As a Bencher, I’ve made significant contributions to the reform of the Law Society’s governance structure,
including introducing term limits for Benchers and eliminating the role of Life Benchers. I have been,
and will continue to be, a strong voice for reform.
With your support, I hope to have the opportunity to continue to work for reform.
What people are saying
"Chris is a hard working and thoughtful Bencher. He has been a strong advocate for greater transparency and accountability in the governance of the Law Society and a consistent voice for reform."
- CAROL HARTMAN (Bencher, Sudbury)
"For close to twenty years, Chris has been a mentor and sponsor, connecting me to his network, offering advice and advocating on my behalf. He takes his role as a champion seriously because he understands the professional challenges that many women face. I am delighted to support his candidacy for Bencher."
- DEBORAH GILLIS (Senior Vice President, Membership and Global Operations)
"As a former Bencher, I know that Chris has the commitment, integrity, and resolve to serve our profession and work in the best interests of all lawyers in Ontario."
- DAVID W. SCOTT, Q.C. (Past Bencher)
"A fine counsel, thoughtful and public-spirited, with a commitment to legal education. These qualities will continue to serve him well as a Bencher."
- PETER HOGG, Q.C.(Professor Emeritus, Osgoode Hall Law School)
"Chris has shown great commitment to Pro Bono and access to justice. He has supported the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and has shown his dedication to the protection of democratic values: a quality that I like to see in the Benchers that represent us."
- NATHALIE DES ROSIERS (General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association)
"Chris is ideally suited to be a Bencher. He has a strong practice background in both the private and public sectors. He is an extremely thoughtful lawyer who cares deeply about the issues facing the profession."
- JOHN McCAMUS (Chair, Legal Aid Ontario)
Both the public interest and the interest of the profession are served by an independent and self-governing
Bar that strives to improve access to justice and maintains high standards of professionalism. Through my experience
in private practice, as a senior public servant, as an adjunct professor, and more recently as a Bencher, I have
made significant contributions to the governance of our profession. I have been, and will continue to be, a strong
voice for reform in Convocation. With your support, I hope to have the opportunity to continue to work for reform.
Bencher since 2008
Chair, Audit Committee
Past Vice-Chair, Finance
Member, Governance Task Force
Member, Priority and Planning Committee
Member, Hearing Panel (bilingual, adjudicator on French language hearings)
Trustee, Law Commission of Ontario (Chair, Governance Committee)
Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Past Chair, OBA Constitutional and Administration Law Sections
Past Chair, Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) - a charity focused on
women's and children's literacy in Africa
Tony Belcourt PAST PRESIDENT, MÉTIS NATION OF ONTARIO
Professor Jamie Cameron OSGOODE HALL LAW SCHOOL
Earl Cherniak, Q.C. PAST BENCHER
Professor Adam Dodek UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA LAW SCHOOL
Carl Fleck BENCHER, SARNIA
Sandra Forbes PAST PRESIDENT, ADVOCATES’ SOCIETY
Alan B. Gold BENCHER
Tom Heintzman, Q.C. BENCHER
Marie Henein TORONTO
Ian Holloway DEAN, UWO LAW SCHOOL
Vern Krishna, Q.C. PAST TREASURER, OTTAWA
Gavin Mackenzie PAST TREASURER
Wendy Matheson TORYS
Barbara Murchie BENNETT JONES
Malcolm Mercer MCCARTHY TETRAULT
Freya Kristjanson CAVALLUZZO HAYES SHILTON MCINTYRE & CORNISH
Adriana Doyle OTTAWA
William C.V. Johnson OTTAWA
Robert Wadden OTTAWA
John Callaghan TORONTO
Will McDowell TORONTO
Hamilton Law Association
Derry Millar PAST TREASURER
Janet Minor BENCHER
Bob Munroe ROSS & MCBRIDE, HAMILTON
Guy Pratte CHAIR, BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS
Dean Lorne Sossin OSGOODE HALL LAW SCHOOL
Professor Mary Jane Mossman OSGOODE HALL LAW SCHOOL
Professor Kent Roach U. OF T. LAW SCHOOL
Margaret A. Ross PAST PRESIDENT, ADVOCATES’ SOCIETY, OTTAWA
Linda Rothstein BENCHER
Mark Sandler BENCHER
Paul Schabas BENCHER
Harvey Strosberg, Q.C. PAST TREASURER, WINDSOR
Ben Zarnett PAST PRESIDENT, ADVOCATES’ SOCIETY
Katherine I. Henshell BURLINGTON
Andrew Spurgeon HAMILTON
Joseph J. Sullivan HAMILTON
Julie Jai DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, TORONTO
Phil Tunley STOCKWOODS
John Campion BENCHER
Tom Conway BENCHER, OTTAWA
Julian Porter, Q.C. BENCHER
Lee Akazaki TORONTO
Ontario Crown Attorneys' Association
Michael Eizenga PAST PRESIDENT, ADVOCATES' SOCIETY, TORONTO
Jeff G. Cowan TORONTO
Dean Bill Flanagan QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF LAW
Avvy Yao-Yao Go BENCHER
Professor Stephen Pitel UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO FACULTY OF LAW
Adam Fanaki TORONTO
Kent Thomson TORONTO
L'Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario (AJEFO)
The County of Frontenac Law Association
working for reform
Governance: Towards greater transparency and accountability
As a member of the Task Force on Governance, I supported changes to the Law Society’s governance structure, including term limits,
and eliminating the role of Life Benchers. These are important changes which will increase turnover and permit greater participation
in the governance of the Law Society by a younger and more diverse group of lawyers, and will also make Convocation more democratic and
accountable to the profession as a whole. Further reforms are necessary to:
engage the profession by increasing the role of non-on Law Society Committees and hearing panels;
improve the Bencher expense policy and disclose it to the profession;
disclose Bencher compensation to the profession; and
focus on fiscal prudence – the Law Society needs to concentrate on its core responsibilities.
Equity and Diversity: A more inclusive profession
We must expand opportunities for women, minorities and aboriginal peoples so that the profession more closely resembles the face of our society. I supported the recommendations of the Working Group on the Retention of Women in Private Practice. Women continue to leave the profession in numbers far higher than men. We must continue to look for practical solutions to effect change and increase the number of women remaining in the profession.
Access to Justice: Sustainable legal aid
Legal Aid Ontario needs to have adequate, stable and secure funding so that lawyers, whether in clinics or retained on certificates, have fair remuneration and the tools they require to do their jobs. The Law Society must be at the forefront of working towards a sustainable Legal Aid program.
Pro Bono: The importance of giving back
I have acted on a Pro Bono basis in a number of constitutional cases, including cases on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, on behalf of the gay and lesbian community, and on behalf of adoptive parents. The Law Society must show leadership in encouraging and developing Pro Bono legal programs.
Lawyers in Smaller Firms and Communities: Expand service
Sole practitioners and lawyers practicing in smaller firms and communities face unique challenges. The Law Society must expand its level of service, including support of local libraries and creating accessible continuing education.
how to contact me
I would welcome the opportunity to discuss with you any questions or concerns that you may have about the Law Society.
Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher D. Bredt
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
40 King Street West, Toronto, ON
Direct tel.: 416-367-6165