Chief Executive Officer - Canadian Bar Association

September 12 2020
Industries Recruitment, Employment services
Categories Legal, Paralegal, Management, Consulting, Administrative, Public, Regulatory, Govt.
Ottawa, ON

Leaders International is hiring the new Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian Bar Association. 

As Canada's largest, most respected, and influential national legal association, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) has embarked on a journey of significant change that will position it, and its members, for continued success. An essential ally and advocate for members, the CBA promotes fair justice systems, facilitates effective law reform, upholds equality in the legal profession, and is devoted to eliminating discrimination.

The CBA actively engages with the Canadian legal community in matters of common interest and mutual benefit. The CBA partners with leading thinkers and innovators within the legal profession and disseminates knowledge on global and national trends affecting the profession, and its members.

Through the dedicated staff and volunteers of the National Office in Ottawa and its regional Branches across Canada, the CBA serves 36,000 members from coast to coast to coast.

The position

The CBA CEO reports directly to the CBA Board of Directors. The CEO is accountable for leading the development and execution of the CBA's long-term strategy with a view to creating member value and ensuring that the CBA is a respected leader in the area of advocacy in support of the legal profession.

The CEO is ultimately responsible for all day-to-day enterprise management decisions and for implementing long- and short-term plans. The CEO acts as a direct liaison between the Board of Directors and management and communicates on behalf of the CBA with members, employees, stakeholders, courts, government authorities, and the public. The CEO also works in a close, collaborative relationship with the Branch Executive Directors from across Canada.

Professional Qualification

  • Ideally at least 15 years of relevant senior leadership experience combined with demonstrated career achievements;
  • Strong working knowledge of the operation of a large member-based / not-for-profit organization;
  • Significant experience working with Boards of directors and volunteers;
  • Strong financial acumen and a proven ability to manage a similar-sized federation or organization;
  • Successful experience in leading and managing change in an influential role;
  • Political acumen garnered by working in the legal / quasi-legal sector;
  • Proven ability to innovate technologically;
  • An insight and commitment to diversity and inclusion – with an ability to manage issues and work with and foster under-represented, racial and other equity-seeking groups within the legal profession;
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of stakeholder communities, including media, other professional associations, government and judicial;
  • Effectively communicate in both official languages.

Professional Skills

  • A change agent who always puts the focus on members' needs and expectations;
  • Visionary and creative;
  • An innovative and strategic thinker who can transform big ideas into implementable action plans;
  • An ability to mobilize leadership and the ability to inspire others to maintain a high level of satisfaction, loyalty, and retention;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy;
  • Excellent oral and written communication and negotiating skills, the ability to rally collaborators and influence others;
  • Skilled negotiator;
  • Results-oriented and proactive thinker;
  • Ability to foster teamwork and create a collaborative and innovative work environment.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Law (LL. B, JD, LLM), Business, Economics or equivalent
  • MBA / MPA or equivalent (an asset, but not required)
  • ICD.D (an asset, but not required)

About Leaders International

Since 1989, Leaders International Executive Search (formerly Davies Park Executive Search) has proudly and successfully specialized in executive recruitment. With over 100 years of collective executive search experience in Western Canada and beyond, our dedicated team of professionals offers the fluency of skills that helps us identify, evaluate, and recruit executive and professional colleagues. Executive recruitment is our only business. It's what we do. 

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