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Adlington takes reins of CBA, urges more inclusivity for profession

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 @ 12:32 PM | By John Chunn

Ray Adlington of Halifax started his year-long tenure as president of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) on Sept. 1. Adlington takes over from outgoing president Kerry L. Simmons, of Victoria, B.C.  

The board of directors also welcomed six newly elected members: Christopher Buchanan (N.W.T.), Jason Cooke (N.S.), Kevin J. Haché (N.B.), Vincent Larochelle (Y.K.), Thomas Laughlin (P.E.I.), and Bradley Regehr (M.B.). They join six other board members who will be completing the second year of their two-year term.

In response to a membership survey, the board has identified two advocacy priorities for the coming year: Access to Justice and Solicitor-Client Privilege. Adlington, who has been a member of the CBA since 1997, is also committed to his personal priority of advancing inclusivity in the profession.

Ray Adlington

Ray Adlington, president of the CBA

“Diversity is a noble goal, but there’s no true diversity without inclusivity,” said Adlington. “My daughters plan to become lawyers, and I want them to join a profession that will not only accept them, but will welcome them as unique individuals.”

Adlington is a prominent tax lawyer and a former managing partner and CEO of McInnes Cooper based at the firm’s Halifax office.

He has been an active member of the CBA’s Nova Scotia Branch since 1997 and is a member of the CBA Taxation Law Section, which he chaired from 2004-2006. He also served as a member of the CICA/CBA Joint Committee on Taxation from 2005-2009.

Adlington received his LL.B from Dalhousie University and was called to the Nova Scotia bar in 1997.