President: Ivo Entchev
Ivo Entchev is an attorney at Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP with a broad civil litigation and arbitration practice encompassing complex commercial disputes, international arbitration and intellectual property litigation. Ivo is licensed to practice law in New York and Ontario, and is trained in the common and civil law traditions. After graduating from the McGill Faculty of Law, he clerked for the Honorable Justice Marshall Rothstein of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Vice-President: Julia Starck Trudeau
Julia Starck Trudeau is an attorney admitted to practice in both New York and Quebec. Julia completed her articles at Fasken Martineau in Montreal and has worked as a litigator in a boutique litigation firm in New York City. Julia obtained her civil and common law degrees from McGill University in Montreal. During law school, Julia clerked for the Honorable Jean-Francois Buffoni at the Quebec Superior Court.
Secretary-Treasurer: Mark Semotiuk
Mark Semotiuk is an attorney at Simpson Thacher LLP whose practice focuses on private equity real estate transactions. Mark is licensed to practice law in New York and California. He obtained his J.D. at Fordham University School of Law and his LL.M. at Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas. Prior to attending law school, Mark earned a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. Mark is originally from Edmonton, Alberta.
Director of Policy & Advocacy: Valerie Scott
The new executive appointed Valerie Scott to serve as CABA’s first Director of Policy & Advocacy. Valerie is senior legal counsel at Bombardier Business Aircraft. Valerie’s practice focuses on complex contractual agreements in the aviation and aerospace industry. Valerie is licensed to practice law in New York and Quebec. She obtained a civil law degree from the University du Québec à Montréal and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Marie Deschamps of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Canada Representative: Kristin Ali
Kristin Ali is a lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto. She practices commercial litigation with a focus on technology-related disputes. Kristin is also a member of the adjunct faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School, where she teaches an upper-year seminar on contract remedies. Kristin previously practiced in Boston for several years at a leading international law firm. Kristin is licensed to practice in Ontario and Massachusetts, and has common law and civil law degrees from McGill University’s Faculty of Law. After law school, she clerked for the Court of Appeal for Ontario.