Neeson named as Fellow of the NCRA
Kim Neeson, founder and president of Neesons Courts Reporting, will be named a Fellow of the Academy of Reporting Professionals on Aug. 6 in Chicago, the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) has announced.
She will be the first woman in Ontario to receive the distinction and only the third Canadian recipient.
“It is quite an honour to be recognized by your peers in this way through an international organization,” Neeson tells AdvocateDaily.com.
She is one of six to receive the honour this year at the NCRA convention.
A Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters is a professional distinction conferred upon a person of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting, the NCRA website explains.
“Candidates for Fellowship are required to have been in the active practice of reporting for at least 10 years and to have attained distinction as measured by performance (which includes publication of important papers, creative contributions, service on committees or boards, teaching, etc.)," it says.
Neeson will also be a member of three panels at the Chicago convention on the following topics: Computer Organization for Court Reporters, In the Cloud Computing, and Social Media Gone Wrong.
Neeson, lauded as a pioneer of the use of realtime reporting during litigation and the provision of captioning (CART) services, says the NCRA recognition encourages other people to give back to their profession.
She has more than 30 years of court reporting experience and her company, Neesons, is known for being at the forefront of advanced-technology reporting.
Neeson has been repeatedly named as one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs by PROFIT/Chatelaine W100. She has held many volunteer posts to support her profession over the years, including past vice-president and president of the Chartered Shorthand Reporters' Association of Ontario (three separate terms), member of the Ontario Government's Joint Committee on Court Reporting, and member of the George Brown College Advisory Board. She is also a frequent writer and speaker in the area of court reporting and captioning/CART.