CBA-FLSC Ethics Forum

Friday, March 31, 2023 | Toronto, ON

Speakers

Halie Kwanxwa’logwa Bruce

Halie Kwanxwa’logwa Bruce

Cedar & Sage Law | Chilliwack, BC

Halie (Kwanxwa’logwa) Bruce is a Kwakwaka’wakw, Tlingit, and Scottish/Canadian mother, wife, lawyer, mediator, adjudicator, sometimes soccer coach and Sixties Scoop Survivor. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2008. Her practice areas include Aboriginal law, family law, child welfare, Indigenous laws, and Indigenous Dispute Resolution. Since 2010, Halie has also devoted part of her practice to Indigenous restorative justice initiatives, including writing Gladue Reports for Indigenous people at bail, sentencing and appeal courts in BC.

Halie attended Simon Fraser University before attaining a Bachelor of Laws degree from UBC. She has over 38 years of experience working with Indigenous communities, and Indigenous, provincial and federal governments and organizations. She has extensive training in mediation and alternative dispute resolution through courses taken at the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, Justice Institute of BC, and the Social Justice Mediation Institute.

Before entering the legal profession, she served as the Executive Director of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs. As the Joint Policy Council Coordinator, she advocated for Aboriginal Title and Rights and Treaty Rights, including the Rights of indigenous peoples generally and Indigenous children specifically. She has extensive experience in administration, management, staff and employment issues.

In 2014, Halie co-founded the law firm Cedar & Sage Law, which focuses on Indigenous laws, Alternative and Traditional Indigenous Dispute Resolution mechanisms and peacemaking protocols.

Steeves Bujold

Steeves Bujold

President, Canadian Bar Association

Steeves Bujold is a partner in the MontrĂ©al office at McCarthy TĂ©trault and leader of the firm’s litigation group for the QuĂ©bec region. He has a diversified practice in litigation and cutting-edge expertise in health law, medical and pharmaceutical liability, and professional law.

At his firm, Mr. Bujold is a member of the Inclusion Now Council and Chair of the Pride Action Group. As such, he is the national leader of the diversity and inclusion initiatives for the LGBTQ2S+ community.

Mr. Bujold was appointed President of the Canadian Bar Association, a position he will retain from September 1st, 2022 to August 31st, 2023 inclusively. At the CBA, he was Vice President (2021-2022), Chair of the Equality Sub-Committee (2019-2020), Chair of the Chief Executive Officer Selection Committee and Chair of the Policy Committee (2020-2021).

Mr. Bujold was a member of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments for QuĂ©bec Seats and is a currently a member of the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee for QuĂ©bec - West. Mr. Bujold is the recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and Governor of the Fondation du Barreau du QuĂ©bec.

Mr. Bujold is a director and secretary of the Board of Directors of Adélard, a centre of contemporary art.

Mr. Bujold received his Bachelor of Civil Law from UniversitĂ© Laval in 1998. He was called to the Barreau du QuĂ©bec in 1999 and admitted to the Ordre des administrateurs agrĂ©Ă©s du QuĂ©bec in 2021.

Loraine Champion

Loraine Champion

Alberta Lawyers' Assistance Society | Calgary, AB

Loraine is the Executive Director of the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society, an independent organization which provides confidential and free professional counselling, peer support and education and awareness, and community to Alberta lawyers, law students and their families.

Loraine was admitted to the Alberta bar in 1987, after clerking with the Court of Appeal and Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. She began her career as a corporate finance lawyer at a national firm but when she moved in-house (in a job share role!), she found her niche in the human resources portfolio, advising on proactive HR strategies and employee issue management. She leveraged this experience to set up a legal practice where she advised employers on employment issues and policy implementation, design and training, including harassment, respectful workplace and disability management, where wellness often played a key role.

Loraine joined the Law Society of Alberta in the Conduct department in 2014, becoming the Manager of its proactive Early Intervention Program in 2016 where she oversaw development and implementation of this program which responded to concerns about lawyers with resources, unless a regulatory response was appropriate. This role gave her insight into the challenges faced by Alberta lawyers and the resources available to assist them, including through Assist.

In her role with Assist, Loraine is a frequent speaker and blogger on lawyer well-being and risk factors, building resilience, flexible work arrangements and professional responsibility over her career. She weaves her understanding of legal ethics with human resources leadership and insight into mental health.

Loraine lives in Calgary where she enjoys barre classes, spending time with her three adult sons, reading and hanging out with her dog, Tessa.

Lynda Collins

Lynda Collins

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law | Ottawa, ON

Lynda Collins is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa and Counsel with the uOttawa-Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic. Before entering academia she practised with Ecojustice Canada in Toronto and with a complex litigation firm in San Francisco.  She is an expert in rights-based approaches to environmental protection, including Toxic Torts, Indigenous environmental rights and environmental rights under the Charter. She is the author of The Ecological Constitution (Routledge, 2021) and co-author (with Dr Heather McLeod-Kilmurray) of The Canadian Law of Toxic Torts (Canada Law Book, 2014). Collins has litigated and consulted on cases in tribunals ranging from the Ontario Municipal Board to the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Professor Collins has a secondary research interest in law student and lawyer well-being and she pioneered Ontario’s first law school credit course in Happiness and the Law and offers LSO-accredited CLE courses on cultivating well-being in legal practise. She recently co-chaired Canada’s first international symposium on Teaching Well-being in the Law. Professor Collins has been practising meditation and mindfulness since her first year of law school (1997) and trained to the Master’s Level with the Institute for Integrative Coaching.  She is a member of the Bars of Ontario and California.

Katrina Ingram

Katrina Ingram

Ethically Aligned AI | Edmonton, AB

Katrina Ingram is the Founder and CEO of Ethically Aligned AI, a company focused on helping organizations to drive better outcomes in the design, development and deployment of AI systems. A seasoned executive, Katrina has over two decades of experience running both not for profit and corporate organizations in the technology and media sectors as well as experience in the public sector. She is a member of DAMA and volunteers with several AI ethics organizations including Women in AI and Ethics (WAIE), For Humanity and All Tech is Human. She was named to the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics. Katrina holds an undergrad in business administration from Simon Fraser University and a master of arts in communications and technology from the University of Alberta. She combines her love of audio and interest in AI as the host of the podcast, AI4Society Dialogues. Katrina is a member of the Calgary Police Services Technology Ethics Committee and recently developed Canada's first micro-credential in AI Ethics in partnership with Athabasca University. She also serves as the City of Edmonton’s Data Ethicist.

Annie Noa Kenet

Annie Noa Kenet

Goldhart Kenet LLP | Toronto, ON

Annie practices exclusively in the area of family law and is pleased to announce the recent launch of Goldhart Kenet LLP.

Annie currently serves as Chair of the Canadian Bar Association, Family Law Executive and has previously served in various capacities on the Ontario Bar Association, Family Law Executive, including as its Chair in 2018-2019.

Annie has chaired and spoken at more than 20 continuing legal education programs including the OBA’s “Family Law Institute”. She is also the founding author for LexisNexis Practical Guidance on the topics of: Marriage Contracts, Cohabitation Agreements, Child Support, and Spousal Support.

Aside from her involvement in family law, Annie serves on the Board of Directors of Smile Theatre, a charity enriching the lives of seniors by providing them with access to uplifting, professional performances.

Annie is particularly fond of her cats, cheesecake, musicals, and Lysol products.

Erin Kleisinger, K.C.

Erin Kleisinger, K.C.

McDougall Gauley LLP | Regina, SK

Erin attended Queen’s University, receiving a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy in 1989, and an LL.B. in 1992. She was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1993 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in Saskatchewan in 2015.

Erin practices with McDougall Gauley LLP in Regina.  Her areas of practice include civil litigation, privacy law, education law, banking and financing, and insolvency and restructuring.  She has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and numerous administrative tribunals. Erin has been recognized by her peers in “Best Lawyers in Canada” for Banking and Finance Law, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law and Education Law.

Erin is a former Bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, serving as the Society’s President in 2017.  She sits on the LSS Firm Regulation Committee, and its Model Code Subcommittee.

Erin is currently the Saskatchewan Council Member and Second Vice-President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.   She serves on numerous Federation committees, including the Standing Committee on the Model Code of Professional Conduct, and she is the Chair of the National Wellness Study Steering Committee.

Marcus McCann

Marcus McCann

Millard & Company | Toronto, ON

Marcus McCann is a lawyer at Millard & Company LLP, where he practices in the areas of employment and human rights. Marcus has been involved in high profile legal battles related sexuality and LGBTQ rights, including cases about to online activism, HIV nondisclosure, and sex work. In 2019, he was counsel to AB, an 11-year-old trans girl who challenged the repeal of the 2015 sex ed curriculum. Before becoming a lawyer, Marcus was a journalist who wrote for a variety of publications. His first book of essays, "Park Cruising: What Happens When We Wander Off the Path", will be released by House of Anansi Press in May.

Amy Salyzyn

Amy Salyzyn

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law | Ottawa, ON

Amy Salyzyn is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa and a Faculty member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society. She received her J.S.D from Yale Law School for her dissertation exploring the judicial regulation of lawyers in common law jurisdictions. She also received her LL.M. from Yale Law School and her J.D. from the University of Toronto. She has written extensively in the area of legal ethics, lawyer regulation, the use of technology in the delivery of legal services and access to justice. Amy is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics.

Awanish Sinha

Awanish Sinha

McCarthy TĂ©trault LLP | Toronto, ON

Awi is a partner in our litigation group and Co-Lead | Public Sector. He advises clients on extraordinary circumstances that involve political risk, unforeseen circumstances and transformative strategy projects. Decision-makers value his ability to see around corners, separate key information from background noise, and find creative solutions for uncertain times.

Awi has the premiere political law practice in Canada, with unique experience in high-profile matters. He balances an adroit command of the political ethics rules and procedures with a deep understanding of the realpolitik at play. He represents senior public office holders and major corporations in high-profile parliamentary committee proceedings and investigations by the Conflict of Interest & Ethics Commissioner, the Commissioner of Lobbying, the Canada Elections Commissioner, provincial Integrity Commissioners, and Auditors General. Leaders trust Awi in these high-stakes scenarios to identify core issues, map risks and recommend real actions.

Awi serves clients when disaster strikes. He has provided crisis readiness and response strategies to clients grappling with physical catastrophes, corporate violations of public trust and executive malfeasance. Awi specializes in practical, real-time legal advice to coordinate with – not compete with - business priorities and public communications responsibilities.

Deanne Sowter

Deanne Sowter

PhD Candidate & Vanier Scholar, Osgoode Hall Law School | Toronto, ON

Deanne Sowter is a doctoral candidate and Vanier Scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is also a Research Fellow with the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution. Deanne’s research focuses on legal ethics and family law, and it has been supported by SSHRC and several prestigious fellowships including the OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowship in Legal Ethics and Professionalism Studies. Deanne’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Dalhousie Law Journal, the Canadian Bar Review, and the UBC Law Review, and it has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada. She is a regular contributor to the Slaw Legal Ethics column and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary and Western Law. Deanne has a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, an LLM from the University of Toronto, and is a collaboratively-trained family lawyer.

Emilie Taman

Emilie Taman

Champ & Associates | Ottawa, ON

Emilie Taman is lawyer at Champ & Associates in Ottawa. She represents individuals in a wide range of employment, human rights and other related disputes.

A graduate of Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Law, Emilie served as a law clerk to the judges of the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2004/05 and to the Hon. Justice Ian Binnie, then a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, in 2005/06.

A former federal Crown prosecutor and law professor with the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Common Law, Emilie was named as one of Canada’s top 25 most influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine in 2018. She co-hosts the award-winning podcast, the Docket, with her spouse, criminal defence lawyer Michael Spratt. Together they explain and comment on complex and often contentious legal issues, particularly when they relate to civil liberties, human rights and criminal justice, with a goal of fostering a more informed public debate.

Most recently, Emilie has been working as part of the team of lawyers representing Zexi Li and other Plaintiffs in a putative class action against the so-called “Freedom Convoy” which occupied the streets of Ottawa for several weeks in February of 2022. If that doesn’t qualify as lawyering in a time of chaos and controversy, what else possibly could? Emilie and her colleagues also acted for the Coalition of Ottawa Residents and Businesses before the Public Order Emergency Commission late last year which examined the Federal government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act in response to the Convoy.

When she’s not busy lawyering, whether in times of chaos or otherwise, Emilie can be found entrenched in another kind of chaos: parenting two teens and a tween.

Steven Vaughan

Steven Vaughan

Professor, Faculty of Laws, University College London | London, England

Steven is Vice Dean (Strategy) and Professor of Law and Professional Ethics at the Faculty of Laws, University College London, having previously served the Faculty as Deputy Dean in 2022. He was previously co-Director (with Professor Maria Lee) of the Centre for Law and the Environment and co-Director (with Dr Simon Lock) of qUCL (UCL's queer research network). Steven created and co-leads OutLaws, the Faculty of Laws Staff-Student LGBT+ Network. The author and editor of four books and dozens of peer-reviewed journal papers and other publications, he is a recognised world-leading scholar in two primary academic fields: environmental law (including on climate change, chemicals regulation, planning law, and contaminated land development); and the legal profession (writing on ethics, diversity, regulation, and legal education).

Away from the university, Steven's expertise on the ethics, diversity and regulation of the legal profession has led to appointments to: the Education and the Policy Committees of the Solicitors Regulation Authority; the LGBT Lawyers Division of The Law Society; and the Research Strategy Group of the Legal Services Board. He was the Chair of the Joint Academic Stage Board (2012-2014) and a Panel Member of the Legal Education and Training Review Steering Group. He is currently a Council Member of the Health and Care Professions Council (the regulator of almost 300,000 health professionals working in 15 different professions).

Steven’s career began with almost a decade in the City as a solicitor (first at Freshfields, then at Latham & Waktins), before moving full time into academia. As a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, he is fully committed to developing approaches to teaching thatinfluence, motivate and inspire students to learn. Keen that his work engages with an audience beyond the academy, Steven has spoken at the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts and written for a number of media outlets (including The Times, The Guardian and The Lawyer). He has also held Visiting Fellowships at Stanford University, the University of Melbourne and the Frank J. Kelley Institute of Ethics (at Michigan State University).

Sydney Young

Sydney Young

McKercher LLP | Saskatoon, SK

Sydney Young graduated from Brigham Young University with a BSc in genetics and biotechnology.  After working for a couple of years in the laboratory environment, she realized her interests were more inclined towards the ethical issues and questions associated with her degree and decided to apply to law school.

Sydney graduated from Robson Hall in 2020 and articled with the Law Society of Saskatchewan’s professional discipline branch from 2020-2021.  After joining the bar, she worked as admissions and education counsel with the Law Society before joining McKercher LLP’s litigation team as an associate in 2022.

As a young litigator, Sydney maintains a general practice but has particular interest in administrative, health, and professional regulatory law.

Outside of practicing law, Sydney loves to travel and spend time outside with her husband and two dogs.