President’s Message

CALA Members and Business Partners,

I would like to welcome everyone to the 2022/2023 Chapter year!  It was nice to see familiar faces at the AGM, and I am thinking this bodes well for the year ahead; that it will be a normal year where we can see old and new friends at social and educational gatherings in the coming months.

Much like our hybrid working environments, the past year was a hybrid Chapter year.   While monthly Board meetings and subsection meetings and educational and diversity/inclusion events were held over Zoom; social events like Happy Hours, the Christmas Party and Business Partners Appreciation were held in person.  It was still challenging trying to navigate the changing restrictions of the past year, but I would like to thank you all for supporting both the virtual and in-person events.

I would like to give a special thanks to our Business Partners whose sponsorship of CALA significantly contributes to the success of our Chapter.

I am proud to announce that once again CALA has received the 2022 Presidents’ Award of Excellence!  It is an honour bestowed by ALA to recognize Chapters for their effective and collaborative efforts to support ALA’s mission and goals.  Each year we strive to provide extensive professional development opportunities and develop collaborative environments to empower our members to lead in the business of law.

Our Committees and Sub-section leaders did a great job this past year and a big thanks goes to the following for all the time and effort:

  • The CALA Salary Survey Committee of Cali Oppenheim, Debbie Davis and Patti Sinclair;
  • The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Rada Baljak and Dorota Ulkowska (Shing Digital) who co-chaired the committee together with the support from Emily Ross, Jennifer Vuong, Korrie Girvan , Shannon Anderson (Ultimate Recruitment) and Craig Fisk (Ricoh);
  • The subsection leaders:  Kevin Larsen (IT), Nyla Mawji (Finance), Vern Barnard (Facilities), Stacy Koehler and Sarah Davidson (co-chairs of HR), Stacy Koehler (Marketing).

The Board is meeting next week for its annual Strategic Planning Meeting so expect another exciting year of great programs and events.

The Board members of CALA are a great group, and I am excited to be working with this year’s great slate of Board Members.  We welcome Kevin Larsen as our newest Board Member in the position of Secretary.

Please look for information in the coming weeks about our plans for this year!


Michelle Zizek

President 2022/23