Keynote speaker:
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C.
Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Canada

February 10 and 11, 2011
University of Toronto

This invitation-only colloquium is part of the Middle Income Access to Civil Justice Initiative. The aim of the Colloquium, which brought together 80 recognized experts on access to justice from across Canada, as well as from the US, the UK, and Australia, was to facilitate meaningful discussion and to generate concrete policy proposals on the relevant issues.

Other speakers included, amongst many distinguished individuals:

  • The Honourable Chris Bentley, Attorney General of Ontario
  • The Honourable Chief Justice of Ontario Warren K. Winkler
  • Ontario Court of Appeal justices the Honourable Stephen Goudge and the Honourable Gloria Epstein
  • The Honourable Justice Coulter A. Osborne, head of the Ontario Civil Justice Reform Project
  • Ontario Superior Court of Justice judges the Honourable Colin Campbell and the Honourable George Czutrin
  • John McCamus, Professor and Chair of Legal Aid Ontario
  • The Honourable Marion Boyd, former Attorney General of Ontario and co-chair of the Law Society of Upper Canada Access to Justice Committee
  • Rebecca Sandefur, head of the American Bar Foundation's Access to Justice Research Initiative
  • Roger Smith, OBE, director of the UK human rights and law reform organization JUSTICE
  • Julie Mathews, Executive Director, Community Legal Education Ontario
  • Professor Justin Malbon of Monash University Law School in Australia. 

Many of these speakers presented papers at the Colloquium, and the Initiative Steering Committee aims to publish these papers, together with three policy papers, following the Colloquium.

Conference material