STUART RENNIE

©  Stuart Rennie, 2017    

MLIS, JD, BA (Hons.)

ABOUT STUART

Stuart Rennie has been in practice as a lawyer for over 25 years and has worked as a records management and information consultant since 1995, providing related services for over 20 years. He holds a law degree, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of British Columbia (“UBC”), 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;

·      Webinars for lawyers; and

·      Public policy law reform, focusing on BC Legislation Development.

 

He is a member in good standing of the Law Society of British Columbia.

 

For the past 18 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.

 

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);

·      Member of the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB)’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);

·      As an educator, Stuart is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (“SLAIS”). At SLAIS, he created and teaches the following graduate courses:

o   Issues In Information Services: Competitive Intelligence (LIBR 548B); and

o   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.

 

 

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. He has been given professional recognition and multiple awards for his efforts by:

·      BC Ministries of Justice and Small Business;

·      CBABC;

·      ARMA International;

·      Toastmasters International (public speaking); and

·      International Meibukan Gojyu-Ryu Karate-Do Association (Okinawa, Japan).

 

 

EDUCATION

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

 

LANGUAGES

English

French (written)

Japanese (instructional)

 

CERTIFICATIONS

SharePoint® Records Management Certificate (ARMA International) (2013)

 

PERSONAL

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.

 

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