New Federation President takes office

Posted November 15, 2012

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada (“Federation”) is pleased to announce that Bâtonnier Gérald R. Tremblay, C.M., O.Q., Q.C., Ad.E., has been elected President for the 2012-2013 term. Mr. Tremblay has been the representative of the Barreau du Quebec on the Council of the Federation since 2009, and has served as the Federation’s Vice President since 2010.

TremblayHe is counsel in the firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Montreal, and practices in the areas of civil, corporate, commercial and environmental law, as well as class actions, constitutional and administrative law litigation. Mr. Tremblay holds a degree from the Université Laval, and earned his law degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. He was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1968. He served as Bâtonnier of the Barreau for the 2008-2009 term.

Mr. Tremblay was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987, named Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1988, member of the Order of Canada in 2003, Officer of the National Order of Québec in 2005, and awarded the title Advocatus Emeritus (Ad.E) in 2010.

“With the advent of mobility of lawyers between Canadian provinces over the last ten years, the mission and priorities of the Federation have evolved considerably since the organization was founded in 1926”, says Mr. Tremblay. “What was once an annual conference of law society Presidents, has now become a national organization with proper resources to focus on the law societies’ efforts to develop consistent national standards of regulation of the legal profession in Canada, and to share and harmonize best practices.”

The major national Federation initiatives currently underway include a Model Code of Professional Conduct, which is being adopted by law societies across Canada, a national admissions standards project to ensure common standards of entry to the legal profession, and national standards dealing with complaints and discipline.

“Being able to work in the public interest at the national level as President of the Federation is a great honour”, says Mr. Tremblay. “Over the next year, I will work to ensure there is continued progress in the Federation’s national projects. I also share the preoccupation of all law society leaders across Canada that we need to find ways to increase access to justice for ordinary Canadians.” He notes that this issue has been identified as a priority for the Federation.

“One of the major initiatives in recent years was mobility by lawyers between provinces and territories”, Mr. Tremblay added. “We have implemented mobility protocols for lawyers and notaries in Quebec, and now discussions are underway to make the regime even simpler in years to come.”