VI Subcommittees and Task Forces

16. Subcommittees of the Finance Committee

  1. The Investment Steering Subcommittee:
    • advises the Finance Committee, and through it the Board, as well as the Boards of related corporations, on the strategic investment of the funds of the Association and related corporations.
    • executes the applicable Board-approved investment strategy.
    1. Membership: Three members, including the Chair of the Finance Committee who will chair the Subcommittee.
    2. Qualifications:
      • Understanding of investment principles and practices, and of fiduciary duties in an investment context.
      • Experience as a member of a board or committee that manages the investment of other people's funds.
  2. The Enterprise Risk Management Subcommittee assists the Finance Committee, and through it the Board, in overseeing the identification, measurement and management of the Association’s principal risks, and in implementing policies and standards for monitoring and mitigating those risks.
    1. Membership: Three members, one of whom is a Board member who serves on the Finance Committee.
    2. Qualifications: Knowledge of or experience in identifying, assessing and managing risk exposures of large, not-for-profit organizations. (Board; 9 Jan 2018, 8 Mar 2018, 21 Jun 2018)

17. Subcommittees of the Governance and Equality Committee

  1. The Equality Subcommittee is dedicated to achieving equality in the legal profession, in particular on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, age or disability. The Subcommittee:
    • promotes awareness of equality issues in the profession and ways to eliminate discrimination;
    • develops resources to assist the profession in achieving equality;
    • monitors the status of equality and diversity in the profession.
    1. Membership: Five members, two of whom are Board members with experience in equality issues, and one of whom is a member of the Policy Committee.
    2. Qualifications: Ability and experience in equality issues through:
      • An understanding of the Association’s mandate and history in relation to equality initiatives
      • Involvement with equality initiatives at in a branch of the Association or workplace
      • Solid knowledge of equality issues and related legislation, jurisprudence, procedural justice, theory and practices
      • Knowledge of challenges faced by members of equality-seeking groups coming into contact with the justice system, or in the legal profession
      • Knowledge of or involvement in initiatives undertaken in other equality-seeking organizations
  2. The Sections Subcommittee:
    • assists with coordination and communications amongst Sections, and between Sections and the Board of Directors, the Finance Committee, the Management Team and other CBA entities;
    • consults with and brings the perspective of Sections to the Leadership Forum; and
    • oversees appointments to the Bench and Bar Committees for the Federal Courts and Tax Court.
      1. Membership: Five members
      2. Qualifications: Experience in oversight of Sections or in leading a national or branch section.
  3. The Wellness Subcommittee:
    • identifies priorities, projects and initiatives for the legal profession on mental health and wellness;
    • enhances awareness of mental health and wellness issues in the legal profession;
    • develops programming, professional development and resources to assist and support the legal community in identifying and dealing with issues related to mental health and wellness;
    • supports Lawyer Assistance Programs across the country.
      1. Membership: 10 members, including one Board member, one member appointed by the Judges Section, one member appointed by the Canadian Bar Insurance Association and, where possible, one person from each of seven regions (British Columbia; Alberta; Nunavut; Northwest Territories and Yukon; Saskatchewan and Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; and the Atlantic Provinces). A majority of subcommittee members must be CBA members.
      2. Qualifications:
        • Experience in or knowledge of:
          • issues relating to mental health and wellness affecting the legal profession
          • provincial and territorial Lawyer Assistance Programs and delivery of services at the local level
          • national and global trends in mental health and wellness issues
        • Interest in developing resources and programming to assist the legal profession in maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. (Board; 9 Jan 2018, 8 Mar 2018, 30 Apr 2018)

18. Subcommittees of the Policy Committee

  1. The Access to Justice Subcommittee:< >Coordinates and integrates activities of the Association to improve and promote access to justice for the poor and middle class in Canada;facilitates information sharing about legal aid and pro bono across Canada;liaises with legal aid and pro bono organizations and CBA groups
  2. Membership: Five members
  3. Qualifications: Experience in issues relating to access to justice, through
    • delivery of legal aid services,
    • activity in legal aid or pro bono policy or research,
    • participation in a pro bono law organization,
    • knowledge of public legal education,
    • knowledge of Aboriginal issues in the Canadian legal system, or
    • knowledge of poverty law issues
  • The Ethics and Professional Responsibility Subcommittee fosters ethical and professional conduct and standards in the legal profession. It studies issues relating to ethics and professional responsibility and develops practice tools to assist lawyers in fulfilling their professional responsibilities.
    1. Membership: Five members
    2. Qualifications: Knowledge of practical application of rules of professional conduct for the legal profession, or ethical and disciplinary issues in other regulated professions.
  • The Judicial Issues Subcommittee addresses policy issues relating to judicial appointments, compensation, discipline and independence
    1. Membership: Five members
    2. Qualifications: an understanding of principles of judicial independence through experience in judicial issues such as appointment processes, education, discipline processes, compensation commissions.
  • The Law Reform Subcommittee:< >pursues improvement in law and administration of justice that reflects the Association’s commitment to the rule of law, the Charter of Rights and fundamental human rights.reviews all Association submissions to government and Parliament.promotes law reform priorities for the Association.
  • Membership: Five members
  • Qualifications: Experience in or knowledge of:
    • policy development, law reform, test case development or government relations
    • Rule of Law, Charter of Rights and fundamental human rights.
    • Interest in emerging issues of law outside usual area of practice
  • The Legal Futures Subcommittee has an ongoing mandate to prepare the profession for the future.
    1. Membership: Five members, at least one of whom is a young lawyer and at least one of whom is a law student.
    2. Qualifications:
      • Knowledge of national and global trends and issues for the legal profession.
      • Innovative thinking in the face of change.
      • Experience in innovative approaches to law practice or client service.
      • Ability to foresee long-term implications of approaches that are not readily apparent.
  • The Supreme Court of Canada Liaison Subcommittee serves as a link between the Court and the Bar. It consults with National Sections and SCC counsel on issues that the Court and Bar may raise for review.
    1. Membership: Five members
    2. Qualifications: Experience in Supreme Court of Canada or other appellate advocacy, or in SCC agency work.