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President – Michele H. Hollins, Q.C.

Michele H. Hollins, Q.C.

Having grown up in Saskatchewan, Michele Hollins graduated with her B.Sc. from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas in 1987. She returned to Saskatchewan and obtained her LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law in 1992. After clerking to the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, she began her articles and then worked as an associate at McCarthy Tetrault in Calgary, Alberta. In 2001, Michele joined the firm of Dunphy Best Blocksom LLP, where she became a partner in 2004 and received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2008.

Michele has a varied civil and commercial litigation practice, with a focus on employment law. She works primarily in the areas of wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, duties of departing employees including restrictive covenants and confidential information. She also works with clients to draft employment contracts and policies and termination packages. The remainder of Michele’s practice includes general contract and tort litigation, shareholder disputes, product liability and debtor-creditor work. Michele has extensive courtroom experience before all levels of Alberta Courts and particularly enjoys trial work. In 2012-2013, she was Lead Counsel to the Alberta Commission of Inquiry regarding Preferential Access to Health Care.


First Vice-President – Janet M. Fuhrer

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 is a Past 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); she has served on the OBA Membership Committee and she has participated 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.


Second Vice-President – René Basque, Q.C.

Réné Basque

Mr. Basque is currently a partner of Actus Law Droit Law Firm in Moncton where he practises corporate restructuring and construction law. He received his Queen’s Counsel in 2013.

René Basque has been a member of the CBA since 1989. He was president of CBA-New Brunswick in 2006-2007 and is currently chair of the CBA’s national Awards Committee.



Treasurer – Annette Horst

Annette Horst

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 sits on the Law Society of Manitoba’s Committee on Paralegals. Annette 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.


Past President – Fred Headon

Fred Headon

Fred Headon, Assistant General Counsel, Labour and Employment Law, at Montreal-based Air Canada, is the first in-house counsel to serve as President of the Canadian Bar Association.

Prior to joining Air Canada, Mr. Headon worked in private practice in Montreal in the areas of labour, employment, human rights, privacy, and administrative law, as well as civil litigation. He has also taught Social Law and Administrative Law at the Law Faculty of the National University of Rwanda.

Mr. Headon has served the Canadian Bar Association in a number of capacities, including as a member of its Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Board from 2007-2012. In addition to serving as CBA President, he is the Chair of the CBA Legal Futures Initiative. His work with the CBA, and in particular, the Legal Futures Initiative were, cited by Canadian Lawyer magazine when it included him in its 2013 list of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers.


Chief Executive Officer – John Hoyles, CAE

John Hoyles, CAE

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.



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