Cara-Marie O’Hagan is the Executive Director of Policy at the Law Society of Ontario, the regulator of over 55,000 lawyers and almost 9000 paralegals in the Province of Ontario. The Policy Division supports good decision-making by providing benchers with research and analysis of policy options and strategic advice on issues management and stakeholder relations.
Prior to joining the Law Society in 2017, Cara was the Vice President of Stakeholder Relations and Member Communications for the Ontario Municipal Retirement System, the pension plan for Ontario’s 500,000 municipal employees. Before assuming that position, Cara worked as the Director of Policy for the Ministers of Finance, Labour and Aboriginal Affairs and for the Attorney General of Ontario. In these roles, she managed many high-profile projects and issues, including the development of three annual provincial budgets and the passage of the Access to Justice Act, which included foundational amendments to the Law Society Act.
Cara also served as the director of Ryerson’s Law Research Centre and, in that role, led a team in the winning proposal for the Law Practice Program, an alternative to articling offering simulated, virtual experiential learning. Previously, she practised insolvency and commercial litigation in Toronto. Cara holds an LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan.