Catherine A. Sas, QC.Catherine has been an active CBA member at a national and local level since 1985 and will celebrate her 30th anniversary as a member in 2015. As a next step in her dedication to the organization, Catherine is seeking election as 2nd Vice President of the CBA in 2015.

Read Catherine’s address to all CBA members


Highlights

  • Celebrating 30-year anniversary as a member in 2015
  • National Resolutions Chair (2012-2014)
  • National Resolutions Committee Member (2009 – 2012)
  • Work-Life Balance Committee Chair – BC Branch (2006 – 2010)
  • National Immigration Section Chair (1995 – 1996)
  • Immigration Section Chair – CBA BC Branch (1997 – 1998)
  • Elected Member of Provincial Council CBA-BC Branch (1992-1997 and 1999-2002)
  • CBA Student Liaison – Membership Committee 1988 CBA BC Branch

Catherine’s vision for CBA
Membership – Given our new membership structure we will have to reach out to new members even more. For Catherine, the CBA has played a significant role in both her legal career and establishing a successful practice as an immigration lawyer. She opened her own practice in June of 1990 and by 1991 was the secretary of the CBA – BC branch immigration law section. By 1992 she was an elected member of Provincial Council and by 1995 she was Chair of the National immigration law section. These opportunities were pivotal in both her development as a lawyer and as a businessperson. Catherine seeks to share her CBA experience with law students in law schools across Canada. Catherine sees the CBA as a key stepping-stone to professional success and will share this message for building upon our CBA membership.

Government relations – As the past year has demonstrated, there has been an ongoing tension between government and the legal profession. The CBA has a unique role to play in facilitating relations with the government for the benefit of the public and the development of law in Canada. It is essential that the CBA interact with all levels of government – federal, provincial and territorial – with a view to enhancing public policy, legislative reform and access to justice. The CBA is uniquely positioned to advise and assist government with legislative policy and law reform and needs to maintain positive avenues of communication to achieve these goals.

Diversity – Given Canada’s multi-cultural reality Catherine believes that there is much more to be achieved in truly embracing diversity within the legal profession. Whether it be in our law schools, our Boardrooms, or our CBA committees, nationally or provincially, the CBA needs to be seen not only as promoting diversity but also as reflecting diversity within our profession. The CBA can take a leadership role in enhancing diversity within our organization and the profession at large.

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  • Having been personally involved with the CBA over many years and having worn a variety of hats, including national and provincial chair of several sections, as well as Branch President of Québec, I humbly consider myself qualified to comment on the leadership requirements of the Association.

    More is required than pure technical ability and familiarity with the CBA – many have these qualities. What is required is vision, vision that reflects the changing needs and aspirations of the close to 40,000 members who make up the CBA and, perhaps more importantly, a vision of how the law fits into the global society of which it is an integral part, and finally, the vision of how and where the CBA has a role to play in this larger dynamic perspective. Having had the privilege to reflect on these critical issues for the profession with Catherine over the many years I have known her, I would feel perfectly comfortable and utterly reassured to know that the leadership of the CBA and our profession was in her capable hands.

    Casper Bloom – Lawyer, Montreal, Canada
    Past President (1983-84) Quebec Branch BCA
    Past Bâtonnier of Montreal (1993-94)


National CBA Involvement

  • Chair of Resolution, Constitution and By-Laws Committee (2012 – 2013)
  • Member, Resolution, Constitution and By-Laws Committee (2009 – 2012)
  • Member-at-Large, Immigration Law Section (2005 – 2008)
  • Past Chair – National Immigration Law Section (1996 – 1997)
  • Chair – National Immigration Law Section (1995 – 1996)
  • Member, Resolution, Constitution and By-Laws Committee (1994 – 1999)
  • CBA – Commonwealth Lawyer’s Association Joint Conference, Planning Committee, Vancouver, BC (1992 – 1996)
  • Co-Vice-Chair – CBA National Immigration Subsection (1993 – 1995)
  • Planning Committee – CBA National Mid-Winter Meeting, Whistler, B.C. (1992)
  • Planning Committee for CBA Annual General Meeting, Vancouver, B.C. (1988 – 1989)

Provincial CBA Involvement

  • Chair – Work-Life Balance Section (2006 – 2010)
  • Member – Judicial Advisory Committee (2005 – 2008)
  • Lawyers Benevolent Fund – Battle of the Bands Organizing Committee 2000-2003
  • Elected Member, Provincial Council (1999 – 2002)
  • Past Chair – Immigration Law Section, B.C. Branch (1998 – 1999)
  • Chair – Immigration Law Section, BC Branch (1997 – 1998)
  • Elected Member Provincial Council (1992 – 1997)
  • CBA Representative – Legal Aid Tariff Committee (1992 – 1995)
  • Communications Committee – B.C. Branch (1992 – 1995)
  • Secretary – CBA B.C. Branch – Immigration Subsection, Executive (1991 – 1992)
  • Planning Committee CBA Annual Meeting, Vancouver BC (1988 – 1989)
  • Student Liaison, CBA B.C. Branch Membership Committee (1988)
  • Although I always knew how involved Catherine was in our CBA Immigration subsection, it was only when I went to my first CBA National Sections Council meeting that I realized just how much time and energy Catherine has devoted to the Canadian Bar Association over the years. It is really one of her life’s passions.

    Alex Stojicevic – CBA National Immigration Chair 2008
    Lawyer, Vancouver, BC