Canada's Largest Legal Education Conference Provides Lawyers with Tools to Connect, Learn and Excel

  • January 21, 2013

TORONTO - Kicking off on February 7th, the Ontario Bar Association's (OBA) Institute 2013  offers of 24 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs covering 26 areas of law as well as seven special events. The OBA's event attracts more than 1,500 lawyers, judges and law students to Toronto who will hear from over 250 leading experts from Ontario, across Canada, the United States and United Kingdom.

Institute 2013 will feature remarks by Ontario's Deputy Attorney General, Patrick J. Monahan, on Friday, February 8th and a comedic keynote address on Thursday, February 7th by humourist at law, Sean Carter. The Institute 2013 Welcome Reception will showcase the OBA's 34 practice area Sections and several committees; giving attendees the opportunity to network with colleagues, learn more about the OBA's Sections and make new connections. For a full listing of programs and events please visit

What:              OBA Institute 2013

When:                         February 7-9th

Where:            NOTE: Venue Changes on Saturday, February 9, 2013

Thursday, February 7 and Friday, February 8
Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre
2 Harbour Square
Toronto, ON M5J 1A6

Saturday, February 9
Twenty Toronto Street       Conferences and Events
200-20 Toronto St.
Toronto, ON M5C2B8


CPD Program highlights:

Civil Litigation - Effective Examinations: Things They Never Told Us
Sole, Small Firm and General Practice - Lawyers and Clients: A Survival Guide
Young Lawyers' Division - Marketing and Client Communication in the Age of Social Media
Family Law - The Renaissance: Family Law Restoration, Reformation, and Transformation
Real Property - Real Estate Step-by-Step Series: Resale Transactions


IMPORTANT NOTE: Media must register prior to February 6th. Some programs may be open to conference participants only. For more information on Institute's over 250 speakers and how to connect with them, please contact Filippo Conte, per contact details on next page.

Conference Highlights:

Exhibitor Hall - Featuring over 25 legal resource and service organizations, the Exhibitor Hall provides valuable one-stop-shop to attendees.

Institute 2013 App - We make it easy to connect with speakers, download materials and directions with the complimentary app.

OBA Cake-pop Poll - With an election looming, the OBA's Public Policy Department will poll delegates on who they think will win the next election using cake-pops.

Video Booth - Attendees will be encouraged to speak to the OBA's membership by taking part in short on-site interviews.

Welcome Reception Photo Booth - A fun way to connect with colleagues and take home a gift.

JUST. magazine Recharge Station - A busy and engaging conference makes for empty phone and portable device batteries. This station will showcase the OBA's new magazine while providing a needed life to delegates' devices.

Liveblogging - The OBA will be live blogging throughout the event and from each program. Follow the Twitter hashtag #Institute2013.


The OBA Institute is held annually in early February. Regarded as Canada's largest legal conference with over 1,500 delegates, Institute offers substantive CPD programs across the OBA's practice area Sections and additional special events that together allow members of the legal profession to connect, learn and excel. The OBA regularly engages over 250 speakers who are considered to be leading experts and scholars in their area of practice. In lieu of a speaker honorarium, the OBA makes a donation to the Advancement of Legal Education and Research Trust.


The Ontario Bar Association is the largest voluntary legal association in the province and the largest branch of the Canadian Bar Association. As the voice of the legal profession in Ontario, the OBA represents nearly 18,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students throughout the province. 

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