Ian Speers

BA (Hon)(Toronto), LLB (Queen’s) of the Bar of Ontario

Ian Speers carries on a legal practice located in south Etobicoke, with a primary focus on real estate matters.

A graduate of Queen’s law school, Mr. Speers also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto in ancient and mediaeval history.

Mr. Speers is the 2020-21 Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Real Property Section Executive, having served nine consecutive terms sitting on Ontario Bar Association’s Real Property Section Executive (2011-2020), including two terms (2016-17, 2017-18) as Chair of the Executive.  He is a current member of the Board of the Toronto Lawyers Association, and the Ontario Bar Association’s Provincial Council. He has both chaired programmes and delivered papers at continuing education sessions presented by the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association.  He is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, teaching Real Estate Transactions, and previously taught real estate for three years at Queen’s University, Faculty of Law.  He also teaches real estate law in the law clerk programme at The Business School, Humber College, and is a co-instructor in Property Law the Integrated Practice Curriculum of Ryerson University, Faculty of Law.

Prior to practising law, Mr. Speers worked for more than a decade in Canadian inter-university sport media relations.  He is a past Sports Information Director of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, and during his time in law school also served as the media coordinator for the Queen’s Golden Gaels football team. Having significant historical knowledge of the development of Canadian football in the 19th century, Mr. Speers is a co-author of the book, 150 Years of Football at the University of Toronto: 1861 to 2011, in addition to a number of other articles and monographs.  A keen numismatist, Mr. Speers has penned articles on the pre-Confederation token currency of Canada, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Numismatic Research Society.