2015 Re-election Platform & Key Issues

A vote for fresh perspectives, creative ideas and a modern, effective LSUC

I was privileged to be elected as the youngest Bencher in the history of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2011. Over the last 4 years I served as Chair of Interjurisdictional Mobility Committee; Vice-Chair of Professional Development & Competence Committee; Member of the Alternative Business Structures (ABS) Working Group, Articling Task Force, Professional Authorization Committee, Professional Regulation Committee, Paralegal Standing Committee, Priority and Planning Committee, and Mentoring Task Force; and as a director of LibraryCo. I am most proud of my work on the Articling Task Force where I co-authored the Minority Report and voted against the LPP structure.

I am also grateful that I had the opportunity to vote against the accreditation of Trinity Western University (TWU).

I am running for re-election as a Bencher (Outside Toronto; Southwest) because I have the knowledge, the judgment, the temperament, and the discipline to continue to make a positive contribution to the LSUC and our profession.

With fresh perspectives and creative ideas, I will build on my proven record of success and continue to ensure that our governing body remains vital and forward-thinking. I ask for your support.


The LSUC 2015 Voting Guide is now online. Voting closes April 30!

Alternative Business Structures

As a member of the ABS Working Group I share the concerns expressed by many of you. I also recognize that much of what is of concern about ABS is already being practiced in Ontario in indirect ways. I believe that we must be at the forefront in regulating it. The process has only begun and I seek the opportunity to complete the work I have started as a member of the ABS Working Group.

Access to Justice

One of the core values the LSUC must promote is greater and more affordable access to legal services for the public, regardless of income bracket or geographical location. To ensure that the legal system works for everyone, we must support sole practitioners and small firms across all of Ontario who dedicate their practices to public interest work.

Fiscal Accountability

The fees charged place a financial burden on many members of our profession. The LSUC must work efficiently to avoid unnecessary expenditures and unduly high fees.


I support and applaud the efforts that the LSUC has made in recent years to encourage diversity in our profession. If reelected, I will continue to promote those initiatives to ensure our profession is more reflective of our diverse province, including expanding opportunities for minorities and for women.

Lawyers in Small Firms and Communities

Special treatment should not be afforded to any member of our profession. So, too, the LSUC must support and treat equally all lawyers in every region of the province and regardless of firm size. Still, smaller communities are facing a real threat to access to justice, given the aging of the Bar in communities outside the large metropolitan areas. The LSUC must create and promote incentives to encourage younger lawyers to relocate to smaller communities.

Continuing Education

The LSUC must ensure that all lawyers called to the Bar of Ontario are competent to practice. Lawyers cannot otherwise even hope to bring honour to the profession. To this end, the LSUC must provide continuing education programs that are creative, affordable, and readily accessible. The competencies and values taught must include practice management, professional ethics, and civility.


In Their Own Words

Jacqueline is outstanding. She’s the best young bencher I’ve seen in 28 years!


Jacqueline has been a hard-working and thoughtful Bencher in her first term and I endorse her for re-election.

‎Jacqueline is bright, energetic and will continue to bring a fresh, youthful perspective to Convocation.

Jacqueline’s judgment, intelligence, leadership and collegiality as a Bencher are tremendous assets to the Law Society and the profession.



  • Renatta Austin - Lawyer, Toronto
  • Professor Constance Backhouse - University of Ottawa
  • Larry Banack - Banack Resolutions Inc., Toronto
  • Erin Betts - Epstein Cole LLP, Toronto
  • Chris Bredt - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto
  • John Callaghan - Gowlings, Toronto
  • John Campion - Fasken Martineau, Toronto
  • Ted Charney - Charney Lawyers LLP, Toronto
  • Joshua Cheifetz - Corrent & Macri LLP, Windsor
  • Stephen Cheifetz - Corrent & Macri LLP, Windsor
  • Jonathan Colombo - Bereskin & Parr, Toronto
  • Ross Earnshaw - Gowlings, Kitchener
  • Julian Falconer - Falconers LLP, Toronto
  • Carolyn A. Gray - Sutts, Strosberg LLP, Windsor
  • Howard Goldblatt - Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, Toronto
  • Sara Greenfield - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, Toronto
  • Carol Hartman - Miller Maki LLP, Sudbury
  • Shirley Jackson - CAW, Windsor
  • Laura L. Joy - Sutts, Strosberg LLP, Windsor
  • Professor Jasminka Kalajdzic - University of Windsor
  • Vern Krishna, CM, Q.C. - Former Treasurer, Tax Chambers LLP, Ottawa
  • Janet Leiper - Sole Practitioner, Integrity Commissioner for the City of Toronto, Toronto
  • Sabrina Lombardi - McKenzie Lake Lawyers, London
  • Franklin Lyons - Edward H. Royle & Associates, Toronto
  • Will McDowell - Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP, Toronto
  • Susan McGrath - Sole Practitioner, Iroquois Falls
  • Malcolm Mercer - McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto
  • W.A. Derry Millar - Former Treasurer, WeirFoulds LLP, Toronto
  • Barb Murchie - Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto
  • Gina Papageorgiou - Law Foundation of Ontario, Toronto
  • Michael J. Peerless - McKenzie Lake Lawyers, London
  • Kathryn Podrebarac - Podrebarac Barristers, Toronto
  • Judith Potter - Sole Practitioner, London
  • Crista Rea - Bartlett & Richardes LLP, Windsor
  • Jeffery Rosekat - Gardiner Roberts, Toronto
  • Heather Joy Ross - The Ross Firm, Goderich
  • Linda Rothstein - Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP, Toronto
  • Sam Sasso - Ricketts, Harris LLP, Toronto
  • William V. Sasso - Sutts, Strosberg LLP, Windsor
  • Paul Schabas - Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto
  • Morgan Sim - Pinto Wray James LLP‎, Toronto
  • Harvey T. Strosberg. Q.C. - Former Treasurer, Sutts, Strosberg LLP, Windsor
  • Marie-Andrée Vermette - WeirFoulds LLP, Toronto
  • Peter Wardle - Wardle Daley Bernstein Beiber LLP, Toronto
  • Linda Willcox Whetung - Whetung Law Office, Peterborough
  • Janet Whitehead - George, Murray Shipley, Bell LLP, Sarnia
  • Tracy Wynne - Lax O’Sullivan Scott Lisus LLP, Toronto
  • David S. Young - Benson Percival Brown LLP, Toronto

About Jacqueline Horvat

With more than 12 years of experience, I have developed a broad corporate and commercial litigation practice.  Having represented both plaintiffs and defendants, my specialties include complex disputes involving oppression remedies, share purchase agreements, dissent and appraisal rights, breaches of contract and fiduciary duties, commercial real estate transactions, intellectual property rights and private and public corporate restructuring. My work as an Associate Partner at Sutts, Strosberg LLP has brought me before the Registrar in Bankruptcy, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench.

I also have extensive experience in class actions involving allegations of product liability, price-fixing, civil and criminal conspiracy, fraud, interference with economic relations, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duties, negligence and breach of commercial agreements.

 In 2011, I was elected as a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada from Windsor/Southwest, where my work on the profession’s governing body includes issues of access to justice, articling reform, professional development and more. I am the current Chair of the Inter-jurisdictional Mobility Committee and a former Vice-Chair of the Professional Development and Competence Committee. I was a member of the Articling Task Force, and currently serve as a member of the Proceedings Authorization Committee, Professional Regulation Committee, and Priority and Planning Committee, among others, and also as a member of the ABS Working Group and Mentoring Task Force. I have also served as an Adjudicator for discipline cases concerning lawyer and paralegal conduct.

Since 2011, I have been a member of the Board of Directors of LibraryCo, where I serve as a Director. In 2014, I joined the Ontario Justice Education Network‘s Board of Directors, where I serve as Director.

As an active Bencher representing Windsor since 2011, I will continue to be a strong voice for the profession and the issues I have championed. I look forward to collaborating with stakeholders across Ontario to ensure that the profession is successful for all. Please contact me with your questions and concerns. Your voice is critical to the work we do.

Jacqueline Horvat

Experience. Results.

Reported Decisions

  • 1298417 Ontario Ltd. Lakeshore (Town) (2014), 122 O.R. (3d) 401 (C.A.)
  • Paul 1433295 Ontario Ltd. (2014), 120 O.R. (3d) 339 (S.C.J.)
  • Prince et al. ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. et al. (2014), 120 O.R. (3d) 140 (C.A.)
  • Prince et al. ACE Aviation Holdings Inc. et al. (2013), 115 O.R. (3d) 721 (S.C.J.)
  • Georgian Windpower Corporation v. Stelco Inc. (2013), 113 O.R. (3d) 81 (S.C.J.)
  • Orman v. Marnat Inc. (2012), 108 O.R. (3d) 81 (S.C.J.)
  • Remo Valente Real Estate (1990) Ltd. v. Portofino Riverside Tower Inc. (2011), 108 O.R. (3d) 401 (C.A.)
  • Sikh Cultural Society of Metropolitan Windsor v. Kooner, (2011) 108 O.R. (3d) 490 (S.C.J.)
  • Harris v. GlaxoSmithKline Inc. (2010), 106 O.R. (3d) 661 (C.A.)
  • Harris v. GlaxoSmithKline Inc. (2010), 101 O.R. (3d) 665 (S.C.J.)
  • Remo Valente Real Estate (1990) Ltd. v. Portofino Riverside Tower Inc. (2010), 68 B.L.R. (4th) 66 (Ont. Div. Ct.)
  • GEA Group AG v. Ventra Group Co. (2009), 315 D.L.R. (4th) 558 (Ont. C.A.)
  • GEA Group AG v. Ventra Group Co. (2009), 96 O.R. (3d) 481 (C.A.)
  • GEA Group AG v. Ventra Group Co. (2009), 307 D.L.R. (4th) 329 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Beach v. Toronto Real Estate Board (2009), 88 R.P.R. (4th) 243 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Mignacca v. Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. (2009), 95 O.R. (3d) 269 (Div. Ct.)
  • Incorporated Broadcasters Ltd. v. CanWest Global Communications Corp. (2008), 300 D.L.R. (4th) 577 (Man. Q.B.)
  • Tiboni v. Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. (2008), 295 D.L.R. (4th) 32 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Remo Valente Real Estate (1990) Ltd. v. Portofino Riverside Tower Inc. (2008), 44 B.L.R. (4th) 307 (Ont. S.C.J.)




  • 2003 – Registered Canadian Trade Mark Agent, Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Ottawa, ON
  • 2002 – Bar Admission, Ontario
  • 2001 – Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), University of Windsor, Windsor, ON
  • 1996-1998 –  Candidate for Hons. Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON