The Canadian Bar Association, BC branch (CBABC) announces Derek LaCroix, QC as the recipient of the 2020 President’s Medal in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the legal profession. CBABC presented the award at its first virtual Provincial Council on Saturday, June 20.
Derek LaCroix, QC is the Executive Director of the Lawyers Assistance Program of BC (LAPBC). Prior to that, he practised law for 18 years and then expanded his skills in business and counseling before joining LAPBC in 1996. He received the designation of Queen’s Counsel in 2004. He has served on committees with the Canadian Bar Association and the American Bar Association and was Commissioner of the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) and the Chair of the annual CoLAP conference for several years. He also serves on several non-profit boards of societies dealing with addictions, education and spirituality.
Mr. LaCroix, QC is often called upon to present seminars and workshops throughout the province as a respected leader in the legal, health care and recovery communities. He is tireless in his efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of legal professionals and those who care about them. Under his leadership, the LAPBC’s work supporting lawyers has become acknowledged as among the best across Canada.
“For the last three months, we have been living in a form of collective trauma. It feels fitting to put the spotlight back on wellness,” said Ken Armstrong, CBABC President. “Derek LaCroix, QC has been helping lawyers cope during this collective trauma and has made significant contributions to wellness in the profession. He is a worthy recipient of this award.”