Toronto lawyer begins one-year term as CBA president


Stephen rotstein de Toronto begins his one-year term as President of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) on September 1, taking the helm of the 125-year-old association of more than 36,000 lawyers, notaries, professors of law and law students across Canada. He succeeds Bradley D. Regehr from Winnipeg. Steeves Bujold de Montréal begins his term of vice-president.

“My priority for the year is to empower lawyers to strengthen themselves and their communities,” said Rotstein, the first public sector lawyer to become CBA president, in the press release. ‘ABC. “The pandemic has increased the workload for many of our members and highlighted how difficult it can be to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Well-being and mental health are a priority for many of our members. My goal will be to ensure that CBA members have the resources to be the best version of themselves and build their resilience in these difficult times. I also want to encourage our members to further strengthen their own communities by volunteering and getting involved in various local initiatives. Giving back benefits both the individual and the community.

Additionally, the press release notes that the new CBA president wants to focus on young legal professionals who may be considering non-traditional career paths. “I have worked as a lawyer in government, business, the nonprofit sector and now for a regulator. While historically many lawyers have spent their entire careers in private practice, others – especially now – want to practice differently, entering government, in-house, or the nonprofit sector, for example. The association is there to help them shape careers that they will find rewarding and to support them.

The new CBA President looks forward to meeting with volunteers and corporate partners to talk about wellness initiatives and hear about topics that matter to them. Building on the success of past CBA Presidents, Rotstein looks forward to engaging members through the Conversations with the President podcast.

Rotstein is Director of Global and National Affairs at the Ontario Securities Commission. As a member of the management team, Rotstein provides strategic advice on a wide range of issues relating to capital markets, systemic risk and international standardization work.

Previously, he was Vice-President, Policy and Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel at FP Canada (formerly Financial Planning Standards Council) where he oversaw all public policy and regulatory matters related to financial planning and practiced the profession of corporate, commercial, employment, intellectual property, corporate governance and nonprofit law. He is also President of the Credit Counseling Society (CCS) and previously President of the Four Villages Community Health Center.

CBA Board of Directors also welcomed new members Steven JR Seiferling from Saskatchewan, James Attila Barsby from Nunavut, Melanie del Rizzo Newfoundland and Labrador, Lynne MJ Vicars from Ontario and Mike McKinney from Alberta.


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