By Karen Gross

From the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Nexus

Most Fridays after work, Arthur Bode, JD 1994, and Monique Rabideau, JD 1991Arthur Bode, JD 1994, jumps into his latest-model Porsche and hits the highway, heading up to the Georgian Bay farm he purchased last summer with his wife Monique Rabideau, JD 1991. Although the couple and their three teenaged kids make their full-time home in Toronto, Bode’s heart is in Ontario’s rural wilderness. His car comes courtesy of his day job as general counsel at Porsche Cars Canada, but on weekends he happily swaps it out for a John Deere tractor and some precious time working the land.

“I’ve never been a city guy,” he says. “I would move there today if I could convince Monique, but we’re not there yet.”

They do plan to be there eventually. Bode and Rabideau actually met while working in the woods, planting trees one summer in northern Ontario. Both came from artistic backgrounds, and neither had plans at the time to go to law school. But that’s where they ended up, with Monique leading the way and Arthur enrolling just after she graduated. She went on to practice corporate and securities law, before taking a senior position a few years ago with Thomson Reuters, as practice lead, capital markets and securities, Practical Law Canada. He landed in the auto industry, taking a break a few years back to try his hand at construction.

Over the years, while working and raising their children, the two have managed to indulge their considerable artistic talents and passions; they renovate, paint, repurpose and reupholster. They scour auctions and garage sales, picking up things such as furniture, art and other items like old tools and floorboards that they remake into all sorts of things from door handles to bookcases.

It’s a way of living and interacting with the world that suits them both, and inspired them to endow an entrance scholarship aimed at artists, with a $25,000 gift to create the Artists in Law Award.

“Both Arthur and I are patrons of the arts and artists, and recognize the importance of that,” says Monique, who also serves as chair of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre and volunteers as a mentor to law students. “I know from when we were in law school, there were always a lot of artists. I figured it would be ideal to direct our contribution this way.”