Welcoming new Board members

By CBA/ABC National Summer 2018

Welcoming new Board members

 

The CBA’s Governance and Equality Committee has announced new board members to fill the seats that will be vacated at the end of this fiscal year in September.

Because of the staggered Board terms, the only seats in contention for this election were Manitoba, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Yukon. The new members are: Brad Regehr, a partner with Maurice Law in Manitoba; Christopher Buchanan, legal counsel with the Government of the Northwest Territories; Jason Cooke, a partner with Burchells in Nova Scotia; Thomas Laughlin, a partner with Stewart McKelvey in P.E.I.; Kevin Haché of Kevin J. Haché C.P. Inc. in New Brunswick; and Kelly Labine, a lawyer with the Community Law Clinic in Yukon.

They will be joining board members Nabeel Peermohamed from Alberta, Chandan Kaur Sabharwal of British Columbia, Twila Reid of Newfoundland & Labrador, Stephen Mansell of Nunavut, Marie Laure Leclercq of Quebec and Jeffrey M. Howe of Saskatchewan, as well as incoming vice-president Vivene Salmon from Ontario, all of whom will complete the second year of their two-year board terms in 2018–19. All six of the new members were acclaimed and will start their terms on Sept. 1, 2018.

The Canadian Bar Review is now open access

Open research is gradually reshaping the way researchers collaborate to advance knowledge and discovery. Now, as part of its mandate to foster dialogue and collaboration between legal scholars and practitioners, the CBA’s bilingual peer-reviewed legal journal, the Canadian Bar Review, has gone open access.

The move to an open access platform is also in keeping with the CBA’s commitment to advancing the law and access to justice.

The country’s top legal minds can now use the new platform’s automated submission process and publish their articles in a timely manner. Readers will have easier access to the publication and be able to effortlessly share its contents.

The Canadian Bar Review, founded in 1923, is edited by law dean Chris Waters and criminal law professor David M. Tanovich, both from the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor, and by Patrice Deslauriers, a professor in the Faculty of Law at the Université de Montréal.

CBA project engages stakeholders in the extractive industries

“Women and girls are facing challenges in extractive industries. We need to have policies and create a better environment that can enable them to benefit in the sector.”

These words, spoken by Anita Kundy of the Canadian High Commission in Tanzania, set the tone for the CBA’s three-day Gender and the Extractive Industries forum, which took place April 24 to 26 in Dar es Salaam.

The forum, hosted by the Tanganyika Law Society, was the second of three national forums to be held in East Africa as part of the CBA’s International Initiative Supporting Inclusive Resource Development (SIRD) project. More than 50 stakeholders from local communities, government ministries, local councils, the CBA, academia and the extractive industry came together to explore issues of transparency, gender sensitivity and accountability, especially as they pertain to women and girls affected by big oil, gas and mineral projects in Tanzania.

SIRD is a five-year project funded by Global Affairs Canada and implemented by CBA’s International Initiatives team in partnership with law societies in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Over the next few years, the team will draw on the experience and expertise of CBA members to support professional skills training and capacity building for the legal profession, civil society and community advocates in East Africa.

Moving forward, each law society will develop an action plan detailing how it plans to address the issues that have come out of the forums, moving the project toward its ultimate objective of increasing sustainable economic growth for East Africans affected by the extractive industries – especially women and other vulnerable groups.

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