CBA Welcomes New CEO Cheryl Farrow

  • November 29, 2016

OTTAWA – Cheryl Farrow has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Bar Association, a role she assumed on Nov. 7.  She takes over from outgoing CEO John Hoyles who is retiring from the Association after 20 years.


“We are delighted to welcome Cheryl Farrow to the CBA and I am looking forward to working closely with her during my presidency.”

“She brings the right blend of skills and experience at a time of profound change and reinvention for our Association. I know she will serve our Association well during this time of transition and into the future.”

“We wish John Hoyles well as he turns the page following two decades at the helm of the CBA.”

CBA President René Basque, Q.C. of Moncton


  • Cheryl Farrow is an experienced professional association executive, with more than 15 years of senior management experience
  • Experienced in the not-for-profit sector, she has worked with boards through periods of change and evolution
  • Skilled at unlocking the potential of teams
  • Focused on helping the CBA turn its strategies into outcomes


  • First female president of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management, 2016
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Supply Chain Management Association, 2010 to November 2016
  • MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management
  • Bilingual Honours BA, York University, Glendon College
  • Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation, Canadian Society of Association Executives


The CBA is dedicated to support for the rule of law, and improvement in the law and the administration of justice. Some 36,000 lawyers, notaries in Quebec, law teachers, and law students from across Canada are members.