Employment•Articled and commenced practice in Stratford.•Moved to the provincial government and attended regularly before the Commercial Registration Appeal Tribunal in Business Practices Division.•Director of Legal Services for the Corporation of the City of Mississauga from 1978 to 1989.•Partner at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP 1989 to 2002•Joined Willms & Shier 2002-2006.•Became a sole practitioner in 2006 and is currently practicing in Oakville.Appointments•Appointed by the Council of the City of Toronto in 2006 to be a member of the Election Compliance Audit Committee. The Committee conducted hearings in 2007 under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. •Retained as Acting Town Solicitor for the Town of Aurora in the fall of 2008 to the spring of 2009.•Appointed by the Council of the City of Toronto to the 2010 Election Compliance Audit Committee.•Appointed to the Joint Audit Compliance Committee for the Towns of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, Richmond Hill, Whitchurch-Stouffville and the Township of King.Elections•Elected president of the Ontario Bar Association 2002-2003•Elected Bencher of the Law Society 2011 -2019Distinctions and Awards•Appointed as Queen's Counsel in 1982.•Recipient of the Ontario Bar Association - Linda Adlam Manning Award for Volunteerism in 2006. •Became a Law Society of Upper Canada authorized Certified Specialist Municipal Law: Local Government/Land Use Planning and Development in 2006. •Awarded the Law Society Medal by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2010.A full list of professional affiliationsmay be found here.Publications: Virginia has authored, co-authored or contributed updates to a variety of legal publications including:•The Ontario Municipal Act a Comprehensive Guide•A User's Guide to Municipal By-laws•Canadian Forms & Precedents - Land Development•Drafting Municipal By-laws and Legal Documentation•The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers Of Ontario (AMCTO) Manuals for Municipal Law On Line Courses.She has contributed to numerous CLE programs on municipal law offered by the OBA, LSUC and other providers. She has also written numerous articles and lectured widely.
Certified Specialist – Municipal Law Local Government Land Use Planning and Development Law
M. Virginia MacLean, Q.C., L.S.M.Barrister & Solicitor