To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) is the national voice and forum for Canadian in-house counsel. Representing more than 10,500 members and growing, CCCA is dedicated to the advancement of professional skills and careers among in-house counsel members, advocating on issues of interest to members and showcasing the national and global importance of the in-house profession within legal and business environments.
As an American in-house counsel reading this, I encourage you to become familiar with the CCCA. When your business reaches beyond the border, we can act as your partner and ally, introducing you to experienced Canadian colleagues who can assist you with the cross-border transition.
CCCA’s structure as a constituent association within the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is a particular strength. In addition to our own services and programming, our members also have full access to the services and offerings of the CBA, which is the national organization of Canadian lawyers, boasting 37,000 members across our country.
CCCA’s membership consists of in-house counsel employed in every industry and sector in Canada (representing 91 of the Financial Post 500’s Top 100 Companies in Canada), as well as in-house counsel working in public and private businesses, nonprofits, all levels of government (municipal, provincial and federal) and crown corporations. CCCA also welcomes associate members from law firms, whose support and varied expertise enhances our educational offerings and networking events.
CCCA’s programs, events and initiatives are of an outstanding caliber. Our National Spring Conference is the largest gathering of Canadian in-house counsel in the country, our Annual Conference is held in conjunction with the CBA’s Canadian Legal Conference, the largest annual gathering of Canadian lawyers, and throughout the year we offer numerous smaller events, including webinars, seminars, master classes for general counsel, regional events and networking opportunities for diverse in-house counsel groups. In addition to these events, CCCA boasts a Mentoring Program, a Knowledge Center and two yearly surveys; The In-House Counsel Barometer Survey, which acts as a benchmarking tool, providing current information on the attitudes and opinions of Canadian corporate counsel, and The In-House Counsel Compensation and Career Survey, which provides key information on compensation, benefits, work hours and job satisfaction of Canadian in-house counsel. The CCCA World Summit, which the CCCA founded and held in 2010 in Vancouver and April 2012 in Montreal, is now moving offshore to Singapore, in 2014. This is a result of our growing relationships with international in-house communities and something we are extremely excited about.
CCCA is the only credible, national in-house association speaking for the profession to Canadian governments and regulators (as well as international regulators when necessary). Our affiliation with the CBA allows us input on a wide range of topics in all areas of substantive law that may affect our members. From coast to coast to coast, our dozen regional CCCA sections ensure that we are connected to the in-house communities in every area of Canada.
As many of you know, in August 2011, the CBA and the ABA signed an agreement to enhance cooperation. As a result, when a professional issue with Canadian (or international) scope crosses your desk, the CCCA will be delighted to act as your resource, guide and partner.