Request for Expressions of Interest: Commercial List Users’ Committee (“CLUC”)

The Commercial List Users’ Committee (“CLUC”) is currently accepting nominations to serve a three year term beginning in Fall 2019.

CLUC meets regularly to consider improvements to the organization and operation of the Commercial List and, from time to time, if/as appropriate, to make recommendations to the Regional Senior Justice and the Chief Justice in that regard.

CLUC is comprised of members of the Judiciary who sit on the Commercial List from time to time, practitioners who are familiar with the operation of the Commercial List and representatives of Courts Administration from the Commercial List Office.

Currently there are 20 members  of CLUC, plus the Judges/Registrars and a representative of the Ministry of the Attorney General. That number could evolve.  Members have and will continue to be drawn from the Commercial List stakeholder community and may be drawn from recommendations made by associations, including:

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Ontario Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section)
  • Ontario Bar Association (Insolvency Law Section)
  • Ontario Bar Association (Franchise Law Section)
  • Toronto Lawyers’ Association
  • Ontario Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals
  • Insolvency Institute of Canada

Up to 10 positions on CLUC may be available for the coming term.

Those interested in applying to sit on CLUC are encouraged to submit a written application by way of brief letter (e.g. 1-2 pages) setting out your interest, qualifications, and interaction with the Commercial List.  It is not necessary to submit a CV or resume.

In selecting members, the Nominations Committee and CLUC will consider applicants’ experience in matters before the Commercial List, and leadership in and contributions to the legal community. CLUC seeks to be representative of the legal profession, and to have a diversity of voices at the table. We encourage members of all equity-seeking groups, and lawyers with ten years of call or fewer, to apply.

If interested, please forward your application on or before March 21, 2019, to the Secretary of CLUC:

Ken Rosenberg

Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

155 Wellington Street West, 35th Floor

Toronto, ON M5V 3H1


January 28, 2019

Position Available – Dean, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University

Dean, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law

Lakehead University

Lakehead University is conducting an extensive search for Dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, to take office by July 2019, and invites expressions of interest, applications, and nominations.


Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research that offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario, the University has almost 10,000 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff.  Maclean’s 2018 University Rankings have, once again, included Lakehead among the country’s Top 10 universities in its category.  In 2018, for the fourth consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Located at the head of Lake Superior, Lakehead’s Thunder Bay campus is one of the most beautiful in Canada, with many of its programs complemented by fieldwork and a focus on northern socio-economic issues. Further information is available at


Located in Thunder Bay, the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law is a unique law school with a focus on Northern Ontario that graduated its first class in 2016. Its Integrated Practice Curriculum has made the Faculty the first Canadian law school to provide real world legal skills as part of the JD program, allowing graduates to be called to the bar in Ontario without needing to article. Three mandates are embraced within the Faculty’s curriculum: Aboriginal and Indigenous Law, Natural Resources and Environmental Law, and Sole/Small Town Practice with the Integrated Practice Curriculum. Committed to making a difference, providing access to justice, and leading the way for northern communities, the Faculty is home to an innovative curriculum, distinguished learner-centered legal professionals, and the opportunity to serve its community through Lakehead University Community Legal Services.


Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Dean, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law will be responsible for all academic, administrative, and external activities of the law school. The Dean will ideally be a legal educator and scholar with experience that is relevant to Indigenous, northern, and rural legal issues and interests, as well as familiarity with the Indigenous peoples of the region.  In addition to a JD or LLB, candidates should possess a graduate level law degree, have an open and collegial style, outstanding management, communication, and interpersonal skills, a creative approach to problem solving, the ability to inspire staff, faculty, and students, and the capacity to build and sustain positive work relationships with academic and other administrative units. The ability to promote and serve as an internal and external advocate for the Faculty of Law’s three mandates and ongoing accomplishments will be essential.


Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals from equity seeking groups. In accordance with a key mandate of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, priority in hiring will be given to qualified Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process.


The Search Committee will begin considering potential candidates immediately and will continue until the position is successfully filled. Applications should include a letter of interest that includes a teaching and research statement, a curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the applicant), and may be submitted in confidence, electronically, to the University’s executive search consultants:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.


Lakehead University recognizes that the Thunder Bay campus is on the traditional land of the Fort William First Nation, signatory to the Robinson-Superior Treaty of 1850.

Position Available: Dean, Faculty of Law at Queen’s University

Dean, Faculty of Law

Queen’s University

Queen’s University invites nominations, applications, and expressions of interest for the position of Dean, Faculty of Law with the appointment ideally beginning July 2019. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a law school that is growing, innovating, and driving legal studies in new and exciting directions.

Queen’s has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence, impactful research, student experience and leadership, and engaged alumni. Queen’s balances excellence in undergraduate studies with well-established and innovative graduate programs within a dynamic learning environment for more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Deeply committed to academic and research excellence, Queen’s will bolster the vibrancy of its teaching and learning with 200 new faculty over a five-year period. Queen’s University is located in the heart of scenic Kingston, midway between Montreal and Toronto, and close to Ottawa, the nation’s capital, and within a one hour driving distance of the U.S. border. Queen’s University is situated on the territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek. For additional information about Queen’s, please visit

Queen’s Law is one of Canada’s best law schools, with an international reputation for academic leadership, excellence in research and teaching, and a strong sense of community among students, faculty, and alumni. Its faculty members are world-class researchers who remain equally committed to innovation and excellence in the classroom. Queen’s Law programs include a Juris Doctor (JD) degree that offers a variety of experiential and international learning opportunities, LLM and PhD degrees, a new online undergraduate Certificate in Law, and in 2019, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Services Management. The Faculty has 630 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 80 faculty and staff, and 6,500 accomplished and loyal alumni.  Additional information about Queen’s Law is available at

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), the Dean is the Faculty of Law’s senior academic officer, providing strategic direction, academic planning leadership, and administrative oversight to achieve the highest possible standards in legal education and research. The Dean will successfully manage the financial, administrative, and human resources of the Faculty, and promote and enhance the reputation and achievements of Queen’s Law both internally and externally. Committed to the success and development of students, faculty, and staff, the Dean will work collegially and collaboratively with academic, legal, alumni, and public sector partners to further enhance the stature and resources of the Faculty.

The Dean will be a visionary and innovative leader with strong achievements in legal research, teaching, scholarly activities, and service, and demonstrated leadership capabilities in a university setting. Candidates will possess an open and collegial style, outstanding management, communication, and interpersonal skills, entrepreneurial abilities, and a creative approach to problem solving. The new Dean will be able to inspire faculty, staff, and students, build diverse, inclusive, and collaborative teams, and relate to a range of internal and external partners. An interest in or experience with fundraising will be an important asset in this role.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/visible minorities, Indigenous peoples/Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons.

The Search Committee will begin consideration of candidates immediately and will continue until the position is successfully filled.  Applications, including curriculum vitae, a letter of introduction, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without consent of the applicant) should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to the University’s executive search consultants:

Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.

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FDRIO Conference 2018

Get your tickets to the 4th Annual FDRIO Conference and Parenting Coordination Institute
November 19, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON
FDR Through the Lens of Change
Registration Now Open
Take part in an innovative learning and networking opportunity at our 4th annual Conference and Inaugural PC Institute.

Click here for Conference Brochure and here for PC Institute flyer.

Key features of the Conference:

  • Interactive financial workshops featuring eight skilled CBV’s navigating a host of complex family law issues including
  • Tips and Traps in reviewing Form 13.1s
  • Complex Business Valuation issues
  • Complicated Income issues
  • When to use (or not use) joint retainers
  • The emerging frontier of FDR in domestic violence cases and how we can help parties move forward
  • Interactive workshop on how to recognize, expose and disrupt implicit bias
  • Expert panel examining cross cultural challenges and opportunities in FDR
  • How FDR professionals can help the unrepresented
Keynote Presentations

Aruna Papp
Canadian Delegate at the 57th Session of the United Nations and survivor of the “Culture of Honour” will share her experiences with honour-based violence. Hear about this still-pervasive reality and learn how you can identify and manage such cases with cultural awareness and competence.

Marisha Roman
Descendant of Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation and a member of the Child and Family Services Review Board (CFSRB) will share her perspectives on what it means to provide culturally relevant and safe conflict resolution services to Indigenous families.
November 20, 2018
The Law Society of Ontario, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON


Inaugural Parenting Coordination Institute


Registration Now Open – Seating is Limited!


Presented by: FDRIO and the London Family Court Clinic 

Organizing committee: Marianne CuhachiLiz Fabiano, Elizabeth Hyde, Dan Ashbourne, Barbara Jo Fidler, Laura Bradford and Hilary Linton

Keynote presentation from Dr. Barbara Jo Fidler: lessons  learned from years of practice

Keynote presentation from Marianne Cuhaci: common procedural and ethical challenges in PC.

Dr. Dan Ashbourne and Kim Harris from the London Family Court Clinic present PC within a community of practice framework.

Learn about the many supports for PCs in practice including HCF networks, AFCC and AFCCO, the NWFF initiatives, and the range of options that families may encounter when P-C is discussed or considered.

Join moderator Elizabeth Hyde and panel members Linda Popielarczyk, Seema Jain and Shely Polak for a discussion exploring how PC practice in Ontario has evolved for FDR professionals.

Join Arlene H. Henry, QC (British Columbia) and other Canadian presenters for an interactive panel reviewing how PC practice has evolved differently in each jurisdiction



Early Bird Pricing available until
October 1st


Get your tickets for the Conference and PC Institute here.
The FDRIO Conference has been accredited for 7 hours and 30 minutes of Professionalism Content.
FDRweek Public Events
Our 2018 Conference and FDRWeek plans are well underway. Volunteers are needed! We are planning the public and professional events for this annual week of celebrating and learning more about all forms of FDR.

If you want to volunteer, organize an event or be an event sponsor, let us know!

Contact Sam Myles or Marie Nickle for more information.

Benchmark Women in Litigation Toronto Forum – Toronto 2018 – October 18th

Benchmark Women in Litigation Forum – Toronto 2018
October 18, Vantage Venues (Sun Life Financial Tower)Free attendance for all in-house, general and litigation counselBenchmark Litigation is proud to partner with Women’s Law Association of Ontario to invite you to attend the second annual Benchmark Women in Litigation Forum, taking place October 18 at Vantage Venues in Toronto.

Following such an overwhelming response and support for the forum last year, it was clear the event had to run again and we are inviting more women counsel than ever. This interactive program aims to connect you with successful and high-profile women, who will share their career progression and experiences on working in law and the litigation space with you. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Delbie Desharnais, associate general counsel, litigation, Telus
  • Tracy Wynne, general counsel – litigation, Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Jane Waechter, assistant general counsel & managing director, head of Canadian and Caribbean litigation, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Elspeth Hagan, general counsel – compliance, McCain Foods
  • Judy Naiberg, VP legal & business affairs, Sony Music
  • Laura McClaren, director global anti-corruption, BMO Financial Group
  • Download the brochure here

Registration to the Forum is completely free of charge for all in-house, general and litigation counsel. To confirm your attendance:

Private practice registrants should contact Rebecca Synnott at to discuss attendance.

I hope you’ll be able to join us for the event.

Kind regards,

Vicki Taylor
Managing director, events

Benchmark Litigation



Blakes Cassel & Graydon Deloitte

Association partner


Young Women in Law

OBA Foundation Debate: #MeToo Meets the Law – June 6, 2018

OBA Foundation Debate

Does ending a culture of impunity justify suspending the presumption of innocence? Should reputation matter?


OBA Foundation Photo

Canada aspires to be a global leader in the deterrence of sexual offences.  Yet today it is well understood that a small percentage of victims of sexual assault  report the crimes.  One reason is perhaps that  complainants fear being re-victimized by the legal process, from the initial police report through to the trial.  Does the manner in which sexual assault trials are conducted  unduly deter complainants from coming forward and proceeding to trial?

The inaugural OBA Foundation Debate turns the lens to the heart of the criminal justice system and the question of whether we need to re-assess how sexual assault trials are conducted.   Gain thought-provoking insights from a leading advocate of victims’ rights and one of Canada’s leading criminal defence counsel and civil libertarians, as they debate this important and timely question,. The debate was moderated by an award-winning TV journalist and public policy lecturer.

Proposition: David B. Butt, Barrister and Solicitor

Opposition: Clayton C. Ruby, C.M., Ruby & Shiller Barristers

Moderator: Jennifer Hollett


CBA Young Lawyers International Program 2018-2019 – June 4th deadline to apply!


The CBA has received funding from Global Affairs Canada to select and place thirty-two (32) young Canadian lawyers in 2018-2019 as interns with human rights and legal development organizations overseas.
Preparation for overseas placements begins in summer 2018, including a short briefing in July and basic logistical and substantive preparations. The six-month placements are undertaken from September 2018 to March 2019.
The YLIP contributes a modest living and accommodation allowance, assists in covering health insurance, and covers travel costs related to briefing/debriefing sessions in Canada and to overseas placements. The due date for submission of applications is June 4th, 2018.
For further information about the program, please see the CBA YLIP opportunities web page at and its Facebook page at Please carefully note eligibility guidelines and details on how to apply.

Save the Date! 311 Agency Fair, June 7th, 11:30-2:30 pm

Save the Date! 311 Agency Fair, June 7th, 11:30-2:30 pm

Next Thursday, June 7th, over 25 family social service agencies will be at the 311 Jarvis St. Ontario Court of Justice building to spread the word about the services they offer in their communities.

The event will take place in the multipurpose room (basement level), with lunch provided at 1:00 pm.

Organized by Toronto’s family mediation service provider, the fair will feature parenting organizations, domestic violence and shelter services, supervised access centres, mental health service providers, legal agencies and more! Learn more about how to access free and subsidized government-regulated family mediation in Toronto as well.

5:30 pm

100th Anniversary Speaker Series – Transforming the Culture

Save the Date! 311 Agency Fair, June 7th, 11:30-2:30 pm
6:00 pm

WLAO Annual Awards Gala – June 12, 2019

Save the Date! 311 Agency Fair, June 7th, 11:30-2:30 pm
5:30 pm

100th Anniversary Speaker Series

Save the Date! 311 Agency Fair, June 7th, 11:30-2:30 pm
6:00 pm

100th Anniversary Gala – October 30, 2019 – Save the Date!

Save the Date! 311 Agency Fair, June 7th, 11:30-2:30 pm
100th Anniversary


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