Manitoba lawyer takes over helm of CBA

By John Chunn

Law360 Canada (September 1, 2023, 9:42 AM EDT) -- The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) on Sept. 1 announced that John Stefaniuk of Winnipeg has begun his year-long tenure as the 95th president of the 127-year-old association of more than 38,000 lawyers, notaries, law professors and law students across Canada.

He succeeds Steeves Bujold of Montreal. Lynne M.J. Vicars of Toronto has begun her term as vice-president.

According to the CBA’s press release, called to the bar in Manitoba in 1988, Stefaniuk is a partner with the Winnipeg-based law firm of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP. His involvement in the Canadian Bar Association is extensive: he has served as president of the Manitoba Bar Association, as chair of the National Environment, Energy and Resource Law Section and in several other national leadership roles. He has been an active volunteer in the CBA International Initiatives/Global Affairs Canada SIRD project in East Africa advancing the rights of women and their communities in extractive resource development, and he served as a member of the CBA’s Truth and Reconciliation Task Force.

The CBA board of directors also welcomed new members: Bianca Kratt of Alberta, Ken Mandzuik of Manitoba and Loreley Berra Chekay of Saskatchewan. They joined board members who are entering the second year of their two-year terms: Ken Armstrong of British Columbia, Carley Parish of New Brunswick, Tuma Young of Nova Scotia, Tom Ullyett of Yukon, Kelly McLaughlin of the Northwest Territories, Jordan Brown of Prince Edward Island and Audrey Boctor of Quebec

“My foremost priority is serving our members who advocate for the legal profession, shape legislation, drive law reform and work to improve our systems of justice,” said Stefaniuk in the news release. “But I also want to focus on three key areas: protecting the rule of law at home and abroad; improving inclusion in the profession; and encouraging involvement and giving back to the profession and to our communities.”