My Vision for the CBA

I am committed to a strong, unified association with national, provincial and territorial groups working together for the benefit of our members, delivering affordable products and services that provide demonstrable value. Diversity and accessibility are key to achieving this vision. I believe that steadfast support by our CBA for the rule of law and access to justice is critical to the longevity and relevance of the legal profession. Effective communication to the Canadian public of who we are and what we do – our accomplishments, milestones and successes - enhances the profile of lawyers and the legal profession. Mentoring programs are invaluable not only for the development of new lawyers and future CBA and community leaders but also for the continued learning and giving back opportunities for more experienced practitioners. Ultimately, it’s all about our members – for members, by members.

About Me


I am a partner* of Ridout & Maybee LLP, an intellectual property firm established in 1893 with offices in Toronto, Ottawa (where I live and practice) and Mississauga. I have practised for 25 years in the intellectual property field with emphasis on trade-mark and copyright matters and I am certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Intellectual Property Law: Trade-mark/Copyright. With the able assistance of my dedicated and hard working administrative assistant and colleagues at my firm, I also service a busy intellectual property practice.

(*Practising through Janet Fuhrer Professional Corporation)


I grew up just outside Bolton, Ontario and moved to Toronto for undergraduate studies in economics and political science at the University of Toronto for two years. I then moved to Kingston for law school at Queen’s University. It was back to Toronto for articling at a general firm and four years as an associate at an IP boutique until we (my husband and I) moved to Ottawa where we have been living ever since. For seven years, I was an associate and then a partner at a large, general firm and subsequently joined Ridout & Maybee, another IP boutique which has been my professional home for the last 14 years. I have served on our firm’s Executive Committee twice and I have mentored several of our associates. Feeling bereft of a second degree for many years, I also continued my legal education by obtaining an LL.M. in e-Business from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Several years ago, I spoke at a Women in Law Conference in Ottawa about confronting challenges and the role of attitude. My presentation contained the following bullet points which summarize several of my characteristics that I would bring to my role as Second Vice-President and future CBA Executive positions:

    • Setting and achieving goals
    • Completing tasks
    • Embracing challenges
    • Seeing opportunities

 I took up running as a hobby in the fall of 2010 and I ran my first 10K race on May 26, 2012 as part of the Tamarack Homes Ottawa Race Weekend. I am definitely more tortoise than hare but finished the race at a respectable 1:14 minutes and continue to enjoy running!


Membership and Leadership Roles


I have been a proud member of the Canadian Bar Association since 1985. Upon moving to Ottawa in the early 1990s, I became active initially in the National Intellectual Property Section since there was no equivalent provincial section. I chaired the CLE committee of the National IP Section for several years before joining the Section executive and eventually becoming Chair of the Section. Next I ran for and became a Member-at-Large of the National Sections Council (NSC) for one year during which time I served as the NSC representative on the Continuing Legal Education (now Professional Development) Committee. Subsequently, I became Vice-Chair, Chair and Past Chair of NSC which positions involved successive two-year terms and representation on the CBA Board, National Council, Finance Committee and Nominating Committee. I currently am Chair of the Professional Development Committee of which I have been a member for the last four years. I also am a member of OBA Council, the Membership and Strategic Planning Committees; I am a Past Chair of the latter committee which I chaired for three years. Since the OBA mentoring program was launched in 2009, I have mentored 4 young or new lawyers. All of these roles demonstrate my dedication and commitment to the CBA and have prepared me for the current role I am seeking as well as presidency of the organization.



I have served as the President of a national, professional association, the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC). My leadership roles within that organization have been numerous and my recent presidency (2010-2011) has provided me with a unique perspective which I would bring to the CBA Executive. I travelled across the country to visit members in various cities and internationally representing the organization. I gave many, many talks and speeches. Several of the photos on this website were taken (by Marcel van der Sluis of Ottawa, ON) while I was giving some of those speeches.



I have been an active member for more than 20 years in the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), an association of about 17,000 members from the United States and around the world. I recently chaired the Trademark Treaties and International Law Committee (2009-2011) which took me several times to Geneva to attend meetings of the Standing Committee on Trademarks, Geographical Indications and Industrial Designs (SCT) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and involved attendance at AIPLA Board meetings. I continue to participate in the leadership of the Trademark Law group of committees. I also participate in the AIPLA mentoring program and have mentored 4 attorneys with this organization.


Kenneth Armstrong, Stewart & Company

Executive Officer, CBA British Columbia Branch


René J. Basque, Actus Law • Droit

Past President, CBA New Brunswick Branch


Andrew Bernstein, Torys LLP

Past Chair, CBA National Intellectual Property Law Section


Glenda Cole, Assistant City Solicitor, City of Calgary Law Department

Past Chair, CBA National Sections Council


Mark B. Eisen, LL.B.

Past President, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada


Robyn L. Elliott, Elliott Law Inc.

Vice-President, CBA Nova Scotia Branch

Executive Member, CBA National Sections Council


Bill Flanagan, Dean of Law, Faculty of Law

Queen's University, Kingston, ON


Harold Geller, Doucet McBride LLP

Council Member, Ontario Bar Association


Leila J. Gosselin, BA, JD, C. Med., City of Calgary Law Department

Past Chair, CBA National Sections Council


Christene H. Hirschfeld, BoyneClarke LLP

Past Chair, CBA National Intellectual Property Law Section


Judith Huddart, Dranoff & Huddart

Vice-Chair, CBA Women Lawyers Forum

Past Chair, CBA National Family Law Section


Veronica L. Jackson, BC Ministry of Justice and Attorney General Legal Services Branch

Past President, Manitoba Bar Association

Past Chair, Women Lawyers Forum


F. William Johnson, Q.C., Gerrand Rath Johnson LLP

Past President, Canadian Bar Association


J. Guy Joubert, Aikins Law

Past President, Canadian Bar Association

Past President, Manitoba Bar Association

Recipient of The Louis St. Laurent Award of Excellence presented in 2004 by the Canadian Bar Association

Past Chair, CBA Communications Committee


Timothy P. Kennedy, Vincent Dagenais Gibson LLP/s.r.l.

Chair, CBA National Real Property Law Section

Council Member, Ontario Bar Association


Juliet L. Knapton, Connolly Obagi LLP

Chair, Equality Committee and Past Chair, Young Lawyers Division (East), Ontario Bar Association


Michael J. Law, Chapman Goddard Kagan

Past President, Manitoba Bar Association

Member, CBA Standing Committee on Equality

Recipient 2010, CBA SOGIC Hero Award


Grant W. Lynds, Gowlings


Joan M. MacDonald, Sole Practitioner

Director-at-Large Central South 2010-2012, Ontario Bar Association

Co-Chair, Feminist Legal Analysis Committee, Ontario Bar Association



R. Scott MacKendrick, Bereskin & Parr LLP


Heather MacFadgen, Director of Human Rights, Yukon Human Rights Commission

Vice-President, CBA Yukon Branch

Robert A. MacDonald, Gowlings

Chair, Trade-mark Legislation Committee, CBA National Intellectual Property Law Section


M. Virginia MacLean, Q.C., Barrister & Solicitor

Past President, Ontario Bar Association


Ray Mikkola, Pallett Valo LLP

Past Chair, CBA National Real Property Law Section


Michèle Moreau, Directrice générale de Pro Bono Québec


Directrice du Centre de justice de proximité du Grand Montréal


Présidente sortante/Past Chair, Développement professionel de l'ABC/CBA Professional Development




James C. Morton, Steinberg Morton Hope & Israel LLP


Past President, Ontario Bar Association


Mark Newton, Heenan Blaikie LLP/SRL

Vice-Chair, CBA National Sections Council

Vice-Chair, CBA Professional Development Committee

Past Chair, CBA National Pensions and Benefits Law Section


Carman J. Overholt, Q.C., Overholt Law Corporation

Past President, CBA British Columbia Branch


Bonnie Patrick, Goulin & Patrick


Christopher D.G. Pike, Benson Buffett

Past President, CBA Newfoundland and Labrador Branch

Past Chair, CBA National Sections Council


John D. Stefaniuk, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP

Past President, Manitoba Bar Association

Past Chair, CBA National Environmental Energy and Resources Law Section (NEERLS)

Member, CBA Supreme Court of Canada Liaison Committee


Anne M. Wallace, Q.C., LL.B., C.Arb., C.Med., CTAJ, IMI Cert.

Anne Wallace Legal Professional Corporation

Past President, CBA Saskatchewan Branch

Past Chair, CBA National Sections Council


Christopher S. Wilson - Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP

Vice-Chair, CBA National Intellectual Property Law Section