Waheeda Ekhlas Smith




Waheeda Ekhlas Smith is a skilled Toronto employment and labour lawyer with significant experience acting for both employees and employers.

Prior to co-founding Pak Smith Employment Lawyers, Waheeda practiced with one of Canada’s leading employment law firms. She has diligently advocated for clients on various employment and workplace related disputes, including wrongful dismissal, human rights matters, and labour relations disputes.

Waheeda appreciates that every client’s case is unique and so, she works hard to obtain the most favourable outcome for each and every client. Sometimes that means negotiating an early out-of-court resolution; other times, it means going the distance and advancing or defending the client’s interests through the courts.

Waheeda earned her law degree at The University of Windsor, where she received academic awards in Civil Procedure and Constitutional Litigation. Prior to that, she earned a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Western Ontario, where she graduated on the Dean’s Honour List, a distinction reserved for the top 10% of students within the entire program.

When not working, Waheeda spends time with her husband and pets and enjoys visiting new places, having lived in or travelled to four continents. Also, in her travels, she hopes to visit all 30 MLB ballparks in North America, and only has 7 more to go!

Waheeda speaks both English and Dari and would be pleased to assist with your workplace legal disputes.

Associations and Memberships

  • Director at Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario


  • JD – University of Windsor, 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours French Language & Literature) – UWO, 2009

Representative Work

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Toronto Lawyers Association – Moderator – Live with André Bacchus and Alisha E. Athanasiou re advice on looking to succeed in the post-COVID legal market (July 2020)
  • The Globe & Mail – “Nine to Five: I have a medical condition and can’t wear a mask at work. Will I be fired?” – June 1, 2020
  • The Lawyer’s Daily – “(Un)friendly confines of Wrigley Field: Arbitration ruling blow to MLB player seniority” – February 13, 2020 (co-author)
  • The Lawyer’s Daily – “Ambiguity in stock options, restricted share unit plans: Latest from Court of Appeal” – January 10, 2020