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AdIDEM/CMLA members are lawyers representing the media across Canada.

Associate Members, who may or may not be lawyers, have had experience in issues involving media law and free expression, and are advocates for free expression as well.

The past decade has seen some tremendous victories for Canadian media law. These include new libel defences (responsible communication), strengthened libel defences (fair comment), increased access to courts as the Dagenais open court principles have been increasingly recognized and applied and most recently, a new shield law to protect reporter's confidential sources. Ad Idem/Canadian Media Lawyers' Association has been at the forefront of these developments. Very grateful for the hard work of past members, past presidents and current members who have fought to advance media interests in Canadian media law and particularly to our founding members, Danny Henry and Brian Rogers, who had the foresight to establish this organization and have helped nurture a culture of mutual respect, collaboration and friendship amongst Canadian media lawyers. Looking forward to continuing this tradition as we confront new challenges over the coming years.

Ryder Gilliland


Executive for 2017-2019:

President: Ryder Gilliland

Vice-President: David Crerar

Secretary-Treasurer: Iain MacKinnon

Atlantic Region: Amy Crosbie

Quebec: Patrick Bourbeau

Ontario: Carlos Martins

Danielle Stone

Prairies: Sean Sinclair

British Columbia: Robert Anderson QC

Past Presidents and Ex Officio Board members:
Nancy Rubin QC
Christian Leblanc
Dan Burnett QC
Fred Kozak QC
Paul Schabas
Jonathan Kroft

Historical List of Past Presidents:

2015-17 Nancy Rubin QC
2013-15 Christian Leblanc
2011-13 Dan Burnett QC
2009-11 Fred Kozak QC
2007-09 Paul Schabas
2006-07 Jonathan Kroft
2004-06 Alan Parish, QC
2002-04 Marc-André Blanchard
2000-02 Daniel Henry
1998-00 Brian Rogers

Contact Us

We would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact any of us through the information or links provided on the Media Lawyers' pages, or e-mail us at: webmaster@adidem.org.

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