President & Vice-President

The president is the face of the CBA. As its spokesperson and members’ advocate, the president is responsible for key relationships with the branches, the CBA Board of Directors, the CBA Executive Officers, legal groups in Canada and internationally, the public and the media. The vice-president supports the president and chairs the Governance and Equality Committee.

We are proud to introduce you to the 2017‒2018 President and Vice-President.

KERRY L. SIMMONS, <abbr lang="en" title="Queen's Counsel">Q.C.</abbr>


President | British Columbia

CBA President Kerry L. Simmons, Q.C., is a partner at Cook Roberts LLP in Victoria, BC where her practice focuses on litigation and dispute resolution in the areas of estates, employment, real estate, business, and professional regulation and liability. In 2012‒13 she served as President of the BC Branch of the CBA where she was an outspoken advocate for access to justice and access to legal services in rural and small communities throughout the province.

Kerry holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Victoria. She received her LLB from the University of Calgary (1999) and was admitted to the bar in 2000. She taught civil procedure at UVic Law School, and has been a leader in professional development with the Victoria bar.

Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013, the CBABC recognized Kerry that same year for outstanding service to the legal profession with the President’s Medal. She is an active volunteer in the community, lending her time and expertise to a variety of groups, including the Youth Parliament of the BC Alumni Society.

As Chair of the Governance Transition Task Force, Kerry helped the CBA make changes in its governance structure to support our new Strategic Direction to serve members in ways that work for them.

Serving a one year term.



Vice-President | Nova Scotia

CBA Vice-President Ray Adlington is a partner with McInnes Cooper in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he has also served as CEO and Chief Financial Officer. He has led the firm in exploring uses for artificial intelligence in the practice of law, promoted inclusiveness initiatives, modernized financial systems, and led several mental health initiatives.

An active member of the Nova Scotia Branch since 1997, Ray is a member of the Taxation Law Section, which he chaired from 2004‒2006.  He consistently volunteers his time to offer continuing legal education programs on tax law, shareholder agreements, not-for-profit corporations, trusts and estate planning to CBA members.

Ray served on the CBA-Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Joint Committee on Taxation from 2005‒2009.  During that time, he led the preparation of the Joint Committee submission on the eligible dividend rules and actively participated on the submissions for the Fifth Protocol to the Canada-U.S. Tax Treaty and the restrictive covenant rules.

Ray is father to two teenage daughters who aspire to become lawyers.

Serving a two year term.