CHBA's Annual Holiday Fiesta - Proof Bar on Thursday, Nov. 30/17 @ 6:30p.m. Please visit EventBrite to sign up & for more details - 

2016 CHBA Holiday Party

On December 7, 2016, the Canadian Hispanic Bar Associated held its annual holiday party!


2016 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration 

On October 13, 2016, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month in Ontario.  Juan Carranza, Partner at Carranza LLP, moderated a panel comprised of Pablo Irribarra, Jordan Battista LLP, John Navarrete, Neuberger & Partners LLP, Dr. Maria Paez Victor, sociologist, author and board member of the Law Commission of Ontario and Juan Reyes, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP.

The celebration also featured a Mayan energy celebration with Elder Maria Ramirez as well as remarks by the Honourable Justice Harry S. LaForme, Court of Appeal of Ontario.

​​CHBA Ottawa Chapter's Anniversary and Holiday Get Together
Thanks to all those who attended the Ottawa Chapter's Anniversary Celebration and Holiday Get Together!


​​Inaugural Hispanic Heritage Day Celebration 

On October 21, 2015, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association celebrated Hispanic Heritage Day.  The Honourable Justice Joseph W. Bovard, Ontario Court of Justice, the first Hispanic lawyer to be appointed to the Bench in Canada gave the keynote address.  Juan Carranza, recipient of the inaugural Canadian Hispanic Bar Association Achievement Award gave remarks at this historic celebration. 

2015 CHBA Celebration & Award Reception, March 11, 2015

Lula Lounge, Toronto ON

On March 11th, 2015, the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association and Schible Law hosted a celebration of the Canadian Hispanic legal community.  The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2015 Achievement Award to Juan Carranza.  Mr. Carranza was recognized for his unwavering support of the Canadian Hispanic bar, and of the greater Hispanic community.  His encouragement and support of his community and of young lawyers is truly inspiring.  Many thanks to our friends for attending and making it such a wonderful evening, and to Schible Law for sponsoring the event.  Check out our Photo Gallery for photos of the event.

American Bar Association, International Law Section 2014 North American Regional Forum: Doing Business in the Region and Collaborating Abroad Conference - November 17-18, 2014 

Vancouver, BC

CHBA participated as a Cooperating Entity in this 1 1/2 day conference, featuring two parallel tracks on best practices for international companies doing business in North America and for North American companies working internationally.  The conference included a joint plenary on Cross Border Ethics in the Digital Age, followed by a series of panels presented by international legal experts on the latest in key topics such as privacy issues, enforcement of judgments, antitrust and compliance. 

​CHBA - Ottawa Chapter Launch, November 6, 2014

Laurier Social House, Ottawa ON

We were so pleased to officially launch our new Ottawa CHBA chapter at Laurier Social House.  Guest speakers included University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law Assistant Professor, Sarah Morales.  Check out our Photo Gallery for photos from this event. 

2017 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration @LSUC

On October 26, 2017 we celebrated our annual Hispanic Month Celebration at the Law Society of Upper Canada. Jaime Pedro Torres Diaz, immediate past president of the Hispanic National Bar Association gave the keynote address. Canadian Hispanic Bar Association's Board Member & Event Director, Wendy Lopez, moderated a panel comprised of Jaime Pedro Torres Diaz,  Andres Pelenur, Monica Linares & Fernando Garcia.  The discussion focused on how lawyers and other professionals can best serve the needs  Latin American/ Hispanic Clients, and how Latin American/Hispanic Lawyers can use their diversity to deliver services to clients. The celebration also featured a Traditional Folkloric Dance with Ritmos y Danzas del Peru.


January 2018: Congratulations to our CHBA member Julia Vera  for becoming the Chair of the Family Lawyers Association

​​​​​​​​​On June 22nd the CHBA membership elected our new Board of Directors. Our seven member team is excited for the upcoming two-year term. They are as follows:

• Veronica Marson - President

• Joseph Carpio - Treasurer

• Nadia Halum – Secretary

• Laura Chaves Paz - Communications

• Wendy Lopez - Events

• Alex Munoz – Advocacy & Policy

• Antonio Urdaneta - Membership


Congratulations to Justice Bovard!

The Honourable Justice Joseph W. Bovard will be recognized as on of the 10 most influential Hispanic Canadians at the TD Hispanic Awards on December 15, 2016. Congratulations!

Please see for more details about the event!

Supreme Court of Canada Rules in Chevron Corp. v. Yaiguaje

On September 4, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously held in Chevron Corp v. Yaiguaje that the Ontario court has jurisdiction to hear an action brought by Ecuadorian plaintiffs seeking the recognition and enforcement in Ontario of a US$9.51-billion Ecuadorian judgment for environmental damage against the U.S. multinational corporation Chevron (Chevron US) and its Canadian subsidiary (Chevron Canada). Remarkably, Chevron US had no connection to and no assets in Ontario and Chevron Canada was a stranger to the underlying judgment in Ecuador for which recognition and enforcement is being sought in the Ontario court.

See the full decision here:



CHBA Opposes CBA's Intervention in Chevron Corporation et al. v. Yaiguaje et al.

​​The CHBA stood alongside lawyers from across Canada in opposing the Canadian Bar Association's intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada in Chevron Corp.'s high-profile case against a group of Ecuadorean indigenous people.  

The case involves a $9.51 billion judgment that indigenous villagers had obtained against Chevron for extensive pollution in the Lago Agrio region of Ecuador. The villagers seek to enforce that judgment against Chevron's assets in Ontario. A lower court had dismissed the case against Chevron on grounds that there was no jurisdiction in Ontario to enforce the judgment, but the Ontario Court of Appeal reversed that decision.  Chevron appealed the matter to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The CHBA raised the procedural concern that the CBA had violated its own policies in deciding to intervene, along with the substantive concern that the CBA's intervention would constrain access to justice for one of the most vulnerable groups in our global society: indigenous peoples living on resource-rich lands.

On October 16, 2014, just one day before the deadline to submit its factum, the CBA withdrew its intervention. The CHBA's letter to CBA President, Michele H. Hollins, Q.C.on this issue may be viewed here:




Thursday's #HispanicHeritage Month Celebration is CPD Certified


​October is Hispanic Heritage Month in Ontario 

Join the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association to mark this special occasion.

This year’s program will feature a keynote address, panel discussion and reception. The discussion will focus on how lawyers and other professionals can best serve the needs of Latin American/Hispanic clients, and how Latin American/Hispanic lawyers and other professionals can use their diversity to deliver services to clients.

October 26, 2017 Panel Discussion: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Reception: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto *This portion of the program is also available as a live webcast

RSVP This public event is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

Please register if you wish to attend. | 416-947-3413 | 1-800-668-7380, ext. 3413


"Surviving the NCA Process" - May 8/18 @ 6pm (Toronto)

Presented by CABL, CHBA, FACL - Ontario, and SABA Toronto

CHBA's Career Panel & Speed Networking Event- March 22/18 @ 6pm

(Toronto & Ottawa)

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