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

CBA Vice-president Vivene Salmon is the Assistant Vice-President, Compliance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Her practice areas include financial services, securities, corporate and privacy law. She has volunteered her time with the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) as a member of the Advocacy and Professional Development Committees. Her commitment to the CBA has also included work with the Young Lawyers’ Section, the Ontario Chapter of the CCCA, as well as several Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Sections and working groups. She sat on the OBA Governance Committee, where she was involved in reviewing constitutions, policies and bylaws. She was also member of the Treasurer's Early Careers Roundtable at the Law Society of Upper Canada. In the community, she sits on the Board of Directors for METRAC - Action on Violence and participates as an Advisory Board Member for Food for the Poor Canada. Vivene possesses a BA Honours degree in Political Science (2000) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Juris degree (2009) from the University of Ottawa. She also completed one year of a Master of Public Administration degree from Queen’s University. Vivene was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2010. She is a Certified Privacy Professional with the International Association of Privacy Professionals.