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OBA names new president, board of directors for 2021-22

Friday, July 02, 2021 @ 10:09 AM | By John Chunn


Following the close of the election, the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) announced its 2021-2022 board of directors. 

According to the OBA press release, Karen Perron — as first vice-president — will be the next president of the OBA. She takes over from Charlene Theodore, who will sit on the board as immediate past-president. Ranjan Agarwal becomes first vice-president, while Kelly McDermott has been named second vice-president and will assume the presidency in 2023.

“Wherever you are, whatever you need, whenever you need it, the OBA serves the whole lawyer across the whole province, from dusk to dawn, from desk to doorstop, in and outside the practice of law,” said Perron, a francophone who hails from Timmins and practises at BLG in Ottawa. “In a rapidly changing world where connection is key to success, there is endless opportunity to draw from in the OBA’s diverse and dynamic community — the OBA will be Ontario lawyers’ link to one another, to wellness and to all they need to succeed and serve their communities well.

“Regional differences will be highly relevant to the tools and services the OBA builds for lawyers, but entirely irrelevant to their ability to access them.”

All board members for the 2021-2022 term will assume their positions on Sept. 1.