Douglas Banwell

(416) 410-8191 ext 214
dbanwell@ellwood.com

Doug moved to Toronto in 1980 to pursue his post-secondary education in jazz saxophone performance at York University. He worked several jobs to pay the bills at this time, and one of the firms he was working at was chosen by Xerox to try out their latest product: the Personal Computer. After the box sat unopened for 3 months, he decided he’d start working with the new computer and see what happened. Doug got himself assigned to working straight mid-nights so he could work with fewer distractions.

After that modest beginning, technology became a cornerstone of Doug’s life. He worked for Canada’s largest centralized computer service bureau, Canada Systems Group, from 1984 until it was taken over by Singer Business Systems in 1989.

During this time, Doug worked at another of his passions: high-performance driving. From 1987 - 1990 he was a part-time instructor at the Petro-Canada Skid Control School in Oakville.

In the fall of 1990, Doug was selected to assist the transition team of the the newly elected Ontario government under Bob Rae. Doug continued to work as political staff serving as the Private Secretary to the Minister of Energy and as a Communications Assistant for the Chair of Management Board and the Minister of Education and Training.

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When the Rae government was defeated in the 1995 provincial election, Doug started a long stint as a freelance consultant and musician. He worked with ellwood Associates from 1998 until 2007 when he moved to Huntsville.

And now he’s back with ellwood on a full-time basis, specializing in document and process automation and acting as Executive Officer to Steve Ellwood.

A short list of Doug's specialties include:

Document generation: Doug understands the complexities of grammar and possessive pronouns, which allows him to draft text that works for every he, she, they and it imaginable. Put this together with his advanced knowledge of Word and VBA, and you've got everything you need to easily automate the creation of documents. Automatic generation can range from the simplest document, such as a Request for Information, to a complex contract, with clauses that appear or disappear depending on central parameters, such as jurisdiction.

Practice Management software: Doug has been certified on Amicus Attorney, Time Matters, and Clio. If you're trying to decide which practice management software is right for your firm, his thorough knowledge of the capabilities of each program is indispensable. His 20 years of implementation experience means he can quickly understand your firm and efficiently meld your existing processes together with the customizations that will make your implementation smooth and easy.

Training: At home and relaxed when speaking to groups, Doug knows how to make technical material interesting. Once you've developed your process, Doug can communicate it clearly and concisely to your staff, explaining how and why the process works, and, if necessary, why the alternatives were rejected.

Doug has been certified on:

  • Amicus Attorney
  • Time Matters
  • HotDocs

And he continues to play and teach jazz music.