Doug is designated as
a Specialist in Real Estate Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He
is elected Treasurer (2010-14) of the Ontario Bar Association which
represents 17,000 lawyers on a wide variety of issues. He is the
past-Secretary (2009-10) of the OBA.
In 2015 he was
awarded the Order of Orillia for significant lifetime community
In 2012 he received
the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for volunteer work in his
community and the province.
In 2010 he was
identified by Lexpert Magazine as "A lawyer to watch"
amongst Leading Canada/US Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers.
In 2009 he was named
one of Canada's Leading Lawyers Under 40 by Lexpert Magazine. The
first non-metropolitan lawyer in Canada to receive the award.
In 2008, Doug was
recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” by the Simcoe County Law
Association. In 2006, he was named Business Leader of the Year
by the Orillia Business Association.
In May 2007 Doug was
appointed to Chair a panel to develop a vision for the Trent Severn
Waterway, the largest federal asset in Ontario which has attracted
more than $300 million in funding as a direct result of his report.
In addition to
staying active with the Ontario Bar Association as Treasurer on the
Provincial Executive, he has been a Professor for Laurentian
University at Georgian College; taught for the Real Estate Bar
Admission Course; and occasionally lectures when asked.
Doug obtained his
Hons. B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University; M.A. specializing in
Judicial Administration from Brock University; a Law Degree from
Dalhousie University at Halifax; and a Master of Laws in Municipal and
Development Law through Osgoode Hall Law School.
Doug is currently
the host of 'Politically Speaking, Orillia' on Rogers TV. This is a
current events show with interviews of federal, provincial,
municipal and school board elected officials. He has more episodes
than Seinfeld, although the volunteer position pays much less than
He is the Ontario
Bar Association Lead for the development of the innovative Law
Practice Program (alternative to articling) in a strategic alliance
with Ryerson University. At the request of the Treasurer of the Law
Society he sat on the Library and Information Support Services
committee developing recommendations that led to reforms across
In 2013 Doug was
appointed by the Province of Ontario to the Expert Panel on the
Regulation of Home Inspectors.
In 2015 Doug was
appointed by the Province of Ontario to the Expert Business Law
Statute Review Panel.
He currently serves
on the Board of Directors for the Orillia Area Community Development
Corporation and is Chair of the Community Opportunities Committee.
Doug is also Past Chair of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orillia and District.
He has served for six
years as City Councillor with the City of Orillia and three years on
the Board of Directors of Ontario Small Urban Municipalities.
He is Past-President
of the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce and Past-President of the
Kiwanis Club of Orillia.