Members

The 2018‒2019 CBA Board of Directors represents the full diversity of Canada’s legal profession.  They will be responsible, together with CBA staff, for implementing our new governance model and setting a course for the CBA’s future. Throughout this process, they will remain focused on serving our members.

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

CHRISTOPHER D. BUCHANAN

CHRISTOPHER D. BUCHANAN

Northwest Territories

Christopher Buchanan is Legal Counsel with the Department of Justice for the Government of the Northwest Territories where he practices civil litigation in the areas of administrative law, employment law, labour law, human rights law, family law, Aboriginal law, trespass law and general defence work. He regularly appears before the Territorial and Supreme Courts of the NT and the Federal Court of Canada. He is a former Associate with Lesperance, Mendes Lawyers in Vancouver BC. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree (2004) from the University of Guelph and an LL.B. (2011) from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. He is the current President of the CBA’s NT Executive where he has chaired and been a member of numerous CBA committees and forums.

JASON COOKE

JASON COOKE

Nova Scotia

Jason Cooke is a partner with Burchells LLP in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His areas of practice include: administrative law, civil litigation, employment law, regulated professions and Aboriginal law. Since 2013, he has been a member of the Nova Scotia Assessment Appeal Tribunal. Jason holds a BA degree (1995) from the University of Regina and an LL.B. (2005) from Dalhousie University. He currently teaches a Civil Procedure Workshop at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Jason serves on the Executive Committee of the CBA's Nova Scotia branch and chairs the Legislation and Law Reform Committee.

KEVIN J. HACHÉ

KEVIN J. HACHÉ

New Brunswick

Kevin Haché is the President of Kevin J. Haché C.P. Inc., a general law practice focusing on family law and property law which he founded in 1999. He possesses a Baccalauréat en Administration des Affaires degree (1994) from Université de Moncton and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa where he graduated cum laude in 1997. Kevin is a past President of the Caraquet Chamber of Commerce and is currently a member. He is also past President of the Caraquet Figure Skating Club and is a member of the Centre-Ville Caraquet Corporation. A former municipal councillor (elected 2004), Kevin is the Mayor of Caraquet, a position he has held since 2012.

JEFF HOWE

JEFF HOWE

Saskatchewan

Jeff Howe practices in the areas of Aboriginal and Treaty Law, and has been in private practice for the past decade. He serves as general counsel to a First Nation in rural Saskatchewan. He also founded and runs the White Bear Legal Clinic, a pro bono legal clinic for White Bear First Nations members. He has actively contributed to the CBA as an executive member of the National Aboriginal Law Section and Military Law Section executive, among others. A former Wawota Town Council member, Jeff has served as president and chair of the Wawota Recreation Board. Jeff holds a BA in Humanities (1999) from the University of Victoria and Doctor of Laws (2006) from the University of Saskatchewan.

VINCENT LAROCHELLE

VINCENT LAROCHELLE

Yukon

Vincent Larochelle is an appellate and criminal lawyer for Yukon Legal Aid where he conducts all criminal appeals funded by the Yukon Legal Services Society. He is a former tax associate with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in New York, NY where he focussed on cross-border taxation matters. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Science Honours (B.Sc.H.) degree in Mathematics from McGill University where he graduated summa cum laude in 2009 and a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence degree (2012) from Exeter College, Oxford University. He is a Board member of  the Yukon Chapter of the Alpine Club of Canada and the Climb Yukon Association. He is the current President of the CBA's Yukon branch. In May 2018, Vincent was appointed Chief Adjudicator of the Yukon Human Rights Panel of Adjudicators.

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THOMAS LAUGHLIN, Q.C.

Prince Edward Island

Thomas Laughlin is a Partner at Stewart McKelvey and his area of practice focuses on civil and criminal litigation. He has worked as both Crown prosecutor and defence counsel. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree (1995) from the University of PEI’s School of Business. He received an LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick in 1998 where he was Treasurer of the Environmental Law Society and a member of the International Law Students Association, the Law Students Society and of the Canadian Council of International Law. He is past President of the PEI branch of the CBA (2015-2016).

MARIE LAURE LECLERCQ

MARIE LAURE LECLERCQ

Québec

For more than 20 years, Marie Laure Leclercq has specialized in intellectual property and commercial law, supporting businesses or organizations in the technology, manufacturing, franchising and distribution sectors. Currently serving as Counsel at De GrandprĂ© Chait in Montreal, she has been a member of the CBA for 35 years. She has served in several senior leadership roles within the QuĂ©bec Branch, including Executive Committee member, Secretary, Vice-President and President. She has been both a member and president of the Equality Committee, Law Reform Committee, Intellectual Property Section, and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference. She is a founding member of the Forum des Femmes. Marie Laure has contributed to the CBA’s international initiatives as a trainer for lawyers in corporate and commercial law at the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Her community work is exemplary. She has volunteered in senior roles with the Union Française, Outgames, Quebec Gay Chamber of Commerce, and Agence MontrĂ©alaise pour l’emploi. Marie Laure has been recognized with numerous awards for her work, including the CBA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Hero Award (2016), CBA-QuĂ©bec Jules DeschĂŞnes Prize and others. She received her Bachelor in Physics Engineering (1974) and Master of Software Engineering (1977) from the Polytechnique de MontrĂ©al, as well as her Degree in Law (1980) from the UniversitĂ© de MontrĂ©al. She also holds an MBA-Finance (1982) from McGill University.

STEPHEN MANSELL

STEPHEN MANSELL

Nunavut

Stephen Mansell is the Director of Policy and Planning for the Government of Nunavut. His work focuses on Aboriginal Law, government and legal policy. He is a long-serving CBA volunteer, working in numerous senior leadership roles at the Nunavut Branch level. He also served on the Executive of the Law Society of Nunavut. In his volunteer roles, he has dedicated his time to young lawyer initiatives—introducing the CBA-Inuksuk High School Moot Court, expanding access to continuing legal education in remote regions of the North, and creating a joint CBA-Law Society library. In 2015, he was chosen as the CBA Nunavut representative on the Nunavut Judicial Advisory Committee. A true Northerner, Stephen has also served two terms on Iqaluit City Council. He possesses a BA Honours degree in International Relations (2003) from Carleton University and a JD in Common Law (2015) from Osgood Hall Law School. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies at the University of the Arctic.

NABEEL PEERMOHAMED

NABEEL PEERMOHAMED

Alberta

Nabeel Peermohamed is an Associate with Brownlee LLP in Calgary, Alberta where he practices in the areas of insurance defence and civil litigation. As the firm’s team leader for the Calgary Civil Claims Duty Counsel program, he recruits and manages associates involved in the program. He served as President of the Society of Law Students at the University of Calgary, sat on the Board of Directors for Calgary Legal Guidance, and served as Program Coordinator for the Pro Bono Students Canada, University of Calgary chapter. An active member of the CBA Young Lawyers, Civil Litigation and Insurance Sections, Nabeel is a regular contributor to the CBA Newsletter. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (2008) from McGill University, JD (2011) from the University of Calgary, and LL.M in Tax Law (2013) from the University of Toronto. Nabeel is passionate about fostering partnerships for pro bono legal services, advancing technology in the profession and mentoring young lawyers in their chosen career path.

BRADLEY REGEHR

BRADLEY REGEHR

Manitoba

Bradley Regehr is a Partner with Maurice Law, Barristers & Solicitors. His legal practice focuses on Aboriginal, administrative, corporate/commercial and real property law. He is Legal Counsel to First Nation and other aboriginal groups representing them in numerous matters including litigation, administrative, historical claims and governance issues. Bradley holds a BA (Joint Honours) degree from the University of Waterloo (1993) and an LL.B. (1996) from the University of Manitoba. He is the past President of the Manitoba Bar Association, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce in Winnipeg.

TWILA E. REID

TWILA E. REID

Newfoundland & Labrador

A partner with Stewart McKelvey in St. John’s, Twila E. Reid practices in the areas of labour and employment law, commercial litigation and administrative Law. She is an active volunteer, both with the CBA and within her community. Twila has served as an executive member of the CBA National Administrative Law Section since 2014, and co-chair of the 2015 National Administrative, Labour and Employment Law Conference. The federal Department of Justice appointed her as the CBA representative on the NL Judicial Advisory Committee. Her other leadership positions include serving as Director of three organizations: Newfoundland & Labrador Employers’ Council, School Lunch Association, and the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre. She is also a past Director of the St. John's Status of Women Council. Twila holds a BA Honours degree (1999) from Memorial University and an LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick (2002).

CHANDAN K. SABHARWAL

CHANDAN K. SABHARWAL

British Columbia

Chandan K. Sabharwal heads the Sabharwal Law Group in Surrey, BC and practices in the area of family law. She assists clients with parenting arrangements, parenting time, parental responsibilities, guardianship, child support, section 7 expenses, spousal support and property division. She holds a BA (2003) from the University of British Columbia and an LL.B. (2006) from the UBC Law School. She was called to the Bar in 2008. Born in Vancouver, Chandan lived in India during her childhood and speaks three languages: English, Punjabi and Hindi. She is an active volunteer with the CBA and the Canadian Diabetes Association. She provides her time to the Nanak Mission Sikh Charity Organization’s food kitchen in downtown Vancouver. She also sits on the Board of the Newton Business Improvement Association. Chandan loves to travel and spend time with her family.