Conversations with the President

Take a deep dive into issues that matter the most. Conversations with the President is a CBA podcast in which legal experts discuss priorities with the CBA President. These long-form discussions are a great complement to the advocacy work of the Association. A meeting of great minds you won’t want to miss! 

LATEST EPISODES

Meet Stephen Rotstein, CBA President 2021

Conversations with the President
November 2021

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Stephen Rotstein, CBA President for the year 2021-2022, meets with The Every Lawyer host Marlisse Silver-Sweeney. They discuss his priority for the year and his upcoming podcast Conversations with the President.

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Meet Bradley Regehr, CBA President 2020

Conversations with the President | The President's Take on TRC's Calls to Action
November 2020

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We are chatting with Brad Regehr, the new Canadian Bar Association President and the first Indigenous person to take on the role. We’re talking about reconciliation, Covid-19 and even his amateur theatre career.

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Conversation on Call-To-Action 11 - Adequate Education Funding

Conversations with the President | The President's Take on TRC's Calls to Action
December 2020

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For his first episode as host of Conversations with the President, Brad talks with Alyssa Bird, Evans Family Law, and Robin Sutherland, Director of Indigenous Relations at Lakehead’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, about the The Truth and Reconciliation’s eleventh call to action.

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Conversations on Call to Action 27 - Cultural Competency Training

Conversations with the President | The President's Take on TRC's Calls to Action
January 2021

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Brad Regehr discusses Call to Action number 27's aim at making sure practising lawyers receive cultural competency training, with Jennifer David and Michael McDonald, Q.C.

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Conversations on Calls to action 34-40 - Indigenous people in the justice system

Conversations with the President | The President's Take on TRC's Calls to Action
February 2021

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President Brad Regehr discusses Calls to Action 34 and 40 with Harold R. Johnson and Stacey Soldier. They speak on the problem of over-incarceration of Indigenous peoples and how the system failed them.

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Conversations on Calls to Action 28 - Going to school

Conversations with the President | The President's Take on TRC's Calls to Action
March 2021

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President Brad Regehr meets with Dr. Val Napoleon and Sigma Daum Shanks to discuss Call to Action 28, which calls on law schools to require students to take a course in Aboriginal people and the law.

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Conversations on Calls to action 42, 50, 51, 62 Recognition of Aboriginal justice systems

Conversations with the President | The President's Take on TRC's Calls to Action
April 2021

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President Brad Regehr discusses the recognition of Aboriginal justice systems with John Borrows and Naiomi Metallic.

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Conversations on Calls to Action 43, 44, 45, 46 and 92 - UNDRIP as a reconciliation framework

Conversations with the President | The President's Take on TRC's Calls to Action
May 2021

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President Brad Regehr discusses the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with Aimée Craft and Brenda Gunn.

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Conversations on Call to Action 57 - Aboriginal-Crown relations

Conversations with the President | The President's Take on TRC's Calls to Action
July 2021

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President Brad Regehr speaks with Maggie Wente and David Nahwegahbow on Call to Action number 57 which calls for governments at all levels to educate civil servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, Indigenous law and Aboriginal-Crown relations.

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Beyond the CTAs

Conversations with the President | The President's Take on TRC's Calls to Action
August 2021

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For his final episode as host of Conversations with the President, CBA President Brad Regehr speaks with Cindy Blackstock and Dr Pamela Palmater to discuss the next steps beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.

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Meet Vivene Salmon, CBA President 2019

Conversations with the President | The State of the Profession
November 2019

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We are chatting with Vivene Salmon, the new Canadian Bar Association President and the first person of colour to take on the roll. We discuss her own podcast series, Conversations with the President.

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After the Crash

Conversations with the President | The State of the Profession
December 2019

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Vivene meets Jordan Furlong and Omar Ha-Redeye to look at how the legal profession is changing due to societal, economic and technology forces and what this means for lawyers in Canada.

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School Days

Conversations with the President | The State of the Profession
January 2020

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Are there are too many law schools producing too many grads for too few articling positions and jobs once they’ve passed the bar? Why add a new law school in Canada? Ronit Dinovitzer and Anver Saloojee answer.

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Ready, set... practice!

Conversations with the President | The State of the Profession
March 2020

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Vivene talks to two law school deans, Ian Holloway and Camille Cameron about their education experience and who should be providing on-the-job training.

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Young Lawyers Going Solo

Conversations with the President | The State of the Profession
April 2020

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Vivene meets with Erin Cowling and Kim Gale to discuss the rejection of the traditional law firm model, billable hours and entrepreneurship.

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Pivoting in crisis

Conversations with the President | The State of the Profession
May 2020

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Martine Boucher and Vivene discuss the impact of today's reality can have on small and solo legal practices.

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The business of Law

Conversations with the President | The State of the Profession
July 2020

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Vivene talks with Jamie Benizri and Monica Goyal about entrepreneurship and how the business of law will be different after COVID.

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Mentorship, Sponsorship and Diversity

Conversations with the President | The State of the Profession
July 2020

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Vivene talks with Ruth Goba about mentorship and sponsorship and how they navigate the Canadian legal space as black women.

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Aly Haji and Allan Rock

Conversations with the President | The State of the Profession
August 2020

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For her last episode as host of Conversations with the President, Vivene Salmon has an intergenerational dialogue with Aly Haji and Allan Rock.

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Meet Raymond Adlington, 2018 CBA President

Conversations with the President | Raising the Bar on Inclusion
November 2018

Meet Ray Adlington, the CBA president. In this podcast, we discuss his vision for the Association, his history battling depression and why he's become a champion of inclusivity and diversity in the profession.

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Conversation with diversity and inclusion expert

Conversations with the President | Raising the Bar on Inclusion
December 2018

Ray meets Ritu Bhasin, expert in diversity and inclusion, to demystify cultural competency in the workplace.

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Conversation with Indigenous Lawyers

Conversations with the President | Raising the Bar on Inclusion
January 2019

Merle Alexander and Naiomi Metallic, Indigenous Canadian lawyers, share with Ray, their experiences as part of the legal system.

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Conversations with LGBTQ2S+ Lawyers

Conversations with the President | Raising the Bar on Inclusion
February 2019

In this episode, Ray will be talking with two LGBTQ2S+ lawyers about their experience within the Canadian legal system, Preston Parsons and Nicole Nussbaum.

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Conversations with Racialized Lawyers

Conversations with the President | Raising the Bar on Inclusion
March 2019

In this episode, Ray meets Charlene Theodore, 2nd Vice-President of the Ontario Bar Association, who is the first black woman to occupy this position. He also meets with David A Curry, Crown Attorney in Digby, Nova Scotia, to discuss his experience as a black and Mi’kmaq lawyer.

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Conversations with Women Lawyers: Part 1 with Anne McLellan

Conversations with the President | Raising the Bar on Inclusion
April 2019

In this episode, Ray will be talking with Anne McLellan, counsel with Bennett Jones in Edmonton, who has risen to the top of Canada’s federal political spectrum and lives to tell the tale.

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Conversations with Women Lawyers: Part 2 with Kim Campbell

Conversations with the President | Raising the Bar on Inclusion
May 2019

In this episode Ray talks social media, her career in law and politics and how she deals with it all.

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Conversation with a lawyer living with a disability

Conversations with the President | Raising the Bar on Inclusion
June 2019

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Ray meets with Lorin McDonald, a lawyer from Toronto who was born with profound hearing loss in both ears. They discuss her journey through law school, the Accessible Canada Act (passed on May 29) and more!

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Conversation with a diversity and inclusion leader

Conversations with the President | Raising the Bar on Inclusion
August 2019

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Ray meets with Sacha de Klerk, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Canada, Norton Rose Fulbright. They talk inclusion initiatives, promoting diversity and the need for substantive data.

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Best of Conversations with the President 2018

Conversations with the President | Raising the Bar on Inclusion
August 2019

Last episode of Conversations with the President: Raising the Bar on Inclusion. Ray shares some of his favourite moments from this past year.

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