Vivene Salmon, LL.B. 2009, has become the first person of colour to be named President of the Canadian Bar Association. She will officially take over the role in September 2019.
Issues Salmon plans to focus on include student debt, technology, mentorship, and how to be a healthy lawyer, including diversity.
“Talking about diversity as well is important as I am a diverse person myself. I think those issues are not one-time issues, but I feel those issues, with respect to diversity and having healthy lawyers, are part of that shift we see in the legal profession and are important for all ages of lawyers, but in particular it’s important for younger lawyers,” she told The Lawyer Daily.
She went on to say that she is excited about her new role as the leader of a national organization, while being aware of the challenges that lie ahead.
“I know it’s a big responsibility and I know many people supported me in this role that I’m taking on,” she said. “Most of all, I hope that the CBA can continue to grow, that other lawyers will see the value in the CBA and that we’ll have a new generation of young leaders, and also the expertise of the senior leaders, to take the CBA to the future.”
Salmon is currently vice-president and country compliance manager of global banking and markets compliance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.