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Law Society of Upper Canada CEO resigns

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 2:09 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Robert Lapper, the CEO of the Law Society of Upper Canada has submitted his resignation.

His decision was announced in a statement released by LSUC treasurer Paul Schabas.

In giving a reason for his departure, which will be effective as of Oct. 31, Lapper wrote:

“After almost six years as CEO of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) I have decided that it is time to leave, to focus on new opportunities and life priorities. The opportunity to have been involved in so many of the ambitious and innovative policy and regulatory initiatives of this Law Society over the past five years has been deeply gratifying and unfailingly interesting. I leave feeling pleased and passionate about the accomplishments of this organization over that time, knowing that the Law Society has both a strong organizational foundation and an openness to new ideas that will serve it well as it approaches future challenges in legal services regulation and access to justice.

It has been an honour and a privilege to have been part of this amazing organization. I have worked with four treasurers, benchers, an amazing senior management and staff team, and a large group of stakeholders and interested supporters. I acknowledge with much gratitude their support, and I leave with a large network of good friends and colleagues among them. I am confident that the Law Society will continue to make a difference, and serve the public interest very well.”

Schabas expressed the society's appreciation of Lapper's leadership.

"[W]e regret Rob’s departure and thank him for his almost six years of service to the Law Society. Under his leadership, staff supported a proactive and innovative agenda and the Law Society saw significant organizational change. He enjoyed very good working relationships with benchers and staff, and will be missed. We wish him well as he pursues new challenges.”

Schabas named Diana Miles as the acting CEO. Miles is executive director of organizational strategy and professional competence.

“I am grateful that Ms. Miles, a very capable senior executive of the Law Society, is willing to assume the role of acting CEO as we consider the leadership needs of the Law Society for the future,” he said.