LSO elects Peter Wardle as Treasurer

LSO elects Peter Wardle as Treasurer

The Law Society of Ontario has elected longtime bencher Peter C. Wardle to serve as treasurer for 2024-25.

Wardle is no stranger to the Law Society of Ontario. He served as bencher from 2011-2019 and he was re-elected in 2023. Within the organization he's held various roles such as governance review task force, and a CPD committee. He has also co-chaired the Mentoring Task Force and the Audit and Finance Committee, and chaired the Compensation Fund and Professional Development and Competence Committees. Currently, he is the vice-chair of the appeal division of the Law Society Tribunal and serves as a hearing and appeal adjudicator.

With over 38 years of experience, Wardle is a recognized advocate in commercial disputes involving contract interpretation, shareholder and partnership obligations, securities, directors’ and officers’ liability, professional negligence, construction, estates, and real estate.

Wardle has a prominent role as partner at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP, a national law firm specializing in construction, infrastructure, insurance and real estate law.

His career has also brought him before many different kinds of regulatory tribunals and public inquiries. He's served as prosecutor for discipline cases at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Wardle was the top lawyer for the City of Ottawa during the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Public Inquiry in 2022.

Wardle got his start in the field of law in the 1980s. After completing his education at Queen's University, he was called to the bar in Ontario in 1986.

“I am grateful for this opportunity, and I thank my fellow benchers for bestowing it upon me. I look forward to leading the Law Society benchers and the lawyers and paralegals of Ontario in a respectful and productive manner,” said Wardle. He also expressed his appreciation for Jacqueline Horvat, the outgoing treasurer, and extended his best wishes for her future endeavors.

“I also wish to thank and congratulate my colleague, Sidney Troister. I look forward to our continued work together on matters vital to serving the public and the professions,” he added.