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Candidates for the Office of the Treasurer 2022-23

May 24, 2022

May 12, 2022 was the closing date for benchers to put their names forward as candidates for Treasurer for the 2022-23 term. The election will take place on June 15.

Current Treasurer Teresa Donnelly ends her second term on June 28 and the candidate elected as Treasurer will take office at the June 28 Convocation.

This year, benchers Philip H. Horgan and Jacqueline Horvat have been nominated.

  • Philip Horgan

    Philip Horgan
    Law Society of Ontario Appointments:

    • Member: Strategic Planning and Advisory Committee, Audit & Finance Committee, Tribunal Committee
    • Past Vice-Chair: Inter-jurisdictional Mobility Committee, Professional Development & Competence Committee
    • Tribunal: Hearing Adjudicator

    External Appointments:

    • Past president/current executive member of the Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Toronto
    • Former executive with the Catholic Civil Rights League

    Phil was elected as a Law Society Bencher in 2019. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988.

    Phil’s extensive practice includes contractual and commercial disputes in construction, employment law, estates, real estate, family, and other areas. Phil has appeared at all levels of trial courts and administrative tribunals, including provincial appellate courts and in over 20 engagements at the Supreme Court of Canada on constitutional matters in the areas of education, religious and conscientious freedom.

    Phil has been an active participant for 26 years in minor hockey as a coach, referee and executive member in various organizations.

    In December 2012, Phil was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canada in advocating for freedom of conscience and religion, services to the legal profession and development of public policy. Phil also serves as a member of the Senate of the University of St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto).

    The core of Phil’s practice remains acting for individuals and businesses seeking high level representation to secure the best result.

  • Jacqueline Horvat

    Jacqueline Horvat
    Law Society of Ontario Appointments:

    • Chair: Technology Task Force, Treasurer’s Women in Law Advisory Group
    • Vice-Chair: Strategic Planning and Advisory Committee
    • Member: Audit & Finance Committee, Professional Regulation Committee
    • Past Chair: Professional Regulation, Proceedings Authorization, Litigation, Interjurisdictional Mobility, Mentoring and Advisory Services Proposal Task Force
    • Past Vice-Chair: Professional Development and Competence, Professional Regulation 
    • Tribunal: Hearing Adjudicator

    External Appointments:

    • Second Vice-President and Ontario representative on the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada:
      • Chair of the National Requirement Review
      • Member of the National Committee on Accreditation and the Public Affairs and Government Relations Committee
      • Past Member of the Standing Committee on the Model Code of Professional Conduct
    • Past Director of Library Co. Inc.
    • Past Director of the Ontario Judicial Education Network
    • Member of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments

    Jacqueline was first elected a Bencher in 2011 and is now serving her third term. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2002.

    She is a litigation lawyer and a founding partner of Spark Law, a seven-lawyer full-service firm, which provides her with a close-up view of the issues and daily worries faced by sole and small practice lawyers across the Province.

    Jacqueline has a broad and varied corporate/commercial litigation practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial disputes, class action litigation and appeals. She has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court Trial Division and the Federal Court of Appeal.

    Splitting her time between Windsor and Toronto, Jacqueline is also an occasional instructor and frequent guest lecturer at University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law. She is also involved in collaborative projects with the University of Windsor, including the Reclaim Pro Bono Project which provides free legal advice and representation to clients who have suffered technology facilitated violence, including the non-consensual distribution of intimate images, online harassment, sextortion, public disclosure of private facts, voyeurism, and impersonation.

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