Equitable Solutions Consulting gives organizations the tools needed to successfully meet their goals to become more responsive, inclusive and fair. Healthy teams make for healthy organizations; healthy organizations are better able to maximize impact in their sectors.
Whether a public institution, a not-for-profit institution, or a business in the private sector, Equitable Solutions Consulting can help your organization maximize its human resources, increase responsiveness, and diversify its client base. For businesses, stronger organizational health and an inclusive business strategy can increase market share and maximize profits. To learn more about the services we provide, click "Find Out More".
Laurelle Harris is the Principal of Equitable Solutions Consulting. Her goal is to help organizations move towards practicing equity as a key component of organizational health. Laurelle has been a practicing lawyer in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba for over 19 years, becoming the first Black woman to become a partner in a mid-sized or larger firm in Manitoba.
In 2018, Laurelle decided to follow her passion to practice law using an organizational model which prioritizes excellence and equity, founding Harris Law Solutions. In 2020, she founded Equitable Solutions Consulting to provide services related to fostering equity and inclusion within organizations. Leveraging over 18 years' experience in the legal profession, governance and business acumen gained through practical experience, and an advanced knowledge of the principles of antiracism, equity and inclusion, Laurelle can help your organization maximize its potential.
In addition to her undergraduate and law degrees, Laurelle has also undertaken graduate studies in Women’s Studies and Black Studies . She has a strong practical background fostering equity and inclusion within organizations which enables her to provide excellent service and insight to her clients.
From 2018 through 2021, Laurelle taught at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Law (Family Law and Gender and the Law). She has been trained in general mediation and also holds a Certificate in Family Mediation from York University, which applies principles of general mediation and further specializes those mediation skills for the family law context. She also holds a Certificate in Family Arbitration, and acts as an out-of-court decision-maker in the area of family law.
Committed to service, Laurelle has always been actively involved in her community. She has volunteered for several local and national non-profit organizations, including as an adult literacy tutor, a counsellor in women’s health, with the Law Society of Manitoba, the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law, and the Legal Help Centre. In 2019, Laurelle was named an Honourary Lifetime Member by Women’s Health Clinic in recognition of her contributions to the Clinic, having served on the Board of Directors for more than ten years, including terms as Chair and Past-Chair. Laurelle has also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, also serving as the department Co-Chair for the Public Affairs and Advocacy Committee. She is a founding director of FAMLI (Family Arbitration and Mediation Legal Institute).
Laurelle currently serves as Chair of the Manitoba Bar Association’s Equality Section.
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Equitable Solutions Consulting operates on the ancestral and traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininiwak, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation; we acknowledge that the water used by Equitable Solutions Consulting is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation in Treaty 3 territory. We also acknowledge and thank those that have come before and strive to learn and honour the teachings of the original peoples of this land.
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As part of the City of Winnipeg's Anti-Racism in Action 2022 initiative, Laurelle delivered a keynote address on Friday, March 25, 2022 entitled "A Living Legacy: Canadian Anti-Blackness and the Transatlantic Trade of Enslaved Persons".