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.