Board of Trustees

Trustees of The Canadian Foundation for Legal Research

  • Michelle J. Ouellette, K.C., Chair
      Ms. Ouellette was a senior litigation lawyer whose practice focuses on health law and professional defence and regulation. She has been an active volunteer and presenter in both the legal community and the community at large. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2007. Ms. Ouellette formerly served as Chair of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission. She currently Chairs the Saskatchewan Public Complaints Commission.
  • Stephen L. Bresolin, C.P.A., C.A., Secretary-Treasurer Ottawa, ON
      Mr. Bresolin has been an active supporter of the Foundation since 1991 when he joined as Treasurer. His role as trustee and Secretary-Treasurer began in 2007. Between 1991 and 2007, he served as Associate Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer at the Canadian Bar Association. In 2020, Mr Bresolin was named a Life Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.
  • Michelle C. Awad, K.C. McInnes Cooper, Halifax, NS
      Ms. Awad is a senior partner in McInnes Cooper’s Litigation and Insurance Groups. She is a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Her practice areas include commercial litigation, products liability, securities, risk management, shareholder disputes, defamation and insurance.
  • David C. Day, K.C. Lewis, Day, St. John's, NL
      David C. Day, Q.C., admitted to the NL Bar in 1968 and since 2010 a Supreme Court Master, practices (and has published about) civil, criminal, family, constitutional and personal injury law. He has often appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada and the courts of five provinces. He was counsel to the Mount Cashel Enquiry. He occupied the University of Calgary Law School’s Advocacy Chair. Since 1982, he has been an editorial board member of The Canadian Bar Review and at Carswell. Since 1999, he has served as Foundation Trustee (and since 1989, as a jury member of the Foundation-funded Walter Owen Book Prize).
  • Patrick Ferland LCM Attorneys Inc., Montreal, QC
      Mr. Ferland is a partner at LCM Attorneys Inc. His practice areas include class actions, appeals, international, public and administrative law. Since 2011, he has taught at McGill University. He has coedited and contributed to numerous publications, including a treatise on Quebec commercial arbitration. Mr. Ferland is actively involved in the community and currently serves as President of the Canadian Bar Association’s International Law Section at the Quebec branch. He is also a member of the Special Commission on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments organized by the Hague Conference on Private International Law.
  • Greg Harding, K.C. Field Law
      Mr. Harding is a long-time Edmonton member of Field Law’s Litigation group. He has a wide-ranging practice in both Alberta and the Northwest Territories, including in the Post-Secondary, Constitutional, Estate and Trusts, and Public Sector areas. He is a Past-President of Lawyers Financial and of the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch and is active in the community including as a CKUA Radio Foundation Board member.
  • Edwin C. Harris, K.C. Parklea Consulting Inc., Halifax, NS
      In 2014, in recognition of his status as an extraordinary alumnus, Mr. Harris was inducted into the Bertha Wilson Honour Society at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. His long career as a corporate and tax litigator has involved writing, as well as lecturing at the former Dalhousie Law School.
  • The Hon. Nicholas Kasirer Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa, ON
      Nicholas Kasirer was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2019, after serving as a judge in the Quebec Court of Appeal since 2009. During his distinguished career at McGill University, he served as James McGill Professor of Law, Director of the Quebec Centre for Private and Comparative Law, and Dean of Law. Nicholas Kasirer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Titular Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. He has authored over 100 publications in a variety of fields, including civil law, comparative law and jurilinguistics.
  • Jean Lambert Chambre des notaires du Québec, Montréal, QC
      Jean Lambert has enjoyed a private practice in Montreal since 1969. He served as president of Chambre des notaires du Québec from 1984 to 1990 and was re-elected as president in 2009 and served until May 2014. He is currently a member of the Commission des soins de fin de vie which supervises Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in Québec since 2016. Committed to his community, Jean served in municipal and provincial politics and as director of numerous charitable organizations. He is currently a member of legislative working groups for the Chambre des notaires.
  • Susan T. McGrath Barrister & Solicitor, Iroquois Falls, ON
      Since being called to the bar in 1979, Ms. McGrath has operated a law practice in Iroquois Falls while actively serving the legal community at local, provincial and national levels. Since May 2012, Ms. McGrath has volunteered as Chair of Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company based in Toronto.
  • Véronique Roy McCarthy Tétreault
      Ms. Roy is a litigation practitioner at Langlois Lawyers. Her practice areas include professional liability, insurance, contractual disputes, constitutional and civil law. After graduating from McGill University Law School, she clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada from 2007‒2008. She has published work on arbitration, contractual, extra-contractual and constitutional matters. In 2017, she was nominated for a Pro Bono and Social Involvement award at the Young Bar Association of Montreal’s Leaders of Tomorrow Gala.
  • Donald E. Short (retired) Superior Court of Justice, Office of the Case Management Masters, Toronto, ON
      Master Short was appointed in 2009 after a distinguished law career that focused on civil litigation, construction law and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The Ontario Bar Association presented him with its Distinguished Service Award in 1999 and its Award for Excellence in ADR in 2001.
  • John D. Stefaniuk Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, Winnipeg, MB
      John D. Stefaniuk is a partner with over 30 years’ experience in real property development law, natural resources and environmental law, and energy, infrastructure projects, and municipal law matters. He appears regularly before government licensing bodies and administrative tribunals, including municipal councils and provincial legislative committees, in connection with municipal and property issues. John is also a trained mediator.
  • Judge Thomas S. Woods (retired) Provincial Court of British Columbia, Port Coquitlam, BC
      Thomas S. Woods served as a judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia from 2007 until his retirement in September 2019. His first career (1974–1984) was spent as a behaviour therapist and director of a program serving autistic children. After graduating from law school in 1987, he practised civil litigation as an associate (1988‒1995) and then as a partner (1995‒2007) at Lawson Lundell LLP in Vancouver. He has published and presented widely on law and on behaviour therapy. He also writes short fiction, poetry and literary criticism under his pen name, P.W. Bridgman.
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