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Being One of the Best Drives Kensi Gounden

September 15, 2018
 
Back when Kensi Gounden formed the Kensi Gounden Law Corporation in 2011, he wanted to establish a great firm with a strong reputation, and that has happened. He has run that firm the whole time. From that base, he has served as general counsel to a major regulatory agency under the British Columbia Health Professions Act. He has provided advice and counsel to boards of directors and senior management in a number of companies, helping them develop and implement the best and most compliant solutions to common problems, including policies and procedures that comply with relatively new and constantly evolving legislation regarding workplace harassment and bullying.

Kensi Gounden

Kensi Gounden has a great reputation as a pragmatic decision-maker and a strategic thinker, and with good reason. So far, he has more than 25 years’ experience as an attorney and a professional manager. His career experience has served to transform Kensi into someone who is considered both conscientious and effective when it comes to discovering and implementing the best ways to operate any organization. His goal is always to work closely with the staff at whichever organization he finds himself, to discover and implement the most effective and efficient operations possible.

Of course, Kensi Gounden has a lot more than experience, he also has plenty of education to keep him centered. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry, which he earned from the University of Alberta in 1985, and of course, he has a Law Degree from the University of Calgary, which he received in 1990. He passed his Bar Admission Course from the Law Society of British Columbia in 1991.

Kensi Gounden and Law Society of British Columbia Serve Clients

September 15, 2018
 
Over the past two decades, at least since 1998, Kensi Gounden has worked with the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC), the group that properly regulates more than 13,000 lawyers all over the province. That means, they ensure that all lawyers treat clients right. As manager of the Department of Practice Standards, Kensi has led teams in the strategic planning and change management processes and he has played a critical role in the development of performance standards that are designed to lead to better monitoring of performance standards.

Kensi Gounden

Through his work, Kensi Gounden has played a critical role in altering the Practice Standards Department's approach to regulatory issues, moving them away from a reactive approaching in the direction of a more proactive stance. Kensi also took a lead role in the implementation of such an approach in development of the Department's overall strategic plan. Thanks to that, the Department is better able to identify regulatory concerns and problems before they arise, which makes them more effective. They are now required to work directly with many stakeholders to develop mandatory professional development standards for lawyers.

While the idea of expansive standards is quite controversial and difficult under the best conditions, with Kensi Gounden’s leadership, they managed to establish to develop Canada’s first Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program for lawyers, as well as online mandatory courses for sole practitioners and small firm lawyers. The latter won several international awards. Thus far, it seems that Kensi Gounden's stewardship of the Practice Standards Department has been very successful.