Legal Aid Ontario announces new CEO

TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2015 /CNW/ - Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Field, a senior executive at Legal Aid Ontario, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2016. He succeeds Robert Ward, who retires this December.

Mr. Field's 33-year financial and strategic planning career in the public sector includes his work as the Director and Chief Financial Officer, Business and Fiscal Planning Branch at the Ministry of the Attorney General, and Director Financial Planning and Business Management Branch at both the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.  In his most recent role as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Compliance at LAO, Mr. Field has been instrumental in LAO's development of modern management methods to benefit client service and organizational effectiveness.

Mr. Field has worked in various capacities for the Government of Ontario since 1982. He holds an MBA in public administration from York University as well as a BA in political science from the University of Waterloo.  He succeeds Robert Ward, who retires this December.


"Mr. Field is well-equipped to provide value for our clients, and continued support for our staff, service providers, and the many other professionals who serve those clients. He will play a key role in supporting and furthering LAO's mandate to assist the poor and marginalized with their legal needs, and he looks forward to actively engaging with LAO's many dedicated stakeholders in the social justice community to achieve this objective."

John McCamus, Chair, Legal Aid Ontario


  • Legal Aid Ontario is an independent, non-profit agency of the Government of Ontario that helps almost 4,000 financially eligible, low-income Ontarians access justice every day.
  • LAO provides help in criminal, family, refugee matters and offers duty counsel services in courtrooms throughout Ontario. 
  • LAO also funds Ontario's 76 community legal aid clinics as well as seven student legal aid services societies.


SOURCE Legal Aid Ontario

For further information: QUESTIONS: Feroneh Neil, Manager, Communications, Tel: (416) 979-2352 ext. 5103, Email: or


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