Leading the way in regulatory innovation

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"The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is leading Canada in regulatory innovation," Canadian Lawyer proclaimed at the outset of its annual Top 25 Most Influential survey for 2017.

The voters agreed: the Society’s Executive Director Darrel Pink was selected as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential lawyers and judges this year, in the Government / Non-Profit / Associations category.

Here is what the magazine had to say about Darrel’s influence: 

“Darrel Pink has helped frame and drive the change forward within Nova Scotia, and he has demonstrated national leadership on various matters, including regulatory innovation. For example, the Society has begun pilot projects to test compliance regulation and begun the creation of ethical infrastructure for legal service providers and the direct regulation of those providers (i.e., law firms). Nova Scotia was the first jurisdiction to adopt a comprehensive framework of entity regulation, which has been adopted in principle by B.C. and is under consideration by the Prairie provinces and the Law Society of Upper Canada.”

And some thoughts from a few voters in the nationwide survey: 

  • “Darrel’s role in leading change cannot be overstated.”
  • “Darrel is a quiet leader who has always had the public interest mandate of the NSBS front and centre in his consideration. He is known as a wise leader within the regulatory world and his sage advice is sought out across the country.”

Two others in Nova Scotia made the Top 25 list – the Honourable Chief Judge Pamela Williams of the Provincial and Family Courts in the Human Rights / Advocacy / Criminal Law category, and Anne McLellan, Dalhousie Chancellor and Chair of the federal Task Force on the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis, in the Changemakers category.

The three were among eight original nominees in Nova Scotia. The Society extends its congratulations to all finalists and other nominees who were considered for the honour.    

Find out more in the magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential coverage, published on August 8.