Amarkai Laryea is a partner at RavenLaw in Ottawa. He maintains a dynamic, fully bilingual practice working to advance the rights of unions, workers, and individuals. He has extensive experience and expertise in all areas of labour, human rights, and administrative law. He also represents athletes in processes including Safe Sport/Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) complaints, doping-related disputes, discrimination, and discipline.
He has dedicated his career to working within Canada’s labour movement. Before joining RavenLaw, Amarkai was a leader in the legal services department of one of Canada’s largest unions. He has been an executive union member and staff representative for both private and public sector unions, and has experience developing comprehensive organizing campaigns with the Strategic Affairs section of an international union.
His lived experience as a Black person continuously impacts his work and community activities. When not working, Amarkai is usually out and about with his family. A sports fan, he plays basketball and soccer, and volunteers teaching hockey to Black youth with the African Canadian Association of Ottawa. He also played Collegiate soccer and has previously won gold at the Canadian Club Championships.