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Ruth Woods, COO, retires from Osler

Jan 28, 2022 2 MIN READ

Osler wishes to congratulate Ruth Woods on her upcoming retirement. Ruth has served as Osler’s Chief Operating Officer for 14 years after joining in January 2008, where she was responsible for managing the operations of the firm, including finance, information services, talent management, knowledge management and facilities. During the course of her tenure, Ruth oversaw the professionalization of the firm’s operations, transformation of its marketing function and introduction of legal technology into its client offerings in order to better compete in the rapidly changing legal landscape and guided the firm’s response through both the Great Recession and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

On behalf of the entire firm, we wish to thank Ruth for her many significant contributions over the years and wish her all the best in retirement.

Doug Bryce, Osler’s Managing Partner, is also happy to announce that Peter Bier stepped into the role as the firm’s next Chief Operating Officer, effective January 1, 2022.

“Peter has been a member of our senior management team for over 14 years, leading and transforming our Information Services and Conflicts and Records functions. He has a deep knowledge of the Firm and its culture, has strong relationships on both the legal and operational sides of the business and has the respect and support of our senior management team,” Doug says. “Peter’s operational expertise was clearly on display as he managed the critical IS aspects of the pandemic exodus in March 2020 that enabled our work from home transition, and he has had senior operating roles prior to joining Osler, including as chief operating officer of a technology consulting firm. Peter is passionate about helping the Firm adapt to our changing competitive landscape through continuous improvement initiatives and strategic investments, and I look forward to working closely with him in the years ahead.

“Please join me in congratulating Peter and wishing him continued success in his new role.”