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By Lyle Harris, Q.C.
On September 1, 2020, Jennifer J.L. Brun ascended to the office
of president of the CBABC.
It seems a very short time ago when my wife and I first
went over to the Brun household in North Vancouver to introduce
ourselves and our children to the Brun family. We were greeted at the
door by a curious two-year-old girl, who looked at the new guests with some
suspicion. Thirty-five years later, that two-year-old is now the de facto chief
operating officer of Harris & Brun Law Corporation.
By a serendipitous convergence, the three Brun children are the same
ages as the three Harris children. The six children and their parents spent
many golden times in the summers enjoying CBA conferences across the
country and internationally. As Justice Bill Veenstra, a former colleague of
Jennifer’s at CBABC, has remarked, “Jennifer’s introduction to the Canadian
Bar Association came as a child and teenager, as she and her brothers
attended CBA conferences with their parents, often participating in the
associated family programs as well as observing some of the plenary
Jennifer’s only sidestep came after completing a bachelor of science
degree from UBC, when she considered—albeit only briefly—going to medical
school (having completed the MCAT and the LSAT in her fourth year).
Fortunately, the medical profession’s loss is the legal profession’s gain. She
graduated from the University of Calgary Faculty of Law, clerked at the B.C.
Supreme Court and articled and became an associate at the well-known
Vancouver firm of Guild Yule LLP from 2007 to 2016. Her father, Robert,