Mayor Jim Watson presented the Key to the City to Ronald F. Caza at a ceremony at City Hall this evening, in recognition of his illustrious and distinguished legal career and his dedication to Ottawa’s francophone community.

Born in Chelmsford Ontario, Ronald Caza came to Ottawa to study Law at the University of Ottawa. He never left, working at various firms in Ottawa throughout his career before starting his own boutique firm, Caza Saikaley s.r.l./LLP. One of Mr. Caza’s most famous cases was Lalonde v. Ontario. Defending minority language rights, Mr. Caza was able to help stop the closing of the Montfort Hospital. The landmark win brought Ottawa’s Francophone community together and kept Ontario’s only French-language teaching hospital open.

Mr. Caza has successfully argued other language rights cases and has won numerous awards for his work as a lawyer. He was awarded the Order of Ontario in 2017, the province’s highest honour, for his advocacy work for Francophone culture and language rights.

Mr. Caza has also been very active in the Ottawa community. He has chaired the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations, including United Way Ottawa, the Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la capitale nationale (RGA) and Écho d’un peuple. He currently chairs the boards of directors of the Montfort Foundation, Unique FM and the Dominican University College. He has helped raise millions of dollars for the Shenkman Arts Centre and Project STEP.