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Jill The Relentless Fighter

Designed for: Legal and business professionals such as lawyers, accountants (CPA), investments professionals (CFA) and other professionals interested in improving their resiliency, leadership competencies, and overall approach to stress and mental health. 


Documentary By:
Garrick Apollon, Director


1 hour of professionalism (Accreditation pending and Additional details coming soon) 


1 hour





About the Documentary Case Study

What is Psychological Resilience? How does one define Mental Toughness? What do corporate professionals and professional athletes have in common? Jill the Relentless Fighter features the story of Jill Perry – a cancer survivor, business executive, former Canadian boxing champion, and an Olympic elite boxing coach. Jill’s story is true inspiration that serves as a case study for a profound discussion on the fundamentals of resilience, vital attributes of mental toughness, and the path from ordinary to extraordinary. 

The overall objective of this course is to present to legal and business professionals how reframing themselves as corporate athletes can help increase their resilience and mental focus on leadership and wellness-work-life balance principles that high-performer athletes need to embrace to do their work and perform. The program’s learning objectives are as follows:


  • Gain a fundamental understanding of the importance of resilience and mental toughness for physical well-being and mental well-being to achieve high performance;

  • Demystify resilience and mental toughness through the fundamental importance of understanding self-care;

  • Gain a fundamental understanding of the importance of mindfulness and meditation for physical well-being and mental well-being;

  • Gain a capacity to build, grow and rebuild from adversity – understanding “the making of a corporate athlete”—how reframing ourselves as corporate athletes can help increase our resilience and mental focus on leadership and wellness-work-life balance principles that high-performer athletes need to embrace to become extraordinary; and

  • Discuss realistic ways for legal and business professionals to improve their happiness and work/life balance – discussing realistic ways to improve leadership and wellness-work-life balance principles that high-performer corporate athletes and organizations need to embrace to become extraordinary.

Researched, developed and financed by:
VoirDire Fund for Innovation in Law and Media Inc. (VoirDire FILM)


Produced by:
UDocs Studio in association with Hot Docs for Continuing Professional Education
Garrick Apollon, Director


Film Concept researched and developed by:
Garrick Apollon, LLB, JD, LLM, LLCM
Fellow, Hot Docs for Continuing Professional Education



Subject Matter Experts

Garrick Apollon (LLB, JD, LLM, LLCM)
Lawyer and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law and MBA program at the University of Ottawa, Member of the Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies at the Brain and Mind Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa

Garrick Apollon is a practicing corporate lawyer and the only legal scholar who is a Member of the Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies at the University of Ottawa. He believes in the promotion of the principles of wellness, work/life balance and mindfulness for lawyers and he is the mind behind the research and development of this course. Garrick is also a documentary filmmaker and a Fellow at Hot Docs for Continuing Professional Education. An active legal scholar, Garrick has seven publications in leading peer-reviewed American law journals in the fields of corporate governance and ethics, negotiation and dispute resolution. Garrick has taught organizational behaviour (corporate psychology) for more than 5 years in the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) at the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management. He has also studied organizational behaviour for lawyers at Penn Law with the internationally renowned Professor Adam Grant from the Wharton School. He is a former varsity athlete and played football for the Rouge & Or at Université Laval. Garrick is past-Fellow of the FILM Initiative at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University.

Alison Crosthwait
CFA, RP, CTP, Dipl, Registered psychotherapist, Author, and Blogger

A former capital markets trader, working for companies such as Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, Alison came to the world of therapy through a personal journey, which led to both a career and life change. Throughout her adult life, inner work has been of increasing importance to Alison. She engages deeply in therapy, meditation, and somatic practices to continue her exploration and her healing. She feels strongly that all healing practitioners must continue to actively engage with their own journeys while they work with others on theirs. Alison believes that therapy is much more than a health care treatment option, it is a way of life which she explores each week in her blog writing about psychotherapy and change.  

Orlando Da Silva
Former Bencher Law Society of Ontario (national champion for mental health)

Orlando Da Silva is the former President of the Ontario Bar Association, former Bencher with the Law Society of Ontario, a Law Society Medalist, and has an exemplary career in law. As president of the Ontario Bar Association, Orlando Da Silva became one of the most respected national mental health champion advocates for the legal profession after opening up about his personal struggle with depression. Mr. Da Silva has recently been appointed as the Chief Administrator of the Administrative Tribunal Support Service of Canada.  

Dr. Kay-Anne Haykal (O.D., MD, CCFP)

Dr. Kay-Anne Haykal received her Doctor of Optometry degree at the Université de Montréal in 2002 and her Doctor of Medicine degree in 2006 at the University of Ottawa. In 2009, she completed her family medicine residency at the University of Ottawa (Montfort Hospital). She is a family physician at the Montfort Academic Family Health Team and a hospitalist at the Montfort Hospital. Both centres are recognized for excellence in teaching francophone students and residents.


Dr. Haykal is an assistant professor in the clinician-educator career path. While early in her career, she has already demonstrated clear leadership skills and has already contributed significantly to undergraduate medical education. She has been a leader at the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine in undergraduate medical education. She acted as the Family Medicine clerkship director for both Francophone and Anglophone streams and became the director of Undergraduate Medical Education at the Department of Family Medicine in 2013. During her mandate, she successfully promoted family medicine to students in their four years of medical education contributing to the University of Ottawa leading the country with an average of 50% of students matching to Family Medicine. She was unit leader of the Integration Unit, Francophone stream, in the pre-clerkship and also provided direction and leadership to the pre-clerkship and clerkship programs in both language streams. In July 2016, Dr. Kay-Anne Haykal was appointed to the position of Assistant Dean, Student Affairs at the faculty of Medicine.  In this current role, she has implemented a new resilience curriculum, student peer support program as well as a finance & innovation curriculum (mLIFE) for medical students at the University of Ottawa. 


Dr. Haykal is the president and lead physician of the Montfort Academic Family Health Team. She is also an active member of the Canadian Student Affairs Committee at the national level.  She is passionate about education, resilience and health promotion for students, residents and patients. She has been featured in the Ottawa Woman magazine as Women in Medicine and has been a guest speaker on health promotion and education on radio.

Justice Maryka Omatsu
Ontario Court of Justice, Author & Filmmaker

Maryka Omatsu was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1948 and was educated at the University of Toronto (M.A.) and Osgoode Hall Law School in 1975. A member of the Order of Ontario, Maryka Omatsu was named to the Ontario Court of Justice in 1993, becoming the first woman of East Asian heritage to be appointed a judge in Canada. In 2010 she became the inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, and in 2013, she became the first Canadian to receive the prestigious Senator Daniel K. Inouye NAPABA Trailblazer Award from the United States-based National Asian Pacific Bar Association. She was recently named to the special advisory council of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and appointed co-chair of NAJC’s BC redress community consultations. Omatsu also played a key role in achieving redress for the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. In the 1980s, she served as legal counsel for the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) and was a member of the organization’s strategy and negotiation team. Judge Omatsu’s book, Bittersweet Passage: Redress and the Japanese Canadian Experience, won the Prime Minister’s Award for the Best Manuscript to be Translated and the Laura Jamieson Award for Best Feminist Book by a Canadian Author Which Advances Knowledge and/or Understanding of Women’s experience. Bittersweet Passage was also translated and published in Japan. Her visual legal advocacy documentary film Swimming Upstream – Injustice Revealed about Japanese Canadians in their struggle for redress has recently won the MADA award (Making A Difference Award) & 2 honorable mentions at the Commffest Global Community Film Festival in Toronto.

Jill Perry
Coach, Boxing Canada

Jill received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University in 1996. She worked high-tech for 18 years covering everything from software to semiconductors. Jill’s corporate career was cut short by a cancer diagnosis in 2012. Prior to retiring, she was the Senior Manager of Marketing at a global reverse engineering firm. Her business experience exposed her to everything from managing stressful situations to communicating ideas across many cultures, but most importantly it taught her the value of having open and honest relationships.

Jill became involved with boxing in 1996 by mere chance, and it changed her life. She took to the sport immediately. Jill started competing at a late age and defied the odds by winning two Canadian Championships. She was inspired to give back to her sport and took her first coaching course in 2003; she is currently completing her Masters of Coaching and Technical Leadership at the University of British Columbia. Jill is the Head Coach at the Beaver Boxing Club in Ottawa and she is also part of Boxing Canada’s high performance coaching pool.