24-01-A — CBA Bylaw Amendment – Board Composition

WHEREAS a new CBA governance structure came into effect in September 2017, with a Board of Directors to be selected on the basis a matrix of geography, diversity, skills and other demographic characteristics;

WHEREAS, in May 2023, twelve Branches and the CCCA proposed that the CBA Board composition be changed, with each Branch and the CCCA choosing a representative on the CBA Board, to give the CBA Board increased knowledge of members and CBA activity in the Branches and CCCA;

WHEREAS participation of Indigenous lawyers in CBA leadership enhances relationships with Indigenous members in the CBA and benefits decisions made for all CBA members as we continue work on reconciliation;

WHEREAS the CBA Board should reflect the diversity of the profession as defined in CBA Bylaw No. 1;


  1. CBA Bylaw No. 1 be amended to change the composition of the Board of Directors, as outlined in Annex A;
  2. Board members serving when this resolution is adopted will complete the term of office in place when they were elected.
  3. Section 33 comes into effect upon adoption for positions where the term of office ends on or before 31 August 2024.
  4. Sections 29 and 33 come into effect on 1 September 2024 where a Board member’s position becomes vacant or the term of office ends after 31 August 2024.
  5. Section 33.1 comes into effect on 1 September 2024.

Moved by CBA-BC, Ontario Bar Association, et al.

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