Paralegal, and Founder of Zare Paralegal Services

Since beginning her career as a paralegal over 12 years ago, Michelle Zare has had a passion for advocacy.  In 2009 she established Zare Paralegal Services, a paralegal firm dedicated to defending the rights of injured workers.  As a licensed Paralegal, Michelle has extensive experience with appeals before the WSIB Appeals Services Division, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT), and CPP Disability Appeals before the Social Security Tribunal (formerly the Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals).

Michelle is also involved in professional development through the Law Society of Upper Canada, through chairing conferences and the development of continuing education courses, and is also an active member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Ontario Bar Association.  In 2013 Michelle was a recipient of the First Ontario Small Business 1Award, and was recognized as one of Hamilton’s Top 40 Under 40 for Business Achievement in 2015.

Michelle continues to be active in her community, through her support of the annual Steps for Life Walk organized by Threads of Life, an organization supporting families affected by workplace tragedy, as well as the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, an organization dedicated to the support of First Responders dealing with PTSD. In her spare time, Michelle loves to spend time with her family, travelling and indulging in her passion for fashion.

Never afraid to speak up against injustice, Michelle stands strong for injured workers across Ontario.



Robert (Bob) has retired from working at the WSIB after a 30-year career. He completed an accelerated graduate paralegal program in 2016, and received his Paralegal License with the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2017.

Bob completed an Honours Bachelor of Administration degree before employment with the WCB/WSIB and a Master of Education degree while working for WSIB. Bob worked as a Claims Adjudicator, Training and Development Specialist, and as a Manager, Service Delivery in his career with the Board. During that time, he acquired expert knowledge of WSIB legislation, operational policies, and practices and procedures.

Bob chose to work for a firm that only represents injured workers in WSIB matters. In his role as a paralegal with Zare Paralegal, he has a passion for helping injured workers get what they are entitled to receive.

On a personal note, Bob enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, golfing, skiing, and running.



Carin Pelka joined the Zare Paralegal Services team in 2015 and comes with 38 years of experience in the field of WSIB.  Following her retirement from the WSIB, she began her second career as an advocate, obtaining her Paralegal License in 2008.  Given her background, she provides assistance as needed to this firm, whether in a consultative or an advocacy role.  Carin is a passionate advocate, and with her strong attention to detail she holds WSIB case managers accountable, no matter how old the claim may be.

In her spare time, Carin is an avid skier, enjoying the winter season.  She is also musically inclined, having played in a band for 43 years.


Law Clerk

Nicole is our resident law clerk and has been working at Zare Paralegal Services since 2014. She enjoyed an education in Anthropology from McMaster University and Education from Brock University, and holds degrees in both fields.

On a daily basis, Nicole assists our Paralegals throughout the appeal process for both the WSIB and CPP.  She acts as a liaison between our clients, our Paralegals, and the WSIB, Service Canada or the Social Security Tribunal. She is also happy to assist new CPP Disability clients with the initial application process.

Nicole is excited to be part of a team who advocates for injured workers and disabled individuals. It is for this reason that she  is proud to be part of the growing organization at Zare Paralegal Services.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and enjoying the food and arts culture in Hamilton.


Administrative Assistant

Sashoy (aka “Sash”) has been a part of the Zare Paralegal Services team since May of 2015.  As the Administrative Assistant, Sash is the first person clients encounter, whether on the phone or at the front desk.  She is responsible for scheduling appointments for the Paralegals, and is happy to assist our clients with their daily needs or questions. Sash’s warm and welcoming personality puts people at ease, and she  is adept at keeping the office running smoothly so we can best assist our clientele.

While not at work you can find Sash with her nose in a book or at the movies, or wandering around enjoying all that Hamilton has to offer.