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Board of Trustees 2018

Executive Committee


Karen Ann Reid

Karen was called to the Ontario bar in 1984. She obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa and articled for McGuire and Mills. She is a sole practitioner defending those charged with criminal offences, having fled the terrors of general practice about ten years into her call, forsaking in particular Real Estate and Family Law to those of far greater mettle.

She is a member of the Defence Counsel Association, Ontario Justice Education Network, and Barristers for a Better Bytown. She currently shares chambers with Ron Guertin, Ayesha Kumararatne, and Rebecca Rosenstock.

First elected to the CCLA’s Board of Trustees in 2010, Karen has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2015. During her time with the Board, she has participated in various CCLA projects, and is chair of the Membership Subcommittee.

She and her husband enjoy low-key activities interspersed with phone calls from the cell block.

You can contact Karen at, or on her cell (613) 791-3834.

Sole Practitioner
Fax: 613-238-4824


Vice President

Ted Mann, Managing Partner at Mann Lawyers, LLP, has over 35 years of experience in the practice of law. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, and was called to the bar in Ontario in 1980. He practised law in Toronto and P.E.I. before moving to Ottawa in 1987, and has practised in Ottawa ever since. Ted has been an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law since 2000, where he teaches Bankruptcy and Insolvency.

He has been an active member of Opera Lyra Ottawa and has performed major roles at the Savoy Society, Orpheus, Ottawa Little Theatre and Tara Players. Ted has provided his acting abilities in support of the Great Canadian Theatre Company, taking leading roles in the annual G.C.T.C. fundraising Lawyer Play.

Ted enjoys running, cycling, snowshoeing, skate-skiing and weight-training, and swims with the Y Master’s Swim Club at the downtown YMCA. Ted also sits on the Board of Directors of The Canadian Guide Dogs for The Blind.

Ted is proud of his years of services with the CCLA to date, and became Vice-President of the CCLA at the annual meeting held March 8th, 2018.

You can contact Ted at:

Mann Lawyers, LLP
Direct: 613-369-0368
Fax: 613-722-7677



Craig O’Brien is a partner with Nelligan O’Brien Payne. He works exclusively in civil litigation, with an emphasis on commercial and construction litigation, insurance defence and professional liability litigation.

Craig frequently represents major insurance companies, and has been involved in a variety of insurance claims. These include personal injury litigation, building and construction deficiency and home inspection claims, improper road and sidewalk maintenance claims, environmental spill claims, and occupiers’ liability claims. His practice includes representing insurers in accident benefits, arbitrations, and litigation.

Craig has appeared before the Small Claims Court of Ontario, the Ontario Superior Court, the Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and various administrative tribunals, including the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

He is a graduate of Carleton University (B. Hum(H)), and the University of Ottawa (L.L.B.)

You can contact Craig at:

Nelligan O’Brien Payne
Fax: 613-238-2098



Rosalind Conway is a Certified Specialist in criminal law. She holds a Masters Degree in English from Carleton University, graduated from the University of Toronto Law School, and articled with McCarthy & McCarthy (now McCarthy Tetrault). Rosalind clerked for the High Court (now the Superior Court of Justice) and was an Assistant Crown Attorney in Ottawa. She has been in private practice since 1988, and became a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court in 2014.

She is a past president of both the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa and the Bora Laskin Law Society. She wrote "A Criminal Mind" almost monthly for the Law Times. Rosalind regularly mentors articling students and lawyers.

Rosalind received the President's Award from Women and the Law, and she received a Community Builder Award from the United Way for her fundraising for the Ottawa Food Bank. On behalf of the CCLA, she worked on the Articling Programme to create a dozen placements, and has attended meetings with Legal Aid Ukraine. She was a Member of the Committee on Compliance-Based Entity Regulation, and Chair of the Licensing Committee.

Much of her spare time is spent playing tin whistle, Irish flute and fiddle: she is a long-standing member of the Ottawa Ceili Band, and she plays in various local sessions. Rosalind enjoys travel, speaks conversational French, Russian and Polish, and is trying to improve her Hebrew.

You can contact Rosalind at:

Law Office of Rosalind E. Conway
Fax: 613-594-8111


C. Jill Alexander
Past President

Jill was called to the Ontario bar in 1999.  She obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa and graduated magna cum laude.  

Jill is a partner at Cavanagh LLP and works exclusively in the area of civil litigation.  Jill's insurance practice is varied and includes handling matters involving personal injury, property damage, product liability, municipal liability and professional liability.  She also prosecutes subrogated claims and regularly provides coverage opinions.  In 2008 Jill was honoured to receive the Regional Senior Justice Award from the County of Carleton Law Association.  Established in 2003, the RSJ award recognizes one lawyer annually with 10 years of experience or less who has made an outstanding contribution as a litigator or solicitor within the legal profession as well as outside of the profession by making an outstanding contribution to the community.

Jill has been invited to organize, moderate and speak at many continuing legal education events, including the County of Carleton Law Association’s annual Civil Litigation Conference.

First elected to the CCLA’s Board of Trustees in 2010, Jill has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2014.  During her time with the Board, Jill has participated in several significant CCLA initiatives and has served on many CCLA committees including the Membership Committee and the Website Committee.  Since 2014 she has been co-chair of the CCLA’s Continuing Legal Education Planning Committee.

When she is not working Jill enjoys spending time with her husband and kids at her cottage in Norway Bay, Quebec.  During the winter months, Jill and her husband spend most of their leisure time volunteering for the Calabogie Ski Racing Club or shuttling their kids to ski racing events.  On occasion, they get to ski together!

You can contact Jill at:

Cavanagh LLP
Fax: 613-230-8842


Rick Haga

Executive Director


Rick has been the Executive Director of the CCLA since August of 2008. Rick is a seasoned association management professional with over 20 plus years of experience in managing associations at the local and national levels. A graduate of the University of Ottawa in 1981 with a BSc and trilingual (English, French & Dutch). Prior to joining the CCLA Rick was the National Executive Director for the Lifesaving Society (Royal Life Saving Society Canada) who’s mission is to prevent drownings and water-related injury. During his tenure with the Lifesaving Society Rick worked at the local, provincial, national and international levels to achieve the Society’s mission. Rick was also Senior Officer, Water Safety Services at the National Office for the Canadian Red Cross Society for 2 years.

Prior to his career in association management Rick managed aquatic facilities, supervised aquatic facility managers along with liaising with school boards and aquatic sports groups for the City of Ottawa for 7 years. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and has volunteered with a number of organizations at the local, provincial, national and international levels.

In his spare time Rick is active in a masters swim club and enjoys cycling.

Rick is passionate about the Mission and Objectives of the CCLA to promote justice and advancing the interests of its members in partnership with an extremely dedicated and talented group of staff and volunteers! 

You can contact Rick at:
Direct: 613-233-9197
General: 613-233-7386 ext. 224
Toll Free: 1-866-637-3888
Fax: 613-238-3788



Roberto Aburto


Roberto Aburto was called to the Bar in 2011. He attended the joint program between the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and Michigan State University College of Law. He summered and articled with Gowling WLG starting in Waterloo in 2009, and relocated to Ottawa in 2013. He practices in municipal law in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office. His areas of expertise include land use planning matters, expropriation, development charges, municipal tax assessment and real estate/development related litigation.

Roberto is the Co-Chair of Gowling WLG’s National Diversity and Inclusion Council, and hosts the Diversonomics podcast, which discusses diversity and inclusion in the legal market.

This is Roberto’s first term as a member of the board of trustees of the County of Carleton Law Association. Roberto also currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Lifesaving Society – Ontario Branch and the Ontario Expropriation Association.

You can contact Roberto at:

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Direct: 613-786-8679
General: 613-233-1781
Fax: 613-788-3528


Sean Bawden


Sean Bawden is an employment lawyer and partner with the law firm of Kelly Santini. He is the author of the employment law blog, Labour Pains.

Sean was called to the bar of Ontario in 2008, and first elected as a trustee of the CCLA in 2013.

Sean has taught both Trial Advocacy and Small Claims Court practice at Algonquin College. He has also twice coached that school’s competitive trial moot team to victory at the Durham College Paralegal Mock Trial Cup.

Sean is an alumnus of the University of Ottawa’s common law program, and York University’s Glendon College.

You can contact Sean at:

Kelly Santini LLP
613-238-6321 x 260
Fax: 613-233-4553


Andrew Ferguson


Andrew was called to the Bar in 2009 and is now a partner with MBC Law Professional Corporation practicing in construction law, bankruptcy and insolvency, and general civil litigation.

Andrew's construction law practice includes construction liens, delay and impact claims, contractual disputes, bond claims, trust claims, and deficiency claims. Andrew regularly represents suppliers, subtrades, general contractors, construction managers, and owners. He often guest lectures at the Ottawa Construction Association.

As part of Andrew's bankruptcy and insolvency practice, he represents creditors, debtors, and trustees in bankruptcy. His general litigation experience also includes property disputes, contractual disputes, and employment matters.

Andrew completed his undergraduate degree at Carleton University, where he graduated with highest honours in 2003. Following his undergraduate studies, Andrew worked for several years in golf course construction and renovation. He obtained his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in June 2008 and was voted Class Representative of the English Common Law Class of 2008 by his peers.

You can contact Andrew at:

MBC Law Professional Corporation
Fax: 613-233-8868


Originally from Montreal, Mark attended McGill University where he obtained his B.A with Honours in Political Science and History. He also attended Concordia University where he obtained a Certificate in Comparative International Politics. Mark then completed his Law Degree at the University of Ottawa and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1989.

Mark began his legal career with the Ottawa Office of Blaney, McMurtry, Stappels (later McGovern Roine) before moving on to Rock, Talarico, Wong and then Segal, Talarico, Wong & Habib where he carried on a general law practice from 1996 to 2008. In 2009, he joined the firm of Low, Murchison (later Low, Murchison, Radnoff) where his practice shifted almost exclusively to the areas of Real Estate and Corporate/Commercial Law.

In 2014, Mark open his own law practice at Habib & Associates where he carries on a boutique real estate and corporate/commercial law practice.

In addition to his duties as a second year Trustee on the CCLA Board of Trustees, Mark has been actively involved in the CCLA Real Estate Lawyers Committee where he and his colleagues are working to hard to advance the interests of real estate lawyers in the Province.

Mark is fluently bilingual in the english and french languages.

You can contact Mark at:

Habib and Associates Law Office
Fax: 613-820-0111


Jennifer Jolly


Jennifer has practised family law since her call to the bar in 1993. Since 2007 she has practised in this area almost exclusively, having a complimentary Estate Litigation Practise. Jennifer has also practised employment and labour law as well as insurance defense and personal injury law, as well as being a member of the Planning Committee for the Civil Litigation Updated Conference for 10 years. Jennifer was re-elected as a Trustee for the CCLA and serves on the Family Law Bench and Bar Committee.

Jennifer grew up in Ottawa and is delighted that her office is located next to her high school, Lisgar Collegiate Institute. She is a graduate of Dalhousie University Law School, (LLB 1991), the University of British Columbia (MA 1997) and Queens University at Kingston (BAH 1986).

You can contact Jennifer at:

Law Office of Jennifer E Jolly
613 286-9924
Fax: 613 735-5078


Mimi Marrello


Mimi has focused her practice on family law throughout her career. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa where she obtained a Bac. in Social Science in 1996 and my law degree in 1999.

Through her practice, she assist clients with various family law issues such as custody, access, support, division of property, adoption and fertility issues either by commencing or responding to court actions or assisting clients through the process of negotiation or mediation. While she recognizes that an out of court settlement is usually the best outcome for all parties involved, there are some circumstances that require court intervention.

Elle est une fière Franco-Ontarienne. Étant parfaitement bilingue, elle possède les habiletés nécessaires pour représenter ses clients dans les deux langues officielles. De plus, elle enseigne le cours d'introduction du droit de la famille à la faculté de Common Law à l'université d'Ottawa depuis plusieurs années.

As a lawyer and part-time professor, she is fortunate to be able to pursue her two passions for family law and teaching. She is a past board member of the Ottawa Family Services a la famille. She is Co-Chair of the Planning committee for the Annual Family Law Institute Conference held yearly.

You can contact Mimi at:

Low Murchison Radnoff LLP
613-236- 9442
Fax: 613-236-7942





You can contact Sean at:

Sean May Professional Corporation
Fax: 613-230-2705


Christine Powell received her LLB from the University of Windsor in 1998 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science from McGill. A civil litigator, Christine is currently one of the managing partners at Soloway Wright LLP. At home Christine is kept busy with her two active girls, three dogs, and understanding husband. A sports enthusiast, Christine maintains her sanity playing soccer.

You can contact Christine at:

Soloway Wright LLP
Fax: 613-238-8507