Susan T. McGrath Chair, LAWPRO Board of Directors
Principal, Susan T. McGrath
A sole practitioner from the northeastern Ontario community of Iroquois Falls, Law Society Bencher,
Susan McGrath is well-known for being a dedicated advocate for sole practitioners, small firms, and lawyers working
in remote areas, and for their access to quality continuing legal education and peer support.
Ms. McGrath was elected as Chair of the LAWPRO Board of Directors in May, 2012, and acts as an ex-officio member of all committees.
Since graduating from Osgoode Hall, McGrath has been an active member of her local legal community as well as
contributing at the national level. She has served on her local legal aid area committee, including a stint as
Deputy Area Director, has acted as a deputy judge for the Temiskaming Small Claims Court, and has served on the
Personal Rights Panel of the Office of the Children's Lawyer.
She has served as President of the Cochrane Law Association (1983-1984), the Ontario Bar Association (1999-2000),
and the Canadian Bar Association (2004-2005). As well, she has served in many capacities on committees of these and
other legal associations.
As a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Ms. McGrath serves on the Hearing Panel, the Appeal Panel, the Government Relations Committee and the Priority Planning Committee. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Alternative Business Structures Working Group and the Vice-Chair of the Paralegal Standing Committee.
Ian D. Croft Vice-Chair, LAWPRO Board of Directors,
Chartered Professional Accountant
A member of the LAWPRO Board of Directors since 1995 and currently its Vice-Chair, Ian Croft has extensive experience in the financial management of insurance companies. Now retired, he was for many years the Senior Vice-President and Treasurer and a Director of The Woodbridge Company Limited, the principal holding company of the Thomson family.
Mr. Croft is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has been a Director of a wide variety of companies, including regulated, private and public companies in several jurisdictions, and of a college within the University of Toronto.
He chairs LAWPRO's executive committee, and acts as an ex-officio member of all committees.
Mr. Croft is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, a 2005 graduate of the Institute's Director Education Program, and a 2010 graduate of their Excellence in the Boardroom program which are presented jointly with the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.
Kathleen Waters President and Chief Executive Officer, LAWPRO
Kathleen A. Waters was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of LAWPRO in 2008. Previously she had overseen the strategic planning, operations, marketing, sales and administration for the TitlePLUS program. She sits on the executive committee of the LAWPRO Board.
Formerly a partner with Torkin, Manes, Cohen & Arbus, Ms. Waters is the author of numerous papers and frequently speaks on real estate law, lawyers' professional liability insurance, and title insurance.
She holds an LL.B. from the University of Toronto and obtained her LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2001.
She was called to the Bar in 1987.
Ms. Waters also serves as a Director on the Advisory Board of the Alberta Lawyers Insurance Exchange (ALIEX).
George D. Anderson, C.M. President and Chief Executive Officer, Insurance Bureau of Canada (Retired)
Appointed to the LAWPRO Board of Directors in 2004, George D. Anderson is a mortgage and insurance services professional with more than 45 years' experience with award-winning companies in this sector.
Mr. Anderson currently chairs the governance committee of the LAWPRO Board and is a member of the board's executive and risk committees.
He is Chair of the Board of Directors of RSA Canada and also sits on the boards of several financial organizations and non-profit charities.
Mr. Anderson is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals and a member of the Order of Canada. He has been awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from both Carleton University and St. Francis Xavier University, and also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Regina.
Clare A. Brunetta Principal, Clare A. Brunetta
Clare A. Brunetta is a general practitioner whose office is located in Fort Frances. Primarily serving the
District of Rainy River in northwestern Ontario, he practises with his son Paul Brunetta. Mr. Brunetta is former
President of the Rainy River Law Library Association, a Charter Member of the Canadian Italian Advocates Society,
a past member of the Law Society of Upper Canada Joint Working Group on Real Estate, a past Chair of the Real Estate
committee of the County and District Law Presidents Association (CDLPA), and past Co-Chair of the Working Group
on Lawyers and Real Estate. He has been a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court since 1991.
Mr. Brunetta serves on the LAWPRO governance committee.
Douglas F. Cutbush Insurance Consultant, Arbitrator & Mediator
Douglas F. Cutbush is an insurance consultant, arbitrator, mediator and insurance appraisal umpire with more than 50 years' experience in the insurance industry.
Before he retired from insurance company ranks, he worked for two companies within The Gerling Global Insurance Group, holding the positions of Senior Vice-President and Claims Manager for Canada. In 1993, he established his own firm to provide insurance-related consulting, arbitration and mediation services. He is also a Panelist with the Yorkstreet Dispute Resolution Group.
Mr. Cutbush is a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional, a Fellow of the Insurance Institute of Canada, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of Great Britain, and a Chartered Arbitrator of the ADR Institute of Canada.
A member of the LAWPRO Board of Directors since 1995, Mr. Cutbush serves on LAWPRO's executive, audit and conduct review committees.
Robert F. Evans, Q.C. Partner, Evans de Vries Higgins LLP
A partner with Evans de Vries Higgins LLP in Bradford, Robert F. Evans is a Law Society bencher and former
President of the York Region Law Association. He is also an active member of his community, being a former school
board Trustee for nine years, past President of the Bradford Rotary Club and currently Chair of the Bradford West
Gwillimbury and District Community Foundation.
Mr. Evans is a member of LAWPRO's investment committee.
Frederick W. Gorbet O.C.
Fred Gorbet has extensive experience in public policy advice and formulation, particularly with regard to financial institutions and energy policy. Following a 25 year career in the Canadian public service, where he served as Associate Secretary to the Cabinet and as Deputy Minister of Finance for Canada, Mr. Gorbet has held several senior executive positions in the life insurance industry and in academe, serving for many years as the CIT Chair in Financial Services and Director of the Financial Services Program at the Schulich School of Business (York University).
A member of the LAWPRO Board of Directors since 2004, Mr. Gorbet currently chairs the audit and conduct review committees and is a member of the governance and risk committees.
Since leaving government service, he has continued his involvement with public policy by serving as the Executive Director of the MacKay Task Force on the future of the financial services sector of Canada, the Executive Director of the Saucier Task Force on Corporate Governance, the Senior Policy Advisor to the Credit Union Central of Canada on the National Initiative, and the founding Chair of the Market Surveillance Panel for administered electricity markets in Ontario. His most recent assignment was as Chair of the Task Force on Auto Insurance Fraud in Ontario.
Mr. Gorbet has also served as a corporate director of many firms in the private and public sectors. He currently chairs the Board of Trustees of the North American Reliability Corporation.
Mr. Gorbet has a B.A. from York University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2000 and was promoted to Officer of the Order of Canada in 2014.
Malcolm Heins, LSM Lawyer & Director
A lawyer and former insurance industry executive, Malcolm Heins was appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Law Society of Upper Canada in 2001, retiring in early 2012. He then joined the Counsel Public Affairs team in June 2012.
Mr. Heins also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada from November 2005 to June 2006, and from 1994 to 2001, he served as LAWPRO's first President and Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to that, Mr. Heins was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Gan Canada, formerly Simcoe Erie Group, then one of the largest underwriters of professional liability insurance in Canada. Before joining Gan Canada in 1981, he practised insurance and commercial litigation in Toronto.
He is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School. Mr. Heins chairs LAWPRO's risk committee and is a member of LAWPRO's executive, conduct review, audit, governance, and investment committees.
Mr. Heins is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and in addition to LAWPRO, serves as a Director of Pro Bono Ontario, and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and Cancer Care Ontario. He received the Law Society Medal in June 1999, the 2002 Award of Distinction from the Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association and, in March 2005, Communicator of the Year by the International Association of Broadcasters (Toronto).
Rita Hoff President, R. Hoff Financial Management Ltd.
Rita Hoff joined the LAWPRO Board of Directors in 1996, bringing with her extensive experience in the investment industry. She was most recently vice-president and director, Debt Capital Markets, at Canaccord Capital Corporation.
Prior to that she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of First Canada Securities Corporation, a firm she co-founded.
Ms. Hoff chairs the LAWPRO investment committee and serves on the governance and risk committees.
Ms. Hoff serves as a Director and Treasurer of her condominium in Mexico. She has previously served as a Director of CAA Central Ontario, Investment Dealers Association of Canada and as Chair of Ontario District Council of the IDA.
Ms. Hoff has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Bombay, India.
She is currently pursuing studies in Spanish language and Mexican culture at the University of Guadalajara.
Carol Hartman Partner, Miller Maki LLP
Carol Hartman was appointed to the LAWPRO Board of Directors in 2015.
Ms. Hartman has focused much of her career in the area of family law. She is a partner at Miller Maki LLP, based in Sudbury and is a leader in the legal community including serving as Chair of the Compensation Fund Committee, as Vice-Chair of the Government and Public Affairs Committee, Vice-Chair of the Law Society Strategic Planning Group, Former Chair of the Law Society Finance Committee, former Vice President of the County and District Law Presidents' Association and Former President of the Sudbury and District Law Association.
Her extensive volunteer work has benefitted the Sudbury Regional Hospital, CKLU radio, the Family Enrichment Centre and the Women's Law Association of Ontario.
Alan G. Silverstein Barrister & Solicitor, Law Office of Alan G. Silverstein
A sole practitioner in Thornhill, Alan G. Silverstein has been at the forefront of real estate and mortgage issues for over three decades as a writer, lecturer, commentator and media personality.
Between 1997 and 2003, Alan was a Director of the Real Estate Council of Ontario, the regulator of real estate
agents and brokers in Ontario, where he remains a member of the Insurance Committee. While Chair of the Insurance
Committee at RECO, he designed and implemented the RECO insurance program that offers unprecedented coverage for consumers and members of the real estate industry.
Since his 2003 election as a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Mr. Silverstein has served on many
committees, including Audit and Finance; Government Relations; Sole Practitioner and small firm task force;
proceedings authorization; professional development and competence; and real estate working group.
Mr. Silverstein is also Chair of LibraryCo (which manages the Ontario courthouse library system), and is a past Chair
of the provincial Motor Vehicles Dealers Compensation Fund.
He returned to private practice in 2011, focusing on real estate transactions and mortgage financing, after playing an integral role between 2006 and 2010 in the launch and adoption of TELUS' Assyst Real Estate initiative.
Certified as a specialist in real estate law by the Law Society of Upper Canada, Mr. Silverstein has written five books on real estate and mortgage financing, including The Perfect Mortgage and Home Buying Strategies for Resale Homes, along with hundreds of newspaper and magazine columns dealing with real estate and mortgage issues. He is a regular speaker at continuing professional development programs sponsored by organizations including the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, and local law associations.
Robert G.W. Lapper, Q.C. Chief Executive Officer, The Law Society of Upper Canada
Robert G.W. Lapper, Q.C., joined The Law Society of Upper Canada as Chief Executive Officer on February 1, 2012.
Mr. Lapper was formerly the Deputy Minister of Labour for the Province of British Columbia, a post he held since 2009. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Associate Deputy Minister, Cabinet Operations and Intergovernmental Relations, in the Office of the Premier.
For seven years, beginning in 2001, Mr. Lapper was the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Legal Services Branch, for the Province of British Columbia. He oversaw a complete organizational and service transformation in the Legal Service Branch during his tenure there. He was honoured with a Queen's Counsel appointment in December 2002.
After clerking with the British Columbia Supreme Court, he practised law as an associate and later became a partner in a firm in Sidney, British Columbia, for 10 years. During that time, his practice included a variety of areas. One area - emerging aboriginal law issues - engaged his interest in particular. Robert joined the Province of British Columbia, in 1994, as a lawyer in the Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General, to focus on aboriginal law issues. His work included acting as one of the counsel to the Nisga'a Treaty negotiations, which concluded the first "modern" treaty in British Columbia. In 1998, he was appointed to head the Aboriginal Law Practice Group in the Legal Services Branch.
Robert has a passion for legal and justice issues and wide-ranging experience in legal policy and operations, and is a frequent speaker, lecturer and writer on public law, aboriginal law, commercial law and related issues. He also has a long history of volunteer engagements with community organizations.
Mr. Lapper serves on LAWPRO's audit committee.
Barbara J. Murchie Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
Ms. Murchie practises intellectual property litigation at Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto and is a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is Chair of the Tribunals Committee and Vice-Chair of the Professional Development and Competence Committee. She is also a member of the Law Society Tribunal, and regularly sits on discipline panels as an adjudicator. She is a member of LAWPRO's governance committee.
Since 1986, when she was called to the bar, she has appeared at all levels of the Ontario and Federal courts on litigation matters that include intellectual property, professional negligence, construction law, municipal liability and general civil litigation. Over the course of her career at small and large firms, she has acted for a broad range of individual, corporate and institutional clients. Since becoming a Bencher, she has become engaged in administrative law, chairing hearing panels and writing decisions on cases involving lawyers who are alleged to have breached their professional obligations.
During her 30 year legal career, Ms. Murchie has held leadership roles with a number of legal organizations including, most recently, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and between 2002-2005, the Advocates Society where she was a Director. She participates in numerous professional development programs as a teacher and is regional Co-Chair of the long-running, province-wide, Courthouse program for the Advocates Society. She is a member of a wide array of legal associations including the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Toronto Lawyers Association, and the Women's Law Association of Ontario.
Ms. Murchie's community service includes roles as Director and Chair of Ovarian Cancer Canada and Casey House Foundation.
Andrew N. Smith President, Natnook Inc.
Andrew N. Smith is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Director (ICD.D) with over 45 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is a member of numerous boards, including Pro-Demnity Insurance Company, the Auto Sector Retirees' Health Care Trust, GE Canada pension investment committee, University of Ottawa pension investment committee and Sun Life Global Investments independent review committee. Mr. Smith was a senior executive with National Trust and in 1985 became a partner and co-owner at James P. Marshall, Inc., an investment consulting firm.
In 2004, he established a personal consulting practice to assist organizations in achieving their financial and investment goals.
A member of the LAWPRO Board of Directors since 2009, Mr. Smith serves on the audit, conduct review, investment and risk committees.
John C. Thompson, FCPA FCA Chartered Accountant, Retired KPMG Partner
John C. Thompson has had a distinguished career with KPMG and its predecessor firms, serving as Managing Partner of the Hamilton, Ottawa and London offices, as well as serving as the Partner-In-Charge of audit services for southwestern Ontario.
He also served on the firm's Partnership Board and its Management Committee.
While on the Partnership Board, he chaired the partners' compensation committee. Working with some of KPMG's largest clients, Mr. Thompson has developed skills in financial reporting, management systems, and business and strategic planning. He has experience in business acquisitions, reorganizations, and private and public financing activities both in Canada and the United States.
He obtained his chartered accountant designation in 1971 and was awarded an FCA in 1991.
Mr. Thompson joined the LAWPRO Board of Directors in 2010 and serves on the audit, conduct review and risk committees.
Jerry B. Udell Partner, McTague LLP
Jerry Udell was appointed to the LAWPRO Board of Directors in 2016.
Jerry is a lawyer and a Certified Specialist in real estate law.
He has over 40 years’ experience in the practice of real estate and land
development law. Practicing with Windsor, Ontario’s McTague LLP, Jerry became partner and head of the firm’s Real Estate and
Patent and Trademarks Department in 1998 after joining the firm in 1994. He is counsel to numerous banks and credit unions as
well as the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee.
January 31, 2018
Real estate and civil litigation transaction levies and forms are due for the quarter ended December 31, 2017.
February 6, 2018
Lump sum payment of 2018 premium by cheque or pre-authorized bank account withdrawal received on or before this date are eligible for a $50 (per lawyer) early payment discount on the 2018 policy premium (see the 2018 Program Guide for details).