Dear Colleagues,

The Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) just released its detailed public consultation report on systemic racism and discrimination (https://ocpm.qc.ca/fr/r%26ds). The issues raised in the report are significant and far-reaching.

At this juncture, I believe that it is important that each of us take the time to reflect upon our own practices. That is what the Bar of Montreal intends to do. With your collaboration and that of its Committee on Ethnocultural Diversity, the Bar of Montreal will take the necessary steps to ensure that it is doing all that it can to fight against systemic racism. With this goal in mind, we have asked our Committee on Ethnocultural Diversity, headed by Me Tim Seah, to study the report of the OCPM and to make recommendations to the Council of the Bar of Montreal.

I will keep you informed of the committee's progress and I am sure the committee will be soliciting your input on this subject. One thing is certain: the conversation must continue, and in this regard, I remind you that my door is always open to hear your comments and suggestions.

Inasmuch as our current Bar Council is one of the most diverse in the history of the Bar of Montreal, I am confident that we are up to the challenge of ensuring that permanent change takes place.

In the interim, I invite you to participate in large numbers at the Annual General Meeting that will be taking place virtually on July 9, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. More details will follow shortly.

Hope to see you there.


ROBIN SCHILLER, Bâtonnière


June 23, 2020