The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is governed by a president who is elected annually, a past president, a board of directors and an executive committee. A new governance model has been developed and the new Board will commence its mandate on September 1, 2017.

Our structure includes the CBA National Council that meets twice a year to make policy decisions, the CBA Finance Committee accountable to the CBA Board of Directors, and 17 Standing Committees covering a wide range of areas – such as access to justice, equality and professional development. Special committees and task forces are also appointed as needed.

CBA Sections are organized to study particular branches of law and pertinent issues of the day. All 32 Sections are administered by a CBA Section Executive Committee, generally composed of a chair, vice-chair, and treasurer.

Forums represent common interest groups and provide members with a voice and structure. All Forums are administered by a CBA Executive Committee composed of a chair, vice-chair, secretary-treasurer and chairs of all corresponding branch Sections, Forums or Committees. Members registered for a Forum are entitled to participate in the business and activities of that Forum, including voting and nomination for office.

The CBA's foundations and corporations that offer tailored products and services to members at special rates also operate through bylaws.