Bridget M. Jokitalo
Bridget was born and raised in Northumberland County, attending Trafalgar Castle School and Trinity College School. She studied International Development at Guelph University. She travelled abroad for several years and studied law at South Bank University in London, England.
Bridget returned to Canada and was called to the bar in 2007.
She spent six years in Sudbury, Ontario working as an associate with the law firm of Desmarais Keenan, LLP in various areas of civil litigation including construction liens, municipal litigation and commercial litigation matters. Bridget also acted as the provincial offences prosecutor for the Ministry of Transportation in addition to several towns and municipalities. While at Desmarais Keenan, Bridget acted as a mentor for young associates and articling students, mentored high school mooting competitions and worked as a member of the Continuing Professional Development committee for the Sudbury District Law Association.
Bridget’s legal career has been extensive and varied. Her work has included:
Bridget has represented clients at all levels of courts including: small claims, Superior Court of Ontario and the Court of Appeal of Ontario. In addition, Bridget has represented clients in front of several tribunals including the Human Rights tribunal of Ontario and The Ontario Municipal Board.
Reported decisions: Kretzschmann v. Greater Sudbury (City), 2009 CanLII 55696 (ON SC); Simoncini v. Sudbury (City), 2009 HRTO 1047 (CanLII)
Bridget and her husband, Juha, reside in Port Hope, Ontario with their two sons and are active in their community. Bridget travelled extensively before attending law school and volunteered at NGO’s in Zimbabwe and India on work study programs.
Bridget has always been an active member of her community and currently serves on the boards of the Willow Beach Field Naturalists Club, Transition House and is a member of the Executive of the Law Association of Northumberland County. While in Sudbury, Bridget volunteered as a mock trial mentor and a member of the Continuing Professional Development committee for the Sudbury District Law association.
Bridget is thrilled to have returned to her hometown. In her spare time, Bridget enjoys playing sports and staying active with her young family.