The Canadian Bar Association

Suite 902, 50 O'Connor Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6L2 Canada
Telephone: (613) 237 2925
Fax: (613) 237 0185


Number of Members: 37,000 (approx)
Membership Is: Voluntary

Types of Membership

  • Regular - A lawyer, notary, judge, law teacher / professor who was first called to a Canadian Bar. Otherwise, the date used is the date of obtaining his/her law degree in Canada.
  • Associate - A member of a Bar or Law Society outside Canada, a member of an administrative agency, an individual engaged in the field of judicial administration.
  • Retired - A lawyer, notary or judge who is retired from the active practice of law or the Bench.
  • Scholar - A lawyer who is undertaking the full time post-graduate legal studies or Bar Admission studies in order to be admitted to another Canadian Bar or Law Society.
  • Law Student - A student who is enrolled in full time studies in law at a recognised law school in Canada.
  • Articling / Bar Ad Student - A student who is in the process of articling with a Canadian law firm, or enrolled in a Bar Admission Course.

Bar Profile:
The Canadian Bar Association is the essential ally and advocate of all members of the legal profession; it is the voice of and for all members of the profession and its primary purpose is to serve its members; it is the premier provider of personal and professional development and support to all members of the legal profession; it promotes fair justice systems, facilitates effective law reform, promotes equality in the legal profession and is devoted to the elimination of discrimination; the CBA is a leading edge organization committed to enhancing the professional and commercial interests of a diverse membership and to protecting the independence of the judiciary and the Bar.

The Association advances its objectives through the work of its Sections, Committees and Task Forces at both the National and Branch levels. The CBA has branches in each of the provinces and territories.

Brief Historical Background
The Canadian Bar Association is a professional, voluntary organization which was formed in 1896, and incorporated by a Special Act of Parliament on April 15, 1921. Today, the Association represents over 37,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers, and law students from across Canada. Approzimately two-thirds of all practising lawyers in Canada belong to the CBA.

Annual Conferences
2002 - London, Ontario
2003 - Montréal, Québec

Mid-Winter Meetings of Council
2003 - Banff, Alberta
2004 - Whitehorse
Helga Otto
Director of Meetings and Conventions

Journal or Newsletter
National - Published 8 times per year and distributed to all CBA members
Editor: Stephen Hanson Email:

Current Officers & Leadership

Eric Rice, Q.C.

1st Vice-President
Simon Potter

2nd Vice-President
William F. Johnson, Q.C.

Past President
Daphne Dumont, Q.C.

Robert Patzelt

Executive Director
John D V Hoyles


Membership Inquiries
Manon Wathier
Director of Membership