From 2011 to 2015, Colin served as President and CEO of CanLII – the Canadian Legal Information Institute, Canada’s most-important and most-used legal information resource. His track record of innovation, excellence and achievement during a period of great change drew many accolades. Additional endorsements can be found on his LinkedIn page
Under his leadership, CanLII became stronger and confirmed its status as a leading source for Canadian legal research
Colin Lachance combines rigor, a wealth of enthusiasm and great energy. [U]nder the leadership of Colin Lachance, relations between CanLII and Lexum were marked by respect, trust and collaborative spirit. [W]orking with Colin motivates to exceeding expectations and striving for excellence … it was a “chance” for the Canadian legal community to have a person of such high caliber in command of a major resource as CanLII.
During his tenure, CanLII usage grew by 46% to nearly 10 million annual visits, and its scope of services increased to include a free employment law e-text, support of third-party apps development, and the rapidly expanding CanLII Connects repository of expert legal case commentary (www.CanLIIConnects.org).
[Colin was highlighted among] “eight people who are changing the way we think about all aspects of our industry, from education to entrepreneurship and everything in between”
Colin’s work lies right at the intersection of public law, technology, and innovation.
“Colin Lachance has made a lasting impact on the availability of legal information for the general public.”
In the last year, Lachance has been integral in a number of activities to improve access to justice and legal information for both lawyers and the general public.
Under Lachance, CanLII is driving a major expansion of its offerings with CanLII Connects, giving users free access to a vast array of secondary legal materials, including treatises, commentary and analysis.