Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova

Associate Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2017

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  • Bio
  • Awards & Recognition
  • Professional Involvement
  • Selected Speaking Engagements
  • Selected Publications
  • Insights
  • Education

Dasha is a confident and compassionate litigator with a focus on labour and employment law. As a member of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Workplace Law, and Sports, Media & Entertainment Groups, her practice focuses on various employment and labour-related matters, such as drafting contracts and policies, grievances and collective bargaining, as well as civil and commercial actions involving employment disputes. She also has experience with human rights-related matters. Dasha regularly advises clients with respect to accessibility issues in the workplace, and frequently conducts policy, ethical and statute-driven investigations for a wide range of clients.

Dasha has appeared as counsel before a variety of courts and tribunals in Ontario, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

As a former Canadian national team athlete, two-time Pan American champion and long-time athlete advocate and trusted sport advisor, Dasha assists athletes and artists, as well as the organizations that champion them with a focus on governance. She brings the same level of focus and competitive energy to helping her clients meet their business objectives.

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Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada for her expertise in Labour & Employment Law
  • Havergal College Hall of Distinction Inductee, 2019
  • Western University Humanitarian Award, 2015

Professional Involvement

Professional Activities

  • Director of Sanctions and Outcomes for Abuse-Free Sport, Canada's Independent Safe Sport Mechanism
  • Ombudsperson, Team Canada, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
  • Member-at-Large, Ontario Bar Association Labour & Employment and Entertainment, Media and Communications sections 
  • Past President, AthletesCAN, the Association of Canadian National Team Athletes
  • Ombudsperson, 2019 Pan American Games
  • Board Member, Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, 2013-2019 (appointed by the Minister of Sport, Hon. Bal Gosal and re-appointed by the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Hon. Carla Qualtrough)
  • Treasurer, Shakespeare in the Ruff
  • Panam Sport Legal Commission


  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association

Teaching Engagements

  • Adjunct Professor, Sports Law, Western University

Selected Speaking Engagements

“Aird & Berlis associate Dasha Peregoudova takes on new role,” Lexpert TV, September 6, 2022

“Governance and System Re-Engineering,” Brock University Centre for Sport Capacity’s 2021 Forum, Athletes First: The Promotion of Safe Sport in Canada, June 17, 2021.

"Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act: Legal Compliance with Web Accessibility and Accessibility Compliance Reports," Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Webinar, June 10, 2021.

"Workplace Vaccinations: Legal Considerations and Recommendations for Employers," Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Webinar, May 19, 2021.

"2021 AODA Web Accessibility Requirements," Branded Productions Webinar, March 31, 2021.

"2021 Business Planning for Young Leaders: Tips and Tricks for a Successful Year," Aird & Berlis LLP Webinar, March 4, 2021.

"Key Developments in Employment Law in 2020," Ontario Bar Association, February 6, 2021.

"Top Labour and Employment Trends From 2020: Preparing for the Unpredictable," Aird & Berlis Workplace Webinar, February 2, 2021.

Aird & Berlis Workplace Law Online Session, November 24, 2020.

AthletesCAN & Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission Rule 50 Webinar, June 7, 2020.

"The Legal Implications of Managing a Remote Workplace," Aird & Berlis Workplace Law Webinar, May 12, 2020.

"Update on the Impact of COVID-19 on Our Workplaces: Q&A for Employers," Aird & Berlis Workplace Law Webinar, April 7, 2020.

"The Coronavirus and Our Workplaces," Aird & Berlis Workplace Law Webinar, March 11, 2020.

"Webinar: The Implications of World Athletics' Regulations on Female Athletes with Differences of Sexual Development," The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, February 28, 2020.

"Top Labour and Employment Trends 2019: A Look Back, A Look Forward," Aird & Berlis Workplace Law Webinar, January 29, 2020.

"Managing Terminations: A Practical Overview and Employment Law Update," Aird & Berlis Workplace Law Webinar, September 26, 2019.

“Sport System 101,” “Athletes on Boards: The Politics of Sport” and “Advocacy in Action: A Look at Today’s National and International Issues Impacting Canadian Athletes,” AthletesCAN Forum, September 19-22, 2019.
“The Status of Anti-Doping Affairs: Implications for Dispute Resolution in Canada,” Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada Mediator and Arbitrator Conference, November 2, 2018.
“Awarding Costs in a Non-For-Profit Sector,” Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada Mediator and Arbitrator Conference, May 6, 2017.
“Athlete Agreements: Who, What, When, Why & How?,” AthletesCAN Forum, September 23, 2017.
Standardized Canadian Athlete Agreement Template, 2016.
“Athlete Agreements: Standardized Clauses, Annotated Agreements – What Does It All Mean?,” AthletesCAN Forum, October 22, 2016.
The Future of Athlete Agreements in Canada, 2015.

Selected Publications

"Developments in Employment Law in 2021, and What’s Ahead in 2022," Co-authored with Jessica Schissler, Ontario Bar Association's Labour & Employment Law Section, February 23, 2022.

"Workplace Law Year in Review (and Looking Ahead to 2022)," Co-authored with Jessica Schissler, Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Bulletin, December 31, 2021.

"Key Developments in Employment Law in 2020,"  Ontario Bar Association's Labour & Employment Law Section, February 6, 2021.

"COVID-19 and the Workplace: Remote Working Legal Considerations and Recommendations," Co-authored with Fiona Brown and Michael Horvat, Aird & Berlis LLP Workplace Law Bulletin, May 26, 2020.


  • JD, Western University, 2016
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), University of Toronto, 2012