Raymond Oakes (1959-2020)
Ray was a graduate of the University of Manitoba Robson Hall Law school and articled with the predecessor firm in 1983, continuing on as an associate and later was one of the founding partners to the firm that now bears his name. Ray had a large and diverse scope of work and clientele, including commercial land development, corporate and small business law, subdivisions, commercial leases, financing and related services. He was past counsel and board member to the Variety Club, worked with Big Brothers, and provided pro bono work for Beyond Borders and other groups. He obtained his Ontario call to the Bar in 2009 and had a successful practice in and around the Kenora area.
Ray had a complete zest for life and enjoyed time at his cottage at Lake of the Woods with friends and family, travel to hotter destinations, and in later years, Europe to see his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. He was always eager to share great stories and photos of his adventures. His energy and quick wit coupled with his calming presence are greatly missed by his partners and co-workers. Our firm continues to carry on his name and legacy of great personal service to his many clients in Manitoba and Ontario.
Statement on Covid-19 Preparedness
With growing global concerns around COVID-19 (“coronavirus”), we want to address the steps we have taken to ensure the health, safety and well-being of those attending our offices. The well-being of our employees and guests is a top priority and we are following the lead of Canadian public health authorities at this important time. While the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the current public health risk associated with coronavirus as low, we continue to monitor for developments very closely. Appropriate measures have been implemented to ensure our office is safe and we have protocols in place to ensure they stay that way including:
Introducing enhanced cleaning protocols, with particular focus on high traffic and high contact areas. Coronaviruses are easily eliminated by routine surface cleaning and the cleaning products we use are approved for this purpose;
Increasing communications and reminders with our visitors and employees on important health and safety measures.
To protect yourself and others, we ask that anyone who is feeling unwell refrain from visiting our office so that together we can take reasonable measures to prevent transmission of the virus. Know that we are doing our part by putting employment policies in place so that our staff are protected and are not penalized financially if they need to stay home.
Again, we continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide ongoing updates as needed. We also encourage you to stay up-to-date through Canada’s Public Health website.