Candidates for the next Treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario nominated

Posted: 05/11/2018

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May 10, 2018, was the closing date for benchers to put their names forward as candidates for Treasurer for the 2018-2019 term.

Current Treasurer Paul B. Schabas ends his second term on June 28, 2018. At Convocation that day, a new Treasurer will be elected by benchers.

The Law Society of Ontario’s Treasurer is elected every year to lead the organization. If more than one candidate is nominated, a poll is required and voting takes place in an advance poll and at Convocation. The election of the Treasurer is the first order of business at Convocation in June.

This year, three benchers have been nominated: Ross F. Earnshaw, Jacqueline Horvat, and Malcolm Mercer.

ross-earnshaw 344x259Ross F. Earnshaw

Chair:
Compliance-Based Entity Regulation Task Force

Member:
Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee
Government and Public Affairs Committee
Inter-Jurisdictional Mobility Committee
Priority Planning Committee
Real Estate Issues Working Group

External Appointments:
Federation of Law Societies of Canada Council
LibraryCo Board

Ross F. Earnshaw was elected Law Society Bencher in 2012. Earnshaw was appointed by the Law Society as the Ontario representative to the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) in 2016, and became a member of the Executive Committee in November 2017. He currently serves as the Vice-President of FLSC.

Earnshaw is a partner in the Waterloo Region and Hamilton offices of Gowling WLG. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1979.

Learn more about Earnshaw through his firm’s website and his work at the Law Society here (pdf).

JHorvat 344x259Jacqueline Horvat

Chair:
Litigation Committee
Proceedings Authorization Committee

Vice-Chair:
Inter-Jurisdictional Mobility Committee
Professional Development & Competence Committee

Member:
Priority Planning Committee
Governance 2016 Task Force
Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues (PRC) Working Group

External Appointments:
LibraryCo Board
Ontario Justice Education Network

Jacqueline Horvat was elected Bencher in 2011, becoming at that time the youngest Bencher in the history of the Law Society at the age of 33. In addition to her work and her commitments at the Law Society, Horvat also teaches Legal Profession and Ethics as a sessional instructor/lecturer at University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law.

Horvat is a founding partner of Spark LLP, and splits her time between Windsor and Toronto. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2002.

Learn more about Horvat through her firm’s website, and her work at the Law Society here (pdf).

MERCER_malcolm 344x259Malcolm M. Mercer

Chair:
Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues (PRC) Working Group

Vice-Chair:
Professional Regulation Committee
Alternative Business Structures (PRC) Working Group

Member:
Access to Justice Committee
Paralegal Standing Committee
Priority Planning Committee
Summary Disposition Committee
Compliance-Based Entity Regulation Task Force
Real Estate Issues Working Group

Malcolm Mercer was elected Bencher in 2011. He previously chaired the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), and was a member of the CBA Task Force on Conflicts of Interest as well as the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. He is a director of Pro Bono Law Ontario and the Victorian Order of Nurses Canada.

Mercer is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault’s Litigation Group based in Toronto. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1984.

Learn more about Mercer through his firm’s website, and his work at the Law Society here (pdf).