Lawyers

Ronald F. CazaRonald F. Caza

Ronald F. Caza has been practising advocacy in both official languages since his call to the Bar of the Province of Ontario in 1989. He has represented clients before the Ontario Court, the Superior Court of Ontario, the Divisional Court of Ontario, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Court of Queen’s Bench in New Brunswick, the Superior Court of Quebec, the Court of Appeal of Quebec and the Supreme Court of Canada. He practising with one of Ottawa’s pre-eminent law firms for 15 years, and recently, he was the managing partner of the Ottawa office and a member of the National Management Committee of one of Canada’s largest law firms.

Mr. Caza was recently recognized as a leading litigator in Canada. In 2011, he was selected to be included in the most recent edition of “Best Lawyers in Canada” for corporate and commercial litigation. In the same year, Benchmark Canada has identified him as one of the preeminent litigation practitioners in the province. Ronald is one of those rare litigators that does not limit his practice to any area of the law, thereby practising in all areas of civil litigation, including litigation flowing from construction projects, personal injury from motor vehicle accidents, wrongful dismissals, injuries resulting from medical malpractice, damages resulting from the professional negligence of engineers, architects and lawyers, litigation flowing from abuse with an institution, litigation between shareholders, legal challenges flowing in agriculture, commercial contract disputes, constitutional violations and litigation before administrative tribunals.

Ronald has been a guest speaker at numerous national conferences and provides advocacy training throughout the country, including with The Advocates Society of Ontario.

From 1989–1998, Ronald lectured in civil procedure at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law in the Common Law section, and from 1999–2005, he was one of the lawyers responsible for the Civil Litigation component at the Bar Admission Course in Ottawa.

A former director of the Montfort Hospital, Ronald has also acted as Chair of the Boards of United Way/Centraide Ottawa, the Social Planning Council of Ottawa-Carleton, the Centre parascolaire des pionniers, the Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale Nationale and L’Écho d’un peuple. He chaired four annual conventions of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario, the most recent one held in July 2005 in Paris, France. He was also a director of Fondation franco-ontarienne, Action-Housing and Christie Lake Kids. He has organized the Laskin Moot Competition, a national bilingual competition for law faculties. Ronald is currently President of Franco Biz and the Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Ottawa, a director of Centre des services à la famille and presently is the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Awards Committee.

Education

  • LL.B. (cum laude), University of Ottawa, 1987
  • B.A., Laurentian University, 1984

 

Publications and Conferences

  • Speaker, «On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur : l’essentiel est invisible aux yeux – l’importance d’une gouvernance en français pour les services de soins de santé». Assemblée générale annuelle Services de Counselling HKSRF, Hearst. (September 2012)
  • Speaker, «Dilemmes en matière éthique». CazaSaikaley, Ottawa. (June 2012)
  • Speaker, «Vers l’égalité réelle du français et de l’anglais au sein du Barreau du Haut-Canada». Colloque sur le statut du français dans la règlementation de la profession juridique, Université d’Ottawa, Ottawa. (May 2012)
  • Speaker, «Théorie de la cause». Université d’Ottawa, Ottawa. (April 2012)
  • Speaker, Les enjeux de la loi sur les services en français en lien avec les entités. Le Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario, Kapuskasing. (March 2012)
  • Speaker, Le français dans les institutions postsecondaires de l’Ontario. Regroupement Étudiants de Common Law en Français (RÉCLEF), Université d’Ottawa, Ottawa. (February 2012)
  • Speaker, «Disclosure, Privilege and the Affidavit of Documents – Traps to Avoid. ». Civil Litigation Practice, Centre des Congrès, Ottawa. (December 2011)
  • Speaker, Colloque 25 ans de la Loi sur les services en français, Ottawa. (November 2011)
  • Speaker with Jeff G. Saikaley, «L’importance de bien comprendre l’art de la plaidoirie orale - Interrogatoire et Contre-Interrogatoire ». Village Historique Acadien, Caraquet. (September 2011)
  • Speaker, «L’article 23- pas une panacée! ». Institut de Leadership, Services de formation à la direction générale organisé par le Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques (CFORP), Ottawa. (July 2011)
  • Speaker « Tisser les liens ». Rassemblement annuelle de l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario, Ottawa. , (June 2011)
  • Speaker, « Règlements 17- Le français dans les écoles ». Collège Notre-Dame, Sudbury. (April 2011)
  • Speaker, Débat-forum «Peut-on faire confiance au système judiciaire ?» Club Richelieu de la région Horace-Viau, Ottawa. (March 2011)
  • Speaker, « Règlements 17- Le français dans les écoles ». Collège Catholique Samuel-Genest, Ottawa. (February 2011)
  • Speaker, Presentation à la Commission nationale des parents francophones, Ottawa. (February 2011)
  • Speaker, «Les Règles Sine Qua Non Pour un Contre-interrogatoire Efficace: quand les respecter et quand les ignorer». L’Association du Barreau Canadien, Nouveau Brunswick. (February 2011)
  • Speaker, «Point de vue sur l’impact de la décision CALDECH sur le développement économique des communautés francophones et acadiennes ». Le conseil d’administration de RDÉE Canada, Ottawa. (December 2010)
  • Speaker, « Sauce bonne pour l'oie est bonne pour le jars». Une blessure à la minorité anglophone au Québec fait saigner les minorités francophones du Canada. Club Canadien de Toronto, Toronto. (November 2010)
  • Speaker, «L’exploration de l’impact de l’affaire Desrochers c. Canada et l’importance des programmes fédéraux dans le développement économique des communautés de langue officielle en situation minoritaire». Rencontre annuelle du Programme d’appui aux droits linguistiques (PADL), Ottawa. (November 2010)
  • Speaker with Jeff G. Saikaley «Cross-Examination in Courts and tribunals ». Newfoundland Continuing Legal Education Advocacy Skills Training Workshop, Terre-Neuve. (October 2010)
  • Speaker, «Affichage bilingue - essentiel à la survie des minorités linguistiques du Canada». Conférence de l’Association Acadienne de la région de la capitale nationale, Ottawa. (September 2010)
  • Speaker, «Galganov c. la municipalité de Russell: message clair aux autres municipalités -n'hésitez pas de vous afficher pour encourager les francophones à faire les efforts qui s'imposent pour préserver leur langue et culture». Congrès de l’Association française des municipalités de l’Ontario (AFMO), Kapuskasing. (September 2010)
  • Speaker, avec Alexandre Caza «Les droits linguistiques et la Cour suprême du Canada: une caractéristique essentielle pour assurer la survie du pays». Colloque Université Laurentienne, Sudbury. (August 2010)
  • Speaker, Lancement médiatique duFestival canadien des tulipes, Ottawa. (April 2010)
  • Speaker, conférence laitière A Lait Coûte, St-Isidore. (December 2009)
  • Speaker, «Strategies to reduce risk». (December 2009)
  • Speaker, Montebello Conference Series, ‘Recent developments in the law of defamation, CCLA, Ottawa. (November 2009)
  • Speaker, «Preaching to the choir: what you don’t know can hurt you». Ottawa. (November 2009)
  • Speaker, «Procédure civile et Contentieux Constitutionnel». Ottawa (November 2009)
  • Speaker, Think again Simplexity, Canada Millenium Scholarship Foundation Conference. Centre des Congrès, Ottawa. (September 2008)
  • Speaker, «Update on the Law», Université St-Paul, Ottawa. (August 2008)
  • Speaker, «The Bar must be Raised Higher». Poverty Reduction Network, Ottawa (June 2008)

 

Selected Awards and Achievements

  • 2011-2012 – Benchmark Canada appointed Mr. Caza as one of the most prominent litigants in the Province.
  • 2011 – Selected by peers to be included in the most recent edition of the "Best Lawyers in Canada" in commercial and corporate litigation.
  • 2010 – Recognized by Laurentian University as one of fifty recipients since its creation in 1960 to receive a distinguished graduate award.
  • 2009 – Order of Merit from the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO).
  • 2008 – Ambassador’s Award of the Year from Centraide/United Way Ottawa.
  • 2008 – Inducted into the Common Law Honour Society of the University of Ottawa.
  • 2007 – Honourary diploma in law and public services from Collège Boréal.
  • 2006 – Richelieu International Medal.
  • 2005 – Made member of the Ordre de la Francophonie de Prescott et Russell.
  • 2004 – Order of La Pléiade in 2004 for exceptional contribution to Francophones of all regions.
  • 2000 – Grandmaître prize 2002 – Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for community service.

 

You can reach Ronald F. Caza directly by phone at 613-564-8267 or by e-mail at rcaza@plaideurs.ca