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  • 1. THE MANITOBA L’ASSOCIATION DU BAR ASSOCIATION BARREAU DU MANITOBA The voice of the legal profession La voix de la profession juridique MANITOBA BRANCH CBA / DIVISION L'ABC OF THE MANITOBAINE DE 2006 ANNUAL REPORT RAPPORT ANNUEL
  • 2. Executive Committee 2005-2006 President ...........................................John Stefaniuk Membership/Member Services ..............................................................Michael Law Vice-President...............................Antoine Hacault Secretary/Treasurer.................Anthony Kavanagh Past President .............................Veronica Jackson Communications/Public Relations ..................................................................Barry Effler Executive Director ...............................Stacy Nagle Elected Council 2005-2006 WINNIPEG JUDICIAL DISTRICT MLSA Representative Kim Antonio Allison Fenske Derek Booth CPLED Student Representative Katherine Bueti John Martens J.J. Burnell Karen Clearwater CENTRAL JUDICIAL DISTRICT Robert Dawson Diane Stevenson Barry Effler Avaline Widmer-Thrush Michelle Gallant Adam Herstein EASTERN JUDICIAL DISTRICT Joan Holmstrom Gérard Simard Sarah Inness Anthony Kavanagh WESTERN JUDICIAL DISTRICT Christina Kopynsky, Q.C. Scott Abel Michael Law Tammy Baryluk William Malcolm Richard Lonstrup Ken Mandzuik Wendy Stewart Ralph Neuman Sandra Phillips NORTHERN JUDICIAL DISTRICT Michelle Redekopp Annette Horst Brad Regehr Jacqueline St. Hill DAUPHIN JUDICIAL DISTRICT Dean Scaletta Therese Koturbash Priti Shah STAFF Barbara Shields Grant Stefanson Executive Director - Stacy Nagle Josh Weinstein Executive Assistant – Melissa Tannahill Ken Zaifman Law Student – Elona McGifford Annual Report 2005-2006 2
  • 3. Special Thanks to MBA Organizers Nos bénévoles sont toujours au cœur de nos activités et leurs efforts sont grandement appréciés. Where would we be without our volunteers? A special THANK YOU to everyone who has made and continues to make things happen for the MBA. They are too numerous to mention but they include the following individuals: Bar Bonspiel Manitoba Law Foundation MBA Board Representative Kerry UnRuh & Dana Kochan, Tournament Organizers Barbara Shields as of November 2004 CBA Companies – Manitoba Representatives Manitoba Law School Foundation Board • Canadian Bar Insurance Association: Wayne Onchulenko Veronica Jackson Chrys Pappas, Q.C. (Past-President) MTC/MBA Joint Production – Inherit the Wind Jeffrey Harris (Director) Cast Krista Boryskavich................................................Mrs. Blair CBA Standing Committee Members – Jessica Cogan ...........................................Rachel Brown Manitoba Representatives Paul Cooper ............................................Tom Davenport • Continuing Legal Education Marcia Dzik ....................................................Mrs. McLain Karen Wittman Duncan Geisler ...................................................Reporter • Equality John Harvie .............................................................Mayor Sean Hicks .............................................................Meeker David Matas Cynthia Hiebert-Simkin.................................Sarah Brady • Judicial Compensation & Benefits Jeff Hirsch ....................................................Judge Brown Richard Buchwald Jamie Jurczak...............................................Mrs. Cooper • Law Day Mark Kantor...............................................Bertram Cates Corrine Kulyk Robin Kersey ......................Bollinger/Harry Y. Esterbrook • Legal Aid James McLandress..............Reverend Jeremiah Brown Candray Mehkary .........................................Mrs. Loomis Veronica Jackson Ron Meyers ................................................................Elijah • Membership Sabrina Montefiore ...............................Mrs. Goodfellow Antoine Hacault, Vice-Chair Lyndee Patterson ...................................Melinda Loomis Michael Law Brad Regehr ................................................Jesse Dunlap • Pro Bono Stephen Robertson......................................Howard Blair Byron Williams Evan Roitenberg........................................E.K. Hornbeck Priti Shah ............................................................Mrs. Krebs • Supreme Court of Canada Liaison Committee Christopher Sigurdson........................................Bannister Wayne Onchulenko Murray Sinclair .....................................Henry Drummond Sandra Phillips Lyle Smordin..............................Matthew Harrison Brady Paul Taylor ...................................................Hot Dog Man Francophone Affairs Committee Mark Toews ..............................................Mr. Goodfellow Antoine Hacault, Chairperson Jon Wooley ................................................................Sillers Future of Law in Manitoba Committee Mid-Winter Conference Committee John Stefaniuk, Chairperson Karen Clearwater, Co-Chair Jessica Arnett John Barr Karen Wittman, Co-Chair Ted Bock Deryk Coward Melanie Bueckert JJ Burnell Allan Fineblit, Q.C. Duncan Fraser Shannon Carson Debra Giesbrecht Keith Labossiere Lisa Cupples Rick Literovich Krista Piché David Davis Jacqueline St. Hill Dean Harvey Secter Antoine Hacault Brenda Silver Grant Stefanson Jason Hamilton Dan St-Jean Michael Walker Annette Horst Jamie Jurczak Associate Dean Lorna Turnbull Paul McDonald Law Day Organizing Committee Sofia Mirza Corrine Kulyk, Chairperson Sacha Paul Kim Antonio Debbie Baker No-Fault Automobile Insurance Committee Paulette Desaulniers Karen Fulham Robert Dawson, Chairperson Beth Olson Nalini Reddy Pitblado Lectures Omar Siddiqui Mary Troszko Priti Shah, MBA Liaison Kelly Wilson Graeme Young Court of Queen’s Bench & Bar Liaison Committee The Honourable Mr. Justice Robert Carr, Chairperson Lawyers Professional Assistance (Lawyers Helping Lawyers) Provincial Bench & Bar Liaison Committee Myfanwy Bowman, Chairperson The Honourable Judge Ron Meyers, Chairperson Annual Report 3 2005-2006
  • 4. PRESIDENT'S REPORT This past year has been a good year for Young Lawyers’ Conference. Karen Wittman has a leadership role the Manitoba Bar Association (MBA), on the National CLE Committee, as does Veronica Jackson on the which has continued to provide Legal Aid Liaison Committee. These are but a few examples. It has excellent service to its members been a great pleasure to work with these dedicated volunteers and through the good work and sound the Executive and Council. financiaal stewardship of MBA A conscientious effort was made this year to respond to media Executive Director, Stacy Nagle and her assistant Melissa Tannahill, all under the reports that unfairly criticize lawyers or judges. Although this has watchful eye of a competent, sometimes resulted in personal attacks on yours truly, the end results dedicated Executive, an engaged have been positive. Vitriol and rhetoric have been supplanted by a John Stefaniuk Council and a host of volunteers from more reasoned and informative criticism, which should be every practice area and every region in Manitoba. No single issue welcomed as being both informative to the public and constructive dominated the MBA agenda this year, which allowed the Executive in the pursuit of a better system of justice for Manitobans. We must to turn its attention toward the finalization and implementation of remain vigilant and responsive. the MBA’s strategic plan. I am pleased to report that implementation of the plan is proceeding on schedule and that We have continued to enjoy a collegial and even congenial members are already realizing the benefits. relationships with the judiciary, the Faculty of Law, The Law Society of Manitoba, the Attorney General and Department of Justice. In “Service to members” has been the MBA mantra. We have focused our efforts on member services, including ensuring that our Sections that regard, we are the envy of most CBA branches. Our ability to are vital and active, maximizing Section involvement, increasing work closely with each of these groups enhances our ability to opportunities for members in rural or remote locations to participate, deliver benefit to our membership, and is not to be underestimated. advocating on behalf of our membership and the profession as a Finally, on a personal level, this past year’s service to you as MBA whole and protecting and enhancing the reputation of the President has provided me with many exceptional and enjoyable profession and the judiciary. experiences and has enhanced my own development as a lawyer For the MBA, it has also been another year in which our Association and a member of our community. Thank you for having allowed me punches above its weight on the CBA national stage. Guy Joubert this time as your President. Thank you for all of your contributions to has been elected as the CBA Second Vice-President. (Blame me for the Manitoba Bar Association and its achievements in serving as the “Guy’s our guy” slogan.) Antoine Hacault sat as Vice-Chair of the CBA National Membership Committee. Annette Horst chairs the your voice, the voice of the legal profession in Manitoba. VICE-PRESIDENT'S REPORT As Vice-President, I was responsible I am a member of the Legal Aid Advisory Committee. The for Section activities of the Committee has been looking at adequate funding for resources Association. I would like to thank all to reduce the case load which depends on Legal Aid assistants of the dedicated branch Section and implementing a structured process with respect to the leaders for their effort in organizing review of the adequacy of the Legal Aid tariff. these meetings and ensuring that As your Vice-President, I have had the privilege of participating engaging presenters spoke on in a number of other activities including meetings with the matters of interest to you in your Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Manitoba, the areas of specialty. In 2005/2006 77 Antoine Hacault Mentorship Program, the Law School Laskin Moot Court Section meetings were held and competition preparations, meetings with the judiciary, and attended by 1,634 members. various Canadian Bar Association functions and meetings In an effort to be more accessible to our rural members, the including the final consultation with respect to the strategic Criminal Justice Section in 2006 held a video link Section planning for the Canadian Bar Association and all of its meeting. Our thanks to Manitoba Justice for providing the branches. It was a privilege for me to serve as the Vice-President facilities and equipment for this meeting. of your Association. I thank all of the volunteers and our In December 2005 the MBA Council approved name changes dedicated staff - Stacy Nagle and Melissa Tannahill, for their for two branch Sections. The Gay & Lesbian Issues Section has unwavering support. been changed to the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGIC) Section and the Public Sector Lawyer Section has been Ayant été Vice-Président du Comité des services aux membres changed to the Public Sector Lawyers’ Forum. de l’ABC, au mois d’aôut 2006, j’ai commencé mes tâches à titre de Président de ce Comité. I look forward to participating In my capacity as Vice-President of your Association, I was also in the implementation of the CBA Crystal Clear Report which the liaison between the Mid-Winter Organizing Committee and resulted from an extensive and exhaustive survey of the needs the Executive. I thank all the volunteers on this Committee who made the events such a success. and requirements of CBA members. Annual Report 4 2005-2006
  • 5. MEMBERSHIP/MEMBER SERVICES REPORT In 2005/2006, the Manitoba Bar MBA President, John Stefaniuk spoke to the CPLED students on Association (MBA) initiated a number of September 6, 2005 on the benefits of membership in the CBA. The initiatives aimed at increasing and MBA offered a member only draw for CPLED Students for the strengthening our membership. MTC/MBA joint production of “Inherit the Wind” in April 2006. The MBA also sponsored the CPLED wind-up lobster dinner on March 10, Lawyers 2006. Specifically for lawyers, we secured the Image of the Profession continuation of Manitoba Justice’s pilot project through which provincial In August 2006, approximately 20 MBA members participated in a attorneys have half of their membership one day build with Habitat for Humanity. This is part of our ongoing fees paid by Manitoba Justice. For the efforts to improve the image of lawyers in the eyes of the Michael Law first time, the MBA has targeted the community. The MBA contributed $5,000 to Habitat for this event, approximately 40% of Manitoba lawyers who are not yet members known as “Adopt-a-Day”. of our association. CBA National In the Spring of 2006, the MBA developed information packages and sent out approximately 350 mailings to non-member lawyers. In I attended the meetings of the national membership committee in April and May 2006, we had “Bring a Buddy” months during which October 2005, February 2006 in Cancun and August 2006 in St. MBA members were encouraged to bring out their non-member John’s. National membership initiatives include: colleagues to Section meetings and other MBA events. Follow-up • Personal meetings with universal firms and developing benefits to letters were sent to all “Buddy” lawyers who attended an MBA encourage firm universality, meeting or event during that month. • Review and continued development of a national advertising A one-page “cheat sheet” highlighting the benefits of membership campaign aimed at boosting the image of lawyers in the eyes of was prepared and distributed at the December 2005 Council the public, meeting. The list of “Preferred Suppliers” continues to be developed. • The development of a new publication called “the Canadian Students/CPLED Bar Advocate” that highlights the benefits of membership, Specifically for students, the MBA continued with its very popular • The implementation of a 5 year pilot project for free membership lawyer/student mentorship program in which 72 lawyers and 69 to Ontario law students, students participated. Two wine and cheese events were held in • The securing of additional funds for the CBA’s national marketing November 2005 and February 2006. and advertising initiatives for 2006/2007. Members of the staff and the Executive attended law school Membership in the Manitoba branch remained strong at over 1,200 orientation week where the MBA hosted a luncheon during which paid members for most of the 2005/2006 year. As of August 29, 2006 law students, particularly first year students, were recruited. Several there were 1,210 paid members in Manitoba; an increase of 2.9 % of our members and the executive attended the formal “Carbolic over the past year. I continue to make personal contact with all Smoke Ball” event and we secured the agreement of the law lapsed members and I continue to send “welcome” letters and students’ association to hold this event in conjunction with the MBA Mid-Winter conference In January 2007. information packages to new members. SECRETARY / TREASURER'S REPORT I am very pleased to be able to There were some Council approved increases to the budget this year which impacted on expenditures including the assistance provide with this report, the audited provided to Guy Joubert in his campaign for CBA Presidency, Financial Statements for the and travel assistance provided for voting delegates at the CBA Manitoba Bar Association (MBA) for Council meetings in St. John’s, for example. Our overall the fiscal year ended August 31, 2006 expenditures thus ended the year higher than our budget. prepared by Dean R. Jenkyns Chartered Accountant Ltd. For some years, the MBA has been expecting our rental expenses to increase. In the last month of the fiscal year we had I will point to some highlights for your to move our offices and entered into a 48 month lease, some of consideration: those moving costs were included in the 2005-2006 year, but the You will note on the asset perspective commitment is referenced at Note 5 and will impact the next that the MBA’s investments have Anthony Kavanagh and future fiscal year. been increasing every year in the last 3 years, up from $257,243 All in all, our finances continue to be solid and the treasury (2003-2004) to $295,948 (2004-2005) and then to $318,327 this prudently maintained on behalf of our members and in year. Our investment income increased from $6,849 to $13,874 accordance with our Association work and objectives. at the end of last year, and then went down to $7,476 this year, but within our expectations. To that end, the total investments I want to thank the expert assistance of our Executive Director, are the equivalent of approximately 90% of our annual Stacy Nagle, as well as your Executive and Council whose expenses, which, as a broad rule-of-thumb is about where a not- collective work provides a much calmer ocean in which to steer for-profit organization such as ours should attempt to maintain. our fiscal ship. Annual Report 5 2005-2006
  • 6. COMMUNICATION’S REPORT This is the last report to be issued from displays; Mock Trials in French & English presented by elementary the Communications and Public and senior high school students; distribution of the Charter; legal relations portfolio. With the passing information panel discussions including a presentation and by Council of changes to the position promotion of Will Week – Estate Planning for Your Future; special I am pleased to see the change to an sitting of Citizenship Court; and an award presentation of the Advocacy/Public Relations focus. My “Celebrate Your Freedom” poster contests. This year over 1,600 congratulations to Annette Horst on members (second highest attendance number) of the public her election to the new participated with over 800 people (highest number to date) Advocacy/Public Relations position. participating in guided tours. My congratulations to the organizers and all volunteers. Manitoba Bar Association (MBA) Awards: As part of the long term Inherit the Wind: The joint MTC/MBA production of Inherit the Barry Effler planning for the MBA, I completed a report for the Executive on Wind was a lot of fun to watch and helped raise over $85,000. our Awards given out and thoughts for potential improvements. My congratulations to everyone involved in the cast and crew. The Executive reviewed the issues involved and changes were A couple of days before opening night, the Executive provided made for 2007. The MBA Awards will now be presented at the a meal for the cast and crew and had an opportunity to see the Mid-Winter Awards Luncheon. hard work that went into making the production look so Website: Rebuilding the design and layout of the MBA portion of professional and effortless. the CBA website was a priority in 2004-2005 and the updates Manitoba Public Insurance: Robert Dawson represented the came live in this fiscal year. My thanks to Robert Dawson who MBA at the Public Utility Board as an intervener regarding took on the task of creating a fresh new design and layout for Manitoba Public Insurance rate review application. the MBA web-site and to Stacy Nagle for her efforts on this Manitoba Law Foundation: I represented the MBA in May, 2006 project. at a roundtable with the members of the Manitoba Law Headnotes & Footnotes: Ten editions of the branch newsletter Foundation to discuss how the Law Foundation could support were produced in 2005/2006. and encourage law reform. I created a new column in 2005 in Headnotes & Footnotes called Bar Bonspiel: Sixteen teams participated in this year’s event that Just Ask, which continued this year. This column generated a lot was held on Friday, March 3, 2006 at the Granite Curling Cub. of interest in CANLII and discussion with the courts about K
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