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Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team focuses on the operational work of the Law Society of Alberta as a self-regulator of the legal profession. It strives to ensure the Law Society fulfils its vision, mission, strategic goals, business plans and budget as approved by the Directors.

The Executive Leadership Team oversees all operations of the Law Society of Alberta.

Don-Thompson                            

Executive Director

Don Thompson, QC
Tel: 403.229.4700

A leader in local and national affairs involving the legal profession, Mr. Thompson joined the Law Society of Alberta in 1999 as the Deputy Executive Director, and was appointed Executive Director and CEO in 2001.  He leads over 130 employees in offices in Calgary and Edmonton. He has been involved in the regulation of the legal profession since 1983.

His leadership skills have been exemplified through his work in continuously improving regulatory and business processes that meet local, provincial and national demands of customers, partners and key stakeholders in the legal profession. His passion for an accountable, responsive and proactive regulator has led to many successful initiatives.

Mr. Thompson has also been a leader on the national stage through his involvement with the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, playing an instrumental role in developing the National Mobility Agreement, (which provides for temporary and permanent mobility among jurisdictions within Canada), the National Committee on Accreditation, Requirements for Canadian Law Degrees and the National Admissions Standards project. He has been an author, presenter and facilitator at national and international conferences and organizations. His work has included professional education and competence, national and international lawyer mobility, and governance of the legal profession.

His career spans more than 30 years of association management. Before joining the Law Society of Alberta, Don held a number of senior positions at the Law Society of British Columbia, most notably as Deputy Executive Director, where his talents were instrumental in implementing advanced technology aimed at providing a high service, fully integrated membership resource program, the first of its kind in Canada.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Society of Association Executives.   He received his Queen’s Counsel in 2004.


ElizabethOsler
 

Deputy Executive Director &
Director, Regulation

Elizabeth Osler
Tel: 403.229.4796

Ms. Osler was born and raised in Calgary and graduated from the University of Alberta where she received her Bachelor of Laws degree. Ms. Osler also has a bachelor and masters degrees in Canadian History from the University of Calgary.

Prior to joining the Law Society of Alberta, Ms. Osler worked as a commercial solicitor at McCarthy Tetrault, Corporate Secretary at TransAlta Corporation, Corporate Secretary and Corporate Counsel and University Secretary at the University of Calgary. Her experience in a variety of different environments, operating in regulated industries, regulating students, operating as a part of a management team, and demonstrated leadership skills stand her in good stead in her role and in supervising the regulatory functions of the Law Society of Alberta.

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Director, Human Resources

Nona Cameron
Tel: 403.229.4707

Ms. Cameron was born and raised in Calgary. After graduating from the Southern Institute of Technology she worked briefly in the oil and gas industry and with professional services firms. Ms. Cameron continued her pursuit of higher education, most recently with the University of Calgary, in business, management and human resources. She has earned various diplomas, certificates and a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. She is an active and participating member in the community and with volunteer organizations including the Human Resources Institute of Alberta, the Association of Legal Administrators and Saint Michael Catholic Community.

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Director, Professionalism & Policy

Cori Ghitter
Tel: 403.229.4778

Ms. Ghitter was born and raised in Calgary. She received her LLB in 1994 from the University of Calgary and her LLM in 2000 from the University of British Columbia. After being called to the Bar, Ms. Ghitter practiced law as a civil litigator and then worked as Legal Counsel to the Court of Appeal for several years. Prior to joining the Law Society of Alberta, she was the Director of Recruitment and Professional Development in the Calgary office of Dentons LLP where she was responsible for all aspects of student, associate and income partner career development including hiring, training, evaluation, coaching and compensation. During her time at Dentons, Ms. Ghitter was active in developing pro bono and diversity initiatives for the firm, including an Internationally Trained Lawyers Program.

Ms. Ghitter has taught several courses at the University of Calgary Law and Society department and is currently a member of the Stewardship Group of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative. She has previously served as a Director on the boards of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and the YWCA of Calgary.

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Director, Business Technology

Andrew Norton
Tel: 403.229.4735

Mr. Norton immigrated to Calgary in 2007 from Northwich, England. He has a BA and MBA from the Open University completed while working in a variety of Information Technology, Project Management and Business Improvement positions with UK emergency services and local government.

He served as President of the British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials in 2005 and represented the association at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee to the UK Communications Regulator (Ofcom) between 2004 and 2007.

Mr. Norton is a sessional instructor with the University of Lethbridge where he teaches Management Information Systems and Project Management.



DrewThomson
 

Chief Financial Officer

Drew Thomson
Tel: 403.229.4763

Mr. Thomson was born and raised in Edmonton and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University. He is a Certified Management Accountant and a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.

Mr. Thomson's portfolio of responsibility includes accounting and finance, communications, records and information management and office services. Prior to joining the Law Society, Mr. Thomson was Vice President of Business Development with the Certified Management Accountants of Alberta. His career experience includes senior financial management roles in radio and television broadcasting and the retail fashion industry.

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Director, Insurance

David Weyant, QC
Tel: 403.229.4717

Mr. Weyant obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Calgary, before receiving his JD from the University of Saskatchewan and his MBAs from Queen’s and Cornell Universities. He received his QC in 2004.

He has extensive experience in management and knowledge of professional liability insurance from his 26 years’ combined experience as senior executive at Alberta Health Services and as a lawyer in private practice. He has a background in risk management, leadership and governance, and has strong financial acumen. David previously served on a healthcare insurance reciprocal board in Alberta and is currently the Chair of the Banff Centre’s Board of Governors.

Mr. Weyant is responsible for ensuring the availability of an affordable, reliable and sustainable insurance program for lawyers in Alberta, and fostering relationships with government, legal stakeholders and the insurance industry.