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Doug Downey
​Certified Specialist in Real Estate

​705-327-2600 ext. 223
ddowney@greatlaw.ca



Doug is on leave from the firm following his election to the Provincial Legislature of Ontario effective June 7, 2018. He is MPP for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance, and Deputy Government Whip.

Doug is an experienced real estate lawyer and is designated as a Specialist in Real Estate Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He manages a very high volume of real estate transactions and is well equipped to handle all residential and commercial transactions. Doug obtained his Hons. B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University; M.A. specializing in Judicial Administration from Brock University; a Law Degree from Dalhousie University at Halifax; and a Master of Laws in Municipal and Development Law through Osgoode Hall Law School.

As well as being an accomplished real estate solicitor, the following are a few examples of his involvement in the local and legal community:
  • Appointed by the provincial Minister of Government and Consumer Services to an expert Business Law Advisory Council (2016)
  • Appointed by the Province of Ontario to the Expert Panel on the Regulation of Home Inspectors (2013)
  • Elected Treasurer (2010-14) of the Ontario Bar Association and past Secretary(2009-10) of the OBA
  • Received the Order of Orillia for significant lifetime community service.
  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for volunteer work in his community and the province (2012)
  • Identified by Lexpert Magazine as "A lawyer to watch" amongst Leading Canada/US Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers (2010)
  • Was the first non-metropolitan lawyer in Canada to be name Canada's Leading Lawyers Under 40 by Lexpert Magazine (2009)
  • Recognized as 'Lawyer of the Year' by the Simcoe County Law Association (2008)
  • Named Business Leader of the Year by the Orillia Business Association (2006)
  • Appointed to Chair a panel to develop a vision for the Trent Severn Waterway, the largest federal asset in Ontario which has attracted more than $300 million in funding as a direct result of his report. (2007)
  • appointed by the Province of Ontario to the Expert Business Law Statute Review Panel (2015)
  • Past-President of the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of Orillia.
  • Host 'Politically Speaking, Orillia' on Rogers TV, a current events show with 250 one-hour interviews of coummunity leaders, federal, provincial, municipal and school board elected officials from 2011 to 2017.
  • Ontario Bar Association Lead for the development of the innovative Law Practice Program (alternative to articling) in a strategic alliance with Ryerson University
  • At the request of the Treasurer of the Law Society he sat on the Library and Information Support Services committee developing recommendations that led to reforms across Ontario.
  • Served as City Councillor with the City of Orillia (6 years) and on the Board of Directors of Ontario Small Urban Municipalities (3 years)
  • Serves on the Board of Directors for the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, is Chair of the Community Opportunities Committee and Past Chair of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orillia and District
  • Serves as Treasurer on the Provincial Executive of the Ontario Bar Association, has been a Professor for Laurentian University at Georgian College; taught for the Real Estate Bar Admission Course; and occasionally lectures when asked