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
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:
for lawyers; and
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.
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.
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
· 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
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:
In Information Services: Competitive Intelligence (LIBR 548B); and
Records and the Law (ARST 580).
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.
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;
· ARMA International;
· Toastmasters International
(public speaking); and
Meibukan Gojyu-Ryu Karate-Do Association (Okinawa, Japan).
Master of Library & Information Studies (MLIS), UBC,
Juris Doctor, University of British Columbia, 1989
B.A. Sociology (Honours), University of Calgary, 1986
CALLED TO THE BAR
British Columbia, 1990
SharePoint® Records Management Certificate (ARMA
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.