Rob Lapper | Board of Directors

Robert Lapper is a senior public law lawyer with an extensive background in professional regulation and governance, aboriginal law, and negotiations with First Nations.  A graduate of University of Victoria Faculty of Law, he spent several years in private practice.  In 1994, he joined the Government of the Province of British Columbia as counsel to the newly created treaty negotiation process, and was appointed Senior Counsel, Aboriginal Law. He was subsequently appointed to senior executive positions in the Government of the Province including Assistant Deputy Attorney General – Legal Services, Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Relations, Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Minister of Labour, Citizens Services and Open Government. Robert moved to Toronto in 2012 and took up the position as Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario).  He retired from that position in 2017, and recently moved back to British Columbia, where he resides close to Vancouver. His current interests include teaching Legal Ethics and Professionalism at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, and serving as a member of the National Policy Committee of the Canadian Bar Association, as Chair of Governance for the Yellowstone to Yukon Wilderness Preservation Initiative, and as Canadian director of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association.  He has worked with Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada as Co-

Monitor for Cameroon, particularly writing and advocating on issues related to the persecution of members of the Anglophone minority in that country.