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Ray Stancer was born in Toronto and attended Harbord Collegiate Institute. A former actor, radio personality and scriptwriter, he entered the Honours Philosophy course at the University of Toronto where he remained until accepted into the then fledgling University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Among his lecturers were such legal luminaries as Bora Laskin, who would later become Chief Justice of Canada. After completion of his articles he was admitted to the bar of Ontario in 1963 and has practised essentially in the field of litigation since then.
The U of T Law School was a pioneer in the “Socratic” method of legal education. Through the study and analysis of decided cases students were invited not to be satisfied with the law as it was but to consistently challenge and look beyond the status quo to persuade courts to restate the law as it should be.
Ray has been guided by this principle throughout his more than fifty (50) years at the Ontario bar and he has applied it with continual success for his clients at virtually every level of court and administrative tribunal in the Province.
He is an accomplished and experienced advocate whose diverse practice encompasses all aspects of litigation from complex commercial, workplace and matrimonial matters, to proceedings before licensing and other administrative tribunals.
His sensitivity to the high costs of litigating and the impact these costs have on the ordinary litigant have made him a firm disciple of both the need to marshal client resources for use where their application may be most effective and to resolve the matter at the earliest time consistent with the client’s needs and best interests.
Recently, Ray has become a mediator of civil disputes. He brings to the table decades of litigation and negotiation practice, thousands of trials and settlement conferences as a former Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court and training in ‘Commercial Mediation Excellence’ from Agree Dispute Resolution. Ray spearheads SGR’s new Small Claims Mediation Initiative — bringing affordable and effective mediation to cases left out of mandatory court programs.