Governance

The activities of the Ontario Bar Association are governed by the By-laws of the Association, last ratified at the Annual Meeting held in Niagara Falls, on September 15th, 2017.

Seven Officers of the Association are responsible for the regular activities and administration of the Branch.  The Officers are responsilbe for the execution of contracts involving the OBA, the approval of expense reimbursements, signing cheques and other instruments on behalf of the OBA.  The current Officers are:

  • President - Quinn M. Ross
  • 1st Vice-President - Lynne M.J.  Vicars
  • 2nd Vice-President - Colin P. Stevenson
  • Secretary (Board & Council) - Ranjan Agarwal
  • Treasurer - Charlene D. Theodore
  • Immediate Past President - David L. Sterns
  • 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.  The Secretary is elected annually.  The Treasurer is elected every two years.  The Second Vice-President is elected each year and becomes the First Vice-President, President and Past-President during the successive three-year period.  The Officers meet monthly, prior to the meetings of the Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

There is a 20 member Board of Directors, which includes the Officers and Regional Directors from each Judicial Region in the Province. The Board has both student and young lawyer representatives, and the young lawyers rotate a representative on the Board from each of their four divisions, over the course of each year.  The Board meets on a monthly basis to deal with the business of the Association. 

The Regional Directors are elected by the Council members in their respective regions. The Second Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chair of Sections and Chair of Professional Development are elected by the full Council membership.  The Chair of the Student Section is elected by the Student Section Members, and the Young Lawyers’ representatives are elected by the young lawyer members from each of the four divisions of the Young Lawyers Section.  All members of the Board, with the exception of the Treasurer, serve for only one annual period and most are eligible for re-election for one additional annual period.

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Council's Role

Members of Council elect the Board of Directors annually and in doing so, Council selects those who make decisions on behalf of the Association.  Council’s revised role and responsibility, in addition to annually electing the Board of Directors, is to identify issues and provide advice to the OBA Board of Directors on how to address issues.  Specifically, members are expected to bring forward general and regional issues of importance to the profession, including the identification of needed statutory or regulatory changes, and/or issues related to the operation or administration of the judicial system.  As well, Council members are expected to share information about the OBA’s activities, with their constituents or constituent organizations.  Council meets four times each year to perform its responsibilities.

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