Melisa graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2001 with a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences, with a concentration in Criminology and Psychology. She was the recipient of the University of Ottawa Gold Medal for having the highest standing in the Faculty of Social Sciences and of the Faculty Plaque in Criminology for having the highest standing in the Criminology Program. Melisa graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2004 after having focused her legal studies in criminal law. Melisa was a Criminal Division Leader at the Community and Legal Aid Services Program in her second year of law school and was a participant in the Intensive Program in Criminal Law in her third year of law school. Melisa received the Stephen George Leggett, Q.C. Prize in 2004 for her work in the Intensive Program in Criminal Law at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Melisa was called to the Bar in July of 2005. Her passion for the criminal law inspired her to pursue a career as a criminal prosecutor and she has worked for the Ministry of the Attorney General as an Assistant Crown Attorney since her call to the Bar. Since June of 2014, Melisa has been the Lead Crown Liaison for the York Regional Police Hold Up Squad, and since the fall of 2015, she has been the designated Firearms Crown in York Region. Since May of 2017, Melisa has been a member of the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Criminal Law Division Search Experts Group and in December of 2017, she was designated as a Wiretap Agent by the Deputy Attorney General for the Province of Ontario.
Melisa is heavily involved in the mentorship, training and education of law students, young lawyers and police officers. She is a frequent guest speaker at Bear Creek Secondary School in Barrie, has been the coach for high school students participating in the York Region Judge’s Cup Mock Trial since 2013 and has participated in numerous career days, career panels and “Take Your Kids to Work Days”.
Melisa is also heavily involved in the community as she believes it is an excellent way to gain valuable insight and compassion for those who face hardship in their lives. Over the years, she has been a volunteer for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barrie, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie & District and Barrie & District Christmas Cheer. She joined Epilepsy Simcoe County in the hopes of being able to assist the people of Simcoe County with education, support, awareness and advocacy surrounding Epilepsy.