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1958
Edwin Harris, counsel with McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office, was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of trusts and estates. He retired from the firm on Dec. 31, 2015.


1962
Larry Hayes, counsel with McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office, received the Exceptional Volunteer Service Award from Mount Saint Vincent University in recognition of his volunteer service to the university. He retired from the firm on Dec. 31, 2015.


1963
David Curtis rejoined Patterson Law’s Truro, N.S., office as counsel.


1965
George Cooper, counsel with McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office, was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of energy regulatory law.


1966
Joseph MacDonald, counsel with McInnes Cooper Halifax, was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of mergers and acquisitions.


1969
Jack Innes joined the Bedford firm of Pressé Mason as counsel.

John Young of BoyneClarke in Dartmouth was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of corporate law.


1970
George MacDonald of Halifax joined Pink Larkin in January as counsel after spending spent 45 years with McInnes Cooper. He was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of construction law.


1971
Clarence Beckett was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the areas of insurance law, legal malpractice and personal injury litigation. He is a partner with Patterson Law in Halifax.

Thomas Boyne
of BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the areas of corporate law, insolvency and restructuring law, real estate law, banking and finance law.

Douglas Moores is the first member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador to be inducted into the province’s Volunteer Hall of Fame. The gala and induction ceremony was held in St. John’s in October 2014.

William (Mick) Ryan was awarded the 2015 Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence by the Canadian Bar Association in February 2015. The award recognizes distinguished or exceptional service to the objectives and goals of the CBA. Mick is a partner with Stewart McKelvey in Halifax, where he has practiced since 1972.


1972
David Bright of BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury litigation.

Andrew Wolfson of BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of real estate law.


1973
Larry Freeman joined Stewart McKelvey’s Halifax office as partner.

Paul Pettipas stepped down from his position of CEO of the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association in September 2015.


1974
W. Richey Clarke of BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of real estate law.

J. Ronald Creighton was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the areas of real estate law and trust and estates. He is a partner with Patterson Law in Halifax.

Anne McLellan was formally installed as Chancellor of Dalhousie University in May 2015 during convocation ceremonies. She had been a senior advisor with the law firm Bennett Jones in Edmonton since 2006. Prior to this appointment, she had a distinguished career in politics.

Howard Wetston has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute, a Toronto-based research organization. Most recently he was the Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission and prior to that position was the CEO of the Ontario Energy Board, the head of the federal Competition Bureau and a Federal Court of Canada trial judge.


1975
A. Lawrence Graham of BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of trust and estates.


1976
Robert Purdy was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the areas of insurance law and personal injury litigation. He is a partner with Patterson Law in Halifax.

Cyril Randall of BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of real estate law.

Dell Wickens was appointed Crown Attorney for Yarmouth, N.S., in November 2015 after working on a per diem basis there for the past two years.


1977
Michael Donovan, executive chairman of DHX Media Ltd.—a global film-and-television company specializing in the production, distribution, broadcasting and licensing of children’s and family entertainment—is this year’s Canadian Entrepreneur Of The Year. He will compete with more than 50 other country’s winners for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in June.

R. James Williams received an honorary degree from Dalhousie University in May 2015 for his influence as a justice, a legal educator and a children’s rights advocate.


1978
Fred Crooks is the first chief regulatory officer with the Province of Nova Scotia. He will head the newly created Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness.

Anne Emery released her newest mystery, Ruined Abbey, in May 2015.

A. Wayne MacKay received an honorary degree (Doctor of Civil Law, Honoris Causa) from Saint Mary’s University in October 2015.

Carol Patterson is now counsel with Cox & Palmer’s Halifax office. She previously spent over 20 years in the Moscow office of a major global firm, where she was managing partner.

Cyril Proudfoot of BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of personal injury litigation.

Chris Robinson
, a partner in McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office, was elected to the board of directors for Alpine Canada Alpin, the national governing body for alpine, para-alpine and ski-cross racing in Canada.

Eugene Rossiter was appointed Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada. He was sworn in by the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, at Rideau Hall in January 2015. He was first appointed to the Tax Court as a judge in 2006 and then appointed Associate Chief Justice in 2008.


1979
Norm Letalik retired from Borden Ladner Gervais after 27 years and accepted a position as general counsel and corporate secretary with Volkswagen Group Canada Inc. in Ajax, Ont.

Richard Neufeld of Calgary was appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta to fill a new position created by Bill C-31. He previously practiced with Dentons Canada LLP.


1980
Margaret MacDonald retired from the Nova Scotia government in September 2015 as deputy minister of intergovernmental affairs. She had previously served as deputy minister of finance under both the McNeil and Dexter governments.

Theresa McDonald
received a 2014 Equality Award from the Manitoba Bar Association for her work with indigenous people, women and other marginalized and disadvantaged groups.

Jim Prentice has been named a visiting scholar for a four-month term with the Canada Institute of the Wilson Centre in Washington, D.C. He will be working on a book that will examine energy and environmental issues in Canada.


1981
Brian Casey of BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of criminal defence.

Marjorie Hickey, a partner in McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office, was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of health-care law.

Scott MacKenzie was appointed chair and CEO of the Prince Edward Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission (IRAC), the administrative tribunal that regulates electricity, petroleum, auto insurance and non-resident land ownership and is the administrative appellate body for appeals for land use planning matters in the province. Prior to his appointment, Scott was a senior partner at Stewart McKelvey in Charlottetown.

John O’Dea
was appointed the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association’s Patron of the Arts for 2015. This award, given to a person, business or organization, recognizes an ongoing commitment to the arts in the province through innovative, community or sustained support of artistic activity. He is a partner in the St. John’s office of McInnes Cooper.

Nancy Rideout
joined Weldon McInnis in Halifax. She was previously with MacKinnon Buckle Stevenson.


1982
Greg Auld is counsel with Wickwire Holm in Halifax. He previously practiced with Auld Allen.

Phil Chapman is a senior partner with Wickwire Holm in Halifax. He was previously with Ritch Williams & Richards.

Shauna Sullivan Curley was appointed Ethics and Integrity Commissioner for the Government of Prince Edward Island. Prior to this, she was deputy minister for the Prince Edward Island Public Service. Over the years, she served as deputy minister of Justice, Environment and Education and Early Childhood Development.

Matthew Napier of BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of personal injury litigation.

Paul Radford, a partner with Coady Filliter, is chair of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission.


1983
Julia Cornish is second vice-president for 2015–16 for the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. She is a partner with Sealy Cornish Coulthard in Dartmouth.

George Furey was appointed Speaker of the Senate in December 2015 by the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston. He was named to the Senate in 1999 by then prime minister Jean Chrétien.

Elizabeth May was elected Member of Parliament for Saanich–Gulf Islands, B.C., representing the Green Party during the 2015 federal election.

Kathryn Pentz was appointed Chief Crown Attorney of the Cape Breton region of Nova Scotia. She joined the Sydney office of the Public Prosecution Service in 1993 as a Crown Attorney and in 1999 was appointed senior Crown Attorney, achieving the designation of senior Crown counsel in 2005.

Geoff Regan was elected Speaker of the House of Commons in December 2015. He is the first Atlantic Canadian in nearly 100 years to be elected to the role. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Halifax West in Nova Scotia, representing the Liberal Party, during the 2015 federal election.

Fae Shaw, a partner with McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office, was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of securities law.


1984
Clare Christie published My Dear Alice: War Letters 1937–1950 in 2014. Alice was the mother of Clare and Innis Christie (’62) and the grandmother of Michael Christie (’94). The letters, thanking Alice for sending parcels to relatives in England during the Second World War, present vivid depictions of life on the home front. Order a copy at newworldpublishing.com/catalogue. Email Clare at clare_christie@auracom.com to order her novel, anthologies and booklets.

David Coles of BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the areas of defamation and media law and was named Lawyer of the Year in Halifax in the same areas of the law. He was also named Local Litigation Star in 2016 for the Atlantic region. He will be highlighted in the 4th edition of The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys.

John Fitzpatrick of BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the areas of insolvency and financial restructuring law.

Neil Jacobs was appointed Stewart McKelvey’s Newfoundland and Labrador regional manager in January 2015. He is based in the St. John’s office.

Bernard Hibbitts received the Canadian American Bar Association’s John D. Lawson Award, which recognizes Canadians who have excelled in the practice of law and/or made an outstanding contribution to the law or legal scholarship in the United States. Bernard is publisher and editor of JURIST, the award-winning law student-powered legal news service that he created at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he has been a professor since 1996.

Christene Hirschfeld of BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the areas of entertainment law, information technology law and intellectual property law. She was also named the North American Co-Chair of TAGlaw’s Intellectual Property and Information Technology Specialty Group. She has been an active member of this Specialty Group since 2010.

Jim Musgrave was the 2014 recipient of the national Lionel J. McGowan Award of Excellence in Dispute Resolution, awarded by the ADR Institute of Canada. Jim is a partner with, and a chartered mediator in, Cox & Palmer’s Halifax office.


1985
Sonya Brander joined the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization as Chief of Legal Services. Legal Services accepts interns for three to six months. If you’re interested in an internship, email sonya.brander@ctbto.org. She lives in Vienna with her family and returns to Nova Scotia each summer.

Pamela Goulding was appointed Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in September 2015. She is the first woman to be appointed Chief Judge in any level of the court in the province. Previously, she was Crown Attorney and senior Crown Attorney responsible for the Special Prosecutions Office. Before being appointed a provincial court judge, she was assistant deputy minister and drector of Public Prosecutions with the Department of Justice.

Tim Hill of BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the areas of insolvency and financial restructuring law.

David Jones is in-house counsel for Oceanex Inc. in St. John’s. He was previously with the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Justice.

Brian McConnell was elected a trustee of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada (UELAC) at its annual meeting in Victoria in June 2015. He is a volunteer director and secretary of the Nova Scotia Branch of UELAC.

Karen Oldfield, president and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority, was recognized by the Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis in November 2015 for her contributions to the business and greater community.

Kay Rhodenizer joined McGinty Doucet Walker as counsel, coinciding with this family law firm’s move to expanded Halifax offices.


1986
Michelle Christopher is executive director of Student Legal Assistance (SLA) and teaches clinical programs at the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary. SLA recently celebrated 35 years of law students providing legal services to low-income Calgary and area residents.


1987
Brian Conway was appointed a judicial officer for World Rugby. His previous appointments included Judicial Officer for Canada vs. Samoa and USA vs. Tonga men’s international rugby matches in Toronto as part of the Pacific Nations Cup.

Darrell Dexter, former premier of Nova Scotia, was appointed vice-chair of Toronto public relations firm Global Public Affairs.

Paul Ives was re-elected mayor of Comox, B.C., in November 2014 for a third term after serving six years as mayor and six years as councillor. He practices law at Ives Burger in Courtenay and has lived in Comox since 1992. Contact him at paul@ivesburgerlaw.com or paulives@shaw.ca.


1988
Rob Arkin
has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Canadian Tax Foundation.  A senior tax lawyer in Cox & Palmer’s Halifax office, his practice focuses on domestic and international tax advisory services and the implementation of tax-related transactions and business structures.

Sean Casey was elected Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, representing the Liberal Party, during the 2015 federal election.

Jack Graham, a partner with McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office, was nominated president of the board of directors for the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE). He is also the Nova Scotia director for CACE and was re-elected to the board of directors of the International Tennis Federation for a fourth term.

David MacDougall, a partner in McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office, was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of natural resources law.

Bernie Miller has rejoined McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office as partner. He was previously the deputy minister for Planning & Priorities for the Province of Nova Scotia. He will continue his role in public service for the next year with a new title of Senior Executive Advisor for the newly amalgamated offices of Planning & Priorities and the Executive Council Office for the province.

Drew White took a position at the United Nations as a legal advisor within the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, specifically assigned as the legal counsel and reporting officer in an investigation of war crimes violations and abuses of human rights in Libya.


1989
Judith Ferguson stepped down as Nova Scotia’s deputy minister of Justice in April 2015. She is the new vice-president of corporate affairs at Nova Scotia Power Inc.

Sarah Harding, a law professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) at the Chicago–Kent College of Law, received the IIT’s 2015 John W. Rowe University Excellence in Teaching Award in May 2015.

Tilly Pillay, the executive director of the Legal Services Division at the provincial Department of Justice, is the new president of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.


1990
Peter MacKay, former federal Justice Minister and Member of Parliament for the riding of Central Nova in Nova Scotia, left his career in politics after 18 years. MacKay joined the Toronto office of global law firm Baker & McKenzie as partner. He will advise firms doing global business and international companies doing business in Canada.

Donald MacKenzie is the current president of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island. He is the executive director and legal counsel for the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I., which includes serving as the lead negotiator for Aboriginal and treaty rights on behalf of the Mi’kmaq people of Prince Edward Island.

Lena Metledge Diab, MLA for Halifax–Armdale and Immigration Minister for the Province of Nova Scotia, was recognized in November 2015 by the Canadian Progress Club of Halifax Cornwallis for her contributions to business and the greater community.

Claire Milton of BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of corporate governance practice.

Peter Rumscheidt joined Weldon McInnis in Halifax in June 2015. He was previously a partner with Cox & Palmer.


1991
C. Louann Chaisson was appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court’s Family Division. Prior to her appointment, she was a partner with Weldon McInnis in Dartmouth, where her area of practice was family law.

Tim Daley was appointed a Nova Scotia Family and Provincial Court Judge. Most recently, he was the sole practitioner of the Goodman MacDonald Law Group in New Glasgow, N.S., focused primarily on family law.

Jane Fitzpatrick was appointed a Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court Justice. She spent most of her career as a legal aid lawyer with the province.

Jeffrey Hunt was appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court’s General Division. Prior to his appointment, he was a partner with Patterson Law in Truro, N.S., where he practiced civil and criminal law.

Donna Turko added part-time stage mother to her full-time criminal defence lawyering. Donna’s 13-year-old son is a leading actor in the television series Gracepoint.


1992
Elizabeth Buckle was appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994, then to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1998. She practiced exclusively in criminal law, quasi-criminal defence and administrative law in Toronto and Halifax. Between 2004 and 2008, she worked as a federal Crown Prosecutor with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. In 2008, she returned to private practice as a partner with the Halifax firm of MacKinnon Buckle Stevenson. She was with the firm until her appointment to the bench.

Grace Choi was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Until her appointment, she was senior family law counsel with Jenkins Marzban LLP in Vancouver, a position she had held since 2014. She was an associate lawyer with Davis LLP from 1993 to 2005, when she became a partner with that firm.


1994
Peter Driscoll won the Benchmark Canada 2015 Atlantic Litigator of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. Lawyers from across the country were recognized for important litigation matters, in particular their work involving cases that set important precedents or whose verdicts involve notably high dollar amounts. He is a McInnes Cooper partner based in Calgary.

Colleen Hanycz was named the first female president of La Salle University in its 152-year history. She will be the first layperson to head the Philadelphia-based university, whose previous presidents have been Christian Brothers. She left her role as president of Brescia University College in London, Ont., to accept this appointment.

Henry Visser began his appointment as a judge of the Tax Court of Canada in June 2015. He had been a lawyer with McInnes Cooper since 1997 and a partner since 2003.


1995
Tara Erskine, a partner in McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office, received the Heenan Ross Award in September 2015 at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers. The award recognizes Tara’s efforts as a founding director and an officer of the association.

Gregory MacLean joined the Moncton office of McInnes Cooper as counsel.


1996
Christa Brothers, a partner in Stewart McKelvey Halifax, received a 2014 Progress Women of Excellence Award in the category of Management and the Professions. It was presented at the 25th Annual Progress Women of Excellence Awards held in Halifax.

Michael Callaghan is Crown counsel in the prosecution of Regina v. Jian Ghomeshi before Justice William B. Horkins of the Ontario Court of Justice.


1998
Linda Duncan was elected Member of Parliament for Edmonton–Strathcona, representing the New Democratic Party, during the 2015 federal election.

Mark Gosine, executive vice-president of legal affairs and general counsel for Halifax-based DHX Media Ltd., received an award from Canadian Lawyer for in-house lawyer innovation in the merger-and-acquisition dealmakers category.

Christine Hanson has been named the new head of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Prior to her appointment she was minister-counsellor for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.


1999
Jennifer Gray was promoted to partner at McInnes Cooper Halifax.

Sarah Kirby is a Crown Attorney for the Public Prosecution Service in Halifax. She was previously Assistant Dean, Student Services, at the Schulich School of Law.


2000
Sarah Campbell joined McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office as a partner. She was previously a partner in Patterson Law’s Truro, N.S., office.

Sari Graben is the recipient of the 2015 Dean’s Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award. She teaches in the Department of Law and Business at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.


2001
Trevor Ingram became a partner in Shearman & Sterlings’ Singapore office, where he practices in the capital markets group.

Lisa Taylor was the 2015 recipient of Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communication and Design Dean’s Teaching Award. She is a professor in the School of Journalism.


2002
Chris Quigley is counsel with the Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board. He was previously with the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Justice.

Tonya (Flood) Fleming joined the executive team of Painted Pony Petroleum Limited in Calgary as vice-president and general counsel.

Christian Provenzano was elected mayor of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. in October 2014.

Rebecca Toth is acting director of executive education at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. She was previously a partner with ZSA Legal Recruitment in Toronto, where she worked for nine years.


2003
Rebecca Hiltz-Leblanc
, a partner with BoyneClarke LLP, is president of the Neptune Theatre Foundation in Halifax.

Mala Joshi launched an intellectual property boutique firm in Toronto that offers services in all aspects of intellectual property law and has a focus on trademarks and litigation. She can be reached at mala@joshilegal.com.

Sarah Lane was appointed a provincial Crown Attorney for Antigonish, N.S., in June 2015.

Erin O’Toole was elected Member of Parliament for Durham, Ont., representing the Conservative Party, during the 2015 federal election.

Chris Wilson was promoted to partner at McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office.


2004
Jamie Angus was promoted to partner at McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office.

Scott Campbell, a partner with Stewart McKelvey in Halifax, was recognized as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 for 2015.

Shivani Chopra was promoted to partner at McInnes Cooper’s Fredericton office.

Megan Leslie accepted a role as a senior advisor to the World Wildlife Fund of Canada. She will work on the oceans program and promote marine planning, sustainable fishing, the protection of ocean biodiversity and habitat-friendly renewable energy.

Elana Liberman received a 2014 Progress Women of Excellence Award in the category of Entrepreneur/Innovator, which was presented at the 25th Annual Progress Women of Excellence Awards held in Halifax in November 2014. She is the owner/creator of Cyclone Group Fitness.

James MacDuff was appointed partner in McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office.

Kyle Peterson was elected Member of Parliament for Newmarket–Aurora, Ont., representing the Liberal Party, during the 2015 federal election.


2005
Sarah Dykema joined McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office as a senior associate in the private client service group, with a practice that focuses on estate planning and trusts.

Beth McGrath was appointed a partner at McInnes Cooper’s St. John’s office.

Robert Miedema of BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth was recognized as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 for 2014 and was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada list in the area of tax law.

Graham Reynolds teaches and researches in the areas of copyright law, intellectual property law, property law and intellectual property and human rights at the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law. He and Meg welcomed Malcolm Michael Sheldon Murtha-Reynolds on Oct. 21, 2015.

Daniel Wallace was the winner of the 2015 Zöe Odei Young Lawyer’s Award. It was established by the Canadian Bar Association in 2003 to honour and recognize a young lawyer’s distinguished or exceptional service to the CBA and the community or charitable causes. Daniel is counsel at McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office.


2006
Stephen Campbell is now a partner with BoyneClarke and a member of the Business Law team. He was previously an associate lawyer with the firm.

Nicholas Mott is now a partner at Cox & Palmer’s Halifax office.

Kate Glover was appointed assistant law professor at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont.


2007
Colin Fraser was elected Member of Parliament for West Nova, N.S., representing the Liberal Party, during the 2015 federal election.

David Parker is now a partner with BoyneClarke and practices exclusively in the area of personal injury. He was previously an associate with the firm.


2008
Ellen Burke joined Patterson Law’s New Glasgow, N.S., office as a senior associate. She was previously with Blackburn English in Bedford.

Jessica Lockett joined Epiq Systems as director of document review services in Toronto and will oversee the company’s document review services in Canada. Epiq Systems provides integrated technology solutions for the legal profession.

Dan Watt was promoted to partner at McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office.


2009
Sean Fraser was elected Member of Parliament for Central Nova, N.S., representing the Liberal Party, during the 2015 federal election.

Sean Glover is now a partner at Cox & Palmer’s Halifax office.

Adam Picotte was appointed a part-time member of the federal government’s Social Security Tribunal of Canada for the Income Security Section and will hold office for two years.

Michael Scott was promoted to partner at Patterson Law in Halifax after only four and a half years with the firm, the shortest period of time in its 85-year history.

Jennifer Snow joined BoyneClarke LLP of Dartmouth as an associate to the personal injury team.


2010
Lydia Billingsley joined BoyneClarke as an associate. She was previously with the Halifax firm Davis Reierson Family Law.

Rob DuMerton and his wife, Sherri, welcomed their second son, Riley Alexander, on July 27, 2014. Rob is practicing with McLean & Armstrong in West Vancouver, where he specializes in commercial and construction law.

Sean Kelly was elected for a two-year term as president of the board of directors of Sail Nova Scotia. Sean was also appointed to a three-year term on the board of governors for the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He is an associate at Stewart McKelvey’s Halifax office.


2011
Rick Eng, a Canadian Armed Forces Legal Officer, returned in January 2015 from a six-month deployment aboard HMCS Toronto as part of Operation Reassurance. HMCS Toronto was participating in NATO Operation Active Endeavour and tasked with vessels that were suspected of terrorist activities in the Mediterranean Sea. Major Eng provided legal advice to the ship in the areas of operational law, military administrative law and military justice.


2012
Michelle Chai
is a board member of the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia and a member of the Canadian Bar Association Equality Committee. She is an associate at Stewart McKelvey’s Halifax office.

Ben Frenken joined Code Hunter LLP in Calgary as an associate.


2013
Matthew Kennedy
was appointed Crown Attorney in the Bridgewater, N.S., office of the provincial Public Prosecution Service. Matthew articled with the Corner Brook office of the Newfoundland and Labrador Prosecution Service. Prior to his appointment, he had been doing per diem work as a prosecutor in Nova Scotia.

Emma Woodburn is a Crown Attorney with the Dartmouth Provincial Court in Nova Scotia for the Public Prosecution Service. She was previously an associate with Stewart McKelvey.


2014
Victoria Crosbie joined McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office as an associate.

Duncan Harvey joined McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office as an associate.

Johnathan McDonald joined the law office of Bob Buckingham in St. John’s. He was previously with Babb Law Office in Carbonear, N.L.

Elizabeth McIsaac joined McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office as an associate.

Lesley Sawers joined Patterson Law’s Halifax office as an associate.

Katelyn Viner joined Patterson Law’s Truro, N.S., office as an associate.


In Memoriam

Alexander Hickman (’47) passed away peacefully at his home in the presence of family after a courageous battle with cancer on January 10, 2016. He attended Memorial University and then Dalhousie University, where he obtained his law degree. He practiced law in St. John’s with the firm of Barron, Lewis and Hickman from 1948 to 1953 and then as a senior partner with the firm of Halley, Hickman and Hunt in St. John’s, except during periods of absence from 1966 to 1979 when he was a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. He held numerous cabinet positions, including Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of Health, Minister Responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Finance, and Minister of Education. In 1979, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland as Chief Justice of the Trial Division. As Chief Justice, he was the chairman of two well-known Royal Commissions. From 1982 to 1985, he was the chairman of the Royal Commission on the Ocean Ranger marine disaster, and from 1986 to 1989, he was the chairman of the Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall, Jr. prosecution. In 2003, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

John Francis Donald MacIsaac (’49) passed away suddenly on October 22, 2015 He attended St. Mary’s University and at the outbreak of the Second World War, he volunteered for active service with the Canadian army. Following the war, John returned to Halifax where he used his veteran’s benefits to obtain his law degree. He re-joined the army, as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Branch. He served with the Canadian Infantry Brigade Group in Korea in 1952-53 and retired in 1969. In 1970 he became a legal advisor to the Atomic Energy Control Board. He finished his public service in the Department of Justice. In November 2014, he was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur by the French government in appreciation of his service in the campaign to liberate France.

Martin Bushell (’51) passed away on May 1, 2015 in Hammonds Plains, N.S. Following his time in the army, he attended law school, then practised law and retired after several years with the Nova Scotia Public Trustee.

Harold Jackson (’51) passed away on November 6, 2015, in Dartmouth, N.S. He served during the Second World War with the Royal Canadian Air Force and survived a bomber crash by parachuting to safety although he suffered injury in doing so. After his time in service he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Brunswick and then his LLB and LLM degrees from Dalhousie University. He spent his entire legal career with McInnes, Cooper and Robertson in Halifax and was invited to be a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1979 and in 1998 was appointed “an Honourary Fellow of the Law for the Future Fund” in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the legal profession and to the advancement of law in Canada by the Canadian Bar Association.

Angus MacDonald (’51) passed away on August 10, 2015. After serving with the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve he attended law school. He practised with Stewart McKelvey primarily as a trial lawyer until his appointment to the Appellate Court of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in 1973. After retiring from the Court in 1992 he became counsel to the law firm known as Joel C. Pink, Q.C. & Associates, retiring once again in 2001. He also lectured for many years at the law school. George Rogers (’52) passed away on January 17, 2015, in Augusta, Georgia. After receiving his law degree he went on to earn his LLM from Southern Methodist University and spent most of his career working with Imperial Oil in Toronto, where he was general counsel. He retired at age 57 and spent his retirement travelling.

Dan Chilcott (’54) passed away on April 28, 2015. He attended Glebe Collegiate before going on to study law. After serving as a Crown Attorney in Ottawa and Crown Prosecutor in the Northwest Territories, he founded the firm of Binks & Chilcott with his partner and friend, Ken Binks. The partnership continued for over 30 years until his appointment to the Ontario Superior Court.

Robert Coates (’54) passed away on January 11, 2016, from the effects of a stroke. He attended Mount Allison University before earning his law degree. After articling and working with Alfred Milner in Amherst, N.S. he served for 31 years as the Progressive Conservative MP for Cumberland County, N.S.  He was elected president of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1978, a pivotal time in the history of the party. During the Mulroney government, he was minister of National Defence. He retired from politics, declining to run in the 1988 election. Bob was appointed to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal by the Mulroney government and re-appointed by the Chrétien government. He retired in 1998. He was a recipient of the Canadian Governors’ General Medal in 2002 and, more recently, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal.

John O’Neill (’54) passed away on February 2, 2015. He graduated from Dalhousie University, then was admitted to the Newfoundland Bar the same year. He had a distinguished career as a lawyer before being appointed to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, Appeal Division, in 1986. He retired in 2002.

Dorothy (MacDonald) Rodocanachi (’54) passed away on May 3, 2015 in Victoria after a lengthy illness. After earning her law degree and raising her family, she returned to law and retired from her career as a legislative drafter in 1995.

Constance Glube (’55) passed away on February 15, 2016, at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre in Halifax after suffering a stroke. She obtained her BA at McGill University and followed that with a law degree from Dalhousie University in 1955. She practiced in Halifax at the law firm of Kitz Matheson, and later as a partner in the law firm of Fitzgerald and Glube, before joining the legal department at Halifax City Hall in 1969. Six years later, she became Halifax’s city manager, the first woman to hold that position in any Canadian city. In 1977 she was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, and in 1982 she was appointed Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, the first woman to hold the position. In 1998 she was appointed Chief Justice of Nova Scotia and of the Court of Appeal. In 1997 she was one of the first recipients of the Frances Fish Women Lawyers Achievement Award that was established in honour of Frances Fish, the first woman to graduate from Dalhousie Law School and Nova Scotia’s first woman lawyer. In 2005 she was awarded the Order of Nova Scotia and in 2006 she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2009 the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Bar Association established the Constance R. Glube CBA Spirit Award recognizing achievement in law by Nova Scotian women lawyers. She retired in 2004 after 48 years in the legal profession – 21 years as a lawyer and an additional twenty seven as a judge.

Donald Hall (’58) of Berwick, N.S., passed away on July 16, 2015. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, then obtained his BA from Acadia University. While at Dalhousie he played hockey for the Dalhousie Tigers. He was an inductee of the Berwick Sports Hall of Fame. He operated his own law firm for several years and served as solicitor for the Town of Berwick. He later became Crown Prosecutor for Kings County and was appointed a judge of the County Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. After his retirement in 2006, he was appointed to the Pension Appeals Board.

Jack Davison (’59) passed away on September 1, 2015. After earning his law degree he worked in the legal department of Great West Life in Winnipeg before moving back to Halifax to practice law with McInnes, Cooper & Robinson. During his 26-year career with the firm he specialized in Insurance and Tort Law and at the time of his retirement was a managing partner. In 1987 he was appointed a justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Trial Division, serving until 2008. He was appointed a member of the Executive Council of Canadian Judges Conference, was a judicial appointment to the Nova Scotia Appointment of Judges Committee and was a chair of the committee overseeing the revision of the Nova Scotia Civil Procedures Rules.

Harry Wrathall (’59) passed away after a lengthy illness on January 19, 2016, in Wallace Bridge, N.S. Harry attended Mount Allison University, King’s College and Dalhousie Law School. After graduation from the law school he articled with the firm of McInnes, Cooper & Robertson, later McInnes Cooper, and stayed with the firm for the remainder of his law career. In 2002, Harry received the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society’s Distinguished Service Award. Harry retired from active law practice in 2004 due to declining health and moved to his beloved summer residence on the Wallace River.

Lionel Alberstat (’61) passed away peacefully on October 17, 2015 after a struggle with vascular dementia.

Stewart McInnes (’61) passed away on October 3, 2015. He graduated from Ashbury College in Ottawa, then returned to Halifax to obtain his BA and LLB from Dalhousie. He was the third generation to join the law firm known as McInnes Cooper – his father was Donald McInnes (LLB 1926) and his grandfather was Hector McInnes (LLB 1888). In 1984 he was elected Member of Parliament and was then appointed Minister of the Crown, holding the portfolios of Public Works and Supply and Service. In 1988 he returned to the practice of law, focusing on arbitration and mediation. He was devoted to Dalhousie University and was rewarded with an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree, the A.J. “Sandy” Young Award for Great Contribution to Sport in Nova Scotia, was inductee of the Bertha Wilson Honour Society and Dalhousie Alumnus of the Year. He served as president of the Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia) and was a recipient of the Bar’s Community Service Award. He received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals and was named the Hedley Ivany Senior Citizen of the Year. He was a member of the Dalhousie Sports Hall of Fame and received the Significant SIG Award from Sigma Chi Fraternity. Many organizations benefited from his dedication to public service.

Malcolm Bradshaw (’62) passed away on October 2, 2015. He was a graduate of Normal College and studied pre-law at King’s College before graduating with his law degree. He taught school for 10 years prior to entering full-time private law practice in Yarmouth and Digby, N.S.

William MacInnes (’67) passed away on November 2, 2015. He obtained his B.Comm and LLB degrees from Dalhousie University. He began his legal career at the law firm MacInnes, Wilson and Hallett, then continued in private practice until the time of his death.
James Allen (’70) passed away on June 30, 2015.

Michael King (’72) passed away on June 24, 2015, after a short struggle with lung cancer. He attended Laval University before attending law school. He practiced in Halifax, specializing in family law, and helped many through his considerable pro bono legal work.

Daniel Clarke (’73) of Halifax passed away on July 14, 2015, after a brief battle with ALS. He attended Saint Mary’s University before earning his law degree. After a short teaching career he worked as both a lawyer and a distinguished public servant. In 1976, he was elected alderman, serving two terms on Halifax City Council and was appointed Deputy Mayor. He also ran in three provincial elections as a Liberal candidate.

Edward Hearn (’73) of Labrador City, N.L., passed away on July 24, 2015, in Toronto. After graduating from Memorial University he obtained his law degree, then practiced with Miller and Hearn in Labrador City. He had a distinguished legal career representing the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the City of St. John’s and the Labour Relations Board in a number of cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. Most notable of these appearances was the 1984 Upper Churchill Water Rights Reversion Act case. He was acknowledged by his peers and the broader community as an expert in constitutional, administrative, Aboriginal and labour law and was a Master of the Supreme Court.

Harold Vickers (’75) passed away on July 14, 2015. He began his legal career with Eamon, Rollins and Company in Calgary and then jointly opened Eamon, Vickers, Vogel & Butler in 1980. In 1986, he established Vickers & Associates, which became Vickers Hendrix LLP in 2009. His practice had a particular emphasis on mortgages and mortgage foreclosures and he lectured for the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association and was employed by Mount Royal College (now Mount Royal University) as a lecturer for the Mortgage Brokerage course, which is mandatory for Alberta Mortgage Brokers.

Rick MacLeod (’75) passed away on February 17, 2015. He spent most of his career on Prince Edward Island working as a lawyer with the Bureau of Pensions Advocates Veterans Affairs Canada.

Douglas Fawthrop (’76) passed away peacefully in Halifax on December 25, 2015. He was an active businessman in Halifax while simultaneously completing his MBA and law degree at Dalhousie University. Eventually he made his way to the South Shore of Nova Scotia, where he took over operations of White Point Beach Lodge. He became a champion for the tourism and hospitality industry in Nova Scotia and in 1988 became part owner of the resort, growing it from a small seasonal operation to a world-class full-service destination.

Stephen Mont (’76) passed away on March 14, 2015. He formed his own law firm in Dartmouth, N.S., with classmates Thomas McInnis and Cyril Randall and later became a partner in the firm Weldon Beeler Mont and Dexter, now known as Weldon McInnis. In 2003 he retired to focus on his appointment as a presiding justice of the peace, which he loved. In 1979 he was appointed chairman of the Nova Scotia Psychiatric Facilities Review Board, a post he held for 11 years, and he made many important recommendations to the Department of Health regarding the treatment of the mentally ill. In 1982 he was elected a municipal councillor in Cole Harbour for Halifax County and re-elected until he retired in 1988.Paul Goldberg (’78) passed away on August 17, 2015. He graduated from Dalhousie University with his MBA degree as well as his law degree. He co-founded the form Goldberg Thompson, which eventually merged with Cox and Palmer. He practised law for 36 years, retiring in July 2015.

Graydon Lally (’78) of Carroll’s Corner, N.S., passed away on September 26, 2014. In his early years he worked as a meteorologist and then pursued law, practising for over 35 years.

Georgia Gass (’79) passed away on May 11, 2015, in her home overlooking the LaHave Islands on the south shore of Nova Scotia after a battle with ovarian cancer. After practising law, became a diplomat for over 30 years with the Foreign Service. Her work took her to Southeast Asia, India, West Africa, Jerusalem, Germany, London and New York.

Frank Gronich (’80) passed away on April 18, 2015. He obtained his BA from Memorial University in 1977, followed by his law degree at Dalhousie University. After returning to his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador, he was Chief Crown Prosecutor with the Department of Justice from 1985 to 1993.

Daniel Weir (’81) passed away on March 9, 2015, in Halifax. He attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., before studying law. He went on to practise in Halifax for over 30 years. He was a junior provincial tennis champion and was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in the athlete category.

Hilary Whitmey (’82) passed away on February 2, 2015. After law school she was Assistant Crown Attorney in Toronto. In 1999 she moved to the Belleville office and in 2002 she became Crown Attorney in Picton. She left the Crown’s office in 2009 on disability leave.

Charles (Chuck) Meagher (’83) passed away suddenly on February 9, 2015, in Calgary. He earned his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University before attending law school. Meagher was inducted as a member of the Bertha Wilson Honour Society in 2012.

Kevin Preston (’87) passed away on March 4, 2015, as a result of a vehicle collision. He earned a BA from Memorial University before attending law school. He worked at White, Ottenheimer and Green until he moved to Gander, N.L., in 1989 to join the firm that became Easton Hillier Lawrence Preston in 2008.

Peter vanFeggelen (’88) passed away on November 12, 2015.

John Kendrick MacDonald (’89) passed away suddenly on October 31, 2015. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force for twenty-two years. In 1974 he graduated from Mount Allison University. He retired to Halifax and graduated from Dalhousie University Schools of Public Administration and Law. He then practiced law until his retirement in 2004. David Fry (’98) passed away on October 22, 2015. He was a successful swim coach for all of his adult life. He was head coach for the Dartmouth Crusaders Swim Club in the 1970s and ’80s and led them to many regional championship wins. He spent 16 years as head coach of the Dalhousie University swim team, which won 30 of a possible 32 Atlantic university swimming titles. He was Dalhousie’s coach of the year— a record five times—and twice chosen Canadian University swim coach of the year.

Gerry Fleming (’99) passed away suddenly on December 15, 2015, at the age of 45. He obtained his BSc as well as his law degree from Dalhousie University. He was a partner at the St. John’s, office of Stewart McKelvey.

William O’Neill (’05) passed away on December 9, 2015. He obtained degrees from St. Francis Xavier University, Western University and Dalhousie University and was well known in the sports community in Nova Scotia having played basketball while at St. FX. He was practising with Counsel West Law of Calgary at the time of his death.

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