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Doug Elliot with SOGIC logo behind him

Unafraid of Controversy: An interview with Douglas Elliott

  • June 02, 2020
  • Teddy Weinstein

In the second article in a series celebrating SOGIC’s 25th anniversary, Douglas Elliott, one of the section’s first co-chairs, talks about his part in producing lasting change in the fight for equality, from his time working on the OBA’s report on AIDS, up to the final decisive vote in Mont Tremblant that created SOGIC’s national section.

Two Hands Grasping

Lawyers Helping Lawyers

  • June 02, 2020

Meet the team that is anticipating your needs and ensuring your voice is heard in policy and professional development.

Colin Stevenson

President's Message: The OBA role in advancing modernization

  • June 02, 2020
  • Colin Stevenson

When I laid out my practice innovation mandate last fall I knew that evolution was imperative for lawyers to remain relevant and trusted advisors in a rapidly changing business climate. I also knew that the OBA and our members could play a pivotal role in advancing modernization. What I didn’t know, of course, was just a few months later how accelerated the pace of change would become, how urgent the need to adapt, or how critical a role our Association would play.

Chris Ellis and Paul Saguil with SOGIC logo

SOGIC at 25: Reflections from two former chairs

  • February 27, 2020
  • Teddy Weinstein

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community (SOGIC) is celebrating 25 years at the forefront of LGBTTIQ2S advocacy in Canada. Founded during World AIDS Day, 1994, SOGIC now has chapters and representatives in every Canadian Province. In the first in a series of articles featuring retrospectives of the group’s founding and work, former SOGIC Ontario Branch (OBA) chairs, Chris Ellis and Paul Saguil reflect on their involvement.

Colin Stevenson

President's Message: Fulfilling our promise and potential amidst change in the profession

  • February 27, 2020
  • Colin Stevenson

The old Irish witticism, “youth is wasted on the young,” clearly arises from the perceived wisdom of tired elders and perhaps their jealousy of opportunities available only to the young. If you are looking for good reason to be jealous of or, better still, be inspired by the new generation of up-and-comers, you just have to attend any OBA Student or Young Lawyers Division event.

Colin Stevenson

President's Message: Practical Innovation - The Lawyer’s Advantage

  • December 03, 2019
  • Colin Stevenson

Lawyers, natural problem-solvers and strategic thinkers, are best equipped to devise innovative ways to deliver legal advice, documentation and action that address our clients' needs effectively and efficiently. And, I would argue, we bear a responsibility to do so.

Innovation in Legal Practice – Why Now?

Innovation in Legal Practice – Why Now?

  • November 22, 2019
  • Colin Stevenson

In this address – delivered in Kingston at the OBA’s September Council Meeting – President Colin Stevenson explains the impetus behind his practice innovation mandate and outlines how the OBA will help all members keep pace with the rate of change.