Outstanding CBA Volunteer: Level Chan

By CBA/ABC National April 20, 201820 April 2018

Outstanding CBA Volunteer: Level Chan


CBA National: What is your main motivation for giving back as a CBA volunteer?

Level Chan: The more you put into the CBA, the more you get out of it. My involvement began as taking the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the substantive law applicable to my practice, pensions and employee benefits, and has grown to encompass learning from the many diverse perspectives among CBA members.  Whether from different provinces, client perspectives, levels of experience, or personal identities, the CBA has allowed me to learn from lawyers with a variety of backgrounds and helped me become a better lawyer.  As my roles have grown, I have been motivated by the influence that the CBA has with legislatures and regulators.  Being involved in the CBA has given me the opportunity to have an impact in the law, while still learning a lot along the way. 

N: We’ve all heard the saying, “Be the change you wish to see.” What is it that you want to achieve by giving your time to the CBA?

LC: I continue to work to make the CBA more representative of its membership, the profession and the communities we serve.  There is a lot of diversity in the CBA but we can be better. In addition to continuing to collect demographic data on membership, we need to make a conscious effort to involve volunteers from different communities and getting everyone to contribute in whatever way energizes them.  By making the CBA more diverse and inclusive, we will help do the same for the legal profession.  A more diverse profession will lead to better law, including in my area of pensions and employee benefits. 

N: Has anything surprised you in what you've taken away from the experience?

LC: I did not expect to be making new lifelong friends across Canada with whom I continue to connect whether online or at CBA events.  It has also been inspiring to work with exceptional and diverse lawyers from across the country, particularly in the areas of equality law as well as pensions and employee benefits.  I have learned a lot about myself, my strengths and weaknesses and how I can better serve clients and contribute to the legal community.   

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