2013-2014 CBA Executive Officers
Fred Headon, Assistant General Counsel, Labour and Employment Law, at Montreal-based Air Canada, is the first in-house counsel elected as Second Vice-President of the Canadian Bar Association. Prior to joining Air Canada, Mr. Headon has worked in private practice in Montreal in labour, employment, human rights, privacy, and administrative law, as well as civil litigation and 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, Fred Headon has appeared before the Superior Court of Quebec, the Federal Court, the Quebec and Federal Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Mr. Headon is a member of the CBA/Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AASB) committee on Joint Policy Statement on Audit Inquiries. 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 both CBA and CCCA events.
Michele Hollins, Q.C.
Michele Hollins has been involved with the CBA for many years at the national and provincial levels. Ms. Hollins served as President of the CBA’s Alberta Branch in 2007-08. Nationally, she is the Vice-Chair of the CBA Communications Committee, and is Chair of the CBA’s CLC and Mid-Winter Review Committee. A partner at Dunphy Best Blocksom in Calgary, Michele Hollins will become CBA president in 2014.
Janet M. Fuhrer
Janet Fuhrer is a partner with the firm of Ridout & Maybee LLP in its Ottawa office. Having begun her career as an intellectual property lawyer when called to the Bar of Ontario in 1987, Ms. Fuhrer is a certified specialist by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) in intellectual property law (trade-marks and copyright). She also was a member of and chaired the LSUC’s previous Intellectual Property Law Specialist Certification Committee. Ms. Fuhrer presently is Chair of the CBA Professional Development Committee and a Past Chair of the National Sections Council (NSC), as well as the National Intellectual Property Law Section. During her two-year term as Chair of NSC, Janet Fuhrer served on the CBA Board of Directors, Finance Committee and National Council. Ms. Fuhrer is a Past Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and continues to serve on the committee, as well as the OBA Membership Committee and she participates in the OBA Mentorship Program as a mentor. In her area of practice, Ms. Fuhrer is a Past President (2010-2011) of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and has held leadership positions with the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Janet is a frequent speaker and moderator at various IP conferences and meetings. In her spare time, she is an avid runner.
Annette Horst began her career articling with Legal Aid Manitoba at the Northland Community Law Centre in The Pas in the areas of criminal and family law. Ms. Horst became a member of the Manitoba Bar Association Council while practising in Brandon and continued her involvement from The Pas, joining the Executive Committee in 2006. She chaired the YL-CBA in 2006-2007. She served on the MBA Mid-Winter Organizing Committee for five years and is a past chair of the MBA Young Lawyers. Ms. Horst has been a Learning Group Facilitator for the Law Society of Manitoba bar course and currently sits on the Law Society of Manitoba’s Committee on Paralegals. Annette Horst received her undergraduate degree from Brandon University in 1995 and her law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1998. She was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1999.
Robert C. Brun, Q.C.
Mr. Brun is a Past President of the British Columbia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and a Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia. He is a member of the Justice Review Task Force and the CBA National Task Force on Conflicts of Interest. Mr. Brun was called to the Bar in 1978 and practiced for five years with the Workers’ Compensation Board of BC prior to joining Harris & Brun as a founding partner in 1984. He has a special interest in personal injury and workers’ compensation law and is also experienced in the fields of insurance and administrative law. He has conducted many trials and appeals in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Court of Appeal of British Columbia and Supreme Court of Canada. He is a frequent guest lecturer at seminars for lawyers put on by Continuing Legal Education, the Canadian Bar Association and the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia.
John Hoyles, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Originally from Val d'Or, Québec, John Hoyles completed an English degree at the University of Ottawa and attended Osgoode Hall Law School. Mr. Hoyles assumed the position of CBA Executive Director in 1996, and is currently the Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hoyles has held numerous positions prior to joining the CBA, including: founding partner of Byck, Hoyles & Grant, Barristers and Solicitors; Acting Crown Attorney in Ontario; Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the GST Consumer Information Office; and Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the National Capital Commission.