The Law Society Foundation

Exterior photograph of the Law Society of Upper Canada Founded in 1962, The Law Society Foundation (‘Foundation’) is a registered Canadian charity administered by The Law Society of Ontario.

The Foundation was established in 1962 in order to manage funds raised from the legal profession to provide financial assistance to students in need as they pursued their law degrees and admission to the Bar of Ontario.

The Foundation’s mandate has expanded significantly since 1962. We serve the public and the legal profession by encouraging and promoting legal education in Ontario; by preserving objects of historic significance to Canada’s legal heritage and by reaching out to those in need through the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program.

The Law Society is proud to help the Foundation with its charitable mandate, and to help volunteer groups within Ontario’s legal community deliver important hunger relief services.

Financial Highlights

Download The Law Society Foundation's financial statements for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017.

Law Society Foundation revenues

For January to December 2017, Foundation revenues totalled $1,161,677. To view dollar values in the chart above, hover over one of its sections.
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Law Society Foundation expenses

To operate and fundraise for the programs operated by the Foundation, for the period of January to December 2017, a total of $601,470 was spent, with $538,788 attributable to the direct operation of the various programs, and $62,682 to fundraising costs. To view dollar values in the chart above, hover over one of its sections.
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The Law Society Foundation
Board of Directors


Ian M. Hull, LL.B. - Chair

Ian Hull was appointed as a trustee of The Law Society Foundation in 2005. Mr. Hull is a co-founder of Hull and Hull LLP, a Toronto-based estate and trusts law firm. While he has been involved in several charities during his career, the Foundation is now his philanthropic priority. His commitment to service, he says, is inspired by the dozens of dedicated law professionals across Ontario who contribute many hours of personal time and who give financial gifts to support the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program.

Michael Lerner

Mr. Lerner is a partner in the London office of Lerners LLP. He began his practice in 1974 as a sole practitioner in a one-man branch office for the firm, conducting a general practice that serviced a diverse client base from various ethnic, religious and economic groups. His varied general practice included criminal defence, civil litigation, family, real estate, wills and estates matters. Since 1988, he has been located in Lerners' London office practising as a litigation partner. Mr. Lerner's practice is currently focused on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on administrative advocacy. He serves as an appointed Vice-Chair of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

In the past, Mr. Lerner has had the privilege of serving in a number of leadership capacities including President of the Middlesex Law Association, as a founding member of the local Ronald McDonald House and as President of the local neighbourhood association. He is a member of the Board of the Foundation for Cell and Gene Therapy. He recently served on the Board of Directors of the London Health Sciences Centre and as is past-Chair of the Children's Health Foundation.

Derry Millar

Derry was elected as a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario in 1995 and was re-elected in 1999, 2003 and 2007. He was elected Treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario on June 26, 2008 and May 29, 2009, and served as Treasurer from June 26, 2008 to June 29, 2010.

In over 38 years of practice, Derry has developed a well-earned reputation as a senior counsel in a wide variety of areas of the law and as an arbitrator and mediator. Derry acted as Chair of Boards of Inquiry established under the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force Complaints Act, 1984 and the Police Services Act from 1985 to July 1996 to hear complaints against police officers. He is a director of Legal Aid Ontario and Pro Bono Law Ontario.

Catherine Strosberg

Catherine Strosberg, born and raised in Windsor, holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor. Following her graduation from the School of Nursing, she worked initially at the Metropolitan General Hospital in Windsor and as a part-time lecturer in nursing at St. Clair College.

In 1984, she was appointed president of Budget Rent-A-Car Windsor. In 1990, Cathy founded Casulting Company, a consulting service firm focusing on medical-legal issues. From 2002 to 2005, she served as a federal government medical appointee to the Canada Pension Plan Appeal Tribunal. In 2006, Cathy was appointed by the Ontario government as a Lay Bencher serving the Law Society of Ontario. She was re-appointed in 2010.

She is the mother and step-mother of 5 children, 4 of whom are lawyers.

Sidney H. Troister

Sidney Troister was called to the bar in 1974 where he conducted a commercial law and civil litigation practice at the law firm of Strauss and Strauss.  In 1981, he joined Torkin Manes where his practice has focused on real estate and commercial law, planning law, solicitors’ errors and omissions analysis, repair and defence, and the mediation and arbitration of real estate disputes. He is considered a leading member of the real estate bar in Ontario. 

In addition to his busy practice, he has devoted much of his extracurricular time to legal education having been co-head of the real estate law section of the Bar Admission course (1990-2000), a frequent lecturer and chair in Law Society and Bar Association continuing legal programming, and he is the founding and continuing chair of the Annual Real Estate Law Summit.  He is the author of many papers and articles on real estate law and practice and the leading text on real estate planning law.

He is the recipient of the Ontario Bar Association award for Excellence in Real Estate Law (2000), and the Law Society Medal (2008).  He was elected Bencher of the Law Society in 2015.


Wendy Tysall, CPA, CA

Wendy Tysall is the Secretary-Treasurer of The Law Society Foundation and the Chief Financial Officer of The Law Society of Ontario. Ms. Tysall is responsible for the daily administration of the Foundation’s charitable programs. Since 1996, she has overseen the expansion of the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program.

General Enquiries

Telephone: 416-947-3412
Toll-free: 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3412
Fax: 416-947-3916


130 Queen Street West,
Toronto, ON M5H 2N6

Send cheque donations payable to The Law Society Foundation at this address. Please indicate on the cheque what program location the donation is to support (Toronto, Ottawa, London or Windsor).

Privacy Statement

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Privacy Policy

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  • provide tax receipts,
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  • keep you informed about the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program in your region, including future fund raising campaigns.

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