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September 2017-September 2018 – The Ontario Bar Association (TORONTO, ON)

 President and CEO

 ·        Chaired the Board and Council of the Ontario Bar Association, representing 15,000 lawyers, judges and law students.

·        Acted as the public voice of the Association, including in the media and at conferences and other large events.

·        Engaged in policy development and advocacy with governments, regulators and sector partners, including the Ministry of the Attorney General, The Law Society of Ontario, The Uniform Law Conference of Canada, The Advocates Society, Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, South Asian Bar Association and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers.

·        Developed and led province-wide initiatives in the areas of innovation in the legal sector, and equality, diversity and inclusion within the profession and the organization.

2004 - PresentThe Ross Firm Professional Corporation (GODERICH, STRATFORD & KINCARDINE, ON)

 ·        Work collaboratively with professional and administrative staff to ensure excellence in practice, minimize enterprise risk and take advantage of changes in the legal marketplace. 

 ·        Mentor and oversee mentorship of young lawyers to ensure they develop domain expertise and an understanding of and participation in the firm culture of social service.

 ·        Manage three-location, tri-county, full-service litigation and solicitor firm.

 ·        Practice Administrative, Corporate/Commercial, Real Property, Wills & Estates.

 

RECENT PROJECT LEADERSHIP:

 

OBA Diversity Initiative

 Initiated and led a project to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.  Components included:

·        A five-part Inclusive Leader professional development series.

·        A partnership program to strengthen the connection between the organization and the diversity associations within the justice sector.

·        Advocacy to ensure inclusive regulation of the profession.

 

OBA Innovator in Residence Program

 Initiated and led the development of an annual program to help shape the future of client service and provide the knowledge and skills necessary to support the bar through rapid change. Components include:

·        Choosing the focus and innovator for the inaugural year. 

·        Developing and executing a communication plan.

·        Developing information services, training and other tools for the profession.

           

BOARD OF DIRECTOR POSITIONS:

 

2017-2018 - The Ontario Bar Association

President & CEO

Chair - Practice Innovation and Technology Committee

Chair - Innovator in Residence Steering Committee

2016-2017 – The Ontario Bar Association

1st Vice President

Chair - Strategic Planning & Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Member Nominating Sub-Committee

 

2015 – 2016 - The Ontario Bar Association

2nd Vice President

Chair Governance Committee                                                                                            

Chair Technology and Practice Innovation Committee

Chair Working Group on Alternative Business Structures

Past Vice Chair Finance Committee 

Past Chair Access to Justice Committee

Member of the Task Force on Non-Professional Shareholders in Professional Corporations

Member of the Professional Development Committee

Member of the Law Practice Program Committee

 

2013 – 2015 – Alzheimer Society of Huron County

President of the Board of Directors

Chair of the Human Resources Committee

Chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Member of the Executive Committee

Chair of the Policy Committee

 

2013 – 2015 - Ontario Bar Association

Secretary of the Board of Directors

Chair Working Group on Alternative Business Structures

Vice Chair Finance Committee Member of the Law Practice Program Committee

Chair Access to Justice Committee

Member of the Task Force on Non-Professional Shareholders in Professional Corporations

Member of the Professional Development Committee

Member of the HR Committee

Member of the Awards Committee

 

2011 – 2013 - Ontario Bar Association

South West Region Director on the Board

Member of the Board of Directors.

Member of the Law Practice Program Committee

Member of the Task Force on Non-Professional Shareholders in Professional Corporations

Member of the Professional Development Committee

Member of the HR Committee

Member of the Awards Committee

 

2010 – 2013 - Alzheimer's Society of Huron County

Vice President of the Board of Directors

Chair of the Human Resources Committee

Chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Member of the Executive Committee

Member of the Policy Committee

 

2010-2015 – Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario

Leadership Forum Governor

Assisted in the development of the provincial strategic plan.

Undertook structural review of provincial federation.

Assisted in the drafting and negotiation of the provincial federation contract.

 

2007 – 2008 - Huron Perth Community Legal Clinic

Chair of the Board of Directors

Oversaw governance of Legal Aid Clinic, handling Landlord Tenant, ODSP, CPP, EI and Small Claims Matters.

 

 

MAJOR PRESENTATIONS/LECTURES

 -2018-

Law Society of Ontario

Bencher & Senior Management Retreat

Speaker

Tech in Practice: Tools being used in the Professions.

November 13, 2018

Building New Law Podcast

Reinventing Law Firms

Speaker

focusing on the heart of every law firm – the human element – to increase quality, value, and retention.

November 8, 2018

 

Ontario Bar Association

TechXpo

Comparing Cloud Practice Management Software

Speaker

Discussion of how to assess available systems, transition planning, change management and post migration iteration.

November 8, 2018

 

Law Society of Ontario

Challenges Faced By Racialized Licensees Recommendations Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

Speaker

The comparative realities of the racialized and non-racialized lawyer.

Published on Jun 27, 2018

 

Ontario Bar Association and Law Society of Ontario

Policy and Regulatory Guide to the Statement of Principles

Speaker

Nature, impact and intent of the Law Society Statement of Principles.

February 2018

 

 -2017-

 Round Table of Diversity Associations

3rd Annual Diversity Conference

Speaker

The roll of the diverse lawyer and the professions obligations to better itself.

November 27, 2017

 

County of Carleton Law Association

38th Civil Litigation Updated Conference

Speaker

Bar Fights: Professionalism Panel – Referral Fees, The Future of Licensing and The Statement of Principles.

November 17, 2018

Hamilton Law Association

The Profession and the Social Contract

Speaker

Lawyers as stewards of the rule of law and advocates in the face of the exercise of state power.

May 17th, 2017

-2015-

Ontario Bar Association

Enterprising Lawyer Series

Segment Chair & Speaker

Developing a Business Plan and Determining Your Business Structure

October 20, 2015

 

Ontario Bar Association

Annual Legal Institute

Program Chair & Speaker

Disasters in real property practice: tools and strategies for effectively managing the unexpected.

February 4, 2015.

 

-2014-

Ontario Bar Association

TechXPO 2.0

Speaker

60 Technology and Practice Management Tips in 60 Minutes

-and-

A Day in the Life of an iPad Lawyer

October 23, 2014

 

University of Toronto - Centre for the Legal Profession

The Great Debate

Speaker

Are Alternative Business Structures (ABS) a genuine threat to the future practice of law?

October 28, 2014

 

 -2013-

 Law Society of Upper Canada

Solo and Small Firm Conference

Speaker

50 apps in 50 minutes

May 24, 2013