Sonia Molodecky, Counsel and Director Special Initiatives for the Temerty Foundation
Sonia Molodecky, LLB. Sonia is a Ukrainian-Canadian lawyer with deep roots in her culture and community.
An accomplished lawyer with more than 15 years’ experience working in international business, law, community engagement and economic development, Sonia has worked across sectors and industries, having done business in more than a dozen countries around the world. Sonia began her career in corporate finance law at two of Canada’s largest law firms. Sonia has also worked for the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine, where she worked as legal advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine to implement democratic governance, anti-corruption and accountability frameworks after the Orange Revolution; for the Public Defender’s Office in Argentina; and for the President of the Commission of Human Rights and Justice in Mexico.
In 2013, along with Indigenous Elder and former Chief, Sonia co-founded the Global Indigenous Development Trust, a Canadian not-for-profit organization that supports sustainable economic development, empowered community engagement and equitable partnerships. Sonia has also founded a number of for-profit businesses in the areas of telecommunications (IoT), funds management and natural resources, on which she sits as Director. Sonia most recently worked as Program Lead with the University of Toronto’s Center for Global Engineering to develop the University’s new Reconciliation Through Engineering Initiative (RTEI), a collaborative, ‘two-eyed seeing’ approach to applied research in the areas of energy, housing, water, food and transportation infrastructure, founded in respect and reciprocity.
As Counsel and Director of Special Initiatives at the Temerty Foundation, Sonia is responsible for providing strategic advice and counsel to the Foundation on its charitable endeavors, as well as overseeing the Ukrainian initiatives and partnerships that the Foundation supports.
Sonia is fluent in English, Ukrainian and Spanish.