John Lawford will become the Public Interest Advocacy Centre’s (PIAC) new executive director and general counsel as of Sept. 1, PIAC said Thursday. In a release, PIAC said Lawford will replace Michael Janigan, who has held the executive director and general counsel position since 1992. Janigan will replace Toronto counsel Michael Buonaguro as lead counsel representing PIAC’s clients before the Ontario Energy Board, PIAC said. PIAC said Janigan will continue to oversee PIAC's work on airline transportation, competition law, and general consumer protection under the new title of special counsel, consumer and regulatory affairs. Before joining PIAC, the group said, Lawford worked as research counsel at a national law firm where he specialized in medical legal research. Janigan was also research director at an Ottawa-based litigation firm, PIAC said. The advocacy group also said Thursday it appointed Jonathan Bishop to the position of research and parliamentary analyst. PIAC said Bishop previously held the position of stakeholder relations officer at the Competition Bureau. The group said Bishop has eight years of experience working in the Senate and the House of Commons as a policy adviser and legislative assistant. Lawford, Janigan and Bishop, along with Janet Lo, regulatory counsel, will comprise PIAC’s new senior legal staff and management team, which will also work closely with board members and administrator Donna Brady.