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McGee leaving Law Society of British Columbia

Friday, June 02, 2017 @ 3:15 PM | By Paula Kulig

The Law Society of British Columbia will be looking for a new chief executive officer after Tim McGee, who has held the post for 12 years, announced he’ll be stepping down effective Sept. 1.

Tim McGee

Tim McGee

A news release issued by the law society on June 1 said McGee “made many significant and lasting contributions” and “earned the respect and appreciation of the benchers, staff and stakeholders in the legal system."

The governing body said he is "stepping down to pursue other opportunities," but would not provide further details.

McGee, who has a degree in government studies from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of Ottawa, is a past-president of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives and a member of its executive committee.

After his call to the bar in Ontario in 1987, he practised with Torys LLP in Toronto for five years before becoming in-house counsel at Unitel Communications (later AT&T Canada). In 1998, he moved to Bell Canada as vice-president and general counsel, and was then appointed president of Bell ExpressVu in 2002. He was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2005 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2013.

"It has truly been an honour for me to serve the law society and the public interest of British Columbians,” said McGee in the news release. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished as a team at the law society and I know the organization is on a strong footing for continued success."

Herman Van Ommen, the B.C. law society’s president, said McGee “has been an exemplary leader and he will be missed.” He noted that the body will be hiring an executive search firm to find McGee’s replacement.