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Hall named as Ontario Bar Association executive director

Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 12:23 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

A former executive with the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) is returning in a more senior role.

Elizabeth Hall was chosen to succeed Steve Pengelly as executive director.

Hall formerly served as the OBA’s director of policy and public affairs for five years between 2010 and 2015.  

As a lawyer, Hall has worked in everything from national Bay Street firms to a small firm in her hometown. She also worked in provincial government in an assortment of roles, including chief of staff to the attorney general.

“We met with a number of incredibly capable people during the search process,” said OBA president Quinn Ross.

“Ms. Hall was a standout because of her breadth of legislative intelligence, combined with her depth of understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face our 16,000 members across the province,” Ross said.

Hall expressed her thoughts about the work of the OBA.

“It has been an honour to be counted among Ontario’s lawyers for the last 20 years,” said Hall.

“I believe strongly in the critical role lawyers play in democratic society and I am grateful for the opportunity to help further the OBA’s mission to serve and support lawyers as they play that critical role.”  

Hall will begin her new duties on Feb. 20. Pengelly retired in 2017.