Welcome and Section updates!

  • September 23, 2022

Arlene D. O’Neill


Welcome to a new CBA year! Our Section is the fifth largest of the 39 active national Sections. Our members can be found across Canada and are active at the Branch level.

We are proud to be led by an Executive of five officers – all dedicated business lawyers – including myself, Arlene D. O’Neill (Chair), Roisin Hutchinson (Vice-Chair), Laura James (Communications Officer), Daniel Hirsch (Secretary) and Samer Awadh (immediate Past-Chair), each for a one-year term.

We have ten Members-at-Large and 17 Branch Chairs across Canada. Our Branches provide valuable input on proposed legislation considered in their own jurisdiction.

Our Section plays an important role in advocacy and contributes to various submissions including anti-corruption measures, trade negotiations and the Digital Economic Partnership Agreement. We have also been consulted on proposed changes to the Canada Business Corporations Act.

We are looking for ways to engage members by delivering meaningful and relevant professional development programming that will attract a cross section of junior lawyers and lawyers seeking to collaborate with in-house counsel. We are also exploring ways to improve networking and business development opportunities. Let us know if you have suggestions!

This is a great time to participate in our initiatives, lend your voice and get more involved in the networking opportunities available through your CBA membership.

We encourage you to review our initiatives and support our Section to ensure the important voice of business lawyers remains alive and vocal in the community.

Current Practice Trends in Canadian Private M&A – October 19

The panel will discuss evolving market practices and current trends in Canadian Private M&A, based on the findings of Practical Law Canada’s sixth annual report: “What’s Market: Legal Trends in Canadian Private M&A”. Gain insights into key provisions in purchase agreements such as purchase price adjustments, indemnification and break fees.


Law Student Essay Contest

The Section is pleased to announce the winners of the CBA Business Law Section Essay Contest. The 2022 essay contest was graciously sponsored by McInnes Cooper.

Rachael Tu for her English-language paper entitled “Rethinking the Canadian Model for Advancing Board Diversity”. Rachael is a JD/MA student at the University of Toronto (2020-2023).

Estelle Mauffette-Whyte for her French-language paper entitled “L’avenir du marché des obligations vertes : pour ou contre une réglementation en son sein?” (available only in French). Estelle studied at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal where she completed a Bachelor of Civil Law (LL.B.) Honors.

More Relevant, Recent PD!

On-demand recordings are now available:

Keep an eye out for more practical and engaging programming to be announced in 2022-2023.

Get Involved

We invite you to engage with the Section in the following ways:

  • Follow us on LinkedIn and share your ideas!
  • Send us your ideas for new activities or initiatives that you would like to see from the Section.
  • Submit a member article.
  • Join us to contribute to our submissions.


Arlene D. O’Neill
Chair, CBA Business Law Section 2022-2023