Marcela graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, with a Combined Specialist B.A. in History and Political Science and a minor in French Language in 1996. She received her M.A. in International Relations and J.D. from the University of Toronto in 2000, and was called to Bar in February of 2002.
Professional and Community Involvement
Marcela is a member of the ADR Institute of Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association, Toronto Lawyers Association, and Advocates' Society. She is also past President and past Executive Director of the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA), and past Co-Vice Chair of the Roundtable of Diversity Associations (RODA). She has served as a mentor with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and has acted as a Run-Through Judge and Supervisor for the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law's Compulsory Upper Year Moot Program.
Marcela is the Chair of the TDSB Ward 7 Parent Advisory Council, and past Parent Council Co-Chair and Ward 7 Parent Council representative for Howard Public School. She is a member of, and past Co-Chair of the Parent Committee of Sistema Toronto, an organization inspired by Venezuela's renowned "El Sistema" program. Sistema Toronto brings free classical music instruction to children in the Parkdale and Jane and Finch areas of Toronto, and fosters community integration and development. Marcela is also a member of the Recital Committee of Tapshoes & Tutus, a community-based dance cooperative for children.
Marcela was born in Santiago, Chile. She is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational French and Italian. She is an avid traveller and has an interest in running, hiking and photography. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.
Marcela A. Saitua
Marcela A. Saitua acts as a civil litigation mediator. Before becoming a mediator, Marcela worked as a lawyer with a diverse civil litigation practice.
Marcela's practice as a lawyer was primarily in the area of insurance defence with an emphasis on personal injury and solicitors' negligence. She has, however, represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of civil actions and applications. Marcela has a wealth of experience in insurance coverage issues, and has been involved in cases dealing with bodily injury, property damage, general corporate commercial litigation, including directors’ and officers’ liability, and class actions. Marcela has appeared as counsel in the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court of Canada, and has appeared before various administrative tribunals, including the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.