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OBA Names New Innovator-in-Residence

  • June 05, 2024

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) is excited to introduce Colin Lachance as its 2024-25 Innovator-in-Residence. In this role, he will spearhead a groundbreaking initiative aimed at assisting lawyers with effectively integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into their practice to better serve their clients.

OBA Announces Winners of Association Awards

  • April 16, 2024

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) is delighted to unveil the recipients of the annual Association Awards. These distinguished individuals will receive recognition at the upcoming OBA Awards Gala on June 20 in Toronto.

OBA Launching New Mental Health Award

  • January 08, 2024

The Ontario Bar Association has introduced a new award to encourage and recognize initiatives that improve mental health in the profession. The award will be named in honour of Orlando Da Silva, a former OBA president whose 2014 Opening Remarks initiative opened up a critical conversation about mental health in the profession, and who bravely shared his own story to help reduce stigma.

OBA Announces 2023-2024 Board of Directors

  • June 30, 2023

Katy Commisso has been elected 2nd vice-president of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). The lawyer from Thunder Bay will be the first OBA president from the Northwest in more than 50 years when she takes office in 2025. Kelly McDermott will continue her presidency, while Kathryn Manning – as 1st vice-president – will become the next president of the OBA in September of 2024.

Kelly McDermott Begins OBA Presidency

  • March 01, 2023

As she takes the reins on March 1st, new OBA President Kelly McDermott is determined to ensure all Ontario lawyers come to know what she herself knows firsthand – the OBA is a supportive community that makes careers more satisfying and steps up when life and work collide. McDermott will focus her presidency on creating and formalizing reliable and accessible support networks to assist lawyers facing challenges in their careers and lives.