Letter From The President Of The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association

2010-10-04 00:00

To The Readers of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

I am pleased to bring greetings from the "CCCA Community." The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association is the national voice and forum for in-house counsel in Canada. Established in 1988 as an affiliate of the Canadian Bar Association, CCCA is more than 10,200 members strong.

Our members consist of corporate counsel employed in virtually every industry and sector in Canada, public and private businesses; non-profit organizations; federal, provincial and municipal governments and crown corporations. We also welcome associate members from law firms whose support and expertise enrich our educational programs and events.

CCCA's many and growing programs, services and benefits are delivered through the national office in Toronto and our 12 chapters nationwide through events and conferences.

We are dedicated to supporting and enhancing the interests of corporate counsel. We provide uniquely Canadian perspectives, continuing education, conferences, networking opportunities and information resources and tools.

We take every opportunity to foster an environment in which our members can benefit from one another's intellectual capital and experience. Assisting our members in creating these vital linkages, both in Canada and globally, is a key benefit that CCCA provides.

We provide value for all members, whether new to in-house practice, mid-career or seasoned general counsel. Our CCCA Mentoring Program "Counsel Guiding Counsel: The Path to Excellence," facilitates the transfer of expertise and experience among the CCCA Community.

Another important benefit for our members is CCCA's Continuing Legal Education Program. We provide top-level professional development programs designed specifically for Canadian corporate counsel, another CCCA forum in which important issues of today's law and business are identified and discussed.

Our programs are delivered through CCCA conferences and stand-alone national events, as well as through the corporate counsel sections of the bar association branches. Many of our programs meet the requirements of Mandatory Continuing Professional Development.

We recognize the global nature of our members' practices. We provide global support to our members through partnerships with sister corporate counsel associations, and our international forums, such as our signature CCCA Corporate Counsel World Summit.

The Summit focuses on the increasingly global practices of Canada's corporate counsel. Developed by CCCA, with input from other corporate counsel organizations from around the world, the Summit provides advanced-level discussions of key challenges common to corporate counsel practice and shared transnational legal and business issues.

A distinct, but complementary conference, the CCCA National Spring Conference (which also includes the pre-conference Spring Training Camp for our new-to-corporate counsel members) provides "one-stop shopping" where corporate counsel can keep up-to-date on both business management and legal substantive issues.

We define and articulate issues that matter to Canadian corporate counsel and we help our members identify emerging challenges and opportunities in their practice and stay ahead of the learning curve. An example is CCCA's In-House Counsel Compensation & Career Survey. Developed by CCCA and The Counsel Network and conducted by Ipsos Reid, this annual survey provides key information on Canadian corporate counsel compensation and career issues. Initiated in 2009, this comprehensive survey was the first of its kind ever undertaken in Canada.

Another example is the CCCA In-House Counsel Barometer Survey. Conducted by CCCA and sponsored by Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, the Barometer explores the attitudes and opinions of corporate counsel to provide the most current, relevant information reflective of the Canadian in-house counsel experience.

At CCCA, we set the agenda for what matters today to Canada's corporate counsel.

If you would like to know more about the CCCA, please email me at president@ccca-cba.org.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Foy