President & Vice-President

The president is the face of the CBA. As its spokesperson and members’ advocate, the president is responsible for key relationships with the branches, the CBA Board of Directors, the CBA Executive Officers, legal groups in Canada and internationally, the public and the media. The vice-president supports the president and chairs the Governance and Equality Committee.

Meet the 2018-2019 President and Vice-President.



President | Nova Scotia

CBA President Ray Adlington is a partner with McInnes Cooper in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he has also served as CEO and Chief Financial Officer. He has led the firm in exploring uses for artificial intelligence in the practice of law, promoted inclusiveness initiatives, modernized financial systems, and led several mental health initiatives.

An active member of the Nova Scotia Branch since 1997, Ray is a member of the Taxation Law Section, which he chaired from 2004‒2006.  He consistently volunteers his time to offer continuing legal education programs on tax law, shareholder agreements, not-for-profit corporations, trusts and estate planning to CBA members.

Ray served on the CBA-Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Joint Committee on Taxation from 2005‒2009.  During that time, he led the preparation of the Joint Committee submission on the eligible dividend rules and actively participated on the submissions for the Fifth Protocol to the Canada-U.S. Tax Treaty and the restrictive covenant rules.

Ray is father to two teenage daughters who aspire to become lawyers.



Vice-President | Ontario

Vivene A. Salmon is Vice-President, Country Compliance Manager, Global Banking and Markets Compliance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is responsible for regulatory change management, privacy and global compliance support for the Canadian business. Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch Vivene practiced law and policy at the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) and Gowling WLG. Preceding entry to the legal profession, Vivene held several roles of increasing responsibility in Crisis Communications and Issues Management in various ministries of the Government of Ontario.

Vivene is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and holds the designation CIPP/C from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She has completed several Canadian Securities Institute industry accreditations, including: Chief Compliance Officer Qualifying Exam, Trader Training, and the Canadian Securities Course. Vivene completed her J.D. at the University of Ottawa in 2009 and participated in an International Exchange at Lund University, Faculty of Law in Sweden. Vivene was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2010. 

A committed volunteer in the legal and broader communities, Vivene has volunteered as a Board Member on several non-profit community Boards, including: Food for the Poor Canada, a charity which supports building schools in the Caribbean and Latin America and METRAC – Action on Violence, a non-profit organization which works to prevent violence against women and children in the Toronto Region.

Vivene has membership in several professional organizations: the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA), Women in Capital Markets (WCM) and the Black Female Lawyers Network (BFLN).  

Vivene is the Vice-President of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and has served on its Board of Directors since 2017. Founded in 1896, the CBA is the voice of the legal profession in Canada and represents 36,000 lawyers, judges, legal educators and law students. Vivene is President-elect in 2020. Vivene is the first visible minority and first female corporate counsel in the over 100-year history of the organization to hold this position.


Vice-president | Manitoba

Bradley Regehr is a Partner with Maurice Law, Barristers & Solicitors. His legal practice focuses on Aboriginal, administrative, corporate/commercial and real property law. He is Legal Counsel to First Nation and other aboriginal groups representing them in numerous matters including litigation, administrative, historical claims and governance issues. Bradley holds a BA (Joint Honours) degree from the University of Waterloo (1993) and an LL.B. (1996) from the University of Manitoba. He is ta former President of the Manitoba Bar Association, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce in Winnipeg.