Members

The 2022-2023 CBA Board of Directors represents the full diversity of Canada’s legal profession. They are responsible, together with CBA staff, for setting a course for the CBA’s future and remain focused on serving our members.

The Board is composed of one member from each province and territory, plus the CBA President and CEO. It is our pleasure to introduce the Board’s members to you.

Ken Armstrong

KEN ARMSTRONG K.C.

British Columbia

Ken currently practices insurance defence litigation, focusing on major loss motor vehicle accident claims. Ken has also practiced employment law and commercial litigation. He has appeared before all levels of courts in British Columbia. He has written articles and taught lawyers on topics including ethics and practice management, civil procedure, and jury trials.

Ken had served on a variety of CBA national committees, including most recently the Sections Subcommittee. He was President of the BC branch in 2019-2020, served over 20 years on Provincial Council, and several terms on the branch executive committee. He was President of the New Westminster Bar Association in 2004-2005. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in December 2020.

Ken is a committed youth sports volunteer, with over twenty-five years of service as a coach, official and administrator. He has umpired at two different World Series within the Little League program.

Audrey Boctor

AUDREY BOCTOR

Quebec

Audrey Boctor is a partner at Montreal litigation boutique IMK LLP. She practices in all areas of civil and commercial litigation, with a focus on constitutional and administrative law and disputes involving public and private international law. She regularly appears before all levels of court and administrative tribunals.

Audrey is currently serving as the Chair of the CBA National Equality Subcommittee. She is a former president of CBA-Quebec, a former chair of CBA-National and CBA-Quebec’s administrative law sections and a former president of CBA-Quebec’s equality committee. In 2021, Audrey received the CBA SOGIC Ally Award for her work as lead counsel in public interest litigation advancing equality for LGBTQ2+ people in Canada.

Jordan Brown

JORDAN BROWN

Prince Edward Island

Born and raised in Charlottetown, Jordan completed his education at the University of Prince Edward Island (BBA, 2002) and the University of New Brunswick Law School (LL.B. 2005). He was called to the Bar in 2006.

Jordan maintains a general legal practice focusing on corporate and commercial law, real property transactions, and general litigation and has appeared in all levels of Court within Prince Edward Island.

Jordan served as Minister of Justice, Public Safety and Attorney General in the Government of Prince Edward Island between October 2017 and May 2019. He previously served as Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture. 

He has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association for many years and served as President of the Young Lawyers’ Forum in 2014-2015 after volunteering a year on the Finance Committee. He also served in various capacities with numerous other community-based organizations from Rotary to Provincial Alpine Ski School, Stratford bid committee for Provincial Museum, to the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce.

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MELANIE DEL RIZZO, K.C.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Melanie Del Rizzo, Q.C. was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. She graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1989, obtained her LL.B. from McGill University in 1994, and was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 1995.

Ms. Del Rizzo is a senior partner with the St. John’s law firm of Smyth Woodland Del Rizzo Barrett. She has developed an extensive practice primarily devoted to family law and is a certified mediator. A member of the national executive of the Canadian Bar Association Family Section since 2009, Ms. Del Rizzo is past Chair of that Section, and has also served on the CBA’s National Sections Subcommittee.

Amongst other board and volunteer commitments, Ms. Del Rizzo served as a member of the City of St. John’s Heritage Committee for 12 years, on student councils for 9, and is a recipient of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Gordon M. Stirling Distinguished Service Award but is most proud of her 34 seasons (and counting) playing with the Gower Youth Band and Gower Community Band.

She is married to John Del Rizzo and is mom to Amelia (20) and Gabe (19).

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GREG LYNDON

Nunavut

Gregory Lyndon has practised law in the North for the past 15 years. He is currently one of two General Counsel with PPSC in Nunavut and previously worked for Saskatchewan Justice and Saskatchewan Legal Aid. Prior to this, he spent a decade in a variety of assignments within the United Nations system, serving in far flung locations including Hong Kong, Iran, Kosovo, and Pakistan. Born in Edmonton, Gregory is a fifth-generation settler from Treaty 7 territory. His interests include reading, writing, hiking, and husky sled dogs.

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MICHAEL R. MCKINNEY K.C.

Alberta

Michael McKinney has been a CBA member since 1986 and is Executive Director and General Counsel for the Sawridge First Nation and the Sawridge Group of Companies, a role he has served in since 1988. He has served and continues to serve on a number of Boards for a several organizations. Michael obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with distinction in 1983 from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Law Degree (LL.B) in 1986 from the University of Alberta. He has served on the CBA Audit Committee since 2020, served as a Chair of the CCCA Alberta Branch since 2015 and was Chair of the Canadian Corporate Council Association in 2018-2019.

Kelly McLaughlin

KELLY MCLAUGHLIN

Northwest Territories

Kelly graduated from the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law in 2005 and was called to the Bar in New Brunswick in 2006. She moved north with her now-husband in 2008. Kelly first worked as Legislative Counsel and then Director of Legislation Division for the Government of the Northwest Territories. Slowly but surely, Kelly completed a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration with Dalhousie University. Currently Kelly is the Legislative Coordinator for the GNWT, providing support and advice to the Government House Leader and Cabinet on the legislative agenda and House business. 

Kelly has been an active member of the Canadian Bar Association at the Branch and National Levels. She served as the Northwest Territories Branch President for 2018-2019 after advancing through the leadership ladder. At the National level Kelly has served on the National Women Lawyers Forum and the Public Sector Lawyer Forum Executives, and for a time chaired the National Sections Subcommittee. A career highlight has been her participation as a member of the Technical Assistance Team for the CBA International Initiatives Project “Supporting Inclusive Research Development in East Africa,” which provided her with the opportunity to travel to Tanzania and Kenya. 

Carley Parish

CARLEY PARISH K.C.

New Brunswick

Carley is a managing partner with Lutz Parish Gerrish in New Brunswick, having been at the firm since 2004. She has appeared at all levels of Court in New Brunswick. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Simon Fraser University in 2001, Bachelor of Law from the Université de Moncton in 2004. She has taught at the University of New Brunswick Law School and has taught at the New Brunswick Bar Course. She is the former president of the Law Society of New Brunswick. 

Carley received the E. Neil McKelvey Q.C. Pro Bono and Volunteer Service Award in 2019, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in 2018, the Town of Hampton Small Business Week Award for Community Leadership in 2015. Her community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Hestia House board of directors, board member of Mindcare NB through the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation and incoming President of the Rotary Sussex. She is the only female official inducted into the North American Men’s Fast Pitch Hall of Fame. 

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STEVE SEIFERLING

Saskatchewan

Steve is the Managing Lawyer of Seiferling Law, a boutique firm in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, which deals in labour law, employment law, human rights, privacy, and all things workplace related, including collective bargaining and negotiation. In addition to his work in labour and employment law, which has allowed him to appear before all Saskatchewan courts and a number of tribunals, Steve works as a sessional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan, teaching Labour Law, and Occupational Health and Safety.

When he’s not in the office, Steve can be found spending time with his son or in the gym which he co-owns. Prior to founding Seiferling Law with his father Larry, Steve worked in private practice for several years, in both Ontario and Saskatchewan, and worked in-house for a natural resources company.

Tom Ullyett

TOM ULLYETT

Yukon

Tom has been a CBA member since he was in law school and a member of the CBA Yukon Branch since 1985. He has held many leadership positions within the CBA both at the branch and national level.

At the branch level, he is the co-chair of the Public Sector Lawyers Section and a member of the organizing committees for Law Day and the Mid-Winter Meeting. In the past, he has twice served on the executive committee including as branch president.

At the national level, he has served as chair of the Yukon Lawyers Section, Chair of LPAC (now CBA Well Being), as a member of the CBIA board (now Lawyers Financial) and as a member of the board of directors. In 2021 he was presented with the CBA’s Louis St. Laurent Award.

He is currently a member of Yukon University’s board of governors and recently completed a three-year term as the chair of the Employment Standards Board. In the past, Tom has served on a variety of community boards including the Yukon Women’s Transition Home and the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club.

Tom was a member of Yukon’s Department of Justice for over 33 years holding positions from articling student to deputy minister/deputy attorney general.

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LYNNE M.J. VICARS

Ontario

Lynne Vicars is a banker turned lawyer whose extensive experience in both business and complex litigation has fostered a passion for bringing technology to the legal profession. With an M.B.A. in International Business, a J.D. from the University of Alberta, an LL.M. in e-Business Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a certificate in Lean Six Sigma from the University of Toronto, Lynne brings a unique perspective to her legal practice – one that connects business principles and technical innovation with legal vision and strategy.

Admitted to practice in multiple jurisdictions, Lynne provides strategic legal advice on data privacy and breach response, information governance, internal investigations, regulatory compliance, eDiscovery, subpoena response and trains other lawyers on the use of "CaseLines" for electronic document review and presentation in hearings.

Tuma Young

TUMA YOUNG K.C.

Nova Scotia

Tuma is an L’nu from Malagawatch First Nation and his band is Eskasoni First Nation. Tuma was born into the Squirrel clan for the Rabbit clan, Tuma is the spouse of Nicolaas Honig and resides in Sydney River where he teaches Mi’kmaq Studies at Cape Breton University. 

Tuma is the first L’nuwisit (fluent Mi’kmaq speaking) lawyer called to the bar in Nova Scotia (2001) and the incoming President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society for 2021-22. Tuma’s research interests are in L’nuwey Tplutaqan (Mikmaq laws), L’nuwin Pisun (Mi’kmaq Medicines) and 2 Spirit folks (2SLGBTQ+).