Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 23, 2011 12:34 ET

Chief Executive Officer of Ontario's Law Society Announces Retirement

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2011) - The Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Malcolm Heins, LSM, today announced his intention to retire during a meeting of Convocation, the Law Society's Board of Governors.

Mr. Heins advised that his retirement is to be effective January 1, 2012, or such later date as may be necessary to accommodate the recruitment of his successor.

Mr. Heins has led the Law Society as CEO for the past 10 years and previously was the CEO of the Society's insurance subsidiary LAWPRO for seven years.

"I have very much enjoyed and been enriched by my years as CEO of both the Law Society and LAWPRO," said Mr. Heins. "After 17 years as CEO of both organizations, I feel that now is the right time to retire and pursue personal interests. I would like to thank all of my colleagues for their tremendous support and commitment over the years and wish them every success in the future."

"Members of Convocation are extremely grateful to Mr. Heins for his remarkable contribution to the profession and to the public," said Law Society Treasurer Laurie H. Pawlitza. "Thanks to his exemplary leadership over the last decade, the Law Society has enhanced operational efficiencies, achieved financial stability and transformed into a 'best in class' regulator of legal services in the public interest.

"There is a strong management team in place at the Law Society that is well-poised to work with Convocation and members of the legal community to build on Mr. Heins' legacy and successfully address ongoing and new challenges," she said.

The Law Society has retained the services of executive search consultant Amrop Knightsbridge to assist in the recruitment of a new CEO.

The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a mandate to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

Contact Information

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
    Roy Thomas
    Director, Communications
    (416) 947-7619
    rthomas@lsuc.on.ca