media platforms to discuss social policy issues. Saron is a strong believer in the Arts to build up the youth and our communities.

Saron Gebresellassi is running for Mayor in the 2018 Toronto municipal election and in the photo is seen crossing a street in Toronto, with cars blurred in background image.
Resume Timeline


Launch of Litigation Practice



Graduates from University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (J.D)



Legal support for families facing Eviction in Los Angeles




Called to the Ontario Bar



Ontario Arts Council Artists of Colour Award



Legal Support for Ottawa Riverkeeper and Public Service Alliance Canada