Lynne M.J. Vicars

Past President, Ontario Bar Association, Chair of the Law Society of Ontario’s Access to Innovation Advisory Council and a Director and Chair of Finance of the Canadian Bar Association.

Lynne is a banker turned lawyer whose extensive experience in dispute resolution fostered a passion for bringing technology to the legal profession. With over two decades of experience as corporate counsel, first as Senior Legal Counsel, for a multinational financial institution and then as General Counsel to an American Metal Manufacturer, Lynne developed deep expertise providing practical legal advice on a wide variety of legal matters, leading teams of high performing legal professionals and fostering
collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders.

Lynne now focuses her work on passion projects including mentoring with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and Toronto Metropolitan University’s Law Practice Program and sitting as a Deputy Judge – Small Claims Court, in Toronto. Lynne regularly acts as an independent investigator and neutral for ADR Chamber Banking Ombuds Office, an external complaints body regulated by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (the “FCAC”).

As president of the Ontario Bar Association for the 2018-19 term, Lynne spearheaded initiatives to advance gender equality, legal innovation, and technology in the profession – causes she continues to champion. With an M.B.A. in International Business, a J.D. from the University of Alberta, an LL.M. in e-Business Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a certificate in Lean Six Sigma from the University of Toronto, Lynne brings a unique perspective to her work and volunteer endeavors – one that connects good governance principles with legal vision, innovation, and access to justice.

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