Aladdin T. Diakun
Aladdin serves startups, SMEs & nonprofits looking to create positive social & environmental impacts & manage dynamic ESG risks. Practicing in association with WRD LLP, Aladdin has provided corporate & business law advice & related services on a wide variety of legal agreements & transactions.
Why Work With Aladdin?
Aladdin has nearly 20 years of experience in climate & sustainability across nonprofits, academia & the private sector. He is an ideal collaborator for clients seeking to understand & manage sustainability-related risks, opportunities & impacts through business & legal strategy.
Aladdin is also a Certified Executive Coach. He completed his training through the Center for Executive Coaching, which aims to train the top 5% of executive-level & leadership coaches worldwide. Aladdin’s coaching & leadership advisory practice helps planet-focused professionals & businesses achieve more, faster, without burning out. His coaching skills offer a significant value-add for his legal clients, helping to clarify goals, diagnose roadblocks, align teams & develop actionable strategy.
Aladdin is a sought-after speaker & facilitator on climate & sustainability related topics. He is also a passionate wellness advocate with a daily meditation practice. Aladdin speaks English, French & Spanish, and is (slowly) learning Japanese & Ukrainian.
Board & Other Work
Aladdin serves as the Board Chair of Impact Zero, a Toronto-based non-profit building circular economy solutions through a business accelerator, podcast & other programs.
Aladdin is also an organizer & founding director of Lawyers for Climate Justice, helping to engage Canadian lawyers, law societies & bar associations around global heating’s implications for the practice of law.
Passionate about systems thinking, futures thinking & overlapping crises, Aladdin also contributes to the Suntory Foundation’s Reexamining Japan in Global Context Project. The project convenes Japanese & other experts to discuss complex challenges like energy scarcity, demographic aging & post-disaster recovery.
- FSA Credential, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB FSA)
- Sustainability & Climate Risk Certificate, Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP SCR).
- Certified Executive Coach, Center for Executive Coaching (CEC)
Recent Media & Appearances
- The Inner Circle Podcast, “Finding a Sustainable Relationship with Work“
- The Lawyer’s Daily, “Texas Deep Freeze Shows Us Why Climate Change is a Justice Issue“
- The Lawyer’s Daily, “Three Reasons Why Lawyers Should Engage With Climate Change“
- Inside Practice, Legal Futures Summit
Education & Awards
Aladdin received his Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law & articled at the Toronto office of a large national business law firm.
Aladdin holds a Master of Arts in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, where he was awarded a Junior Fellowship with the Centre for International Governance Innovation & a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Aladdin’s Masters studies focused on converging crises, with a particular focus on environmental change, global security & the governance of geoengineering technologies.
Aladdin received a Specialized Honours B.A. from York University’s bilingual Glendon College, where he was the top graduating student in Political Science.