ing his voice to amplify the perspectives of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and underrepresented. He is strong and speaks his mind when it comes to human rights, mental health, equity, justice and the power of education without ever sacrificing honesty or empathy.
“My Aunt Betty was a major influence on me growing up. She was a crown attorney and a significant influence on my legal career. We would watch Law & Order together and it had a subconscious influence on me as I started to develop an interest in criminal law,” he says.
Spiros, who grew up in the Danforth area of Toronto, was also shaped by his grandparents who played a strong role in his upbringing.
“My grandmother was the backbone of the family and taught me how to speak Greek. She had Alzheimer’s disease and her experience of dementia influenced a major research paper that I wrote on the tensions within the principle of autonomy as it relates to medical assistance in dying. I watched my grandmother who was a strong and independent woman start declining for close to seven years. Eventually things changed and I felt like she was reborn and became a new but equally amazing woman.”
During his undergraduate years Spiros developed a strong interest in academia.
“My professors had a life-changing impact on me. I was inspired to go into academia because education allows you to explore your curiosities and better understand who you are in relation to others and the institutions that surround you. I was able to immerse myself in my studies, engage with my professors and I felt like I was seen,” he says.Spiros is known to look for the quiet voice in any room. “From a young age I felt like the ‘other’ or ‘different.’ I struggled with depression on and off as a kid but I really didn’t know I had depression until my 20s. I advocate for positive mental because of my own experience and I believe it is important to bring empathy and compassion to each file I take on,” he says.
These days he enjoys his dynamic role as a legal counsel at Ryerson University (the “University”) where he practises different areas, including litigation and risk management, human rights, administrative law, policy development, privacy, legislative compliance, and constitutional law.