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2019 Bencher Election


2019 is an election year for the Law Society of Ontario. On this page, we will be compiling information on the Election, including specific information from East Region candidates.

East Region Candidates:

  • Fran├žois N. Baril
  • Peter Beach
  • Rebecca Bromwich
  • Paula Callaghan (Paralegal Candidate)
  • Antoine L. Collins
  • Jean-Jacques Desgranges
  • Yavar Hameed
  • Howard Philip Knopf
  • Cheryl R. Lean
  • Cecil Lyon
  • David A. McKercher
  • Sylvie Patenaude
  • M. Anne Vespry

For a full list of candidates running in the 2019 Election, please click here.

Get to Know Your LSO East Region Bencher Candidates - March 26, 2019

The CCLA will be holding a town hall in the Jury Assembly Room at the Ottawa Courthouse on Tuesday March 26th at 6:00 PM to give you an opportunity to meet the local and East Region candidates running for Bencher. Food and refreshments will be served. This is your opportunity to meet, hear from, and ask questions of the candidates with regard to any issues regarding the LSO that concern you. We only have this chance once every 4 years, so please come out and let us help you inform your choices for the April election. We look forward to seeing you there.

There is no cost to attend this event, but we ask you to please RSVP.

CCLA Mailing List Information for Bencher Candidates:

In advance of the 2019 Bencher Election, the CCLA will send three emails through our mailing list containing messages from Bencher Candidates.

If you wish to submit a message, please adhere to the following guidelines, and send the message to by Friday, March 29.

  • 300 words maximum (in each language - translation must be provided by the candidate)
  • Do not include photos, PDFs, or any other attachments
  • Links to LinkedIn, websites, Twitter, etc. are permissible

The tentative schedule for emails will be as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019: East Region Candidates
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019: Toronto Candidates
  • Friday, April 5, 2019: Non-Toronto and Non-East Region Candidates

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