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Bertha Wilson Honour Society


The Bertha Wilson Honour Society was established in 2012 in tribute to The Honourable Madam Justice Bertha Wilson (LLB '57) – the first woman appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal and the first female Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Bertha Wilson Honour Society at the Schulich School of Law recognizes our extraordinary alumni and showcases their geographic reach and contributions to law and society. Each year, one alumnus or alumna from each of our association's branches – along with up to three additional alumni nominated by the Board of the Society of the Bertha Wilson Honour Society.

About Bertha Wilson

Known for her generosity of spirit and originality of thought

Born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, Bertha earned a Master’s degree from the University of Aberdeen, and emigrated to Canada in 1949 with her husband, John Wilson, a Presbyterian minister.

John took up a ministry in Renfrew, Ontario, and later, during the Korean War, served a six-year secondment to Halifax as a naval chaplain. Wilson joined him in Halifax and enrolled at Dalhousie Law School where she graduated near the top of her class. She was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1957. She moved to Toronto in 1959, was called to the Ontario Bar, and joined the law firm of Osler Hoskin Harcourt, where she practised for nearly two decades.

In 1975, she became the first woman appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal. In 1982, she became the first female Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, appointed by then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, on behalf of the Supreme Court of Canada, said at the time of Wilson’s death: “Bertha Wilson was known for her generosity of spirit and originality of thought. She was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada the same year the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was enacted. As a member of this court, she was a pioneer in Charter jurisprudence and made an outstanding contribution to the administration of justice. She will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to know her.”

The 2015 Inductees

The Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association are pleased to announce that 8 alumni have been inducted into the Bertha Wilson Honour Society for 2015.

Mary Hetherington (LLB ’63)
Calgary, AB

At a time when very few women considered law for a career, Mary Hetherington was one of only two women to graduate from Dalhousie law school in 1963. She was also the first female lawyer to open a practice in a downtown office when she returned to Calgary.

Her practice flourished and she developed a reputation for handling serious criminal cases—people in desperate need of representation. As a result of her courtroom prowess, in 1978 she was appointed to the District Court of Alberta.  In 1979 the District Court merged with the Supreme Court, which became the Court of Queen’s Bench. In 1985 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Court of Appeal of Alberta, and to the Courts of Appeal of the Northwest Territories and, later, Nunavut.

Hetherington retired from the Alberta Court of Appeal in 2001, but remained active in an Alternative Dispute Resolution group, as well as the Criminal Injuries Review Board of Alberta. From 2003 to 2005 she was an adjudicator for the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat.

During and after her time on the Courts of Alberta, Hetherington served as a Deputy Judge in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

She has guest lectured at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the National Judicial Institute and the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice.

She has volunteered with the Elizabeth Fry Society, Discovery House (a shelter for abused women and their children), Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society, the Calgary Foundation’s Seniors Forever Fund and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

She holds an honourary doctorate from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Order of Canada. 

Mary Lynn Kane, Q.C. (LLB ’87)
Charlottetown, PE

Mary Lynn Kane is the managing partner of Cox and Palmer in Charlottetown and a former chair of the regional board of directors of that firm. She has appeared at all levels of Courts in the province and before and on behalf of administrative boards and tribunals. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading legal practitioner in medical negligence.

Her contribution to legal education is notable. Kane is the course instructor in Supreme Court Practice for the PEI Law Society’s bar admission course. She has also made presentations such as “Litigation Techniques and Strategy” for continuing legal education for the PEI Law Society and the Canadian Bar Society.

Kane is community-minded and volunteers on many school and charity initiatives. She is a member of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, and past deputy chair of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Capital Campaign. She is a member of “100 Women Who Care”, an organization that supports local charities with the help of local women. As well, she was Deputy Chair of the Elizabeth Hospital Campaign. She keeps politically active—she is a panel member and Liberal spokesperson on CBC Radio Island Morning’s Talk Show.

Justice Janet McMurtry (LLB ’85)
Regina, SK

Justice Janet McMurtry, of Regina, began practising law in 1985 and remained in private practice until 1994 at which time she was appointed to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan where she served for 11 years. During that time, she was appointed Administrative Judge for Regina and Southern Saskatchewan. Also, she was the Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court. In 2005, she was appointed Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Saskatchewan where she has served for the last 10 years.

Justice McMurtry has contributed to non-profit organizations and her community in many ways. She served as director and fundraising chair of Big Sisters in Saskatoon, and founded the Regina branch of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). She has presided over the Saskatchewan Provincial Court Judges Association as well as co-chaired its Education Committee. She mentors law clerks and seconded articling students at the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench and is a frequent lecturer at the Canadian Bar Association meetings.

She is a respected leader among her peers and her expertise is nationally recognized.

Justice McMurtry is married with three boys aged 19, 22 and 25.

W. Donald Goodfellow, Q.C. (LLB ’64)
Calgary, AB

Donald Goodfellow has been listed as a top lawyer including one of the top Construction Lawyers in the World in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers as well as being listed as one of the leading lawyers in Construction Law in the L’Expert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

Having worked in construction to put himself through university, he was listed in the Canadian Lawyer magazine as the only construction lawyer who actually worked in construction. The Calgary Construction Association has named him a “Champion of Education,” and established a scholarship for a construction apprentice in his name.

Goodfellow received the Legal Education of Society of Alberta’s 25th Anniversary Award for volunteer excellence in teaching the Bar Admission Course. He has lectured and given seminars to members of the legal profession including at Osgoode Law School. He’s a prolific author of articles for legal and business publications.

He has volunteered for over 40 years for Kiwanis Club. His efforts have included many positions at every level including president of the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada and governor of Kiwanis International.

He is active in his church’s activities and supports the arts through many musical festivals at the provincial and national level.

Goodfellow has not forgotten his roots. He continues to support the Law School by providing a book prize to a first year student and frequently visits the Law School while in Halifax.

Ronald J. MacDonald, Q.C. (LLB ’84)
Halifax, NS

Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia Ron MacDonald began his career as an associate with Burchell MacAdam, Hayman & Merrick in 1985. He then joined the public Prosecution Service of Nova Scotia in 1991 and in 2008 was appointed to the Department of Justice Criminal Law Policy Advisory and currently holds the position of Director of the Serious Incident Response Team.

MacDonald served as the President of Federation of Law Societies of Canada and sat on the Continuing Legal Education Committee and Planning Committee. He also worked for the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society and its committees for nearly 20 years and served as the president in 2004-05.

He has volunteered for many community groups including the Antigonish Sexual Assault Response Team, Antigonish Crown Attorney Run for Cancer Research, Antigonish Interagency Committee on Family and Sexual Violence, Braemore Grocery Co-ops and the Canadian Red Cross. MacDonald is also involved with athletics, coaching varsity volleyball and basketball as well as club softball and basketball teams.

Most notable of MacDonald’s career is his willingness to stand up and advocate for the interests of a vulnerable group. Recently, his work in the context of the accreditation of Trinity Western University reflects his passionate advocacy for the equality interests of the LGBTQ community in Nova Scotia. His willingness to put his professional reputation behind a cause that does not affect him personally and to listen to others with an open mind is truly in keeping with the Bertha Wilson Honour Society.

Stewart McInnes, Q.C. (LLB ’61)
Halifax, NS

Stewart McInnes has given back to his community and country in the broadest sense of the word. He has made exceptional contributions to the legal profession, his community, business, non-profits and charities as well as to Canadian political life and politics.

McInnes practised at McInnes Cooper in Halifax for over 38 years. He was the president of the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Bar Association, a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Bar Council and a director of the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia.

McInnes also served as a Member of Parliament for Halifax and as a Member of the Federal Cabinet from 1984 to 1988.

McInnes’s work in his community is extraordinary. He has fundraised for the Brunswick Street Mission (an organization to help those struggling with poverty) and with the ALTA Gymnastics Club. He also made a difference by leading the way on philanthropic initiatives, including his role as Chair of the Halifax United Way, the Dalplex Campaign and the Canadian Mental Health Campaign Nova Scotia. He has been president of the School for the Blind, of the Hearing and Speech Clinic, of the Halifax Club and of the North British Society. He was instrumental in bringing back Symphony Nova Scotia from bankruptcy and breathing into it new life. And this highlights just a few of his contributions.

He served on the board of governors and board of directors at Dalhousie University, Grace Maternity Hospital, the Halifax Foundation, the Canada Summer Games, the CNIB and the World Wildlife Fund Canada.

Jim Prentice, Q.C. (LLB ’80)
Calgary, AB

Jim Prentice’s professional career began in 1980 working as an entrepreneur and lawyer in Alberta involving environmental actions and developments. That expertise led him to serve as law commissioner with the Indian Claims Commission of Canada with land and property rights.

Prentice’s first involvement in politics was confined mostly to behind-the-scenes party work for the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta. From 1993 to 2000 he served as co-chair of the Indian Claims Commission of Canada, which mediated property claims between First Nations and the federal government.

From 2006 to 2007, Prentice served as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. And in 2007 he took up a new post as Minister of Industry and later that year became Minister of the Environment in 2008.

In 2011, Prentice returned to the private sector and became vice chairman with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce where he increased the bank’s profile in energy infrastructure, responsible resource development, and the Asia Pacific Rim. And in 2014 left this position to return to serve his fellow Albertans. Prentice brought a large reputation to his return to public life and easily won the leadership contest and later that year was sworn in as Alberta’s 16th premier.

Prentice is a member of the Board of directors of Bell Canada and is one of the Canadian members of the Trilateral Commission. He has also served as a governor and vice-chair of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and as governor of the Duke of Edinbrugh’s Award, a non-competitive program to encourage personal development and community involvement for young people.

Judge Corrine Sparks (LLB ’79, LLM ’01)
Halifax, NS

In 1987 Judge Corrine Sparks became the first female African Canadian to be appointed to the judiciary and the first African Nova Scotian to serve on the bench.

Judge Sparks’ humble beginnings in segregated Nova Scotia left much to overcome. She succeeded through hard work and the support of her family and educators.

Judge Sparks has been an advocate for equal rights and education. She supports judicial education and developed programs to address gender and racial discrimination in the courts.

She continues to serve the community in many ways. She is a member of the board of directors of Mount Saint Vincent University and the Board of the Black Loyalist Heritage Society, the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges, the American Judges Association, the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and an honourary director of the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children. She served on the CBA Gender Equality Task Force and the university Review Committee of the Indigenous Black and M’ikmaq Initiative at the Law School.

She received the Service Award from the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, the Frances Fish Award, the Service Award from the Congress of Black Women, the “Rebel with a Cause Award” from the Elizabeth Fry Society, the Canadian Bar Association’s “Touchstone Award and the Harry Jerome “African Canadian Achievement Award” for Excellence in Law.

In 2007 the Dalhousie Black Law Students’ Association established The Judge Corinne Sparks Award in honour of her contributions to the legal community.  


We would like to extend our appreciation to the Branch Presidents of the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association and the members of the Board of the Society for reviewing and carefully considering all nominations.

 

The 2014 Inductees

The Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association are pleased to announce that 10 alumni have been inducted into the Bertha Wilson Honour Society for 2014.

Robert Barrigar, QC (’63)
Victoria, B.C.

Robert (Bob) Barrigar, now retired, was considered one of Canada’s foremost lawyers in the practice of intellectual property law.

He practised exclusively in the areas of patent, trademark and other branches of intellectual property law, including related litigation, both as a patent and trademark agent and as leading counsel in trials.  He has been a leading contributor to legal education in his area of expertise and is the author of a continually updated book on patent law, as well as several papers.  He has been retained by the Government of Canada as special counsel on legislative reform. He is a former president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and served on Council of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, as well as President of its Canadian section.  He has chaired a number of professional committees on intellectual property law.  He has also served on the Faculty of Law of the University of British Columbia and of the University of Victoria.

One of his principal outside interests has been the environment.  Among other responsibilities, he has served as a National Trustee of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and as president of its Ottawa-Hull Chapter.

Noella Brennan Fisher, QC ('66)
Halifax, NS

Noella Brennan Fisher was one of the first two women hired as lawyers by the Nova Scotia Department of Justice.

Being at the forefront of a slow trickle of women lawyers into the profession, she was heavily involved in gender equality issues in the Canadian and Nova Scotia justice systems — a trailblazer in gender issues in the then male-dominated legal profession. She was instrumental in making gender changes in the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Canadian Bar Association.

While working for the Province as the first female financial counsel, she was the first and, at times, only woman making it in the male-dominated international world of finance. She worked with international investment bankers and lawyers (including Wall Street lawyers), while the Province was borrowing millions for its capital and other projects.

She made history when she became the first female full member of the male-only historic Halifax Club. She was the Nova Scotia Minister of Justice’s representative on the Federal Symposium of Women, Law and the Administration of Justice in 1991. She has also been a member of gender equality committees for the Canadian Bar Association, the Nova Scotia Bar Association and the Nova Scotia Department of Justice.

Brennan Fisher has been a governor of both Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) and Dalhousie University. She volunteered for many causes including the MSVU Alumnae Association, the John Howard Society for many years and was the Sisters of Charity Financial Advisory Board Chair for several years, as well as volunteering for many other charities.

Brennan Fisher retired from practice in 1997 and again in 2004, but continues with her community work.

Scott Dickieson, QC (’88)
Charlottetown, PE

Scott Dickieson is a well-respected sole practitioner in the area of real estate and commercial transactions, corporate law, wills, estates, employment law and family law.

Dickieson is the past-president of the Law Society of P.E.I. He served as chair of the P.E.I. Law Society Discipline Committee and was responsible for investigating complaints on alleged breaches of the Canadian Bar Association’s Code of Professional Conduct by presiding over hearings and adjudicating and writing decisions.

He was also a member of the Law Society’s Articling and Admission Committee. He has taught as a sessional lecturer and instructor at the University of Prince Edward Island School of Business.

Dickieson is active in the community. He was a director of the Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts, the Fathers of Confederation Trust, the L. M. Montgomery Land Trust, the Arts Atlantic Magazine, the Watermark Theatre and was the president and director of the Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island.

Doug Downey (’97)
Orillia, ON

Doug Downey took the road less travelled. He eschewed opportunities to work on Bay Street in favour of articling at a firm in Orillia, Ontario and eventually started his own firm in 2001. He practises in real estate, corporate and municipal law and his firm is recognized as a leader in these areas.

Downey has been active in legal education, both pursuing and providing it. He earned his Masters of Law from Osgoode Hall and has a Masters in Public Administration specializing in Judicial Administration. He has taught contract law to medical students at the University of Western Ontario and was a professor at Laurentian University teaching contract, property, constitutional and tort law.

In addition to his teaching and practice, Downey has contributed his legal expertise to a number of initiatives including serving five years on the executive of the Ontario Bar Association. He was appointed to the Expert Panel on Regulation of Home Inspectors and was also appointed by the Federal Minister of Environment to be the chair of the panel on the future of the the Trent-Severn Waterway to develop a vision for the future of the largest federal government asset in Ontario.

He has been active at all levels of political campaigns: municipally, provincially and federally. He was elected city councillor of Orillia and hosted a local television show called “Politically Speaking.”

Somehow Downey has found time to make important contributions to the community. He served on the board for Orillia District Community Development Corporation. He is a member of the Audit Compliance Committee, is a past president for the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce, was regional chair for the 2014 Ontario Winter Games and has volunteered with the Pan-Am Games operating in central Ontario. He has volunteered with the Kiwanis Club and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orillia.

Kate Glover (’06)
Montreal, QC

In Kate Glover’s relatively short career she has made a marked and positive impact on the legal profession and legal education.

During Glover’s tenure at Dalhousie, she received 13 awards for her academic achievements and contributions to the community, including the Law School’s Bligh Scholarship and Robert E. Bamford Memorial Award.

After law school at Dalhousie, she received her LL.M. from the University of Cambridge where she held the Right Honourable Paul Martin Senior Scholarship. She then clerked with the Honourable Madam Justice Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). She returned to school, this time to McGill University as a Doctor of Civil Law candidate where she was awarded the O’Brien Fellowship for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and taught at the graduate level as the Ian Pilarczyk Teaching fellow. Among all of this success, Kate remains a thoughtful and pragmatic lawyer. Most recently, she served as junior counsel for the Amicus Curiae before the SCC in the Senate Reform Reference.

Glover has achieved incredible success in her young career and seems destined to continue to have a significant impact on the legal community.

Peter Greene, QC (’78)
Toronto, ON

Peter Greene’s career path started at Fasken Calvin (now Fasken Martineau LLP). He became partner in 1986. In 1992, he left Faskens to set up Kelly Affleck Greene (now Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP), one of the first litigation boutiques on Bay Street. It was a risky undertaking and one that fundamentally changed the landscape of Bay Street law. The role he played in this evolution was an integral one.  Since then, many other similar boutiques have emerged and are now thriving.

A skilled litigator, Greene is widely recognized for expertise in high profile and complex litigation. He has particular expertise in securities and insurance litigation, large class actions, product liability and construction contract cases.

Greene has always remained loyal to the Law School. Currently six of the firm’s 14 lawyers are Schulich Law graduates, including four of its five partners and many others have been with the firm. He has mentored countless young lawyers; his passion for litigation comes through and his students are richer for it.

Greene is a true Weldonite. He and his firm support dozens of charitable and non-profits each year. He has been one of the top individual fundraisers for Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope and has supported the Parkinson’s cause.

Edwin Harris, QC (’58)
Halifax, NS

 A chartered accountant and lawyer, Ed Harris has made a career noted for his contributions to legal education, the legal profession, the province of Nova Scotia and Dalhousie University.

Harris has made a significant contribution to the Law School community. He taught taxation, corporate finance and legal accounting. He chaired numerous committees and served as chair of Faculty Council.  He also served as a member of Senate of Dalhousie and has served on committees such as the Committee on University Government, the Faculty Association, the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association, the Student Union Building Project and the Faculty Club.

Harris has been a governor and chair of the Canadian Taxation Foundation, a member of the “Wise Persons” committee on securities regulation, of the Task Force on the Canada Corporations Act, and the Advisory Committee of the Department of National Revenue, and co-chair of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Harris continues his work on local, provincial and national boards and commissions. Some of his more public accomplishments include his roles with the Graham Royal Commission on Education, the Halifax Transit Corporation and the Metro Transit Commission, the Halifax Industrial Development Commission, the White Paper to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council and the Green Commission on Election Expenses.

Harris was a member of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee for the Tax Court of Canada. He is also chair of the Dalhousie Planned Giving Advisory Board.

For many years he carried on teaching while practising with the Halifax law firm Daley, Black & Moreira. Currently he is counsel to the firm of McInnes Cooper.

Shawna Hoyte, QC (’94)
Halifax, NS

Shawna Hoyte is an accomplished legal advocate and a counsellor, educator, mentor and community leader.

Soon after completing her law degree, Hoyte joined Dalhousie Legal Aid Service (DLAS) as a staff lawyer. In 2001 and 2003, she earned a Bachelor and Master of Social Work.

Along with her position at DLAS, she works as a clinical social worker in the area of mental health and addiction services to children, youth and families.

Hoyte served as the acting Executive Director of the DLAS, where her teaching, legal and social work, were merged with her community involvement to effect social justice. Her added dimension of being an experienced mental health practitioner and social worker to her legal work, results in a truly interdisciplinary approach to dealing with broad social issues.

She is a committed supporter of the Law School's Indigenous, Black & M'ikmaq Initiative and has taught in the prelaw course. She has also taught in the Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhousie School for Social Work.

Hoyte is a sought after public speaker and facilitator. As well, she is involved with numerous boards and committees including the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society- Complaints Investigation Committee and the Queens Counsel Advisory Committee, the Provincial Serious Incidence Response Team Advisory Committee, and the National Afrikan Canadian Prisoners Advocacy Coalition, to name a few.  

Colin P. MacDonald, QC (’77)
Calgary, AB

Colin Patrick MacDonald began his career as an associate lawyer in Halifax. Later, he worked in Ottawa as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and then moved to Calgary to serve as a solicitor with Canterra Energy and then joined and made partner with the law firm Howard Mackie (now Borden, Ladner, Gervais LLP).



MacDonald’s contributions to the community include business and industry, non-profit and charitable organizations and the arts. The City of Calgary recognized those contributions awarding him the prestigious Grant MacEwan Life Time Achievement award for 25 years of significant community service in 2011.



He has contributed to the Calgary community and nationally serving on the Board of Directors of a number organizations including: Calgary Airport Authority, Catholic Family Service (Calgary), Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation,  Calgary 2005 Exposition Corporations World’s Fair Bid,  the Calgary Chamber of Commerce’s Task Force on Canadian Unity and on the Board of Governors of St Francis Xavier University. He also served as Chair of the Board of the Forum for Young Albertans and as Chair of the Board of Winsport Canada and sat on its Board of Directors for 10 years (formerly Calgary Olympic Development Association). Winsport has been the centre for training of Canada’s Olympic winter sport athletes for the past 25 years.

MacDonald is currently Chair of the Board of Governors of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, a director of Terra Energy Corp. and the Canadian American Business Council.

James Tucker (’92)
Whitehorse, YT

James Tucker was born in Moselle, France and spent much of his young life moving from air force base to air force base as required by his father’s postings. His father retired from the military to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Jim received his undergraduate degree at Memorial University.


After earning his law degree at Dalhousie, he returned to St. John’s, but soon after moved to Whitehorse and began working with Macdonald & Company practising civil litigation.



Tucker was the founding member of the very successful Tucker & Company in 2010. Despite the demands of being a small firm owner, Tucker found time to give back to community such as the Law Society of Yukon, the Canadian Bar Association, Yukon Branch and the CBA National Task force with respect to Access to Justice in Rural Areas.  He currently serves as president of the Law Society of Yukon.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Yukon for 14 years and was president for nine of those years.  He is presently past president and treasurer for that organization. Under his leadership, through successful fundraising, he has helped build the chapter’s financial health. The chapter has grown from 38 to over 95 athletes.



He has contributed to the Special Olympics National Presidents Council and to new governance practices. His leadership and enthusiasm has resulted in small chapters of the Special Olympics having a greater voice on the national stage.

We would like to extend our appreciation to the Branch Presidents of the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association and the members of the Board of the Society for reviewing and carefully considering all nominations.

The 2013 Inductees

Peter Dey ('66): Toronto, Ontario

Peter Dey has practised corporate law for 36 years. He has expertly chaired and directed for the Ontario Securities Commission and Morgan Stanley. He formed and chaired the TSX Committee on corporate governance entitled "Where were the Directors?" now known as the "Dey Report". Mr Dey's knowledge and experience in government has allowed him opportunities: he's a frequent speaker at conferences and meetings across Canada and internationally and his work in corporate governance has been recognized by the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) which awarded the 2010 ICGN Award to him and in Canada by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) which made him a fellow in the institute since 2001. Mr Dey currently sits on the boards of four private sector companies: Goldcorp Inc, Caracal Energy Inc, Granite Real Estate Investment Trust and Enablence Technologies. His "day job" is chair of Paradigm Capital Inc. He has also sat on the boards of: Addax Petroleum, Chicago Sun Times, CP Ships, Stelco, Canadian Helicopters and Cameco. He is currently a director of The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Massachusetts. He is also a mentor to women directors as part of the "Women on Board" program.

David Dingwall, QC ('79): Toronto, Ontario

David Dingwall is known for his high degree of integrity and genuinely works for those less fortunate in his community. Not long after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canada's tobacco legislation was unconstitutional, Mr Dingwall became Canada's Minister of Health. Under his leadership Canada passed the toughest tobacco legislation in the world. As a member of parliament he worked tenaciously on the Sydney Tar Ponds environmental cleanup. He was instrumental in hosting the G-7 Conference in Halifax. Mr Dingwall's leadership helped to return the Royal Canadian Mint to profitability. Mr Dingwall's support for post-secondary education, and in particular Cape Breton University, has been substantial. He is a distinguished visiting professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. He is currently practising law at Affleck Greene McMurtry in Toronto.

Morris J Haugg, QC ('69): Tidnish, Nova Scotia

Morris Haugg has always been a firm believer in giving back to his profession and community. Born in Germany, Mr Haugg has made his home in Tidnish, NS and there are few causes in that part of Nova Scotia that he has not been a part of. He has been an active member of the Amherst Rotary Club, Amherst YMCA , the Amherst Toastmaster Club, the Amherst Township Historical Society, the Blueberry Harvest Festival and the Tidnish Cross Roads Community Association. He has served as president of the Northport Home and School Association and was a member and officer of the Highland View Regional Hospital Foundation and the Cumberland Health Care Foundation. He has served on many boards and committees including the Amherst District Improvement Commission, the Police Services Advisory Committee, the Amherst 2000 Society and the Atlantic Provinces Resource Centre for the Hearing Handicapped. He was a lecturer at Mount Allison University and has been the town appointee to the Cumberland Regional Library Board. Mr Haugg has held executive positions of the Governing Council of Nova Scotia's Barristers' Society and Cumberland Barristers' Society. He has provided leadership and shared his talents proving to be an enthusiastic advocate for many causes within his community and the legal profession.

Wendy MacGregor ('87): Halifax, Nova Scotia

Wendy MacGregor has made an exceptional contribution to her community and has worked hard to support numerous not-for-profit and charitable organizations. As a student at the Law School she helped those less fortunate and was active in the Elizabeth Fry Society and the Women's Association for the Support of Prostitutes. Currently she is one of five members of the Nova Scotia Bullying Task Force. She wrote and produced an anti-bullying musical that toured numerous Nova Scotia elementary schools and was later captured in a film that she co-produced. Ms MacGregor was also involved in a number of non-profit organizations, including the Sacred Heart School of Halifax, Phoenix House, Ecology Action Centre, Citadel Theatre Society and SOAR (Sending Orphans of AIDS Relief) a society that she co-founded to provide funds for orphans in South Africa. She recently completed work as an executive producer for the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Theatre Project. Ms MacGregor received the "Sun Chips, Community Wave Maker Award" and the "Volunteer Contribution Award" for the Ecology Action Centre.

Joseph B Marshall ('93): Eskasoni, Nova Scotia

Joseph Marshall was born in Membertou and lives in Eskasoni, NS. He was one of the earliest law graduates from the Indigenous Black & Mi'kmaq Initiative. He is an esteemed elder, leader and visionary who has advocated on behalf of the Mi'kmaq First Nations people. Mr Marshall helped to form the Mi'kmaq College Institute and Mi'kmaq Studies as a discipline at Cape Breton University. He was an associate professor in Mi'kmaq Studies and Political Science at Cape Breton University. Mr Marshall was one of the founding members of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians and is its executive director that represents about 70% of the registered Indian population of Nova Scotia. He is a senior Mi'kmaq Advisor guiding the Mi'kmaq through the negotiation of Aboriginal and treaty rights with the provincial and federal governments. In 2011, Mr Marshall was awarded the Order of Nova Scotia.

Dianne Pothier ('82): Halifax, Nova Scotia

Professor Diane Pothier graduated from (then) Dalhousie Law School having won almost every prize available, including the University Medal in Law. Professor Pothier began her career clerking with Justice RG Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada. In 1986, she became a faculty member of the Dalhousie Law School. As a faculty member she made leading contributions to teaching and research of constitutional law, labour law and public law. Her work in labour and public law helped the Law School be recognized as a leading school in these areas. Professor Pothier is also considered Canada's leading legal scholar on issues of disability and the law. Her concepts of equality, duty to accommodate and dis-citizenship have been drawn upon by scholars and courts across the country. Her work on women and disability has had a huge impact on human rights and Charter scholars and advocates. Professor Pothier is a member of a number of groups, including the DisAbled Women's Network (DAWN), the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) and the Canadian Disabilty Studies Association. Professor Pothier has received the Frances Fish Women Lawyers' Achievement Award and the Canadian Bar Association President's Award — she is one of three women to have received this award.

Robert Scammell, QC ('62): Red Deer, Alberta

Both a journalist and a leading lawyer in his home province of Alberta, Robert Scammel made his mark as an outdoors writer and conservationist while actively pursuing his career in law. As a conservationist he has held executive positions with the Red Deer Public Library, the Red Deer Fish and Game Association, the Alberta Fish and Game Association, the Canadian Wildlife Association and various provincial government bodies. He was a volunteer to many environment and recreation organizations over the years. He was named Outdoorsman of the Year by the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Outdoors Writers of Canada and was awarded the Fulton Trophy — the highest award given to a conservationist by the Alberta Fish and Game Society. Mr Scammel practiced in the Red Deer law firm of Johnston, Ming, Scammell, Manning, Lamb, Mitchell & Moore and was a senior partner and counsel with Sisson Warren Sinclair, Barristers and Solicitors.

James Travers, QC ('80): Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

James Travers, a practising lawyer for 33 years as a partner of Stewart McKelvey in Charlottetown, is perhaps most well known for his involvement with the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. As chair of the provincial board and representative on the national board of directors, the PEI chapter has grown from a small volunteer group to an organization staffed by professional employees, raising $16-million a year and granting over 1000 wishes annually. Mr Travers has also been active with the Stars of Life Foundation for Autism. For the past nine years the charity has been dedicated to providing resources and facilities for adults with autism. As well, Mr Travers has been a member of the fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust that administers the Confederation of the Arts in Charlottetown; a member of the Board of the Community Foundation for Prince Edward Island; and a member of the LM Montgomery Land Trust. In recognition of Mr Travers' work he was awarded the Law Society of Prince Edward Island's Distinguished Community Service Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

We would like to extend our appreciation to the Branch Presidents of the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association and the members of the Board of the Society for reviewing and carefully considering all nominations.

The 2012 Inductees

Anita Anand 
(LLB '92)
 Ontario
William Crosbie 
(LLB '82)
 Newfoundland
Daniel Lapres 
(LLB '72) 
France
Harold MacKay, OC, QC 
(LLB '63) 
Saskatchewan
Tracy-Anne McPhee 
(LLB '90)
 Yukon
Theresa McDonald, QC 
(LLB '80)
 Manitoba
Charles Meagher 
(LLB '83)
 Alberta
Valerie Moore 
(LLB '83)
 Prince Edward Island
Dr Pamela Palmater 
(LLM '99, JSD '09)
 Southern Ontario
Professor John Yogis, QC 
(LLB '64, LLM '67) 
Nova Scotia

We would like to extend our appreciation to the Branch Presidents of the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association and the members of the Board of the Society for reviewing and carefully considering all nominations.


Nominations

An initial call for nominations will go to all alumni across Canada. The candidate must be an alumnus/alumna of the Schulich School of Law. The candidate cannot be nominated posthumously. Recipients of the Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service and honourary degree recipients from Dalhousie University are eligible for nomination. Nominations for each province or region will be forwarded to their respective Branch Presidents.

To be considered, a candidate must have made exceptional contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  • The legal profession
  • Legal education
  • The judiciary
  • Their communities
  • Business and industry
  • Non-profit or charitable organizations
  • The arts
  • Other activities that have made an exceptional contribution to law or society

An advisory committee consisting of the President of the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association, a member of the Schulich School of Law, and a member of the Board of Governors will recommend candidates to the Dean for induction to the Bertha Wilson Honour Society.

2016 Nomination Deadline: May 1, 2016

Download a 2016 Bertha Wilson Honour Society nomination form [PDF]