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By Ellen Zheng*
CEO TRANSITION: FAREWELL TO RON FRIESEN AND
WELCOME TO LINDA RUSSELL
Ron Friesen: A Distinguished Career
Ron Friesen’s journey with CLEBC started 32 years
ago as a volunteer instructor with the Professional
Legal Training Course (“PLTC”), a part of CLEBC at
the time. He was a junior corporate-commercial
lawyer, graduate of the UVic Faculty of Law and previous
manager of recreation facilities.
After volunteering with PLTC, Ron obtained a permanent
position with CLEBC as a PLTC instructor and then moved on to
become manager of curriculum development, program lawyer, director of
programs, director of education and finally CEO.
Over the course of three decades, the advancement of technology has
been the biggest change Ron has seen to the legal profession and to CLEBC.
Initially, Ron found it challenging to effectively provide CLEBC courses
for lawyers outside Vancouver, due to the expense of videotaping live
courses and couriering tapes. Although technology eventually enabled
lawyers to view PowerPoint slides online and listen to audio over the phone,
Internet bandwidth was inconsistent and phone fees were expensive. However,
everything changed when bandwidth quality increased and CLEBC
invested in infrastructure to offer live online streaming for courses. This led
to cost-effective delivery of more courses, as live streaming made it possible
for lawyers across the province to access courses online from the comfort
of their offices.
* Ellen Zheng, J.D. is the content marketing specialist for CLEBC.