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Shane Kelford

Shane was born and raised in Smiths Falls.  He received his B.A.(Hons) in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto, and was awarded the J. Reginald Adams Gold Medal in Economics and Political Science.  He received his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School, and received several academic awards including prizes in Business Associations, Contract Law, Constitutional Law and Corporate Finance and Securities Regulation.  Shane received his Masters of Law in International Corporate Finance from the University of Sydney, where he graduated with high distinction.  Shane was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1986.

Shane has a true "general” practice and advises clients on a broad range of legal issues.  His primary areas of practice include corporate/commercial, real estate, wills and estates, municipal, labour/employment and family law.  As part of his corporate practice Shane regularly advises on the purchase, sale and reorganization of various types of businesses.

Shane has provided advice to several local municipalities on a range of issues including the sale of hydro-electric assets to Hydro One, municipal restructuring, procurement/tender issues and labour/employment matters in both union and non-union sectors.

Prior to joining our firm, Shane was a partner with Blake, Cassels & Graydon, one of Canada’s pre-eminent law firms, where he specialized in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and securities law.

Professional Activities

Shane served as a Director and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (DICO) from 1993 to 1999.  DICO is the deposit insurer and stabilization authority for Ontario’s 350 credit unions and caisses populaires.  In his duties as Chair, Shane also acted as chair of the Strategic Liaison Committee between the Ministry of Finance, Financial Services Commission of Ontario and DICO, and Chair of a committee of elected chairs of industry leagues and associations.

In 1992-93, Shane served as Policy Advisor to the Minister of Finance on Financial Institutions Issues.  During his tenure with the Ministry, Shane provided advice to the Government of Ontario on securities regulation, loan and trust companies, pension regulation and credit unions and caisses populaires.  Shane also managed various contentious issues including the prosecution of penny stock dealers by the Ontario Securities Commission and the representation of players and referees on the NHL pension board.  Shane also advised the Ministry on appointments to the Ontario Securities Commission, Ontario Insurance Commission, Pension Commission of Ontario and other financial institutions boards and commissions.

In 1994, Shane was appointed to the Ontario Government Securities Task Force, a four person task force which was asked to review and make recommendations on the regulation of the securities industry in Ontario.  In 1995, the Government of Ontario adopted all of the major recommendations contained in the final report of the Task Force and amended the Ontario Securities Act and Regulations to reflect those recommendations.

From 1996 to 2002 Shane taught Corporate Finance Law at the University of Ottawa Law School and has guest lectured in Advanced Family Law.  In 2002 Shane was recognized as a "Professor of the Year” by the University of Ottawa Law School.

During his legal career, Shane has sat on the boards of several private and not-for-profit corporations, and has acted as counsel to numerous other public, private and not-for-profit corporations.  He currently sits on the Boards of the Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club and the Smiths Falls Public Library.

In 2008, Shane was appointed a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court and he currently sits in the Small Claims Courts in Perth and Brockville.