BCLMA President’s Report, by Leslie Green
Presented at the AGM March 7, 2019
2018 was a very busy year for the BCLMA Board of Directors. We hosted two educational events, the Managing Partners’ luncheon with keynote speaker Jordan Furlong, and the summer and winter social events. The winter social at the Sutton Place Hotel was highly successful and we plan to use that venue for the 2019 winter social.
We have conducted an exhaustive search for a new location for the 2019 Summer Social. However, taking into consideration cost, size, accessibility from downtown and our desire for a patio, Bridges continues to be the most suitable choice.
The BCLMA is again fully subscribed for 2019 sponsorships. There were even some late applicants who could not be accommodated. The BCLMA is fortunate to have such meaningful support from our business partners.
I want to acknowledge and thank all our members who volunteer in their subsections and on committees. I am pleased to announce that all positions in the following committees have been filled:
• Social Media
• Website Development and
• 2020 Conference Committee.
I believe that it is essential for the on-going health and succession needs of the BCLMA that we continue to encourage our members, particularly the younger members, to volunteer and participate in the association.
The Board has been making great progress with the BCLMA’s three-year Strategic Plan
Vision: Elevating leaders in the business of law.
Mission: An educational networking community providing thought leadership and opportunities for information exchange.
1. Marketing for Growth – We have developed clear language around our offerings to help current members, vendors and the non-members within the B.C. legal community understand who we are and what we do. We have started on creating a database containing the name of law firms who are current members, past members and those who have not previously joined. The plan is to reach out to all of these groups to they understand all the benefits of membership in the BCLMA.
2. Technology for Members – There are several components to this theme.
a. Developing a new website that will allow members to easily connect with each other and access our resources. As I stated earlier, this committee has been formed and commenced its work.
b. Provide members outside of Metro Vancouver with remote access to educational events and selected subsection meetings. We have had a couple of successful broadcasts, including an HR subsection meeting and the February educational event.
c. Create an archive of these recorded events for later viewing is a key component of the plan.
3. Education – Our educational offerings are foundational to the BCLMA. We have been working hard to engage high-quality speakers who deliver value to our members. We are also looking at ways to better support our subsections in their efforts and presentations.
4. Organizational Development – This initiative involves providing training and resource materials for Board members and Subsection leaders to help them better serve our community. In addition, we are undergoing an operational assessment to determine our long-term organizational needs.
Given the progress made to-date, I believe the 3-year Strategic Plan will be fulfilled.
On a personal note, since I will be stepping down both as President and as a Director in March, I wish to thank the other members of the Board for their support and guidance. This has been a truly wonderful experience.