Annie is the founder and owner of the culinary travel blog, Chu on This and was honoured to be named a Taste Canada Awards Shortlisted Author in 2017, the highest recognition for food writing in Canada. She has partnered with numerous brands and organizations including Le Creuset Canada, the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Canada, the Culinary Tourism Alliance, Food Network Canada, and UP Norway.
Annie is also a Bilingual (French and English) Professional Development Lawyer with The Advocates’ Society, a not-for-profit association of judges, lawyers and advocates from all practice areas, and Canada’s premier advocacy skills training provider. Her portfolio has a particular focus on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) training and regional programs for the Québec Bar.
Annie obtained her Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Studies and Modern Languages (French Immersion) from the University of Ottawa and her Juris Doctor in 2014 from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2015. During her legal studies, she interned at one of the largest full-service law firms in Beijing, China, and also conducted a major legal research project on Indigenous peoples in Taipei, Taiwan. Prior to joining The Advocates’ Society, Annie was a civil litigator with a specialization in family law. She was also involved in the Canadian Food Law community.
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The Long Version
Law school was one of the most challenging experiences I’ve ever had in my life. As a Millenial, the dream of being able to “do anything if I just set my mind to it” was shattered within a few short weeks.
However, I found refuge in building Chu on This, a personal blog to document any remotely exciting food experience I had, even if it was just making gloopy gnocchi with ingredients I bought from the cafeteria in my tiny law school dorm room. I was able to get through the gruelling memos, essays, competitions and exams knowing that I had a place where I could do some creative writing, share a few photos, and keep myself accountable to all those trips and things I wanted to do (hence the Life List!) with my non-law school friends and family.
When I started practicing law, I realized I needed Chu on This as an outlet even more. The thing was, I wasn’t the only one. Soon, I was also building this website for other lawyers and young professionals who needed to find the perfect restaurant for their client lunches, come up with travel itineraries that included authentic food and experiences, discover local speciality ingredients and supper clubs, and decide on whether they might want to buy Le Creuset Canada’s latest minimalist bowls, sprinkling in a few whimsical illustrations here and there as well!
At first, I started making illustrated cards for my close friends and coworkers during the holiday season because I never found the perfect cards in conventional stores. Overtime, at the encouragement of my friends and followers, I took another leap and launched an adjacent creative venture in the form of Chu on This Studio, an online shop for hand-illustrated cards and gifts.
Today, I work as a Professional Development Lawyer at a not-for-profit organization, where I team up with lawyers and judges to train other lawyers in advocacy skills and help them improve and enjoy the work they do. In many ways, I credit Chu on This for helping me design a life where I am lucky enough to do a little of everything I love: law, education, and the pursuit of plenty of creativity.
I hope to continue to learn and grow as I explore more of the world and its culinary culture, and share all of the wonderful sustainable, authentic food and travel experiences I find with you.