Robert G.W. Lapper, Q.C., joined the Law Society of Upper Canada as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on February 1, 2012.
Mr. Lapper was formerly the Deputy Minister of Labour for the Province of British Columbia, a post he held since 2009. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Associate Deputy Minister, Cabinet Operations and Intergovernmental Relations, in the Office of the Premier.
For seven years, beginning in 2001, Mr. Lapper was the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Legal Services Branch, for the Province of British Columbia. He oversaw a complete organizational and service transformation in the Legal Service Branch during his tenure there. He was honoured with a Queen’s Counsel appointment in December 2002.
After clerking with the British Columbia Supreme Court, he practised law as an associate and later partner in a firm in Sidney, British Columbia for 10 years. During that time, his practice included a variety of areas. One – emerging aboriginal law issues – engaged his interest in particular. Mr. Lapper joined the Province of British Columbia as a lawyer in the Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General, in 1994 to focus on these aboriginal law issues. His work included acting as one of the counsel to the Nisga’a Treaty negotiations, which concluded the first “modern” treaty in British Columbia. In 1998, he was appointed to head the Aboriginal Law Practice Group in the Legal Services Branch.
Mr. Lapper has a passion for legal and justice issues and wide-ranging experience in legal policy and operations, and is a frequent speaker, lecturer and writer on public law, aboriginal law, commercial law and related issues. He also has a long history of volunteer engagements with community organizations.
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