• 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)

  • 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

  • I have no hesitation in endorsing Catherine Sas’ candidacy for the position of 2nd Vice-President of the Canadian Bar Association. Throughout my career, Catherine’s commitment to the CBA has been evident. She has shown herself to be tenacious in serving her clients, while also taking every opportunity to educate and mentor her peers — particularly those at the beginning of their legal careers. I can say with confidence that Catherine will not shy away from any challenge she faces in serving the interests of the CBA. She will be a true champion for the issues that the organization holds dear.

    Deanna Okun-Nachoff – Chair, CBA National Immigration Law Section 2014/2015 | McCrea & Associates, Vancouver, BC

  • I have known Catherine Sas since 2010 as we have both been members of the Resolutions, Constitution and Bylaws Committee. Work on that committee requires attention to detail and an understanding of CBA operations. Catherine brought her enthusiasm and leadership to the committee and demonstrated an interest in and dedication to the CBA. When she attended the CBA Legal Conferences it was obvious that she had a social relationship with a large number of the attendees.

    I believe that Catherine has the ability and the dedication to be an excellent 2nd vice-president as well as succeeding in the positions on the CBA executive that usually lead to being elected CBA president. I look forward to seeing her in the position of 2nd vice-president after the CLC in 2015.

    Bryan Salte, Q.C. – Chair, Resolutions, Constitution and Bylaws Committee | College of Physicians & Surgeons, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

  • I first came to observe the work of Catherine Sas Q.C. at National Council of the CBA, when she was a member and then the Chair of the National Resolutions Committee. She has consistently demonstrated an understanding of, and a commitment to, the CBA as a dynamic, national entity. I know she would bring this passion and vision to her position as Vice-President, and ultimately President, of the National CBA, representing the CBA not as the national president from the British Columbia branch, but as the leader of the whole country and all its branches, conferences, and sections. As the CBA undertakes it Rethink exercise, the importance of having leaders who are committed to the health of the CBA on a national, inclusive basis has never been greater.

    Gail Wartman, Q.C. – President, Saskatchewan Branch | McDougall Gauley LLP, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

  • Catherine’s commitment to the CBA has been long and constant, and has always been in the direction of unifying teamwork.

    The CBA faces the challenges of a number of looming transitions and adjustments. We will need the kind of leadership and cooperative spirit which she offers.

    Simon Potter – CBA National President 2002-2003 | McCarthy Tetrault, Montreal, Quebec

  • I was delighted to see that Catherine is running for Second Vice-President. I have known her for over twenty years and seen first hand the strength of her commitment to the Canadian Bar Association. I was particularly impressed by her management of the Resolutions process during her time on the Resolutions Committee; it is not easy to chair the policy debates of our organization, and she was very successful in doing so. Long-time membership on this unique committee endows a CBA member with a deep understanding of the workings of the Association and a broad knowledge of the work of other committees and conferences. It is an excellent preparation for a table officer and future president.

    I’ve always found Catherine be calm, intelligent, well prepared, and collegial in her work with our organization – and I appreciate the saving sense of humor she brings to bear when disputes among members might otherwise lead to conflict or bitterness. I think she would be an excellent leader within Canada and an effective ambassador for the CBA outside our borders.

    Daphne Dumont – CBA National President 2000-2001 | MacNutt & Dumont, Charlotte, PEI

  • I have known Catherine since my initial involvement on the executive of the CBA-Alberta Branch in 2009. From my observation, Catherine has always demonstrated a remarkable knowledge of the CBA and its principles. And she has a vast understanding of the issues that face our association in these complex times of endless change. I have spoken with her at length about these matters, and have been amazed at her familiarity with the problems and her insights into their solutions. But of all her qualities, I have been most impressed by her expertise in handling the difficult and treacherous job of National Resolutions Chair at the CLC and Mid Winter meetings of Council. She has always been able to skillfully guide the debate, though contentious and heated views are often expressed by each side. In my view, Catherine has the energy and talent to be our national President and the experience to lead our CBA into the future. I am proud to endorse her candidacy.

    Cyril S. Gurevitch, Q.C. – President, CBA Alberta 2012-2013 | Gurevitch Burnham, Grande Prairie, Alberta

  • I endorse Catherine Sas for 2nd VP of the CBA.

    Catherine has a proven track record with her years of hard work and experience in both National and Branch activities. She is a person of great integrity and has always stood for a strong and united national body. This will be pivotal in the challenges before the CBA in the years ahead.

    As a former Branch and National President, I have had the opportunity to observe firsthand her commitment and dedication to our organization as well as her ability to get along with others.

    Catherine will be an excellent leader of our organization.

    The Honourable Mr. Justice Eric Rice, Retired BCSC Justice – CBABC President 1994-1995, CBA National President 2001-2002, CBA President’s Award winner 2013

  • I have known Catherine for 25 years, through our mutual involvement on the executive of the Immigration Section of the CBA, and as friends. I believe that Catherine would make an excellent national president. As long as I have known her, Catherine has always actively promoted the benefits of CBA membership and has effectively championed the involvement and integration of our section in the greater CBA. Thanks almost entirely to Catherine, we have had a continuing presence at the annual national conference through immigration themed sessions, support for national resolutions and active participation. Catherine is a formidable force of nature who gets things done through her energy, perseverance and charm.

    Michael A.E. Greene, Q.C. – National Chair, Immigration and Citizenship Section 2000-2001, CBA Louis St. Laurent award for Excellent Co-Recipient 2001 | Sherrit Greene, Calgary, Alberta

  • Catherine has become much more than a mentor to me since we met through the CBA Women Lawyers Forum – she is an inspiration and my role model. I can always count on Catherine to give me solid guidance about life or work. She is truly one of the most generous and nurturing people I have met in the legal profession. Catherine is always encouraging others in our community to give back to society, and I have had the fortune of volunteering at the Salvation Army soup kitchen and with Pro Bono Going Public alongside her. I have no doubt that Catherine will continue to achieve many amazing accomplishments in her already lustrous career.

    Gale Kim – Lawyer | Vancouver, BC

  • Catherine Sas serves as the Chair for the UBC Law Class of 1988 reunion committee and has led the committee in organizing a reunion every five years since graduation. Under Catherine’s leadership, the committee has not only hosted numerous successful reunions, but has also raised almost $65,000 to create a bursary for law students demonstrating financial need and named in memory of a classmate who passed away. I am pleased to recognize the important contributions that Catherine has made to UBC Law and commend her for her enthusiasm, dedication, and ‘can-do’ attitude.

    Jennifer Regan – Alumni Relations Manager | Faculty of Law at Allard, Hall The University of British Columbia

  • I was first introduced to Catherine when, as a young mother, she was nursing her son while chairing a panel at a CBA Immigration meeting. In the 20 years I have known her since, she has retained the balance and the passion for both the personal and the profession. She is never too busy to assist a colleague, a client, or a cause. She is an organizer par excellence! She is intelligent and politically astute. Catherine has my full support in her efforts to become CBA’s 2nd V-P. She will serve us all well.

    Wendy A. Danson – Chair, CBA National Citizenship Immigration Law Section 2004-2005 | McCuaig Durocher, Edmonton, Alberta

  • I first met Catherine in 2010 when we were both elected as Benchers of the Law Society of British Columbia. She is a true leader – balanced and thoughtful, generous with both her time and with her skills. Since our time as Benchers, and now in my role as an elected member of Provincial Council for BC, I have continued to benefit from her knowledge and seemingly boundless passion for the CBA. Her commitment and dedication to the CBA is an inspiration.

    Suzette Narbonne – Bencher, Law Society of BC, 2009-2012, Provincial Council Member, CBA-BC, September 2014-Present | Narbonne Law Office , Sechelt, BC

  • Catherine has three essential and enduring qualities to become CBA Second Vice-President and to ultimately lead our organization.

    She has proven leadership over many years at CBA, both Branch and National levels.

    She understands the challenges facing the profession and its need for strong skilled advocacy in lawyers’ interest and the advancement of the law in Canada.

    She is analytic and is possessed of the ability to build consensus, formulate effective plans and execute them.

    I therefore encourage electors to choose Catherine in the best interests of the CBA.

    D. Kevin Carroll, Q.C. L.S.M. – CBA President 2009-2010 | Carroll Heyd Chown LLP, Barrie ON

  • Catherine has my vote. Why? I’ve known her since she first became a lawyer. She is a CBA veteran, both provincially and nationally. She in the fine BC tradition combines that lawyer advocacy experience with lawyer regulation experience. She comes from a large law firm today but knows the small firm reality. She sparkles – with energy, intelligence, language flair, and life experience. Her balance appeals to a Libra. Catherine has my vote.

    F. William Johnson, Q.C. – CBA National President 2003-2004 | Gerrand Rath Johnson , Regina, Saskatchewan

  • Catherine Sas has donated her considerable expertise and balanced perspective to work with the YWCA on the issue of mothers without legal status in Canada. She has assisted us to draft our advocacy policies, provided pro bono representation to women in this situation who were unable to access Legal Aid, and has encouraged other lawyers to assist with pro bono services to this marginalized group. Ms Sas’ commitment to supporting the YWCA in this endeavour has been invaluable.

    Lisa Rupert – Director, Housing Services and Violence Prevention YWCA Metro Vancouver

  • Catherine has become much more than a mentor to me since we met through the CBA Women Lawyers Forum – she is an inspiration and my role model. I can always count on Catherine to give me solid guidance about life or work. She is truly one of the most generous and nurturing people I have met in the legal profession. Catherine is always encouraging others in our community to give back to society, and I have had the fortune of volunteering at the Salvation Army soup kitchen and with Pro Bono Going Public alongside her. I have no doubt that Catherine will continue to achieve many amazing accomplishments in her already lustrous career.

    Gale Kim – Lawyer
    Vancouver, BC

  • I asked Catherine Sas for lunch in 2012, and she has been a faithful mentor to me ever since. Over the years, Catherine has become the person I call for big decisions and career guidance. What is truly remarkable about Catherine, however, is that I am not her only charge. Catherine brings mentors and mentees together and has introduced me to an impressive network of women lawyers in Vancouver. Catherine is all about support, encouragement and celebration, and I am fortunate to be one of the many young lawyers to benefit from her mentorship.

    Andrea Piercy – Lawyer
    Vancouver, BC

  • I first met Catherine through the CBA Mentorship Program during my first year at UBC’s law school. Catherine has been an amazing source of wisdom and encouragement as I made the transition from “1L” to articled student. What I admire most about Catherine is her ability to forge her own distinctive path and the seemingly endless energy that she dedicates to the causes important to her . Since meeting, our relationship has grown to include a community of remarkable women lawyers, brought together by Catherine and sustained by our mutual support of one another. Catherine has been, and remains, a valued mentor and friend.

    Ms. Sterling Nelson – Articled Student
    Vancouver, BC

  • Catherine Sas serves as the Chair for the UBC Law Class of 1988 reunion committee and has led the committee in organizing a reunion every five years since graduation. Under Catherine’s leadership, the committee has not only hosted numerous successful reunions, but has also raised almost $65,000 to create a bursary for law students demonstrating financial need and named in memory of a classmate who passed away. I am pleased to recognize the important contributions that Catherine has made to UBC Law and commend her for her enthusiasm, dedication, and ‘can-do’ attitude.

    Jennifer Regan – Alumni Relations Manager | Faculty of Law at Allard Hall, The University of British Columbia

  • Catherine has a profound commitment to CPD. I first met Catherine over 20 years ago at an OBA immigration program in Toronto that Catherine, as a young lawyer, had come to attend. Since then I have participated in numerous CPD programs that Catherine has organized: provincially, nationally and internationally. As an organizer, moderator and/or speaker Catherine has generously given her time over the years to CPD for our profession.

    Lorne Waldman – Lawyer
    Toronto, Canada

  • I’m pleased to see that Catherine is running for Second Vice-President. I’ve known her for over twenty years. I’ve always been impressed by her perseverance, her intelligence, her inter-personal skills, her collegiality and her dedication to the profession as evidenced by her lengthy CBA resume both at the provincial and national levels. We need a leader like Catherine at a time when the law and the profession is encountering immense and complex challenges. Catherine will be an impressive CBA president and an outstanding role model and advocate for the legal community from sea to sea to sea and outside Canada as well.

    Tom Ullyett, CBA-Yukon Past President; Young Lawyers, Past Chair; LPAC Chair;
    Mid-Winter 2003, Co-Chair; CBIA Board Member