Committees of the Board

Executive Committee

Chair

  • Mr. Patrick A. Molinari, FRSC, President

Members

  • The Honourable Justice James O’Reilly, First Vice-President
  • The Honourable Justice P. Colleen Suche, Second Vice-President
  • The Honourable Judge Catherine Pilon, Secretary-Treasurer
  • The Honourable Justice Georgina R. Jackson, Past President
  • Mr. Mark Benton, Chair of the Communications Committee

Ex Officio Member

  • CIAJ’s Executive Director

Mandate

  • Determine the number of positions filled by members of the Board;
  • Recommend names for unfilled positions;
  • Propose election of new directors and honorary directors;
  • Report on the composition of the Board of Directors;
  • Recommend search committee for the justice medal award;
  • Make recommendations concerning the remuneration, terms of employment and recognition of all employees of the CIAJ;
  • Consider the Executive Director’s recommendations of staff reporting to her and make recommendations of its own;
  • Review performance of the Executive Director in consultation with the members of the Board and chairs of committees;
  • Make recommendations concerning remuneration, benefits and terms of employment of the Executive Director;
  • Review the purpose of the organization and establish realistic goals and objectives consistent with its mandate in a defined time frame within CIAJ’s capacity for implementation;
  • Rally the board of directors around a common principled vision;
  • Communicate these goals and objectives to CIAJ’s constituents;
  • Ensure effective use of CIAJ’s resources by focusing resources on key priorities;
  • Establish a mechanism for informed change when needed.

Communications Committee

Chair

  • Mr. Mark Benton

Members

  • Master Linda S. Abrams
  • Mr. Stephen Bindman
  • Mr. John Mark Keyes
  • The Honourable Judge Jolène Richard

Ex Officio Members

  • CIAJ’s President
  • CIAJ’s Executive Director

Mandate

  • Advise on communication, promotional strategies and tools for CIAJ, including CIAJ’s website, brochures, posters and newsletters;
  • Liaise with other CIAJ committees and propose effective communication tools for their activities;
  • Promote CIAJ among the communities it serves.

Education and Research Planning Committee

Co-Chairs

  • Mr. Patrick A. Molinari, FRSC
  • The Honourable Justice James O’Reilly

Members

  • Master Linda S. Abrams
  • Professor Jennifer Chandler
  • Mr. J. Glen Gardner, Q.C.
  • The Honourable Justice Lois R. Hoegg
  • The Honourable Justice Sheilah L. Martin
  • The Honourable Justice Yves-Marie Morissette
  • The Honourable Justice Robert J. Sharpe
  • Dean Lorne Sossin
  • The Honourable Justice P. Colleen Suche

Ex Officio Members

  • CIAJ’s President
  • CIAJ’s Academic Advisor
  • CIAJ’s Executive Director

Mandate

  • Advise the Board on judicial education, legal education and research;
  • Develop and monitor CIAJ’s education and research plan;
  • Select themes for annual conferences;
  • Review existing education and research programs;
  • Recommend expertise in the fields of law covered in the education programs;
  • Identify research priorities and appropriate process to conduct research projects;
  • Monitor selection process for Charles D. Gonthier Research Fellowship and Christine Huglo Robertson Essay Prize.

Finance and Audit Committee

Chair

  • The Honourable Judge Catherine Pilon

Members

  • Mr. John Mark Keyes
  • The Honourable Justice Mary Newbury
  • The Honourable Justice Michael J. Wood

Ex Officio Members

  • CIAJ’s President
  • CIAJ’s Executive Director

Mandate

  • Supervise finances of the organization including risk management;
  • Review annual audited financial statements;
  • Report on fiscal year with recommendations;
  • Monitor funds;
  • Review operating budget results;
  • Review external audit;
  • Recommend strategies for fund-raising;
  • Recommend financial investments, if required;
  • Every 5 years, review bids submitted for auditing services and make a recommendation.

Membership Committee

Chair

  • The Honourable Justice James O’Reilly

Members

  • Mr. Stephen Bindman
  • Mr. Athanasios Hadjis
  • The Honourable Justice Mary Newbury
  • The Honourable Judge Jolène Richard
  • The Honourable Justice Michael J. Wood

Ex Officio Members

  • CIAJ’s Executive
  • CIAJ’s Executive Director

Mandate

  • Recommend and implement membership plan;
  • Supervise recruitment drive of members;
  • Identify target groups interested in the administration of justice, such as Federal/Provincial/Territorial Deputy Ministers responsible for justice;
  • Recommend strategies to communicate with members;
  • Supervise maintenance of membership records;
  • Report on the status of CIAJ’s membership.