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The number of class actions filed in Canada has grown significantly in recent years, and that trend appears to be continuing.  Though class actions practitioners deal with a broad range of substantive issues, we share an interest in a powerful set of procedural tools which are intended to deliver significant benefits to litigants - chief among them, access to justice and judicial economy.  As we know, in delivering these benefits, the tools themselves can consume significant amounts of our time, court resources and, accordingly, our clients' money.  They also raise significant, complicated and often novel issues which benefit from the informed input of experienced counsel.

2020-2021 Class Actions Practice Group
Chair: Steven G. FrankelDavies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP (Toronto)
Vice-Chair: Matthew FlemingDentons Canada LLP (Toronto)
Secretary: Michelle T. ManiagoBorden Ladner Gervais LLP (Vancouver)
Member-at-Large: Jody N. Brown, Goldblatt Partners LLP (Toronto)
Member-at-Large: Vera ToppingsFasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (Toronto)
Member-at-Large: Victoria L.W. Yang, Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP (Toronto)

Call for nominations to Ontario Class Action Bench-Bar Liaison Committee

The Ontario Class Action Bench-Bar Liaison Committee is calling for nominations for up to six members of the bar to join the Committee for a two year term, beginning January 2021. The Committee is a bench-bar committee composed of judges from most judicial regions of the Province, and up to 12 bar members. The purpose of the Committee is to develop practice initiatives to improve the conduct of class proceedings, and to facilitate communication between the class action bench and bar. The practice initiatives pursued by the Committee may contribute to the development of practice directions or inform future legal reform projects.
The Committee is currently working on projects dealing with: model orders, case management, multi-jurisdictional class actions, costs, funding, and standardized filings. Any member of the bar in Ontario is eligible to self-nominate or to be nominated. Appointments to the Committee are made by the Committee, after consultation with the OBA and The Advocates’ Society, and are subject to approval by the Associate Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice. The Committee aims to ensure, to the extent reasonably possible, that it is representative of both plaintiff and defence perspectives, regionally representative, gender representative, representative of equity seeking groups, and representative of both the public and private sectors. Membership in the OBA or The Advocates’ Society is not a requirement for membership on the Committee.
Appointments of up to six bar members will be made in December 2020.  Any interested candidate should send an email to the Committee’s Chair, David Outerbridge, at douterbridge@torys.com, by no later than Friday, October 23 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. The email should include biographical information about the candidate that is relevant to the work of the Committee, and a brief explanation of the candidate’s interest in the Committee. The candidate may elect whether to disclose information relevant to the types of representativeness noted above.
The names and nomination materials for all nominees will be shared with the OBA Class Actions Section executive and TAS’ Class Action Practice Group. Those organizations will have an opportunity to provide input on the nominees prior to the Committee making the new bar appointments. Any nominee may elect not to have their name and nomination materials shared with the OBA and TAS if they wish, by noting this request in the email conveying their nomination.