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Lorene Nagata

Born and raised in Toronto, Lorene has also lived in the United Kingdom and Japan. She practiced as a lawyer for five years in Toronto with a well-known litigation boutique and became qualified to practice in both Ontario and the United Kingdom.

She joined the legal recruiting firm, QD Legal, in 1997 and was critical in establishing and managing the Toronto office. In 1999, she co-founded a highly successful legal search firm, Marsden Nagata Legal Search. She ran this firm for 5 years before deciding to set up NagataConnex Executive Legal Search.

Lorene has placed lawyers into law firms and corporations both within Canada and internationally, including the United States, the United Kingdom, offshore, mainland Europe and Asia. Her dealings both in partner placement and corporate counsel have brought nothing but praise and respect.

In addition to her LL.B., Lorene has a B.A. in Psychology and has taken a number of courses in career counseling and planning.

On a personal level, Lorene was involved in rowing, collecting many medals and accolades over a 16 year career. She has found that her training as a coach in rowing has been incredibly useful throughout her recruiting career. The ability to motivate and advise on team building has been very effective when working with both clients and candidates. She has been the secretary of the Japanese Canadian Legacy Project since 2004, and is a Board member of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.

When time permits, Lorene loves to indulge her passion for hiking and skiing, even persuading her reticent Scottish husband onto the slopes on occasion.

Lesa Ong

Prior to joining NagataConnex as a Recruitment Consultant, Lesa practiced as a litigator with a boutique litigation firm in Toronto. Her practice areas varied widely and included construction liens, real estate, commercial matters, personal injury, and estates.

Lesa was a researcher with NagataConnex while attending law school at Osgoode Hall, and in that role, gained unique insight into the rewards, challenges and obstacles characteristic of the legal profession, before entering the profession herself. Her prior experience with NagataConnex, along with her experience in private practice and a background in psychology, allows her to understand the importance of a good fit from the perspectives of both a candidate and a client.

In her spare time, Lesa enjoys reading a good book, cooking, travelling, and participating in a marathon game of mahjong with her huge family. The eternal optimist, Lesa hopes that in her lifetime, she will see her hometown Leafs hoist the Stanley Cup.