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Asian Star- Rupinjit Singh Bal

Asian Star- Rupinjit Singh Bal

Native Village/Country
I was born and raised at Chandigarh, India.
Your Early Education
My early education was a lot of me trying to fit in. I changed a lot of
schools in my childhood due to the nature of my father’s job. Majority of
my schooling was done at St. Johns High School in Chandigarh.
 When & Why You came to Canada
Maybe I got used to moving a lot. Or maybe I was just tired of the heat.
I moved to Canada a few years ago for a couple reasons. 1) why not 2) it
seemed the natural progression for my career. Canada is a good place to
further my prospects and it a country that rewards hard work. Maybe that
is why so many Indians are successful here. Oh and lastly, learning the
rules and jurisprudence of a new legal system was a challenge worth
taking on.
Your career advancement initiatives, volunteer work and present
occupation

I am now a practicing criminal and regulatory lawyer at a boutique law firm
in Toronto, Canada. I work alongside a team of lawyers and the principal
of law firm, Calvin Barry, who used to be a crown prosecutor for 17 years
and has now been a defence lawyer for 16 years (which is always a benefit
to learn from). We have a history of defending people all over the country,
including Saskatchewan, Yellowknife, Quebec and Alberta.  
I am part of various organizations like the Ontario Bar Association, Criminal
Lawyers Association, The Advocates Society and the South Asian Bar
Association. I also donate whatever free time I have for notable causes like
Lawyers Feed the Hungry, Autism Speaks Canada, etc.
Your Regret in Life
So far, not a lot. I prefer to keep moving forward.
Pick Any One of Your Best Achievements
Making submissions as a newly minted lawyer just a few weeks after
getting called to the bar at the close of the preliminary hearing and getting
the charges thrown out before committal (committal means whether the
offence should go to trial it is a low threshold and defence usually loses
because the crowns case is taken at the highest). To be honest, any time I
get a win for a client, it seems like the best achievement because of what it
means to them and their families.

Were You Ever Discriminated?
Not yet. I am thankful for the people I am surrounded by.
Are You Happy in Canada?
Moving to Canada has been an enjoyable, albeit a challenging prospect for
me. So far, yes. Looking for a good winter coat though. Any suggestions?
Any Comments on Canada’s Culture
Canada is unique in many ways. Still exploring. Toronto is amazing in many
ways. The blend of cultures that Canada has become known for is beyond
extraordinary.
Any Comments on Canada’s Weather
Still looking for that winter coat.
What Brought You Success in Canada?
The unwavering trust and support of my parents and sister. Hard work and
perseverance are a must.  
Are You Willing to Help New Immigrants and How?
Sure, why not. The bottom line is that Canada is always looking for new
immigrants. I am more than willing to help people in any way I can. I have
been lucky to get a lot of guidance and support from the people around
me. I was told to reciprocate as a way to thank them. I am more than to
help.
Your Message for Canadians of Asian Origin
Canada is the most welcoming country irrespective of your background.
Must immerse in the multiculturalism and embrace diversity. Canadians
believe in compassion, fellow feeling and giving back to society. Always,
always imbibe these values. Ethics and honesty are the key to success in
this part of the world. Stay focussed on your personal and professional
goals.

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