Governance and Equity Committee


  • Reviews overall governance of organization and recommends changes when required, including the development of effective and transparent bylaws, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Accountable for implementation of equity policy and actual diversity across the CBA
  • Defines, proposes and manages annual Board self-evaluation process
  • Defines and proposes criteria for Board members
  • Manages Board election; analyses applications for completeness, including law society check
  • Manages Committee and Subcommittee composition, recruitment and selection process
  • Reviews human resources policies and practices
  • Defines, proposes and manages CEO selection and performance evaluation processes
  • Determines and manages dispute resolution processes within governance bodies and between governance bodies and staff
  • Oversees the work of its subcommittees and reports to the Board on their work
  • Selects recipients of and administers the Viscount Bennett Fellowship, Hnatyshyn Award for Law, St-Laurent Award of Excellence, Douglas Miller Rising Star Award and other awards referred by the Board


Eight members, five of whom are Board members (including the VP, who chairs the Committee). Members other than the Board members serve a two year term.

We invite applications to fill one position.



Knowledge of CBA structures.

Knowledge of governance issues in large, diverse, member-driven, not-for-profit organization.

Experience on boards of other large not-for-profit organizations.

Experience in developing and interpreting relevant legislation, bylaws and internal governance policies.

Ability to support and initiate change, while helping others deal with the transition.

At least one member of the committee must be a francophone and at least one member must be an anglophone. At least one member of the committee must practice law in Quebec and at least one member must practice law in a Canadian common law jurisdiction.


Ability and experience in equity issues through:

  • An understanding of the CBA’s mandate and history in relation to equity initiatives
  • Involvement with equity initiatives at your CBA branch or workplace
  • Solid knowledge of equity issues and related legislation, jurisprudence, procedural justice, theory and practices
  • Knowledge of challenges faced by members of equity-seeking groups coming into contact with the justice system, or in the legal profession
  • Knowledge of or involvement in initiatives undertaken in other equity-seeking organizations


20 hours/month

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