The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) is pleased to announce Quinn Ross as the 83rd President of the OBA.
Ross, Managing Partner of The Ross Firm, with offices in Goderich, Kincardine and Stratford, has been an active member in senior roles on the OBA board since 2012. In 2015, Ross was elected 2nd Vice President and has been involved in numerous committees that include chairing the Working Group on Alternative Business Structures, the Technology and Practice Innovation Committee, the Governance Committee, and Strategic Planning.
“The OBA has become like a second family to me since joining almost a decade ago, and now, as President, with a holistic view of the association, I know the changes that need to be made and how to make them happen, starting with a transformative fall council meeting,” said Ross.
In his upcoming term, Quinn looks forward to continuing the OBA’s leadership in addressing challenges and opportunities in the legal system that face all stakeholders, from the professional members of the association to the most vulnerable in society.
“I grew up in a family that emphasized inclusion, within the walls of our house and as members of the community,” said Ross. “With greater diversity than ever at the OBA, it’s an obvious position for me to ensure that when making decisions as an association, all voices are heard, all talent is leveraged and both are representative of the Bar and the public we serve,” he adds.
Through his involvement with professional development programs and committees, Ross has also enabled practitioners to leverage technology and innovation in order to better serve their clients, and will continue to champion these efforts during his term. “Ensuring lawyers have the tools to meet the needs of the public and to practise law in a way that is modern and responsive is critical, said Ross. “These are practical things that can save time and costs that can then be passed along to the public.”
Under the OBA’s governance structure, the second vice-president is elected and then successively becomes first vice president and then president. The OBA also alternates between presidents from Toronto and other regions of Ontario in order to ensure all regions of the province have a strong voice. Ross officially takes office on August 15th.
About the Ontario Bar Association
Established in 1907, the OBA is the largest voluntary legal association in Ontario and represents over 16,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. The OBA provides continuing professional development and advocates for improvements to the law in the interests of the profession and public.