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Bencher Election Forum - Southwest Region 2023

  • 13 Apr 2023
  • 4:30 PM
  • Online via Zoom


  • Open to all MLA Members who are Class L1 or L2 Licensees of the Law Society of Ontario. Please use your work email to register as it will auto-fill your information if it matches the one we have in our system for you.
  • Open to all Class L1 or L2 Licensees of the Law Society of Ontario

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The MLA Board of Trustees is hosting a Bencher Forum for LSO Bencher candidates running in the Southwest region. We hope you'll join us in this important election engagement opportunity. A tightly moderated session with candidate platforms and a Q&A session are planned. The meeting will be on Zoom starting at 4:30pm.

Confirmed candidates (9 of 11 invitations offered)

Lisa D.S. Bildy, Rod Catford, Gerard Charette, Jacqueline Horvat, Karen Hulan, Jasminka Kalajdzic, Greg Monforton, Kevin L. Ross, Matthew Wilson

The Forum Q&A will focus on the priority topics identified by FOLA's election advocacy, including:

  1. Whether the candidate is a contributing member of their county or district law association;
  2. Whether, if elected, the candidate will support a properly funded courthouse library system; and
  3. Whether, if elected, the candidate will work to support a sustainably-funded Legal Aid system that provides access to justice for low-income Ontarians and ensures that Legal Aid practice continues to be viable service for the private bar to offer.

Send us your questions!

Additional questions you would like addressed by the candidates should be sent to We will do our best to present all pre-submitted questions to the candidates, however, they will be prioritized based on both prevalence and available time.

*To add to your research, please also review the Southwest candidate profiles in the April edition of the MLA's Snail newsletter.

This forum is accredited for 60 minutes of professionalism content.

Sincere thanks to all candidates who agreed to participate in our newsletter offer and in this forum.

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