OBA Announces 2021-2022 Board of Directors

  • June 25, 2021

Karen Perron New President; First Time in 114-Year History of Association a Woman President Will Pass on the Role to Another Woman

TORONTO – Following the close of the election today, the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) is pleased to announce its 2021-2022 Board of Directors. With the combination of experience and diverse perspectives, the board is ideally suited to move the profession forward in post-pandemic times.

Karen Perron – as 1st vice-president – will be the next president of the OBA. She takes over from Charlene Theodore, who will sit on the board as immediate past-president. Ranjan Agarwal becomes 1st vice-president, while Kelly McDermott has been named 2nd vice-president and will assume the presidency in 2023.

“Wherever you are, whatever you need, whenever you need it, the OBA serves the whole lawyer across the whole province, from dusk to dawn, from desk to doorstop, in and outside the practice of law,” says Perron, a Francophone who hails from Timmins and practices at BLG in Ottawa. “In a rapidly changing world where connection is key to success, there is endless opportunity to draw from in the OBA’s diverse and dynamic community – the OBA will be Ontario lawyers’ link to one another, to wellness and to all they need to succeed and serve their communities well.

“Regional differences will be highly relevant to the tools and services the OBA builds for lawyers, but entirely irrelevant to their ability to access them.”

All board members for the 2021-2022 term will assume their positions on Sept. 1.

2021-2022 OBA Board of Directors

President: Karen Perron

Vice-President: Ranjan Agarwal

2nd Vice-President: Kelly McDermott

Treasurer: Jeffrey Percival

Immediate Past President: Charlene Theodore

Secretary: Signa Daum Shanks

Chair of Professional Development: Jonathan Richardson

Chair of Sections: Katy Commisso

Regional Director – Central East: Christine Roth

Regional Director – Central West: George Daoud

Regional Director – Central South: Jennifer Zdriluk

Regional Director – East: Alayna Miller

Regional Director – Northeast: Donna Dorrington

Regional Director – Northwest: Warren Mouck

Regional Director – Southwest: Doug Ferguson

Regional Director – Toronto: Bianca Thomas

Student Chair: Daniel Choi

Young Lawyers Division – Central Chair: Tahir Khorasanee

Young Lawyers Division – East Chair: Marlee Olson

Young Lawyers Division – North Chair: Jessica Alves

Young Lawyers Division – Southwest Chair: Anand Srivastava