April 6, 2020: Pro Bono Ontario (PBO) announced today that Gordon Currie, Chief Legal Officer of George Weston Limited, was elected Chair of PBO’s Board of Directors at its AGM on April 2. Gordon succeeds Guy Pratte, a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.
“Gord is a natural choice for this role,” said Executive Director Lynn Burns. PBO is Canada’s largest pro bono legal service provider, with offices in three court houses, six hospitals and the Free Legal Advice Hotline, which collectively assist 30,000 clients each year. “Gord’s commitment to community service, his leadership and his experience in business and law will help guide us through challenges and help take PBO to the next level.”
“I am truly honoured and eager to step into this role,” Currie said. “Guy leaves large shoes to fill, but with a strong board and very experienced and dynamic management team, I am confident in PBO’s future.”
PBO also appointed three new Directors: Mary Paterson, Partner at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Deborah Templer, Partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and Marc Toppings, VP and Chief Legal Officer, University Health Network. All three have demonstrated a commitment to access to justice and have worked closely with PBO for several years.
Founded in 2001, Pro Bono Ontario is a registered charity that provides free legal services to nearly 30,000 clients each year, assisting vulnerable Ontarians with the civil, non-family legal problems that account for approximately 60 percent of unmet legal needs in the province. www.probonoontario.org
Media contact: Lynn Burns, Executive Director
416-977-4448 ext. 925