With 4,854 ballots cast November 2 - 16, the 2020 Bencher Election had the highest turnout in Law Society of Alberta history, with more than 46 per cent of eligible voters participating in this year’s election. This represents an increase of more than nine per cent from our 2017 turnout.
Along with the increased number of voters, this year saw a shift in representation, with five Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) lawyers elected, reflecting the more diverse pool of candidates. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is one of four strategic goals of the Law Society and having a Bencher table that more closely aligns with the constituency of the province it serves will help us better meet that goal.
We are immensely grateful to our outgoing Benchers for their service in the public interest, each of whom had an important role in developing the Law Society’s 2020 – 2024 Strategic Plan.
In addition, we would like to congratulate the elected Benchers, who will assume their new role at the February 25, 2021 Bencher meeting. We will share profiles of the 2021 Benchers next year so you can learn more about those who you elected.
Lastly, we would like to thank all of the candidates for their participation in this year’s election and their continued contribution to the betterment of our profession.
Elizabeth J. Osler, QC
Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
Law Society of Alberta