Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP lawyer John Stefaniuk, K.C. was recently recognized by the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation in their January 29, 2024 News on Purpose publication for his leadership role as Canadian Bar Association President and his dedication to contributing to his professional field and community. As the leader of more than 38,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers and law students across Canada, one of his top three key priorities in 2024 is encouraging lawyers to give back to the profession and their communities.
"It is very meaningful to have such a staunch proponent of pro bono, volunteerism, and public service in this position. It demonstrates that pro bono work is increasingly being recognized as an integral part of the legal profession both in Canada and around the world. John serves as a wonderful example of someone who uses his skills as an attorney in the service of others. At the Foundation, we are excited for his leadership and to see how attorneys across Canada are inspired to give back. "
John's involvement with the CBA (including the Manitoba Bar Association) spans over thirty years. He has served as Chair of the National Environment, Energy and Resource Law Section, Chair of the Judicial Issues Subcommittee, Chair of the Investment Steering Subcommittee, member of the Supreme Court Liaison Committee, director of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association, and co-chair of three national conferences. He has travelled four times to East Africa with the CBA/Global Affairs Canada “Supporting Inclusive Resource Development” project, focused on improving the positions of women and their communities affected by extractive resource development. John was a member of the CBA’s Truth and Reconciliation Task Force. He also served as president of the Manitoba Bar Association in 2005-2006. In addition to his extensive pro bono work, John also held the position of Board Chair for The Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights where he actively participated in the $150 million capital campaign, leading to the successful construction of the museum.
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