Speakers

The Honourable Thomas Cromwellwas appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on December 22, 2008. He had previously been appointed to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal on August 27, 1997.Justice Cromwell went to school in Kingston. He then attended Queen’s University, where he obtained a B. Mus. in 1973 and an LL.B. in 1976. He also obtained an A.R.C.T. diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1974 and attended Oxford University, where he earned a B.C.L. in 1977.

Dr. Melina Buckley has been retained on important public interest cases including eight cases in the Supreme Court of Canada. She has served as co-counsel to interveners in two of the leading human rights cases on the duty to accommodate: British Columbia (Public Service Employee Relations Commission) v. BCGSEU, [1999] 3 S.C.R. 3 (“Meiorin”) and Council of Canadians with Disabilities v. VIA Rail Canada Inc., [2007] 1 S.C.R. 650.Melina currently serves as policy counsel to the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry in British Columbia and chairs both of the following:Canadian Bar Association’s National Access to Justice Committee
Canadian Bar Association’s Legal Aid Test Case Advisory Committee

Professor Richard DevlinResearch Topics: Ethics and professional responsibility, Contracts, Critical theory, Jurisprudence
Education
LLB (Queen’s University, Belfast)
LLM (Queen’s University, Kingston)
Teaching (on sabbatical Jan. – June 2015)
Contracts & Judicial Decision-Making (LAWS 1000X/Y.06)
Legal Profession & Professional Responsibility (LAWS 2099)

Trevor C. W. Farrow, AB (Princeton), BA/MA (Oxford), LLB (Dalhousie), LLM (Harvard), PhD (Alberta), is an associate professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is also the chair of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice. Professor Farrow’s teaching and research focus on the administration of civil justice, including legal process, legal and judicial ethics, globalization and development.

Marianne Rivoalen was appointed a judge of the Family Division of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba on February 2, 2005.She received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Moncton Law School in 1988. She was admitted to the Manitoba Bar in 1989.At the time of her appointment, she was Senior Counsel with the Department of Justice Canada, practising within the Aboriginal Law Services Group. She had previously worked at the Winnipeg firms of Aikins, MacAulay and Thorvaldson and Pitblado & Hoskin, practising mostly in the areas of family law and civil litigation.

Kenneth Champagne was appointed to the Provincial Court of Manitoba on April 14, 2005.Judge Champagne began his legal career by articling in the Manitoba Crown attorney’s office in 1993. For many years he worked in Thompson, reaching the position of supervising senior Crown in that office. In January 2000, he joined the Family Violence Unit in the Prosecutions Branch in Winnipeg, where he handled serious criminal matters, including homicides, child abuse and domestic violence. He has been active in the Aboriginal community, especially through sports.He was named Chief Judge of the Manitoba Provincial Court in 2009.

Karen Dyck (LL.B. (Manitoba) 1992, B.A. (Winnipeg) 1991) has practised law in Manitoba since her Call to the Bar in 1993.Ms. Dyck is the Loss Prevention Coordinator for the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association, and currently also serves as a Commissioner and Presiding Officer with The Appeal Commission (Worker’s Compensation) and as a Director of the Central Regional Health Authority.Since leaving private practice, Ms. Dyck has worked with a number of non-governmental organizations including The Law Society of Manitoba, Community Legal Education Association and Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg. Most recently she worked as a Human Rights Officer/Investigator with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.



Panelists:
Irene Hamilton was appointed Director of Justice Innovation in 2012. Irene was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice, Courts Division from January 2000. From 1991 to 2000 she was the Public Trustee of Manitoba. She had previously been the Vice President, Licensing and Corporate Counsel and Secretary for the Liquor Control Commission.
She graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts, and from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Laws. She was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1980.
Garth Smorang practices labour relations and employment law, exclusively on behalf of unions and employees. He has been practising law since 1983, and is a partner in the firm Myers Weinberg.Garth regularly appears before arbitration boards on grievance and interest arbitrations. He also acts for clients regarding a variety of proceedings before the Manitoba Labour Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, and in Manitoba Courts.On a day-to-day basis Garth assists clients with the application and interpretation of collective agreements, workplace rules, policies and discipline, as well as with drafting and negotiating documents and agreements. He provides advice concerning human rights legislation, employment standards, workers’ compensation, disability and insurance plans, privacy legislation and workplace health and safety.Garth is involved in the community as Chair of the Board of the Winnipeg Airports Authority, and Chair of the Manitoba Law Foundation.Garth is a Past President of the Law Society of Manitoba and the Manitoba Bar Association.Garth was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1995.
Aimée Craft is an indigenous lawyer from Manitoba. She recently completed an interdisciplinary Masters in Law and Society at the University of Victoria. Her thesis is entitled Breathing Life Into the Stone Fort Treaty and focuses on understanding and interpreting treaties from an Anishinabe inaakonigewin (legal) perspective.In her legal practice at the Public Law Interest Centre, she has worked with many indigenous peoples on land, resources, consultation, human rights and governance issues. Aimée is Chair of the Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and was appointed to the Speaker’s Bureau of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba. In 2011 she was the recipient of the Indigenous Peoples and Governance Graduate Research Scholarship.Her Pro Bono work includes participation in the development of Federal Court Practice Guidelines for Aboriginal Law Matters, including Oral History and Elders Evidence. She is a Sessional Lecturer and Research Affiliate at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, and has lectured at other Universities and presented at conferences in the areas of Consultation and Accommodation, Treaties, Indigenous Laws, Language Rights, and Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. In 2009, she successfully argued on behalf of language rights advocates in the first entirely French hearing at the Manitoba Court of Appeal.
Sarah Lugtig earned a joint LL.B./M.S.W. from McGill University in 1996, graduating on the Dean’s Honour List with Great Distinction (LL.B.). After graduation, she clerked for Madame Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé of the Supreme Court of Canada. Lugtig taught in the Faculty of Social Work at Memorial University for a year before returning to Manitoba to become Director of the Equality Rights Program for the Court Challenges Program. Subsequently she was legal counsel for the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and for the past three years she has worked in Civil Legal Services with Manitoba Justice. Since joining Civil Legal Services, Lugtig volunteers on the articling student selection committee and assigns and supervises work done by articling students.
Lugtig has been a field instructor for the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Social work and has taught a seminar course on Law and Poverty at Robson Hall since 2008. She has also coached the University of Manitoba’s team in the Wilson Moot, a litigation moot dealing with equality rights under the Charter named after Supreme Court of Canada Justice Bertha Wilson. As a founding board member of the Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg, she has helped to develop an inner city legal clinic that provides placements for law student interns and volunteers.
Leah Klassen is originally from Morden and obtained her J.D. from the University of Manitoba in 2014. Leah is currently the Project Coordinator for “Pro Bono Students Canada” in Toronto.
Allison Fenske graduated from the University of Manitoba with an Ll.B. in 2007. She practices with Thompson, Dorfman, Sweatman and is primarily focused on Aboriginal Law (with an emphasis on Natural Resource Development and Indian Residential School claims) and Litigation. She also practices in the area of Administrative Law.
Linda Brazier Lamoureux is the Director, Learning and Innovation
United Way of Winnipeg and is a lay Bencher with The Law society of Manitoba

Development, continuous improvement and management of United Way’s Learning Centre focused on building capacity in charities/non profits; brokering partnerships with subject matter experts to provide high quality, accessible and affordable non profit sector capacity building opportunities.Management of the Innovation Centre providing shared workspace to social entrepreneurs, and supervising meeting space rental program.Management and oversight of United Way’s Aboriginal Relations activities, Youth United and Internal Research & Evaluation.Identifying and prioritizing key demographic segments of our community to develop and enhance relaitonships toward achieving mutual goals.
Marston Grindey is a lay Bencher with The Law Society of Manitoba
Neil Cohen
Executive Director at Community Unemployed Help CentreI have served on numerous boards of directors and advisory committees including Mediation Services of Winnipeg (chair), Human Resource Council for the Nonprofit sector (founding member and inaugural chair), Manitoba Federation of Nonprofit Organizations (founding member), SEED Winnipeg (founding member), Community Financial Counselling Services, United Way of Winnipeg Executive Directors Steering Committee and Manitoba Anti-Poverty Organization.I currently Chair the Joseph Zuken Memorial Association and Trust Fund, serve as a part-time Commissioner with the Automobile Injury Compensation Appeal Commission (Manitoba), public representative of the Law Society of Manitoba, and member of the Canadian Labour Congress Unemployment Insurance Committee.
Drew Perry was appointed as the Law Society’s Complaints Review Commissioner at the September 16, 2010 meeting of the Benchers. Mr. Perry is a retired Senior Executive in the Manitoba Public Service who most recently served as Assistant Deputy Minister to the Treasury Board Secretariat of the Manitoba Department of Finance. He also served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Administration and Finance to the Department of Family Services & Housing and Assistant Deputy Minister, Child & Family Services. Mr. Perry was involved in developing new legislation, designing and implementing new public programs and services and led numerous reorganizations and internal reform projects. As a member of the Department of Family Services he had responsibilities in the areas of child welfare, child day care, family dispute services and family conciliation programs.