Lauren Bates is the Director of Policy at the Wellesley Institute. A lawyer by training, her career has focused on public policy and law reform. Early in her career, she worked in legal and business publishing, including as Managing Editor of CCH Canadian’s Human Resources, Legal and Business Division. As a Senior Policy Analyst at the Ontario Human Rights Commission, she led projects on disability inclusion, transit accessibility, pregnancy and breastfeeding, family caregiving, and mandatory retirement among others. For this work, she received the Amethyst Award for public service. She joined the Law Commission of Ontario, Ontario’s independent law reform agency, at its inception and played an important role in its development. As its Senior Lawyer, she led projects related to the law and aging, disability and the law, alternative financial services, legal capacity and guardianship, and improving the last stages of life.