Province Appoints 10 OBA Members to New Business Law Advisory Council

  • March 02, 2016

Ontario Taking Action to Create a More Supportive Business Climate

Ontario has established a new Business Law Advisory Council that will make recommendations to reform laws that are responsive to changing business priorities and supportive of a prosperous economy. Appointed to the Council are OBA members Carol Hansell (Chair), E. Patrick Shea (Vice-Chair), Jennifer Babe, Andy Chan, Doug Downey, John Ground QC, Sheila Murray, Arlene O’Neill, Rob Scavone and Peter Viitre.

The Advisory Council is comprised of professionals who have demonstrated expertise in commercial and corporate law, and have a strong knowledge of the challenges and opportunities faced by businesses in the province. Carol Hansell has been appointed as Chair and E. Patrick Shea as Vice-Chair.

The Council will recommend changes to corporate and commercial laws to strengthen Ontario's competitive advantage in the global economy, solidify Ontario's position as a jurisdiction of choice for business, encourage innovation and investment, and support a regulatory framework that is responsive and flexible.

Modernizing business laws is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

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In 2015, the OBA was pleased to host the OBA Business Law Summit. OBA members, including the many recently appointed to the Business Law Advisory Council, had the opportunity to connect with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, share their expertise and views on reform and respond to the Ministry’s Business Law Agenda: Priority Findings and Recommendations Report.

Learn more about the OBA’s Business Law Summit.