Law Society of Ontario appoints Diana Miles as CEO

TORONTO, ON ­- The Law Society of Ontario has appointed Diana Miles as Chief Executive Officer, effective March 8, 2018.

Convocation, the Law Society's governing body, approved Ms. Miles' appointment this morning at a special meeting. Ms. Miles has been serving as Acting CEO since September 2017.

“I am extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Diana Miles as CEO of the Law Society of Ontario,” said Treasurer (President) Paul Schabas. “Ms. Miles has been an integral member of the Law Society staff for the last 16 years and has played a central role in the organization's evolution over that time. Ms. Miles' experience as a lawyer, called to the Ontario Bar in 1990, as a law firm administrator, and her deep knowledge of the Law Society, places her in the ideal position to lead the organization through its next chapter.  She has worked in, and led, almost every facet of our operations, most recently as Acting CEO, experience that will be essential in dealing with the many challenges the legal professions will face in the upcoming years.”

Ms. Miles joined the Law Society in 2001 as the Executive Director of Professional Competence, and has since held positions in the organization including Executive Director, Organizational Strategy and Effectiveness, Executive Director of Communications and Acting Executive Director of Professional Regulation. Throughout her career with the Law Society, she has been responsible for the creation of licensing and credentialing systems, the development and provision of high quality supports and resources for members of the public and licensees, and the regulation and quality assurance of the conduct, competence and practice management of lawyers and paralegals.

Prior to joining the Law Society, Ms. Miles was the Chief Operating Officer of a large Toronto law firm and in that capacity supported the organization's business development and client services provision and firm administration.

“I am looking forward to continuing to work with the dedicated, skilled and talented staff at the Law Society in this new role as we continue the implementation of several initiatives, existing and new,” said Diana Miles, CEO, Law Society of Ontario. “As the legal regulator in Ontario, we are in a unique position to effect the future course of the legal professions in the public interest, and increase access to justice for the people of Ontario. It is a privilege and honour to be appointed as CEO to lead the organization through these exciting times.”

 The Law Society of Ontario is the governing body for more than 50,000 lawyers and 8,000 paralegals in the province of Ontario, Canada. The mandate of the Law Society is to govern the legal professions in the public interest by upholding the independence, integrity and honour of the legal professions for the purpose of advancing the cause of justice and the rule of law.

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Media Contact: Susan Tonkin, Communications Advisor, 416-947-7605, or stonkin@lso.ca.

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