Canada: Interview with CABL President – Andrew Alleyne

Sway Magazine in Canada recently profiled Andrew Alleyne, the new president of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. During the interview, Alleyne, a partner in the law firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, reflects on his professional career in law and looks ahead as the head of the organization.

 

This year marked the 15th anniversary of CABL.  As Alleyne notes, in the past 15 years, CABL has made great strides in becoming a strong and vibrant association representing the diverse interests of the black community in Canada but there are many challenges.  According to Alleyne, some of the challenges for the near term include strengthening CABL’s chapters outside of Ontario and ensuring that black law students have a good chance to find articles and be called to the bar.

 

 

Alleyne notes that, in the past 20 years, “Bay Street” firms have become more diverse, although they have a very long way to go towards becoming fully representative of the community.  For example, in his Toronto office there are three black partners that are three of the only 18 black partners that the CABL was aware of last year when it gathered to toast the achievements of the black partners on Bay Street.  According to Alleyne, of the hundreds of partners of the firms represented at that event, 18 is a small number but placed in the perspective that, in the early 1990s, there may have only been two or three black partners on Bay Street, that there has been improvement.

 

The CABL, formed in March 1996, is a national Canadian network of law professionals and individuals committed to reinvesting in the community.  CABL’s continuing goal is to bring together law professionals and other interested members of the community from across Canada to cultivate and maintain the association of black legal professionals in Canada.

 

Click here to read the full article in Sway.

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