Candidate bio description:
• Bencher since Jan 2018 – member of Audit & Finance and Government & Public Affairs Committees, and the Compliance-Based Entity Regulation Task Force
• Gardiner Roberts LLP Partner in Toronto focusing on corporate finance, securities regulatory compliance and corporate governance
• OSC Commissioner (Part-time) since Feb 2019
• Law Society Tribunal Adjudicator (Part-time)
• Co-Director, Osgoode LL.M. in Securities Law currently teaching course on products and transactions
• Toronto Hydro Corporation Board & Audit Committee Member
• LawPro Board & Audit Committee Member
• Condominium Authority of Ontario Board Member
• WLAO and TLA Member
• B.Comm., U of Sask.1986
• LL.B./J.D.1987 and LL.M. 1998 Osgoode Hall Law School
• Baseball player in the Toronto Lawyer’s League
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
Having been elected to a Bencher position last year when another Bencher became a judge, I have been “learning the ropes” and I am finding Bencher work interesting and rewarding. The “industry” of law is evolving, and I’d like to help us embrace change, particularly with regard to use of technology, while ensuring we keep our quality of work standards high in the public interest. I want to continue focusing on the bottom-line cost of delivering effective self-regulation.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
The sheer number and variety of career paths available with a law degree means that regulation of the profession needs to adapt and become more effective without being excessive. We need to get lawyers licensed and positioned to use their skills to serve society and earn a living. We can’t just keep adding professional requirements and costs.
What would be your first priority upon election?
My first priority is regulatory burden reduction. We need your input as to where regulatory change is needed, not just on big picture issues, but also the little ones that take time away from your working day or cause you to incur unnecessary expenses. I propose to focus attention on simple Law Society record-keeping, and then a database, to keep track of your concerns, issues and ideas for solutions, so the Law Society can address them in an organized fashion as we move forward with Convocation, staff, processes and technology. The Ontario Securities Commission is developing similar data collection processes now, so there will be a precedent.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
The Law Society has initiated a review of its operations and programs, starting with catering and resulting in cost reductions for Bencher meetings. Over the next 4 years, I’d like to complete a first review of all our operations and programs to learn how we can improve our regulation, processes and services, while reducing costs to you.
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
Lawyers in Toronto have a lot of issues to be concerned about, and most of them overlap with issues seen in other parts of the province. Benchers work together in the interests of the public across the province.
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?
Candidate did not respond to this question.