This post is also available in: Français (French) The Board of Governors, comprised of representatives of the founding partners and at-large members, determines policy for the LCO and approves projects, discussion papers and reports, among other responsibilities. Governors serve for three years.
Current members of the Board of Governors
Andrew Pinto (Chair)
Andrew joined the LCO Board of Governors as a member-at-large in 2012, was reappointed in 2015 and has served on the Board’s Governance Committee. He was selected as Chair of the Board as of September 1, 2018. Andrew is a partner with Pinto James LLP in Toronto, where he practices in the areas of civil litigation, employment and administrative law.
- Partner, Pinto James LLP (2018 – Present)
- Partner, Pinto Wray James LLP (2007-2018)
- Partner, Eberts Symes Street Pinto & Jull (2002-2007)
- Sole Practitioner (1998-2002)
- Litigation Associate, Scott & Aylen Toronto (1995-1998)
- Articling Student, Scott & Aylen Toronto (1993-1994)
- Co-Chair, University of Toronto Tribunal (Academic Conduct), 2007-Present
- Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law, University of Toronto (2006 to 2011)
- Instructor, Administrative Law, Osgoode Professional Development and Ryerson Law Practice Program (2014-15)
- Chair, Ontario Human Rights Review, 2011-12
- Co-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Annual Institute of Continuing Education, 2010-12
- Inaugural Recipient, Lawyer of the Year Award, South Asian Bar Association of Toronto, 2008
- Past Chair, Administrative Law Section, Ontario Bar Association
- Past Chair, Equity Advisory Group, Law Society of Upper Canada
- Commentator, Ontario News Watch website, ontarionewswatch.com
- LL.B., University of Windsor, (1993)
- B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), Queen’s University (1987)
- Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Stitt Feld Handy Houston, University of Windsor
Called to Ontario Bar
Raj joined the LCO Board of Governors in 2014 and is the representative of the Law Society of Ontario. He is a partner with WeirFoulds LLP who acts as a mediator, arbitrator and counsel in civil, administrative and regulatory litigation.
- Partner, WeirFoulds LLP since 1998
- Partner, Scott & Aylen (1989-1998)
- Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission (1988-89)
- Partner, Cavalluzzo Hayes & Shilton (1985-87)
- Partner, Laskin Jack & Harris (1983-85)
- Partner, Cameron Brewin & Scott (1980-83)
- Dean’s Key, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (1978)
- Chair, Ontario Task Force on the Law of Trespass to Publicly Used Property as it affects Youth and Minorities (1986-87)
- Bilingual Adjudicator, Ontario Human Rights and Police Boards of Inquiry (1989-94), U of T Tribunal (1998-2010) and Law Society Tribunal (since 2007); Vice Chair of the Law Society Tribunal Hearing Division (since 2015)
- President, Pro Bono Law Ontario (2003-05), Minority Advocacy and Rights Council (1989-2000) and U of T Law Alumni Assn (2006-08) and Acting President of the International Commission of Jurists (Canada) (2014-15)
- Board of Directors, Advocates’ Society; Legal Aid Ontario; Income Security Advocacy Centre; Justice for Children; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Founding Chair, Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre (2008-10)
- Elected Bencher of Law Society, 2007-11, 2011-15 and 2015-19; served as Chair of Tribunal Committee, Working Group on Challenges facing Racialized Licensees, Tribunal Reform Working Group, and Tribunal Three Year Review; Member of various Law Society standing committees and task forces
- Published numerous articles and chapters on equality rights, constitutional and administrative law, access to justice, appellate advocacy, legal ethics and employment law
- McMurtry Fellow, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2013
- Asper Centre Constitutional Litigator in Residence, 2015-16
- Recipient of Law Society Medal, SABA Distinguished Career Award, Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year and Advocates’ Society Award of Justice
- B.A., Queen’s University (1975)
- LL.B, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (1978)
Called to Ontario Bar:
Linda Cardinal joined the LCO Board of Governors in June 2018 as a member-at-large. She is full professor of political science at the University of Ottawa. Since 2004, she has been holder of the Research Chair in Francophone studies and public policy at the University of Ottawa.
Dean Mary Condon joined the LCO Board of Governors in May 2018 and is the appointee of Osgoode Hall Law School.
Justice J. Michal Fairburn
Justice Fairburn obtained her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Toronto and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1992.
Irwin Glasberg joined the LCO Board of Directors in 2017 and again in May 2018 as the representative of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG). He has been a lawyer and public servant since his call to the bar in 1980.
- ADAG for the Policy, Agency and Tribunal Relations Division (current)
- Interim Deputy Attorney General
- Acting ADAG Civil Law Division (2016-17)
- ADAG Innovation Office (2015-16)
- Co-chair of Debwewin Jury Review Implemenation Committee with Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler (2013-16)
- ADAG Policy and Adjudicative Tribunals Division (2012-15)
- ADAG Victims and Vulnerable Persons Division (2009-12)
- Assistant Deputy Minister Roots of Youth Violence Review (2008-09)
- Executive-Co-ordinator Justice and Intergovernmental Policy, Cabinet Office (2000-04)
- Director of Appeals and Assistant Information Commissioner, Ontario Information and Privacy Commission (1990-96).
- Various positions at Ontario Workers’ Compensation Board including Chief of Staff and General Counsel and Secretary to the Board (1985-90).
- Various positions at Ontario Ministry of Labour including Director of Appeals for the Occupational Health and Safety Division (1980-85)
- B.A. McGill University (1975)
- LL.B. University of Toronto (1978)
Called to Ontario Bar
Stephen Goudge has been part of the Board of Governors since 2009; first, as the judicial appointee and since summer 2014, as the appointee of the Law Foundation of Ontario.
- Articled to the Hon. Ian G. Scott, Q.C.
- Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1982
- Practiced with the small litigation firm of Cameron Brewin and Scott until it merged with Gowling and Henderson in 1983.
- Former Managing partner of the firm Gowling, Strathy & Henderso
- Lecturer, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
- Active in the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
- Elected Bencher of the Law Society of the Upper Canada from 1991 to 1996
- Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
- Resigned from the judiciary April 30, 2014
- Counsel to Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
- Lecturer, Osgoode Hall Law School
- Board Chair, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, 2014 to date.
- Appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 1996.
- Board member, Pro Bono Law Ontario 2002 to 2006.
- Member, Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee on Professional Responsibility, 2001 to date.
- Recipient honorary doctorates from the Law Society of Upper Canada and Assumption University.
- Appointed to the Order of Ontario, January 2016.
- Hons. B.A. (Political Science/Economics), University of Toronto, 1964
- M.Sc. (Econ.), London School of Economics, 1965
- LL.B. (Awarded Dean’s Key), University of Toronto, 1968
Called to the Bar
Elizabeth joined the LCO Board of Governors as a member-at-large in June 2018. She is a partner of Lerners LLP and based in its Toronto office, where she practices civil litigation and administrative law.
- Partner, Lerners LLP (2001 to present)
- Associate lawyer, Lerners LLP (1995-2001)
- Clerk to former Chief Justice of Canada, Antonio Lamer, Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa (1993-1994)
- Summer student, Advocacy Resource Centre for the Handicapped (ARCH), Toronto (1993); Attorney General for Ontario, Constitutional Division, Toronto (1992); Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Toronto (1991)
- Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada for Personal Injury Litigation (2016-2018)
- Panellist on #AfterMeToo Civil Roundtable, Globe and Mail, December 2017
- Plenary Panellist – “More Help and Better Supports for Survivors in the Community”, It’s Never Okay Summit on Sexual Violence and Harassment, Toronto, November 2015
- Co-Presenter of “Returning Ontario to the Forefront of the Effort to Eradicate Sexual Violence and Harassment” submission to Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, First Session, 41st Parliament, Official Report of Debates (Hansard), No. SV-15 (13 May 2015)
- Recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers for her commitment to advocating on behalf of victims of sexual abuse, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, 2014
- Recipient of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario President’s Award, June 2014
- Recipient of Lexpert Zenith Award for Leading Women Lawyers, 2013
- Member of working group that drafted Guide for the Provision of Legal Services in Cases Involving Claims of Sexual Abuse, approved by the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee of the Law Society of Ontario and adopted by Convocation on January 26, 2012.
- Member of Ontario Bar Association’s Working Group on McMurtry Victim Compensation Review, representing OBA’s Feminist Legal Analysis (FLAC) Section, 2008
- Speaker at Law Society of Ontario’s “Special Lectures 2005: The Modern Law of Damages”, Toronto, April 20-21, 2005
- Co-author, Civil Liability for Sexual Abuse and Violence in Canada (Butterworths, 2000)
- Member and on Board of Directors, National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), (1995 to 2000)
- L.L.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (1993)
- M.Phil., University of Sussex, England (1989)
- B.A. (Honours), Queen’s University (1987)
Called to Ontario Bar
Sonia Ouellet joined the LCO Board of Governors as a member-at-large in 2013. She is Vice Chair at the Health Professions and Health Services Appeal and Review Boards since May 2010.
- Vice-Chair, HPARB & HSARB (2010 – present)
- Executive Director – Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO) (2003 – 2010)
- Articling Student and Litigation Associate, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (1996 – 2003)
- High School Teacher (1990 – 1993)
- President (2016 to present) and Board member (2014 – 2016), AJEFO
- Member, Equity & Indigenous Affairs Committee (EIAC) at Law Society of Upper Canada (2017)
- Treasurer and Board member, Société de musique de chambre de Gatineau (2016 to present)
- Past Chair and Board member, Centre des services communautaires de Vanier (2003 to present)
- AJEFO Ordre du mérite (2011)
- Community researcher, Alliance de recherche universités et communautés (ARUC) « Les savoirs de la gouvernance communautaires » – Université d’Ottawa (2009 to 2014)
- Board Member, Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) (2007 to 2010)
- French Common Law, LLB, University of Ottawa (1996)
- B. Ed. – Specialization in Sciences (Junior-Intermediate) and Biology (Senior Level), University of Ottawa (1990)
- B.A. – General Sciences, University of Ottawa (1989)
Called to Ontario Bar
Christopher Waters joined the Board of Governors in January 2016. He is the representative for the Law Deans of Ontario.
Past Chair Bruce Elman is a Professor of Law at the University of Windsor where he teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, the Legal Profession, and Legal Ethics.