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Board Directory

President

Anthony Young, QC  

President-Elect

Donald R. Cranston, QC  

Benchers

Rob Armstrong, QC Cal Johnson, QC
Arman Chak Sarah King-D'Souza, QC
Brett Code, QC Adam Letourneau, QC
Sandra Corbett, QC Walter Pavlic, QC
Nancy Dilts, QC
Kathleen Ryan, QC
Dennis Edney, QC
Darlene W. Scott, QC
Fred Fenwick, QC
Hugh D. Sommerville, QC
Rob Harvie, QC
Kent Teskey, QC
Joshua Hawkes, QC Margaret Unsworth, QC

Public Representatives

Glen Buick, BA
Robert Dunster, BA
Louise Wasylenko, CMA
Amal Umar, MA
   

2016 Benchers (Directors)


 

President

Anthony Young, QC

Dunphy Best Blocksom LLP
2100, 777 - 8 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3R5
Tel: 403-750-1139
Fax: 403-269-8911

Mr. Young was born and raised in Calgary and attended the University of Calgary where he received his Bachelor of Laws. Subsequently, he attended Osgoode Hall Law School at York University where he obtained his Master of Laws. Mr. Young currently works at Dunphy Best Blocksom LLP.  Mr. Young presently is Chair of the Alberta Law Foundation and serves on the editorial committee of Law Matters. He has served in many other capacities including: South Section Coordinator of the Canadian Bar Association (Southern), Chair of each of the Civil Litigation Section, the Technology Section and the Young Lawyers Section. He has contributed to the profession through organizations such as the University of Calgary, the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education, the Legal Education Society of Alberta and the Association of Women Lawyers. Mr. Young became a Bencher in 2009.

 
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President-Elect

Donald R. Cranston, QC

Bennett Jones LLP
3200 TELUS House, South Tower
10020 - 100th Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 0N3

Mr. Cranston was called to the Bar in 1979, and has practiced in Edmonton since that time. He is a graduate of the Commerce Faculty (Public Policy) and the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. He also completed the Harvard Law School Intensive Mediation Course.

Mr. Cranston is a partner and co-head of the commercial litigation group at Bennett Jones LLP. His practice focuses on civil litigation, professional liability and conduct matters, administrative and public law. He also acts as a mediator and arbitrator.

Mr. Cranston has been actively involved in the legal profession and community throughout his career. He has chaired a number of boards including LESA, the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, the University of Alberta Faculty of Law Alumni Association, the Child and Adolescent Services Association and the CBA National Committee on Judges Salaries and Pensions. He has taught various courses through the Bar Admission program and LESA, including Ethics and the Legal Profession, and was a member of the Pro Bono Law Alberta Board. Mr. Cranston became a Bencher in 2015.

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Rob Armstrong, QC

Calgary Police Service
5111 – 47th Street NE
Calgary, Alberta T3J 3R2
Tel: 403-428-4506

Mr. Armstrong was born and raised in Edmonton and currently resides in Calgary. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Alberta in 1995. In 1998 he graduated with his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Calgary. Mr. Armstrong articled with the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal of Alberta. Mr. Armstrong practiced with one of Calgary’s preeminent litigation boutique firms from 2000 – 2015 where his practice focused on employment litigation, administrative and privacy law, professional negligence defence work and commercial litigation.  During his time in private practice, Mr. Armstrong appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, numerous administrative tribunals and appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada.

In 2015 Mr. Armstrong joined the Calgary Police Service as in-house privacy counsel where he advises the organization on legal issues relating to access to information and privacy matters.  Mr. Armstrong taught civil procedure at the University of Calgary Law School from 2010 – 2014 and he is an instructor for the Law School’s Trial Advocacy course. He also teaches part of the civil litigation section of the Bar Admission course and serves as an Examiner for the Legal Education Society of Alberta. Mr. Armstrong became a Bencher in 2015.

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Arman Chak

Forensic Law
Suite 44, 21-10405 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6L 2E6

Mr. Chak received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. He currently serves on the Executive of the Alberta CBA Administrative Law Section as well as the National Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section.

Mr. Chak is an active member of the legal community (pro bono, public speaking, and mentoring young lawyers), the Arts community and his ethnic community.

Mr. Chak is an avid jurist and continues to improve his education within the law. He takes part in legal seminars, workshops and has spoken at several legal conferences. Mr. Chak became a Bencher in 2015.

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Brett Code, QC

TingleMerret LLP
Suite 1250, 639 - 5th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB T2P 0M9
Tel: 403-571-8000

Mr. Code was elected as a Bencher in 2011.  At TingleMerrett LLP, Mr. Code is an independent arbitrator, mediator, and senior advisor in dispute resolution, specializing in corporate, commercial, and securities law matters.

Born and raised in Calgary, Mr. Code studied and worked over a 12-year period in Ontario, Nigeria, France, and the United States, then moved to Montreal where he received an LL.B. from McGill in 1992.  He practiced complex corporate/commercial litigation and arbitration for 18 years prior to joining the Alberta Securities Commission in 2010 as Director, Enforcement.   

Mr. Code is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary, where he has taught since 2001.  He has taught evidence, ethics, corporate and partnership law, civil procedure and corporate governance either at the University or as part of CPLED or its predecessors.

Mr. Code worked and volunteered in Nigeria in the 1980s and in Ghana in 2000 for CUSO, a Canadian international NGO.  He worked as a professional economist in Paris and Washington.  He has served on various non-profit boards and participated in a wealth of other volunteer or charitable activities. Mr. Code became a Bencher in 2012.

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Sandra Corbett, QC

Field Law LLP
10235 101 St NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 3G1
Tel: 780-423-3003

Ms. Corbett’s practice focuses on resolution of complex tort and liability matters in the civil and commercial litigation areas, and in particular, in insurance defence litigation. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta and has Board and leadership experience provided to her by serving on legal and community organizations.

Ms. Corbett is the immediate Past President of the Edmonton Bar Association and is involved with the CBA-Alberta branch as Membership Chair. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Canadian Defence Lawyers, Board of DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar and the Board of Compassion House Foundation. Ms. Corbett became a Bencher in 2015.

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Nancy Dilts, QC

Ferus

Suite 1220, 401 - 9th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3C5
Tel: 403-695-3103
Fax: 403-206-6195

Ms. Dilts was born and raised in Saskatchewan where she received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan. She is currently Vice-President, General Counsel for Ferus. She has over 19 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including Vice President Legal at ConocoPhillips Canada from 2001 to 2007.  Prior to that, Ms. Dilts was in private practice at one of Alberta’s large law firms. In 2013, Ms. Dilts was awarded the Lexpert Zenith Award as one of Canada’s Leading Women Lawyers. Ms. Dilts became a Bencher in 2012.

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Dennis Edney, QC

Dennis Edney Professional Corporation
Edmonton, AB
Tel: 780-908-9555
Fax: 780-757-7455

Mr. Edney was born in Dundee, Scotland. Prior to moving to England in 1987 to study law, he had several careers, including playing professional soccer. He practices criminal and human rights law, including offences under the Anti-Terrorism Act. He was appointed by the Pentagon as a Foreign Attorney Consultant to Guantanamo Bay (2004 - 2011) to participate in the Military Commission trial process in defense of a young Canadian detainee, Mr. Omar Khadr. Mr. Edney is counsel in various reported cases, including landmark cases before the Supreme Court of Canada and the United States Supreme Court. In 2008 he was awarded the Canadian National Pro Bono Distinguished Service recognizing the significance of his commitment defending Mr. Khadr.

He was also named by Alberta Venture magazine in 2008 as one of Alberta's 50 most influential people. In 2009 Mr. Edney was awarded with the Human Rights Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia for work that "has helped promote and further human rights" and in 2014 he was honoured with the prestigious Gerald Gall Human Rights award by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. Mr. Edney became a Bencher in 2011.

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Fred Fenwick, QC

McLennan Ross LLP
1000 First Canadian Centre
350 – 7 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3N9
Tel: 403-444-4078
Fax: 403-303-1662

Mr. Fenwick grew up in Calgary and received a B.Sc. from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta and is currently pursuing his LLM at Osgoode Hall. He works at McLennan Ross LLP in Calgary where he has a litigation practice in the areas of commercial litigation, family law, estates and aboriginal issues.  He was a writer/contributor for Law Now Magazine as an Aboriginal Law columnist for more than a decade and is an instructor in the Professional Responsibility sessions of the CPLED (Bar Admissions) course of the Legal Education Society of Alberta. Mr. Fenwick is a past Director and Vice Chair of the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Alberta. Mr. Fenwick became a Bencher in 2009.

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Rob Harvie, QC

Huckvale LLP
410 - 6 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 2C9
Tel: 403-328-8856

Mr. Harvie grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta then moved to British Columbia where he received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia. He currently practices family and divorce law in Lethbridge at Huckvale LLP where he is a partner. Mr. Harvie has been very involved in his community through coaching baseball and promoting women’s soccer. In his professional life, he has taught sessional courses at the University of Lethbridge, has acted as board member and past-president of the Collaborative Divorce Alberta Association, has chaired the editorial board and contributed to Law Matters – a publication from the Canadian Bar Association, currently chairs the Advisory Board of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, has taught numerous Legal Education Society of Alberta courses and is the current chair of the Alberta Limited Scope Retainer Project. Mr. Harvie previously served as a Bencher from 2012-2015 and became a Bencher again in 2017.

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Joshua Hawkes, QC

Appeals & Prosecution Policy Branch
300 Centrium Place
332 6th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB   T2P 0B2
Tel: 403-297-6005
Fax: 403-297-3453

Mr. Hawkes was born and raised in Edmonton and currently resides in Calgary. He received his Bachelor of Laws from University of Alberta in 1990.

In his 24 years as a prosecutor, including as Executive Director of the Alberta Justice Appeals, Education and Prosecution Policy Branch, Mr. Hawkes has handled many complex cases with significant legal issues, appearing regularly before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Mr. Hawkes served as the first director of the Policy Unit in Alberta Justice’s Criminal Justice Division from its creation in 2008 to 2012 and also as Director of the Appeals Unit. He has been the Jurisdictional Representative for Alberta to the Criminal Law Section of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada since 2005, was Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Conference in 2010 to 2011, and is currently serving on the executive as the Conference Vice President.

He is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association, and served in all the executive positions of the national Criminal Justice section from 2002 to 2008. 

Mr. Hawkes is also a volunteer member of the Finance Committee of the Law Society and regularly speaks to community groups on issues relating to disability. He has received provincial and national prosecution service awards for his contribution to the justice system. Mr. Hawkes became a Bencher in 2016.

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Cal Johnson, QC

Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP
2400, 525 - 8 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 1G1
Tel: 403-260-0203
Fax: 403-260-0332

Mr. Johnson was born and raised in Calgary and attended the University of Alberta where he graduated with his Bachelor of Laws. He is currently of counsel with Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer LLP where he has been for over 35 years. Mr. Johnson has chaired and served on the Board of Directors of Vertigo Theatre and has also served on the Board of Directors of the United Way and immediately prior thereto  held the title of chair of Campaign Cabinet Professional Division.  Mr. Johnson has been named in Best Lawyers in Canada since 2008 and was also named one of the Lexpert Guide’s 500 leading Lawyers in Canada in 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2010. He has also taught law at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. Mr. Johnson became a Bencher in 2013.

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Sarah King-D'Souza, QC

Family Law Office
400, 665 - 8 Street SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3K7
Tel: 403-297-6071
Fax: 403-297-8292

Ms. King-D’Souza was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, raised in Alberta, and attended the University of Alberta where she received her Bachelor of Laws.  She was in private practice for 17 years. Since 2001 she has been Assistant Senior Counsel at Family Law Office in Calgary and Lethbridge. Ms. King-D’Souza is presently the Vice Chair of Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association.  Over the years she has volunteered her time to legal clinics such as: Centre for Newcomers, Calgary Legal Guidance, Calgary Women’s Shelter and the YWCA Women’s Shelter.  She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Association of Collaborative Family Law Professionals (Calgary), the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and the Association of Women Lawyers. She has volunteered with the Legal Education Society of Alberta and has been a volunteer instructor for the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education. Ms. King-D'Souza became a Bencher in 2009.

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Adam Letourneau, QC

Letourneau LLP
#110 - 416 6 Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 0Y6

Mr. Letourneau is a partner at Letourneau LLP in Lethbridge with a practice focus on arbitration, mediation, family law and civil litigation. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Chartered Mediator. He received a JD degree from the University of Alberta and undergraduate degrees from the University of Calgary and Athabasca University. Mr. Letourneau also holds a Master of Laws (International Dispute Resolution) from University College of London and Queen Mary University of London.

He has served on a number of boards including Legal Aid Alberta and the ADR Institute of Alberta. He has chaired and served on the boards of Rupertsland Institute and Apeetogosan (Métis) Business Development Inc. He is the former co-Editor-in-Chief of the Alberta Law Review and is author of the book, “So, You Want to be a Lawyer, eh?: Law School in Canada: 2nd ed.” Mr. Letourneau is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Mr. Letourneau became a Bencher in 2015.

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Walter Pavlic, QC

MLT Aikins LLP
#2200, 10235 - 101 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 3G1

Mr. Pavlic was born and raised in Edmonton and received both his Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. He practises at MLT Aikins LLP in Edmonton with a focus on Labour and Employment Law and has made numerous appearances before the Court of Appeal, Court of Queen’s Bench, administrative tribunals and arbitrators. Mr. Pavlic is a frequent speaker and presenter of papers on Labour and Employment topics at several provincial, national and international conferences.  He is a Board Member of the Legal Education Society of Alberta and has actively participated in numerous legal and community organizations. He is also a past President of the Canadian Bar Association Alberta Branch. Mr. Pavlic previously served as a Bencher from 2013 - 2015 and became a Bencher again in 2017.

 

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Kathleen Ryan, QC

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
1201 Scotia Tower 2
10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4E5
Tel: 780-429-6826

Ms. Ryan was born and raised in Edmonton. She attended the University of Alberta where she received her Bachelor of Laws in 1992. She is a litigation partner at DLA Piper in Edmonton.  Ms. Ryan works primarily in consumer and injury litigation, professional negligence, employment litigation, and commercial litigation. She has twice been named by L’Expert as a leading practitioner in Canada in Personal Injury Litigation. Ms. Ryan was named one of Canada’ Most Powerful Women: Top 100 for 2013. She is a board member of the St. Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild (and a past President), the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association (and a past President), the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities (and a past Vice President), and the St. Andrew’s Seniors Centre. She is the current President of the Edmonton Ringette Club.  Ms. Ryan co-chaired the Creating Safe Spaces Antibullying Bullying breakfast from 2010 through 2013. Ms. Ryan has been a presenter at numerous legal seminars and a guest lecturer at the University of Alberta in Professional Responsibility (Ethics in Negotiations). She taught or evaluated the CPLED course in Negotiations from 2001 to 2011. Ms. Ryan became a Bencher in 2012.

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 Darlene W. Scott, QC

Dentons Canada LLP
2900 Manulife Place
10180-101 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 3V5
Tel: 780-423-7306

Ms. Scott was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She studied economics in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta from 1978-1981 and obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta in 1984. She is a partner in the Edmonton office of Dentons Canada LLP and practices in the areas of commercial law, real estate and lending. She is the Chair of Dentons Edmonton Financial Services Group. Ms. Scott has been an instructor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law and Faculty of Extension, at LESA Bar Admission Courses and has been a panelist and chair at numerous LESA conferences. From 2009 – 2014, she has acted as a Director and Secretary of Little Warriors, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of childhood sexual abuse. Ms. Scott became a Bencher in 2014.

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Hugh D. Sommerville, QC

Sommerville Hugh D
Box 488, #21 170 Centre Street
Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0
Tel: 403-823-3329

Mr. Sommerville is a criminal defence lawyer practicing in Drumheller, Alberta. Mr. Sommerville was first elected as a Bencher in 1997 and has completed two other terms, in 1999 and 2005 respectively.

Mr. Sommerville was born in Calgary, Alberta and he received his law degree from the University of Calgary in 1985. Mr. Sommerville began his career with the Crown prosecutor’s office and the Attorney General’s office, before moving on to private practice. In 1994 Mr. Sommerville moved his practice to Drumheller, where he has been a sole practitioner, assisting rural Albertans with their legal issues.

Mr. Sommerville received his designation as Queen’s Counsel in 1997. Mr. Sommerville previously served as a Bencher from 2006-2009 and became a Bencher again in 2015.

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Kent Teskey, QC

Pringle Chivers Sparks Teskey
300 Transalta Place
10150 - 100th Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 0P6
Tel: 780-424-8866

Mr. Teskey was born and raised in Edmonton and received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. Mr. Teskey practices exclusively in the area of criminal defence law and has significant experience defending against regulatory and professional discipline allegations.

Outside the practice of law, Mr. Teskey serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy, support and housing for Albertans suffering from schizophrenia. Mr. Teskey became a Bencher in 2015.

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Margaret Unsworth, QC

Justice and Solicitor General (AB), Dept. of
Constitutional Law, 4th Flr., Bowker Bldg.
9833-109 St.
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3S8
Phone: 780-427-0072

Ms. Unsworth was born and raised in Edmonton where she received her Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta.

She is the Director of Constitutional Law with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General. As a legal advisor to the Government of Alberta for the past 30 years, her practice covers a wide range of constitutional and human rights questions from division of powers issues to Charter rights and constitutional conventions. Ms. Unsworth is an experienced litigator who has represented the Attorney General of Alberta at all levels of Alberta Courts and has appeared numerous times before the Supreme Court of Canada, most recently as lead counsel for Alberta on the Senate Reference.

Ms. Unsworth has served on the Executive of the Civil Litigation and Constitutional Law sections of the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch) and continues to speak at CBA sections. In addition, she is actively involved with the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, assisting in the mooting program and speaking on an ad hoc basis.

Ms. Unsworth has received numerous awards for work on team projects within Alberta, on intergovernmental projects, like the incorporation of Banff, and has been recognized for her dedication to the future of the profession through her work as mentor and coach. Ms. Unsworth became a Bencher in 2016.

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Public Representatives

 

Glen Buick, BA

Mr. Buick was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and attended Queen’s University where he received his Bachelor of Arts. He has served in a variety of roles with both the provincial and federal governments throughout his career, including Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Culture, and as the Canadian Ambassador to Chile (1978-82).  Additionally, Mr. Buick sat as Ministerial representative on several boards in the arts community in Alberta. Since his retirement, he has chiefly devoted himself to family and volunteer activities, including the Boards of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards, the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, and the CKUA Radio Foundation. Mr. Buick is a recipient of an Alberta Centennial Medal and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mr. Buick was appointed a Bencher in 2013.

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Robert Dunster, BA

Mr. Dunster was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and attended the University of Manitoba where he received his Bachelor of Arts. He was a senior executive with the provincial government for nearly thirty years, including working in the departments of Attorney General, Solicitor General and Justice. Following his retirement in 2005, Mr. Dunster served on the Edmonton Police Commission, the Board of the Canadian Association of Police Boards and the Board of the Edmonton Council for Safe Communities. Mr. Dunster was appointed a Bencher in 2013.

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Amal Umar, MA

Ms. Umar was born and raised in Lebanon and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Social Science. She then went on to receive her Master of Arts in Political Science at the American University of Beirut.  Ms. Umar has worked for both the not for profit and the public sector, including the United Nations as a field researcher, the Calgary Police Services as a Consultant/Facilitator and the Department of Canadian Heritage as a Program Officer. She is very involved in her community and is on the board of countless affiliations including but not limited to: the Calgary Immigrant Access Fund, U of C Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board, Calgary Immigrant Women's Association and Calgary Regional Immigrant Employment Council. Ms. Umar’s community service contributions have been recognized with the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for community service, the Canada 125 Anniversary Award for community work, the Alberta Centennial Award, and the Haider Dhanani Achievement Award for outstanding service in developing programs that serve newcomers and their community. Ms. Umar was appointed a Bencher in 2010.

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Louise Wasylenko, CMA

Ms. Wasylenko received her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta in 1980, and her Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation in 1989. Ms. Wasylenko has extensive experience working in legal and regulatory environments, both professionally and as a board member, advising and educating on the need for commitment to professional standards and codes of conduct, adjudication and strategies for remediation.

She has played senior management roles at Bennett Jones, KPMG, and several major health care organizations and municipalities, where she was responsible for the analysis and management of financial processes, risk management and compliance activities. Ms. Wasylenko is semi-retired and contributes her financial expertise to several non-profit organizations. Ms. Wasylenko was appointed a Bencher in 2015.


 

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All correspondence to public representatives should be directed to the Law Society of Alberta.

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