Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) member and former RAC Legal Counsel Timothy S. Ellam, VE6SH, has been nominated for “Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential” in Canadian Lawyer magazine’s annual contest. We congratulate Tim on his nomination and wish him well in the contest.
Note: we have received reports that the link to Tim's information on the contest website isn't working. The link is accurate but you need to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Next" until you go to page 3 with the heading "3.0 Changemakers". In addition, the voting has now been extended until the end of day on Wednesday, June 14.
This is the eighth annual “Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential” contest and as in previous years they will be picking the top five lawyers and judges in the following five categories:
- Corporate Commercial including litigation, deals, class actions, etc.
- Human Rights, Advocacy and Criminal
- Changemakers: lawyers in any area or type of practice who have been leaders, innovators or catalysts for positive change in any area of the profession such as diversity, law firm management, education, etc.
- Government/non-profits/associations including public inquiries, officers of Parliament and academic institutions
- In-House Counsel: including quasi-government, non-profit and the private sector.
The list of nominees was created by an internal editorial panel as well as suggestions from readers and past honorees. Tim has been nominated in the “Changemakers” category in recognition of his volunteer efforts in support of Amateur Radio in Canada and internationally above and beyond his law career:
He has spent the last 30 years volunteering for an organization which works with the United Nations system, the International Telecommunications Union, addressing communications for disaster relief. For the last eight years he has not only been President of that organization, but is also a founding advisory board member of the ITU Smart Sustainable Development Model. He travels frequently and was most recently speaking on this topic at a UN conference in Kuwait and in November 2016 in Bangkok. Tim was reappointed to the board in 2016 and is leading the group on ‘Volunteers in Emergency Networking’ which will publish its initial report in late 2017.”
Tim is a member of McCarthy Tétrault’s Litigation practice and is co-chair of the firm's international arbitration group. He is a partner in the firm’s Calgary office, advising clients in North America and Europe on disputes relating to intellectual property. He has acted on a number of telecommunication matters and appeared for Radio Amateurs before the Federal Court of Canada and several Development Appeal Boards. He is also the co-author of “Dispute Resolution in the Telecommunications Sector”, published by the International Telecommunications Union and the World Bank, and a contributing author to “Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur”.
Tim has held a Canadian Advanced Amateur certificate since 1977 (VE6SH) and a British Amateur licence since 1978 (G4HUA). From 1990 to 1999, he served in Executive positions for the Canadian Radio Relay League and Radio Amateurs of Canada and also as RAC's Legal Counsel. He became actively involved in the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) as an expert on legal matters. In 2001, he was elected to the IARU Region 2 Executive committee and was elected as Vice-President in 2004. He has been serving as IARU President since 2009.
Tim is also a Solicitor Advocate (Higher Courts – Civil) in the Law Society of England and Wales and holds Rights of Audience in the Higher Courts in that jurisdiction. He also holds the designation Fellow in International Legal Practice granted by the International Bar Association and the College of Law of England and Wales, the first Canadian to be awarded this designation. He is an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and in 2014 was appointed Queen's Counsel.
RAC members and Amateurs who know Tim and the great work he has done can vote online now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Top252017.
Voting now closes at end of day on Wednesday, June 14.
It is possible to vote for up to five nominees in the “Changemakers” category but there is no need to vote for more than one nominee.
For additional information on Canadian Lawyer magazine visit: https://www.canadianlawyermag.com/current-survey.html