The Law Society Foundation

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

The Foundation’s mandate has expanded significantly since that time. 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, 2020.

Law Society Foundation revenues

For January to December 2020, Foundation revenues totalled $906,161. 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 2020, a total of $574,741 was spent, with $562,520 attributable to the direct operation of the various programs, and $12,221 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 Trustees


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 his philanthropic priority. His commitment to service, he says, is inspired by the dozens of dedicated legal professionals across Ontario who contribute many hours of personal time and who give financial gifts to support the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program.

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 currently Chair of LibraryCo Inc. and is a past member of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Ontario.

Jonathan Rosenthal

Jonathan Rosenthal is a Toronto-based criminal defence attorney. His practice focuses on white collar matters and regulatory offences. He has appeared at every level of court in Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada.

He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School with his LLB in 1987. He is an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode, where he is Co-Director of the Trial Advocacy Program. He is also a Team Leader of the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop (ITAW), an annual course offered to practising lawyers by Osgoode Professional Development. He has served a similar function at the Intensive Trial Program offered to practising lawyers by the University of Moncton. He is also a Team Leader at Notre Dame Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program. In addition, he is a lecturer at continuing legal education seminars offered by the Ontario Criminal Lawyers Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Advocates Society, Osgoode Professional Development, the Alberta Department of Justice, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ontario Court of Justice Toronto Regional Judges’ Seminar, the Ontario Court of Justices East Regional Judges’ Seminar and Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences.

Mr. Rosenthal is a former Vice President of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers Association. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He has been appointed the McMurtry Visiting Clinical Fellow as Osgoode Hall Law School for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Megan Shortreed

A founding partner of Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP, Megan Shortreed represents clients in all areas of corporate, commercial, employment, civil and administrative litigation. She is active in legal education and mentoring young lawyers. She participates regularly as a panelist and instructor at law schools and professional CLE programs. In 2014, she was the Inaugural Recipient of the Honsberger Award, presented by the Toronto Lawyers Association.

Ms. Shortreed was elected a bencher of the Law Society in 2019, and sits as an adjudicator in the Hearing Division of the Law Society Tribunal. She is a former member of the Board of the Advocates' Society. She was a Co-Chair of the Law Society's Justicia Project for the retention of women in private practice. She served for 10 years as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Homes First Foundation, a charitable organization which raises funds to break the cycle of homelessness in Toronto.

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.


Brenda Albuquerque-Boutilier, H.Ba, CPA, CGA,


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

Donations made by cheque should be payable to The Law Society Foundation and indicate the preferred program location for support (Toronto, Ottawa, London, Windsor, Barrie, Hamilton or Peel/Halton).

Privacy Statement

The Law Society Foundation respects the privacy of our donors.

Privacy Policy

The personal information that you provide to the Foundation will only be used to:

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

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Foundation's Privacy Policy, please send all requests or comments to