Steering Committee: Meet The Team

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Fred Headon Chair of the CBA Legal Futures Initiative

Fred Headon is chair of the CBA Legal Futures Initiative. Mr. Headon, Assistant General Counsel, Labour and Employment Law, at Montreal-based Air Canada, is the first in-house counsel elected to serve as President of the Canadian Bar Association, a position he will assume beginning in August 2013. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Headon served on the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association's (CCCA) Board of Directors and has been a frequent speaker at CBA, CCCA and other events.

Prior to joining Air Canada, Mr. Headon worked in private practice in Montreal in the fields of labour, employment, human rights, privacy, and administrative law, as well as civil litigation. He also taught Social Law and Administrative Law at the Law Faculty of the National University of Rwanda. In addition to representing clients before a number of administrative tribunals, Mr. Headon has appeared before the Superior Court of Québec, the Federal Court, the Québec and Federal Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Domenic Crolla

Domenic Crolla is a partner with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP in Ottawa. His practice emphasizes professional and product liability and health law. He has an active interest in the application of information technology to professional practice, particularly in relation to the practice of law and medicine. Mr. Crolla is listed as a leading practitioner by Lexpert, the Best Lawyers in Canada and Benchmark Canada directory.

Mr. Crolla is a frequent author and lecturer; is the Editor of Electronic Healthcare Law Review (formerly Telehealth Law); was Regional Director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s LL.M in E-Business; and teaches in Osgoode’s LL.M in Health Law programme. He is a member of a number of professional societies, including the IBA, CBA, ABA and the Advocates Society. He is Honorary Counsel to REACH, a national non-profit, charitable organization for persons with disabilities.

Allan Fineblit, Q.C.

Allan Fineblit Q.C., CEO of the Law Society of Manitoba, was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1974 and started his career with the firm of Buchwald Asper in Winnipeg. In 1986 he was appointed the Executive Director of Legal Aid Manitoba. In 1996 he became the Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the Province of Manitoba. He has held his current position since 1998.

Mr. Fineblit is the Chair of the Manitoba Health Appeal Board, and the past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Winnipeg. He is also the President and CEO of Manitoba Law Library Inc., which operates Manitoba’s courthouse libraries.

Mr. Fineblit is a member of the CBA Task Force on Conflicts. He chairs the Federation of Law Societies committee on National Discipline Standards.

Malcolm Heins, LSM

Malcolm Heins has a background of experience in law, regulation, governance, strategic planning, operations and public affairs. From 2001 to 2012, Mr. Heins was the Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the regulator of Ontario's 41,000 lawyers and 2,700 paralegals. Under his tenure the Law Society was completely restructured and the regulation of paralegals successfully incorporated into the mandate.

Prior to joining the Law Society, Mr. Heins was President and CEO of the Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company, and before that he was President and CEO of Simcoe Erie/GAN Canada.

As a volunteer Mr. Heins has played a leading role in the growth and development of the Law Society Foundation's charitable programs and serves on the boards of Pro Bono Law Ontario, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and Cancer Care Ontario.

Ian Holloway, Q.C.

Ian Holloway was appointed Dean of Law at the University of Calgary on July 1, 2011. Prior to this appointment, Ian was Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario and associate Dean at the Australian National University. He has also held appointments at Cambridge and the National University of Singapore. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Australian National University.

Before beginning his academic career, Mr. Holloway spent a number of years in private practice with McInnes Cooper in Halifax, where he focused on labour and employment law. He also served as the law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada. In 2003, Mr. Holloway was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, an honour that is held by only a handful of Canadians.

Gary Luftspring

Gary Luftspring, a partner at Ricketts, Harris LLP in Toronto, has been named by Lexpert as a litigator who is “consistently recommended.” Mr. Luftspring is regarded as one of Toronto’s leading litigators dealing with the breakdown of business relationships. He also writes and speaks on corporate insurance issues, and is an authority on officers’ and directors’ liability insurance.

He has appeared as an expert witness in US Federal Court on Canadian procedural and jurisdictional issues, and chaired the annual Canadian conference on Directors and Officers Liability.

Mr. Luftspring has acted as lead counsel in high-stakes cases at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal of Ontario. He has taught trial advocacy and negotiation for the Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course, and has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Malcolm M. Mercer

Malcolm Mercer is general counsel to McCarthy Tétrault LLP and a litigation partner with a commercial litigation practice, having been called to the Bar in Ontario in 1984. He is also active in the profession outside his practice: he is Chair of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee of the Canadian Bar Association and a member of its Conflicts of Interest Task Force. He’s also a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada; a member of the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada; and a Legal Ethics columnist for Slaw.ca.

Joan Bercovitch Deputy CEO of The Canadian Bar Association

Joan Bercovitch is Deputy CEO of the Canadian Bar Association. She is responsible for the strategic development of the Association and has been the driving force behind CBA's change mandate. Her portfolio includes responsibility for CBA's legal and policy mandate at the national level, including advocacy, government relations and professional development. Her “key clients” include Canada’s largest law firms.

Applying her legal background to the development and delivery of CBA's responses to emerging professional issues, Ms. Bercovitch brings a knowledge-based and innovative approach to finding strategies for change and practical solutions to address the changing needs of Canada’s legal profession.