From the Board: Q&A with Tom Laughlin

  • July 10, 2019

Tom Laughlin is the CBA Board Member for P.E.I., and Chair of the Board’s Policy Committee.

Q: What is the most interesting thing you have done as a Board member?

A: I have had the benefit of serving on the Board both before and after the changes brought about through the CBA’s Re-think initiative. With that background, the most interesting thing for me about being a Board member is likely seeing how the new Board compares to the old. I am very happy to report that being one of a small group of dedicated individuals responsible for guiding the direction and shape of the organization has been a great experience for me personally and I believe has been extremely successful for the CBA as a whole. The breadth and depth of perspective and skills of the members of the board has been invaluable.

Q: What has surprised you about being a Board member?

A: Throughout my career I have served on a number of volunteer boards and executive committees. While for the most part each has been able to function, I am truly amazed at how collegial and effective this Board has been. While Board members certainly do not always see eye-to-eye on everything, resulting in some healthy (and necessary) debate from time to time, the exchanges are always respectful and measured.

Q: How are you able to balance your board responsibilities with your practice and your personal life?

A: The elusive work-life balance is something that is a struggle for many in this profession. The responsibilities associated with being a board member are no different. In my career, I have found that organization and prioritizing are critical to maintaining that balance (or at least giving you the illusion of control!) While there is certainly more work involved in being a member of the Board now than in the past, the structure is also much clearer, with responsibilities identified and plenty of notice.

Q: What advice would you give someone thinking about running for the Board?

A: Approach the position with hard work, but take the time to get to know your fellow Board members and the CBA staff, and try to enjoy your time on the Board. There will be some hard work required, but a lot more fun as well! It will be over before you know it.