Tim McGee has been chief executive officer of the Law Society since 2005. He is also the past president of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives and sits on that organization’s executive committee. Prior to joining the Law Society he was president of Bell TV, Canada’s largest provider of digital television. Previous roles include service as chief legal officer of Bell Canada and vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary of ATT Canada Inc. Tim is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Ottawa Law School. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1987 and practiced law with the Toronto firm now known as Torys LLP. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2013.
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Deb Armour has the overall responsibility for professional conduct, investigations, discipline, custodianships and unauthorized practice of law. She is on the National Discipline Standards Standing Committee of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and is an active member of the Discipline Administrators’ Steering Committee. Prior to joining the Law Society in 2010, Deb held executive-level legal, compliance and regulatory positions with various organizations. She practiced commercial litigation prior to commencing her in-house legal career. Deb teaches ethics at UBC Law School. She has been a frequent speaker and panelist over the years before a variety of audiences including Continuing Legal Education of BC, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, the Inns of Court Program and law firms.
Su Forbes, QC, has overall responsibility for the insurance program that insures lawyers for malpractice and dishonest appropriation. She has been a lawyer since 1982 and practised as civil litigation counsel in a broad range of areas before joining the Lawyers Insurance Fund in 1987. She was appointed director of Insurance in 1998 and received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2002. Su has made presentations about the program and managing the risks of practice to a variety of audiences, including the Canadian and American Bar Associations, BC Continuing Legal Education, UBC Faculty of Law, Canadian Captive Insurance Association, and the International Association of Defence Counsel. She has twice been the president of the National Association of Bar-Related Insurance Companies, a group of lawyers’ professional liability mutuals, reciprocals and insurance companies and programs across North America.
Prior to joining the Law Society in 2006, Jeanette was CFO and secretary treasurer of Cascade Aerospace Inc., vice-president of finance at BCTV/CHEK-TV and a chartered accountant at a national CA firm. She has a Chartered Professional Accountant designation and a business degree from Simon Fraser University. She is currently a board member of the Greater Vancouver YMCA, and is a past board member of Simon Fraser University, Surrey Food Bank Society and the Seaton Woodward Foundation.
Alan Treleaven’s overall Law Society responsibilities include professional legal training, articling, bar admission credentialing, mandatory continuing professional development, practice advice and competence support for lawyers, and remedial practice intervention. Alan is a member of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s National Committee on Accreditation and the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education. Previous roles include service as the Law Society of Upper Canada’s director of education, a member of faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School, and a civil litigator in Vancouver. Alan has a BA in history from Western University, a JD from the University of Toronto, and an LLM. from McGill University, and is a member of the bars of British Columbia and Ontario.
Adam oversees the staff and operations of the Policy, Communications, Executive Support and Information Technology teams. Adam joined the Law Society in 1993 as claims counsel with the Insurance department and has held progressively more responsible positions since then. The variety of his experience at the Law Society has provided him with a broad knowledge of the Law Society’s operations. He was called to the bar in 1985 and he practised for a number of years with Davis & Co., now DLA Piper, before joining the Law Society. Adam has a bachelor degree’s and a law degree from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree from McMaster University.