About Stuart Rennie
Lawyer - Librarian - Records and Information Management Consultant
Stuart Rennie has been in practice as a lawyer for over 28 years and has worked as a records management and information consultant since 1995, providing related services for over 23 years. He holds a law degree, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of British Columbia, he is a librarian with a Masters of Library and Information Studies (M.L.I.S.), from UBC and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Honours) majoring in Young Offenders, from the University of Calgary.
Stuart grew up in Kamloops and graduated from Kamloops Senior Secondary.
Stuart began his legal career practicing traditional law, focusing mainly on plaintiff’s personal injury and refugee law. Through his professional career he has developed a legal practice that provides boutique specialty services in:
- Privacy Law;
- Records Management;
- Information Governance;
- Continued Professional Development Webinars for BC lawyers; and
- Public policy law reform, focusing on the development of Legislation in the province of British Columbia.
For the past 21 years, Stuart has been the Legislation and Law Reform Officer at the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch (CBABC). He provides consulting advice on proposed BC legislation, advises lawyers on BC statutes and regulations and provides policy and information governance advice. Since 2010, he also has created and moderated over 100 webinars for the CBABC in its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program for CBABC lawyers. Stuart also provides CPD for the BC Provincial Court.
As an Information Governance consultant, Stuart regularly drafts Records Management plans for municipalities, non-profits and industry regulators. Stuart conducts legal research and analysis to create records retention schedules and classification plans necessary to ensure an organization’s records comply with the law, best practices and standards for records management.
Stuart also creates bylaws, policies and procedures for corporate governance. He conducts records, privacy and liability audits. He provides training in records management for staff and management. He makes recommendations on privacy law and the legal admissibility of electronic records in court and tribunals.
DEVELOPMENT OF BEST PRACTICES AND STANDARDS
Stuart is active in the development of industry best practices and standards in the Information Governance sector, including:
LGMA: Local Government Management Association of British Columbia Records Management Manual For Local Government In British Columbia (co-author);
ARMA International: Content Editorial Board Member, updating the Records and Information Management Core Competencies and Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles®;
University of British Columbia (UBC): InterPARES and InterPARES Trust researcher regarding the long-term preservation of authentic electronic records;
Sedona Canada Principles: Addressing Electronic Discovery in Civil Litigation (First Edition 2008 and Second Edition 2015); and
CGSB: Member of the Canadian General Standards Board's Committee (2016) on Electronic Records and Image Management for the modernization and replacement of the National Standard of Canada, the Electronic Records as Documentary Evidence (CAN/CGSB-72.34-2005).
LECTURING AND PRESENTATIONS
UBC Adjunct Professor: As an adjunct professor, Stuart has instructed courses at the University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (“SLAIS”). At SLAIS, he created and has tought the following graduate courses: Issues In Information Services: Competitive Intelligence (LIBR 548B); and Archives, Records and the Law (ARST 580).
He also guest-lectures for other UBC SLAIS courses, Vancouver Community College courses and is a guest lecturer at ARMA Canada conferences where he presents on a wide range of topics including: law, legislation and privacy.
Master of Library & Information Studies (MLIS), UBC, 1995.
Juris Doctor, University of British Columbia, 1989.
B.A. Sociology (Honours), University of Calgary, 1986.
CALLED TO THE BAR
British Columbia, 1990.
He is a member in good standing of the Law Society of British Columbia.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
He has been given professional recognition and multiple awards for his efforts by:
1. BC Ministries of Justice and Small Business.
- CBABC Presidential Award of Distinction (Citation) for 15 years of Exceptional Contributions to Legislative Reform in British Columbia, 2013.
- CBABC Presidential Award of Distinction (Citation) for Exceptional Service, 2010.
3. ARMA INTERNATIONAL
- ARMA Canada Region Member of the Year 2016.
- ARMA Canada Region Member of the Year 2015.
- ARMA Canada Distinguished Service Award 2015.
- ARMA Canada Vancouver Chapter Member of the Year 2013-2014.
4. Toastmasters International Awards (public speaking) and
5. International Meibukan Gojyu-Ryu Karate-Do Association (Okinawa, Japan).
SharePoint® Records Management Certificate, ARMA International, 2013.
“Managing Records for Microsoft SharePoint", Bruce Miller, Two day intensive, 2018.
Stuart values family, community, order, commitment, responsibility, creativity, kindness, fairness, honesty, risk mitigation, human rights, a commitment to administrative fairness, due process, transparency and the importance of information technology. He places great value of learning from history in order to apply lessons learned. He strives to create value in all things, and prizes emotional intelligence and ethics. He works extraordinary hours as a lawyer, consultant and volunteer.
Stuart holds a Yon Dan (4thdegree) black belt in traditional Okinawan Meibukan Goju-Ryu Karate Do and has traveled to Japan several times to train at the hombu (home) dojo in Okinawa, Japan.