Governance

The Northwest Territories Branch of the Canadian Bar Association is governed by a President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer and Past-President.  A Secretary-Treasurer is elected at the Summer Annual General Meeting. Each officer serves a one-year term in his or her position, coincident with the financial year of the branch, so that at the start of each financial year the previous President becomes the immediate Past-President, the previous Vice-President becomes the President, and the previous Secretary-Treasurer becomes the Vice-President.

Our structure also includes the election of four representatives (two voting and two non-voting members) to the National Council. The National Council meets twice a year to make policy decisions. There is a Finance Committee accountable to the Board of Directors, and 17 standing committees covering a wide range of areas – such as access to justice, equality and professional development. Special committees and task forces are also appointed as needed.

Sections are organized to study particular branches of law and pertinent issues of the day. All 32 National Sections are administered by a Section Executive Committee, generally composed of a Chair, Vice-chair, and Treasurer.

Forums represent common interest groups and provide members with a voice and structure. All forums are administered by an Executive Committee composed of a Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary-treasurer and chairs of all corresponding branch Sections, Forums or Committees. Members registered for a Forum are entitled to participate in the business and activities of that Forum, including voting and nomination for office.