Participation on a CDL Committee is a great way to maximize the value of your CDL membership. Whether you choose to volunteer to gain leadership opportunities, build your resumé, increase exposure for you and your firm, or give back to the industry, your willingness to share your time and expertise are needed to help support the ongoing growth and development of CDL across Canada. CDL’s goal is to have volunteers that represent the diversity and experience of Canada's insurance defence community. We welcome motivated and enthusiastic people who enjoy contributing to the vitality and ongoing development of our organization. Contact Randi Glass, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently accepting volunteers for the following committees:
Assist with the planning of our continuing legal education across Canada. Each province is unique and we welcome a local perspective. You will have the chance to advance and influence educational content for your region and beyond.
CDL has several Substantive Committees, dedicated to specific fields of practice. Each Committee has specific goals and responsibilities with the CDL structure. Membership is open to any CDL member who is interested - and new substantive committees are welcome.
Coverage: Chair - David MacKenzie, Blaney McMurtry; Vice-Chair - Catherine Keyes, TD Insurance
CDL Women’s Caucus was established in 2016 as the first national women’s legal organization for those in the civil practice, namely civil defence litigators working on behalf of corporations as well as insurers and insureds. It is focused on enhancing leadership skills, engaging professional networks and expanding women’s footprints within our profession and in collaboration with other women’s organizations within Canada and abroad.
The Women's Caucus is governed by a Steering Committee with Regional Chairs spearheading programming across the country.
Women’s Caucus Chair: Aleksandra Zivanovic, Boghansian Allen LLP
Vice-Chair: Heather Vaughan, Benson Percival Brown LLP
Vice-Chair: Lisa Pool, Sullivan Festeryga LLP
Founding Supporter: McKellar Structured Settlements
The In-house Counsel Committee was created to meet the needs of CDL members working directly at insurers. The committee members are a broad representation of insurers across the country. This group meets regularly to discuss issues of interest and ways CDL can support their unique needs.
In-house Counsel Committee Chair: Marc Gorbet, Travelers Canada
Vice-Chair: Ellen Gowland, Allstate
If you like to write, chat, tweet or post in any media this committee is for you. This group reviews contributions to our electronic newsletter Hearsay and assists in the production and review of regular articles for Claims Canada. Members also actively participate in the online Community Forums, encouraging dialogue and engagement across the country.
CDL’s diversity and inclusion policy is bolstered through the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. This committee is charged with encouraging diversity and inclusion throughout CDL’s programming and governance structures. The committee works with external organizations that support and embrace the value of diversity and inclusion.
Diversity Committee Chair: Audrey Ramsay, Blouin Dunn LLP