OPA Education Committee


OPA Education Committee
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  • George Brown, Paralegal
    George Brown, Paralegal
    President at George Brown Professional Corporation

    When the paralegal profession became regulated in 2008, George became a member of the Law Society of Ontario as a paralegal licensee. George has been providing legal services since 1990, and over the years, he has developed considerable experience representing individuals and companies in a wide range of legal matters.

    Along with his practice, George is a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario. He is the founder and secretary of the Ontario Paralegal Network (“OPN”); and former board member, secretary, and current President of the Ontario Paralegal Association (“OPA”). George is also the former board liaison for OPA’s membership committee.

    George is an active contributor to the professional development of Ontario paralegals. He has taught and assisted in a number of continuing education courses and public information sessions for the Ontario Paralegal Network, “Get Legal” hosted by Roger Dinner, “Toronto Speaks” hosted by Natalka Falcomer, the Ontario Paralegal Association, and the Law Society of Ontario.

    In addition to his commitment to the paralegal profession, George has a passion for music and spent time as a DJ in both New York and Toronto. In his spare time, George enjoys spending time with his son and daughter, practicing yoga, and travelling up north to enjoy nature.

  • Ilan Kibel, CPA, CA, CIRP, LIT
    Ilan Kibel, CPA, CA, CIRP, LIT
    Vice President, BDO Canada Limited

    Ilan is a Vice President of BDO Canada Limited.
    With over 20 years of experience, specializing in the consumer and small business practice assisting both individuals and corporations in dealing with their financial situation.

    Ilan has a solid foundation in financial operations, by applying a unique combination of my audit, M & A and due diligence expertise, offering the perspective required to oversee restructuring of both personal and corporate situations, at multiple levels.

    Ilan’s practice responsibilities covers the GTA, including Brampton, Etobicoke, Milton, Mississauga, North York, Oakville, and Toronto

  • John Tzanis, Paralegal, B.A., J.D.
    John Tzanis, Paralegal, B.A., J.D.
    Owner at Continental Legal Services P.C.

    Member Justices of the Peace Review Council (M.A.G.) as of March 2021 and owner of Continental Legal Services P.C. a firm that represents national and international corporate clients in litigation. Director, Ontario Soccer (Toronto, York and Durham) since 2017.
    Past Director and President of the Paralegal Society of Ontario and Ontario Paralegal Association 2008-2014.
    2016 Law Society of Upper Canada Awards Winner: William J. Simpson Award
    2014 Ontario Paralegal Association Awards Winner: Lifetime Achievement Award
    2012-2014 Past President Ontario Paralegal

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May 12 2021


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Free for active members.

OPA CPD SERIES: BDO Financial Wellness in the COVID Era

May 12, 2021 ‒ 7 – 9 PM via Zoom

As part of the 2021 OPA CPD Series, the Education Committee presents a remote live-streamed Zoom CPD:


Join our panel as they analyze the financial impacts of COVID and look forward to the post-COVID financial landscape in Canada.

Drawing on practical demonstrative case studies, the panel will delve into practice management techniques and learn to identify opportunities for improving productivity and operational efficiencies to grow your Professional corporation. Increase your value-add on every client interaction, and elevate your client service.

Best practices for Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Ethical Advocacy when faced with the proposal and bankruptcy process in litigation. Including negotiation techniques, opportunities for mutual benefit, judgment enforcement and, more.

Topics include:

This program is not yet accredited. LSO Acceditation for this program is under consideration.


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