Vivene Salmon, Lawyer & President, Canadian Bar Association
In September 2019, Vivene Salmon was named president of the Canadian Bar Association, which represents over 37,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers, and law students from across Canada. What made the achievement extra remarkable? Vivene was the first person of colour to take the helm at the 123-year-old Association, and only the second to come from the in-house counsel community (she’s also the vice-president, country compliance manager, global banking and markets compliance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Toronto). A key focus of her one-year tenure has been to bridge the gap between generations in the legal profession; to that end, she kicked off a podcast series, Conversations with the President, in November 2019, and began vlogging on Twitter.