Federation of Ontario Law Associations

FOLA PLENARY - NOV 13-15, 2019

November Plenary – Save the Date!

FOLA's Fall 2019 Plenary takes place at the Toronto Hilton Doubletree Hotel from Nov 13-15.


This Plenary, titled “Ignite Your Membership”, is being designed to offer valuable ideas to help you serve your members! In addition to speakers and panelists, we’re adding a breakout workshop session. And, as always, you’ll also hear from our Committee Chairs who will offer updates on specific issues that FOLA has been involved since the last Plenary in May.  

Hotel Reservations

A block of rooms has been set aside for November 13th and November 14th, 2019 at the Doubletree Hotel at the FOLA rate of $189.00.  Please note that in order to secure this rate you will need to make your reservation prior to October 22nd, 2019. 

After this date the rooms will be subject to availability and at ongoing market rates but the Law Society will only reimburse for our negotiated rate of $189.00 plus taxes.

Hotel Booking Link

Reimbursement of Expenses by the Law Society

Please do not hesitate to contact Kelly at Kelly.Lovell@fola.ca if you have any questions.


Hon. Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario


Bio coming soon

Sasha Sud, Director Smart Cities MaRS Partnerships


Sasha leads the Smart Cities practice as part of the Partnerships team at MaRS. This practice aims to catalyze the adoption of innovation to enable the quick-paced transformations being experienced in the Smart Cities sector and specifically includes their convergence and integration between and across key emerging technology areas, such as mobility, buildings and energy. 


Prior to his work at MaRS, Sasha lead the design and delivery of smart-grid enabled conservation and demand response programs for the govt. of Ontario.  Sasha received a distinction from the University of Oxford, for an MSc. Environmental Change and Management - where he specialized in Environmental Finance, Energy Management and Climate Change. 


Malcolm M. Mercer, Treasurer, LSO


Malcolm M. Mercer was re-elected as Treasurer for a second term by the Law Society’s governing body on June 27, 2019. The Treasurer is the top-elected official of the Law Society, which regulates Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals in the public interest.

Elected as a bencher in 2011, 2015 and 2019, he became Treasurer in June 2018. Prior to that, he served as Chair of the Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group, Chair of the Professional Regulation Committee and Co-Chair of the Alternative Business Structures Working Group. He also served on numerous other Law Society committees, task forces and working groups and was an active member of the Law Society Tribunal.


Diana Miles, CEO, LSO


Diana Miles is the Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Ontario. 

Diana joined the Law Society in 2001 as the Executive Director of Professional Competence, and has also held positions in the organization including Executive Director, Organizational Strategy, Executive Director of Communications and Executive Director of Professional Regulation. 

Throughout her career with the Law Society, Diana has been responsible for strategic and operational planning, the creation of defensible and valid licensing and credentialing systems, the development and provision of high quality supports and resources for members of the public and licensees, and the regulation and quality assurance of the conduct, competence and practice management of lawyers and paralegals.


David Field, President & CEO, LAO


David Field is President and CEO of the Law Society of Ontario.

Mr. Field brings with him an extensive background in financial and strategic planning. He has worked in various capacities for the Government of Ontario, including work at the Ministry of the Attorney General, the Ministry of Community and Social Services, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Treasury Board Secretariat. Most recently, he was LAO's Vice President of Strategic Planning and Compliance, where he was instrumental in developing LAO's modern management methods to benefit client service and organizations effectiveness.

Additionally, Mr. Field was part of the project team that created LAO in 1998. He played a key role in drafting and negotiating the Memorandum of Understanding between LAO and the Ministry of the Attorney General.


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stage to speak at the 2018 Clio Cloud Conference. Now in her role as Clio’s Affinity Program Coordinator, Rio works to build and foster relationships with legal associations. She is

passionate about helping legal professionals succeed, and harnessing the power of data to foster collaboration across the industry. 

In her free time she knits, hikes with her dog, Olive, and watches horror movies.  (Olive sometimes watches horror movies with Rio, but isn’t very into knitting.)





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