Meet members of the Initiative

Fred Headon

Fred Headon

Chair of the CBA Legal Futures Initiative

Fred Headon is chair of the CBA Legal Futures Initiative. Mr. Headon, Assistant General Counsel, Labour and Employment Law, at Montreal-based Air Canada, is the first in-house counsel elected to serve as President of the Canadian Bar Association, a position he will assume beginning in August 2013. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Headon served on the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association's (CCCA) Board of Directors and has been a frequent speaker at CBA, CCCA and other events.

Prior to joining Air Canada, Mr. Headon worked in private practice in Montreal in the fields of labour, employment, human rights, privacy, and administrative law, as well as civil litigation. He also taught Social Law and Administrative Law at the Law Faculty of the National University of Rwanda. In addition to representing clients before a number of administrative tribunals, Mr. Headon has appeared before the Superior Court of Québec, the Federal Court, the Québec and Federal Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Richard Susskind, OBE

Richard Susskind, OBE

Special Advisor to the Legal Futures-Initiative

Professor Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to major professional firms, to in-house legal departments, and to national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of professional service and, in particular, the way in which the IT and the Internet are changing the work of lawyers. Scottish by birth, he lives in London, England.

He is the author of numerous books on the legal sector, including The Future of Law (1996), Transforming the Law(2000), The End of Lawyers? (2008), and Tomorrow’s Lawyers (2013), and has written around 150 columns for The Times in the UK. His work has been translated into 12 languages and he has been invited to speak in over 40 countries. He is President of the Society for Computers and Law, IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, has a doctorate in law from Balliol College, Oxford, and holds professorships at Oxford University, UCL, Gresham College, the University of Miami, and Strathclyde University. Since 2009, Richard has been a Special Adviser to the Canadian Bar Association.

Emily Alderson

Emily Alderson

Student Consultant

Emily Alderson is the student intern for the CBA Legal Futures Initiative. She is currently in her third year of studies in a joint JD/MA program at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. She has an active interest in the student experience and is a member of the English Curriculum committee at the University of Ottawa Common Law faculty. She is president of the International Law Students Association, and has volunteered at the Canadian Council on International Law conference for the past three years. She graduated with a BA in international relations from the University of British Colombia, completing course work in Vancouver, Ottawa, East Sussex (UK) and Bologna (Italy). She has previously held student positions at the Department of Citizenship and Immigration and the Canadian Red Cross. Ms. Alderson will be completing her studies in 2015.

Brian G. Armstrong, Q.C.

Brian G. Armstrong, Q.C.

Business Structures and Innovation Team Member

After being called to the Ontario Bar in March of 1970, Mr. Armstrong worked at the national headquarters of a federal political party, and then in 1971 returned to Toronto to work as a special assistant to the premier of Ontario before entering the practice of law in 1974. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1981.

In March of 1989, he went to Hill and Knowlton Canada Ltd., first as head of the firm’s public opinion research division, then as executive vice-president and COO. In 1991 he joined the firm of Smith Lyons where he became a senior partner. In October 2000 he joined Bruce Power as its General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He was designated as executive vice-president and General Counsel in 2007. Mr. Armstrong retired from Bruce Power in 2012.

Noah Arshinoff

Noah Arshinoff

Staff Liaison to the Business Structures and Innovation Team

Noah Arshinoff is a lawyer in the Legislation and Law Reform department of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA).  As the staff member overseeing the Business Structures and Innovation Team, Noah is committed to finding efficient and effective ways in which to deliver legal services.  As the CBAlawyer responsible for Anti-Corruption and Business and corporate law, Noah works with CBAmembers on developments in legislation and policy at the federal level, preparing submissions to government and appearing before Parliamentary Committees

Prior to joining the CBA, Noah completed his articles at Heenan Blaikie LLP in Toronto where he focused on international trade matters.  A graduate of the French Common Law program at the University of Ottawa, Noah is bilingual and also has a degree in Political Science.

Joan Bercovitch

Joan Bercovitch

Steering Committee Member

Joan Bercovitch is Deputy CEO of the Canadian Bar Association. She is responsible for the strategic development of the Association and has been the driving force behind CBA's change mandate. Her portfolio includes responsibility for CBA's legal and policy mandate at the national level, including advocacy, government relations and professional development. Her “key clients” include Canada’s largest law firms.

Applying her legal background to the development and delivery of CBA's responses to emerging professional issues, Ms. Bercovitch brings a knowledge-based and innovative approach to finding strategies for change and practical solutions to address the changing needs of Canada’s legal profession.

Corinne Boudreau

Corinne Boudreau

Business Structure and Innovation Team Member

Corinne Boudreau is an entrepreneur and the founder of Two Certainties Law, a law practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Corinne works with business owners and their accountants to proactively identify legal issues that can affect the success of their businesses.

Ms. Boudreau practiced estate, tax and corporate law at Stewart McKelvey from her call to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2002 until 2010.  She subsequently worked at Deloitte & Touche LLP on tax and estate related matters. 

Ms. Boudreau’s vision is to create a way of delivering legal services to business owners that makes sense to both client and lawyer alike.  This includes such things as value based billing, and using a co-working space as a place to meet clients.

It is important to Ms. Boudreau to be an important contributor to the community in which she lives as well as to have fun on a regular basis.  She is an active volunteer with the Parent School Association of Rockingham School, a Coach with the Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey Association and a member of the Mother Pluckers Music and Hockey Society.

Leonard J. Brody

Leonard J. Brody

Business Structures and Innovation Team Member

Leonard Brody has been called a “controversial torchbearer for this new world order.” He is a respected entrepreneur, venture capitalist, best-selling author and media visionary. He has helped raise millions of dollars for startup companies, been through one of the largest internet IPOs  in history and has been involved in the building, financing and/or sale of five companies to date. Leonard was recently awarded Canada's Top 40 Under 40.

In 2004, Mr. Brody co-founded, and was CEO of, NowPublic, a citizen journalism online news source, recently acquired by the Anschutz Corporation. Currently he sits as the President of the Clarity Digital Group.

Mr. Brody holds a BA from Queen's University, a law degree from Osgoode Hall and is a graduate of the Private Equity Course at the Harvard Business School.

Domenic Crolla

Domenic Crolla

Steering Committee Member

Domenic Crolla is a partner with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP in Ottawa. His practice emphasizes professional and product liability and health law. He has an active interest in the application of information technology to professional practice, particularly in relation to the practice of law and medicine. Mr. Crolla is listed as a leading practitioner by Lexpert, the Best Lawyers in Canada and Benchmark Canada directory.

Mr. Crolla is a frequent author and lecturer; is the Editor of Electronic Healthcare Law Review (formerly Telehealth Law); was Regional Director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s LL.M in E-Business; and teaches in Osgoode’s LL.M in Health Law programme. He is a member of a number of professional societies, including the IBA, CBA, ABA and the Advocates Society. He is Honorary Counsel to REACH, a national non-profit, charitable organization for persons with disabilities.

Cathy Cummings

Cathy Cummings

Staff Liaison to the Business Structures and Innovation Team

Cathy is the Executive Director of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA), a division of the Canadian Bar Association. Cathy has an eclectic mix of work and volunteer experiences that have led to her leadership role in this national association that represents in-house lawyers across Canada. Cathy has volunteered extensively with United Way, the CSAE and many charities. Cathy was Chair of ALS Ontario, sat on the board of ALS Canada and was one of the leaders responsible for the reorganization of these two organizations into one to become more efficient and effective for the ALS Community. She holds an MBA from Athabasca University and is a Certified Association Executive, CAE. On a personal note, Cathy is married to her wonderful husband Marty, has three awesome children and has a mission nicknamed the “bouquet project” that is trying to reverse the statistic that people are ten times more likely to complain than praise.

Carolyn Kristin Dangerfield

Carolyn Kristin Dangerfield

Ethics and Regulatory Issues Team Member

Ms. Dangerfield was called to the Bar in Manitoba in 1983. She practiced civil litigation with an emphasis on professional liability and professional discipline until 1998 when she joined the Law Society of Manitoba, where she continues to work today as Senior General Counsel, appearing before discipline panels to prosecute members of the profession for professional misconduct, conduct unbecoming and incompetence.

Ms. Dangerfield has taught Ethics and Professional Responsibility both at the University of Manitoba and at CPLED, the Law Society of Manitoba’s bar admission program. She served as a member of the Federation of Law Societies Model Code of Conduct Committee from 2005 to 2009 and currently serves as a member of the Federation of Law Societies Standing Committee on the Model Code of Conduct.

Adam Dodek

Adam Dodek

Education and Training Team Member

Adam Dodek is Vice-Dean Research and Associate Professor in the Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa.

A graduate of McGill, Harvard and the University of Toronto, Adam was a Fulbright scholar who clerked for the Supreme Court of Israel and the U.S. Court of Appeals before returning to clerk for the Honourable Claire L’Heureux-DubĂ© at the Supreme Court of Canada.

He practised with the Public Law Working Group in Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Toronto office until 2003, when he joined the staff of Ontario’s Attorney General. He joined the University of Ottawa faculty in 2008.

Professor Dodek is a member of the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism and a founding member of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics.

Karen Dyck

Karen Dyck

Steering Committee Member

Karen Dyck is a freelance lawyer practicing in Manitoba.  Currently, she serves as the Loss Prevention Coordinator for the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association and Community Research Analyst for the Commission of Inquiry into the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Phoenix Sinclair. She was appointed a Part-time Commissioner and Presiding Officer with The Appeal Commission (Worker’s Compensation) in 2011 and continues in that role.

After several years in litigation practice with small firms, Ms Dyck worked in public legal education with Community Legal Education Association and then in a variety of roles with The Law Society of Manitoba. She was the founding Executive Director of the Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg and has also worked as a Human Rights Officer/Investigator with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.

Ms Dyck is a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Equality Committee, Chair of the Equality Issues section of the Manitoba Bar Association and regular blogger with Slaw. She is a past chair of the Women Lawyers Forum (Manitoba). Ms Dyck graduated with an LL.B. from University of Manitoba and B.A. (Justice and Law Enforcement) from University of Winnipeg.

Douglas D. Ferguson

Douglas D. Ferguson

Education and Training Team Member

Doug Ferguson spent 20 years in private practice as a partner with the London firm of Bitz, Szemenyei, Ferguson & MacKenzie (now Szemenyei MacKenzie).  His practice consisted of civil litigation, wills and estates, and tax law, including acting as a federal Crown for the Canada Revenue Agency.

In 2003, Mr. Ferguson returned to his alma mater, Western’s Faculty of Law, as Adjunct Professor and Director of Community Legal Services.

An active member of both the CBA and OBA, Mr. Ferguson in 2010 organized the first national conference for Canadian student legal clinics, and spearheaded the founding of the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education, where he serves as the inaugural president. He is outspoken on the need for reform of legal education, and on the role of law schools in access to justice.

Allan Fineblit, Q.C.

Allan Fineblit, Q.C.

Steering Committee Member

Allan Fineblit Q.C., CEO of the Law Society of Manitoba, was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1974 and started his career with the firm of Buchwald Asper in Winnipeg. In 1986 he was appointed the Executive Director of Legal Aid Manitoba. In 1996 he became the Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the Province of Manitoba. He has held his current position since 1998.

Mr. Fineblit is the Chair of the Manitoba Health Appeal Board, and the past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Winnipeg. He is also the President and CEO of Manitoba Law Library Inc., which operates Manitoba’s courthouse libraries.

Mr. Fineblit is a member of the CBA Task Force on Conflicts. He chairs the Federation of Law Societies committee on National Discipline Standards.

Andrew Fleming

Andrew Fleming

Business Structures and Innovation Team Member

A member of the Business Law Group of Norton Rose Canada LLP and its Banking and Financial Products practice team, Mr. Fleming has extensive experience in business law, including banking, company and securities law, and regulatory requirements relating to financial institutions and products, as well as corporate transactions, financings and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Fleming participated in structuring the first global covered bond programme by a Canadian issuer (RBC), and the first ever covered bond issue in Canada, also for RBC.  In addition, he participated in the structuring of an innovative structured finance shelf offering for RBC in Canada.  He has also acted as arbitrator in international business matters. Mr. Fleming is listed as one of Canada’s leading Capital Markets lawyers in The Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers.

Lisa Fong

Lisa Fong

Ethics and Regulatory Issues Team Member

Ms. Fong is a partner at Ng Ariss Fong, Lawyers in Vancouver, practising a blend of commercial and administrative law. In the area of administrative law a significant part of her practice involves the regulation of professions. Lisa advises both professional regulatory organizations and professionals. Her work with regulators includes advising on registration, investigation, discipline, and governance matters.

She and her firm regularly train committees and hearing panels, and provide educational offerings to professional regulators. In 2013, Ng Ariss Fong hosted a webinar on constitutional and human rights issues for professional regulators, and on September 24, 2013 the firm will be co-hosting its bi-yearly professional regulation conference in Vancouver with the law firm Lovett & Westmacott.   

Ms. Fong has been a member of the CBA Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee for the last two years.

Karin Galldin

Karin Galldin

Project Director, CBA Legal Futures Initiative

Karin Galldin is a graduate of the combined LLB-MA in International Affairs program at the University of Ottawa.  After articling, she founded a feminist-identified law firm in Ottawa, Galldin Robertson, which enabled her to work for the benefit of her community in supporting survivors of sexual violence through civil litigation and human rights work, by partnering creatively in law reform activities with sex work advocates, women's groups, and members of Ottawa’s queer community, and by mentoring young women entering the profession.  Karin teaches Rights and Freedoms to undergraduate students in the Civil Law Section of the uOttawa Faculty of Law, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre.

Monica N. Goyal

Monica N. Goyal

Business Structures and Innovation Team Member

After graduating with her undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo, where she was a Dean's List Scholar, Ms. Goyal attended Stanford University, where she earned her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. She also holds a law degree from the University of Toronto.

Ms. Goyal has extensive industry experience as an electrical engineer – she was employed in the United States and Canada in research and development with several major telecommunications and semiconductor companies.

Upon completion of her law degree, she worked with a top Canadian IP firm and then developed My Legal Briefcase – a technology solution to empower individuals with their legal needs. She leverages her background in law and technology to advise several Toronto area investors on strategic issues around areas of law and technology.

Malcolm Heins, LSM

Malcolm Heins, LSM

Chair of the Business Structures and Innovation Team

Malcolm Heins has a background of experience in law, regulation, governance, strategic planning, operations and public affairs. From 2001 to 2012, Mr. Heins was the Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the regulator of Ontario's 41,000 lawyers and 2,700 paralegals. Under his tenure the Law Society was completely restructured and the regulation of paralegals successfully incorporated into the mandate.

Prior to joining the Law Society, Mr. Heins was President and CEO of the Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company, and before that he was President and CEO of Simcoe Erie/GAN Canada.

As a volunteer Mr. Heins has played a leading role in the growth and development of the Law Society Foundation's charitable programs and serves on the boards of Pro Bono Law Ontario, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and Cancer Care Ontario.

Ian Holloway, Q.C.

Ian Holloway, Q.C.

Chair of the Education and Training Team

Ian Holloway was appointed Dean of Law at the University of Calgary on July 1, 2011. Prior to this appointment, Ian was Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario and associate Dean at the Australian National University. He has also held appointments at Cambridge and the National University of Singapore. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Australian National University.

Before beginning his academic career, Mr. Holloway spent a number of years in private practice with McInnes Cooper in Halifax, where he focused on labour and employment law. He also served as the law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada. In 2003, Mr. Holloway was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, an honour that is held by only a handful of Canadians.

Daniel Jutras

Daniel Jutras

Education and Training Team Member

Dean Jutras joined the Faculty of Law, McGill University in 1985 after clerking with Chief Justice Antonio Lamer at the Supreme Court of Canada.  He has been the Dean of the Faculty since March 2010.

From 2002 to 2004, Dean Jutras took leave from the faculty to act as personal secretary to the Chief Justice of Canada, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, in the position of Executive Legal Officer of the Supreme Court of Canada.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, and of UniversitĂ© de MontrĂ©al, Dean Jutras' teaching and research interests are in civil law and comparative law. His expertise extends to constitutional law:  in 2013, he was appointed by the Supreme Court of Canada to serve as amicus curiĂŠ in the Reference on the Reform of the Senate of Canada.

Tony Kavanagh

Tony Kavanagh

Ethics and Regulatory Issues Team Member

Mr. Kavanagh is a busy criminal defence lawyer in Manitoba and Honorary Counsel to the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organisation of Manitoba. He also works as an Independent Adjudicator, and teaches students at the Law School and Law Society.

A former Senior Prosecutor with Manitoba Justice, he has served as president of groups such as the Community Legal Education Association, the Manitoba Association of Crown Attorneys, the Manitoba Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, as well the Manitoba Bar Association, where he has also chaired several sections and conferences.

He served as a member of the Manitoba Law Society Committee reviewing the previous Code of Conduct. He has been a member of the CBA Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee for two years.

Norman Letalik

Norman Letalik

Education and Training Team Member

As Borden Ladner Gervais’ Managing Director, Professional Excellence, Norm Letalik’s responsibilities include recruitment, mentoring, performance evaluations, continuing education, knowledge management and professional development activities.  Norm is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.

Mr. Letalik was called to the bar of Ontario in 1989 and was added to the rolls as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1998. Before practising law, he was a law professor at Dalhousie University (1980-86) and the National University of Singapore (1986-88).  He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Law School, where he lectures in the Global Professional LL.M. Program. 

He currently practices in the fields of product liability, class actions, maritime and shipping law. He is listed in Best Lawyers in Canada for product liability law and in Lexpert for maritime and shipping law.

Gary Luftspring

Gary Luftspring

Steering Committee Member

Gary Luftspring, a partner at Ricketts, Harris LLP in Toronto, has been named by Lexpert as a litigator who is “consistently recommended.” Mr. Luftspring is regarded as one of Toronto’s leading litigators dealing with the breakdown of business relationships. He also writes and speaks on corporate insurance issues, and is an authority on officers’ and directors’ liability insurance.

He has appeared as an expert witness in US Federal Court on Canadian procedural and jurisdictional issues, and chaired the annual Canadian conference on Directors and Officers Liability.

Mr. Luftspring has acted as lead counsel in high-stakes cases at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal of Ontario. He has taught trial advocacy and negotiation for the Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course, and has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Gary Luftspring, a partner at Ricketts, Harris LLP in Toronto, has been named by Lexpert as a litigator who is “consistently recommended.” Mr. Luftspring is regarded as one of Toronto’s leading litigators dealing with the breakdown of business relationships. He also writes and speaks on corporate insurance issues, and is an authority on officers’ and directors’ liability insurance.

He has appeared as an expert witness in US Federal Court on Canadian procedural and jurisdictional issues, and chaired the annual Canadian conference on Directors and Officers Liability.

Mr. Luftspring has acted as lead counsel in high-stakes cases at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal of Ontario. He has taught trial advocacy and negotiation for the Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course, and has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Sarah MacKenzie

Sarah MacKenzie

Staff Liaison to the Ethics and Regulatory Issues Team

Sarah MacKenzie is a lawyer in the Legislation & Law Reform department of the Canadian Bar Association.  She works with the Futures Ethics and Regulatory Issues Team, providing support in their study of the current regulatory regime and the need for change. Sarah attended Dalhousie Law School and was called to the Bar in 1995. She practiced at Torys LLP and worked at the UOttawa Faculty of Law before joining the CBA in 2010.

Malcolm M. Mercer

Malcolm M. Mercer

Chair of the Ethics and Regulatory Issues Team

Malcolm Mercer is general counsel to McCarthy TĂ©trault LLP and a litigation partner with a commercial litigation practice, having been called to the Bar in Ontario in 1984. He is also active in the profession outside his practice: he is Chair of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee of the Canadian Bar Association and a member of its Conflicts of Interest Task Force. He’s also a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada; a member of the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada; and a Legal Ethics columnist for Slaw.ca.

Harvey Morrison

Harvey Morrison

Ethics and Regulatory Issues Team Member

Harvey Morrison, Q.C., is a partner in McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office and has been a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society since 1979. His practice focuses on aboriginal, constitutional and commercial matters. He has represented clients at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Morrison is the Chair of McInnes Cooper’s Conflicts Committee and his article “Conflicts of Interest and the Concept of Loyalty” was published in the Canadian Bar Review in 2008. He is a member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

He is on the Board of Directors of the Halifax Mission to Seafarers and the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Society, a Warden at St. Peter’s Anglican Church and a member of the Halifax Advisory Board of the Salvation Army.

Pascale Pageau

Pascale Pageau

Business Structures and Innovation Team Member

Pascale Pageau is president and joint shareholder of Delegatus, which she founded in 2005 after working for seven years in the civil and commercial litigation groups of two large Montreal law firms.

Chair of the CBA’s Women Lawyers Forum since 2011, Me Pageau is also currently a member of several committees of the bars of Montreal and Quebec. In 2005, she was president of the Young Bar Association of Montreal, and in 2006-2007, was on various decision-making committees of the Bar of Montreal (Council) and of the QuĂ©bec Bar (Administrative council and general council).

Me Pageau is often a guest speaker, covering a range of subjects, including work-family balance, business development, changes in the legal services industry as well as on the innovative services offered by Delegatus.

Sheila Redel

Staff Liaison to the Education and Training Team

Sheila joined the CBA in 2012 as the Director of Professional Development. Sheila brings extensive experience in the field of legal education and professional development to the Education and Training Team in her role as Staff Liaison. Prior to working at the CBA, Sheila worked as a Legal Education Consultant, and Instructor for BC Professional Legal Training Course. She also founded the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education Bar Admission Program during her time as the Director of Professional Education and Competence at the Law Society of Manitoba.

Sheila holds an LL.B and Masters of Distance Education from the University of Athabasca. She is admitted to practice in Alberta, Manitoba, and British Columbia.

Marie-Claude Rigaud

Marie-Claude Rigaud

Ethics and Regulatory Issues Team Member

Marie-Claude Rigaud is Assistant Professor at UniversitĂ© de MontrĂ©al’s Faculty of Law, and is also the current director of the Business Law in a Global Context LL.M Program. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, legal ethics and professionalism.

She spent many years practising in Toronto, Zurich and Montreal, before receiving her Doctor of Laws degree (with highest distinction) from Université Paris XII. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and of the Quebec Bar, where she serves on the committee reviewing the Code of professional conduct.

She is the co-editor of the Journal of Arbitration and Mediation, a joint initiative of the Faculty of Law, University of Sherbrooke, and the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, in collaboration with the Canadian Arbitration Congress.

Stephen Taran

Stephen Taran

Business Structures and Innovation Team Member

Mr. Taran obtained his Honors Business Administration and LL.B. from The University of Western Ontario, articled at McCarthy TĂ©trault in London and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997.  His business-minded approach to the practice of law inspired the creation of TVA | The Legal Outsourcing Network®. 

TVA's clients are lawyers who outsource their court appearances, discoveries, drafting, document review, due diligence and research on a task-by-task basis to its network of over 75 contract lawyers throughout Canada. TVA has brought outsourcing to the practice of over 1,000 lawyers in the past 15 years.

Mr. Taran has presented seminars and webinars in the area of law practice management and civil litigation.

Mr. Taran was the President of the Middlesex Law Association and is involved with many charitable organizations.  His love of technology always keeps him connected.

Alice Woolley

Alice Woolley

Ethics and Regulatory Issues Team Member

Alice Woolley is Professor of Law and Director of Admissions at the University of Calgary.  She is the author of Understanding Lawyers' Ethics in Canada (2011) and is co-author and co-editor of Lawyer' Ethics and Professional Regulation (2d ed) (2012).

Professor Woolley has written numerous academic articles about topics such as the good character requirement for law society admission, civility, lawyer independence, access to justice, legal education and philosophical legal ethics.

She is Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Legal Ethics and Secretary of the International Association of Legal Ethics, and has served on the Law Society of Alberta Professional Responsibility committee.  In 2012 she was the co-chair and lead organizer of the 5th biennial International Legal Ethics Conference in Banff, Alta.  Alice has a B.A. and LL.B from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M from Yale Law School.

Rani W. Wong

Rani W. Wong

Education and Training Team Member

Born and raised in Edmonton, Rani Wong earned her B.A. (Honours) in Economics at Queen’s University and her joint LL.B. and M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia. Ms. Wong practiced corporate and commercial law with a focus on financial services with Canada’s top national law firms, including Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Stikeman Elliott LLP and Bennett Jones LLP, in Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary. She also practiced for five years with the New York law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in their Singapore office, acting for multinational corporations and financial institutions throughout Asia.

Now with Soby Boyden Lenz in Calgary, Ms. Wong is focused on bringing her wealth of experience and knowledge to her current practice in family law, her passion and true calling.

She is on the Executive Board of the Association of Women Lawyers and is the Membership Chair of the Association.  Ms. Wong is also the AWL Mentoring Program Chair, having developed the inaugural Mentoring Program for Women Lawyers in Calgary in 2012/2013.  She is an active member of the Retention of Women in Law working group, an initiative of the Law Society of Alberta, which is currently developing a series of Skills Workshops for lawyers in Calgary.

Stephanie Willson

Stephanie Willson

Education and Training Team Member

Stephanie Willson is McCarthy TĂ©trault’s Chief Professional Resources Officer. Her mandate is to ensure that talent management programs and practices for all of the firm’s lawyers are second to none. She has established herself as a leader in lawyer recruitment, talent management and leadership development.

Ms. Willson holds a BA in Psychology and LLB from Queen’s University. Later studies have focused on human resources management and organization development.

Ms. Willson is a member of The Law Firm Talent Management Roundtable, the Canadian Management Association, the National Association for Law Placement and the Professional Development Consortium. She was a member of the CBA’s sub-committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession from 2003-2007 as well as Catalyst’s advisory committee on work-life balance in Canadian law firms from 2004-2006.