ACEDS Expands Presence, Launching Chapter in Vancouver, British Columbia

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July 24, 2020 – EAGAN, Minn. – The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the world’s leading e-discovery training and certification professional association and part of The BARBRI Group, continues to expand its international presence with the launch of a new chapter in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This is the Association’s second chapter to launch in Canada.

The ACEDS Vancouver Chapter, which will serve legal professionals throughout British Columbia, will establish an environment where members can collaborate on and discuss professional development, training and certification as well as issues in the legal industry impacting e-discovery professionals in Canada and the global legal community. Many Vancouver chapter members are Certified E-Discovery Specialists (CEDS) or are aspiring to earn their CEDS or the E-Discovery Executive (eDEx) certificate.

Among its activities, the chapter will organize networking opportunities, professional development events and training sessions, while also participating in local and global conferences and events working closely with other legal industry membership organizations. The chapter welcomes e-discovery, information governance, data privacy and other data management professionals in the Vancouver area, including law students, new graduates, young legal professionals, and seasoned legal professionals, and will assist aspiring CEDS in earning their certifications.

“After the launch of our Toronto chapter earlier this year, there was a tremendous response from the legal technology community in Canada to establish additional chapters in other regions of the country,” said Maribel Rivera, senior director of community relations at ACEDS. “We have a new board, a majority of which are certified e-discovery specialists, committed to the success of the Vancouver chapter. We are here to assist them—as well as all other chapters—to achieve their goals. The Vancouver board will utilize ACEDS’ global strategy and tools to apply them in the method best suited to the local community while fulfilling our mission.”

The Vancouver Chapter will be led by:
• Ann Halkett, CEDS, President
• Veronica MacInnis, Vice President
• Lisa Evenson, CEDS, Secretary
• Peter Sanford, Treasurer
• Fern Boese, CEDS, Director of Membership
• Monique Sever, Director of Marketing
• Yvonne Van Vliet, CEDS, Director at Large

“Vancouver is a leading world city that can now add a centre of e-discovery education excellence with the Vancouver chapter of ACEDS – the world standard for e-discovery training and certification,” Halkett said. “What better way to show your employer that you are serious about your future than to join the chapter. Knowledge is power and education is the source of that power.”

“In a field such as e-discovery the most important thing one can do for their career and self is to stay connected and continuously educate themselves in best practices and new innovations,” added MacInnis. “Vancouver already has a wonderful e-discovery community and now we will add to this our very own ACEDS Chapter, which will help all of us grow, learn and connect.”

To learn more about the Vancouver chapter, subscribe to receive news and updates from ACEDS, or contact the association at [email protected].

The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global member-based association for professionals who work in e-discovery, information governance, compliance and the broader legal community. ACEDS provides training and certification in e-discovery and related disciplines to corporate legal departments, law firms, the government, service providers and institutions of higher learning. Our CEDS certification is recognized around the world and used to verify skills and competence in electronic discovery for organizations and individuals through training, certification and ongoing education. The CEDS credential is held by practitioners at the largest Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 200 firms and government agencies. ACEDS has 23 chapters, with locations in most major U.S. cities, the UK, Ireland, Canada, the Netherlands and South Africa (with Australia and South America chapters coming soon). Our goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with e-discovery while helping to improve and verify their skills and advance their careers and overall technology competence in e-discovery and related fields.

 Cindy Parks
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