The activities of the Ontario Bar Association are governed by the By-laws of the Association, last ratified by the Annual General Meeting of September 19th, 2014.
Seven officers of the Association are responsible for the regular activities and administration of the Branch:
- President - David L. Sterns
- 1st Vice-President - Quinn M. Ross
- 2nd Vice-President - Lynne M.J. Vicars
- Secretary (Board & Council) - Jeffery S. Percival
- Treasurer - Charlene D. Theodore
- Immediate Past President - Edwin G. Upenieks
- Executive Director & Counsel - Steve Pengelly
All officers, with the exception of the executive director, are elected members of the association. The executive director is the chief operating officer of the Ontario Bar Association and the only paid officer of the association.
Board of Directors
There is a 17 member Board of Directors (which includes the above officers) that meets on a monthly basis to deal with the business of the Association. The Board lists 21 members but only one Young Lawyers Division representative is an active member of the Board at any given time. The Chair of Sections is not a voting member of the Board but attends as a guest and otherwise participates fully in all Board meetings.
Council elects the Members of the Board, including the Officers, approves the budget, and has certain powers reserved for it by the OBA By-laws. Council meets four times a year to perform its duties and review reports from the President, Treasurer, Chair of Audit, Executive Director, Committee Chairs, and others. Important matters affecting the legal profession generally, or the Association specifically, are presented to, and debated at, Council meetings.