David McKillop


David McKillop

VP, Legal Aid Ontario

B.B.A., Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, 1983

LL.B., Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 1986

Mr. McKillop is currently the Vice President, Policy, Research and External Relations at Legal Aid Ontario (LAO).  A lawyer of over 25 years experience, he has been responsible for the policy development, quality assurance, business analytics and statistics, service provider research support, communications, French language services, public legal education and external relations functions since joining LAO in 2004.  Mr. McKillop’s previous roles have included Manager of Employee Relations at Extendicare (one of the largest operators of nursing homes in North America) 2003-04 and Manager, Professional Regulation at the Law Society of Upper Canada 1987-2002.  Mr. McKillop has used his experience in legal aid and professional regulation to gain a solid understanding of how best to facilitate strong working relationships between the legal profession, legal aid service providers and stakeholder groups.  Moreover, his extensive experience in assisting developing country’s establish viable legal aid programs enables him to draw on his experiences to provide effective technical advice and assistance on activities related to legal aid management, strategic planning, data collection and analysis, policy development and training.

Mr. McKillop is also responsible for the development of special strategies designed to improve capacity and service response to particularly vulnerable client groups such as Canada’s Indiginous peoples, victims of domestic violence, those living with issues related to mental health and addiction, incarcerated individuals and a recently launched strategy aimed at clients from Ontario’s visible minority communities who are overrepresented in the criminal justice system.

Sessions featuring David McKillop

  • Day 1: Open discussion with Roger Smith, moderated by David McKillop, 8-3:30 pm
  • Day 1: Wrap-up and overview of Day 2, 8:30-8:40 pm
  • Day 2: Brief welcome, 8:30-8:40 am
  • Day 2: Wired Justice wrap-up, 3:50-4:20 pm


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