Kay was raised in Whitby, Ontario and holds dual citizenship with Canada and South Africa. Kay received their Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from the University of Windsor (Windsor, ON), where they were selected Valedictorian of the 2015 graduating class. Prior to graduating law school, Kay obtained a Bachelor of Tourism Management from Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, BC) with a major in entrepreneurship, earning Kay the Tourism Medal for earning the highest GPA in the faculty.

Kay has appeared in the Federal Court of Canada, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Provincial Court of British Columbia, the Refugee Protection Division (“RPD”), Immigration Division, and the Immigration Appeals Division (“IAD”). Kay has also appeared in criminal and immigration cases in Alberta and Manitoba, and has experience working on applications for leave and judicial review in the Federal Court of Canada.

Kay is a proud member and advocate of the LGBTQ2S* (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* , queer and two-spirited) community, and has a history of dedication and commitment to working with LGBTQS2* organizations in both Canada and the USA.

Noteable and Recent Published Decisions: 

Academic Achievements: 

  • Juris Doctor (2015); University of Windsor, Windsor Law; Valedictorian
  • Bachelors in Tourism Management (2012); Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, BC); Tourism Medal for highest GPA
  • Diploma in the Business of Outdoor Adventure (2010); Algonquin College, (Ottawa Ontario)

Affiliations

  • Board of Director, Access Probono
  • Board of Director, Rainbow Refugee Society
  • Qmunity, Program Lead for Transgender ID Clinic
  • Canadian Bar Association, SOGIC Executive;
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Foundation of Hope (Previous Board of Director)

Conference Presentations and Speaking Events [Highlights]

  • CLEBC – “Immigration Issues in Depth 2019”, Panel Speaker, Topic: How to do a judicial review (tips)
  • AMSSA and UBC Migration – “Why should I care? Refugees in Canada in 2019”, Panel Speaker (October 2019)
  • Multi-Agency Partnership MAP and Rainbow Refugee, “World Refugee Day”, Panel Speaker (June 2019)
  • 7th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of refugee and Forced Migration Studies (2013), Paper Presenter: “Exploring the Vulnerability of LGBT Refugees in Mass Displacement”
  • Undergraduate Research Conference (2011), Paper Presenter, “Accessible Tourism: A need for focus in post-secondary education”
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