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Connecting with OBA Incoming President Karen Perron

Connecting with OBA Incoming President Karen Perron

  • August 30, 2021

As she prepares to take the reins as OBA president on September 1, with a mandate to strengthen the vital links between lawyers in all regions across Ontario and ensure they capitalize on the opportunity in this diverse community, Karen Perron talks to us about the lure of association involvement, the advice and advice-givers she turns to, and the hopes she has for her presidential term.

President's Message: To all those who made the ambitious achievable…

President's Message: To all those who made the ambitious achievable…

  • August 30, 2021
  • Charlene Theodore

When asked in August 2020 what I’d like to be able to say in a year’s time about my presidency, I replied, “I hope my term as president is a chapter of the OBA’s history that will put the profession forever on the right road on the issues in our workplaces we have been collectively grappling with for far too long.”

President's Message: Overcoming fear and cultural inertia through community

President's Message: Overcoming fear and cultural inertia through community

  • March 08, 2021
  • Charlene Theodore

One common thread in the conversations I’ve led through my Work that Works podcast with those who deal directly with workplace leaders on organizational change is that the fear of making a misstep can be paralyzing. This paralysis is amplified when tackling deeply personal, potentially sensitive issues in the workplace such as systemic discrimination.

SOGIC logo with Rainbow on O. Man looking through binoculars

SOGIC: Celebrating History, Setting New Goals

  • December 04, 2020
  • Teddy Weinstein

SOGIC leaders tell us about the opportunities that involvement in this vital community offers lawyers today, and where they see the section making an impact – in the profession and in the advancement of equality – in the future.

Charlene Theodore

President's Message: Turning introspection into action

  • December 04, 2020
  • Charlene Theodore

In the last year, the justice sector has advanced by leaps and bounds in modernization. By next year, I hope we’ll be able to look back on similarly substantial –and carefully plotted – progress when it comes to innovation and inclusion in our own legal workplaces.

President’s Message: There’s no turning back now

President’s Message: There’s no turning back now

  • August 26, 2020
  • Colin Stevenson

The OBA has a long history of leading the charge on EDI, lawyer mental health and wellness, access to justice and innovation, but in this game-changing year, our work in these areas has converged with greater impact than ever before. When I introduced my Innovation mandate at the outset of my presidency,

Charlene Theodore

Catching Up With Charlene Theodore, OBA Incoming President

  • August 26, 2020

Gearing up to take the wheel as OBA president in September, with a mission to reinvent the legal workplace, Charlene Theodore takes time to talk to us about what drives her and where she plans to blaze new trails in the profession in the year ahead.