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3rd National Pro Bono Conference
September 15-17, 2010 Calgary, Alberta




Welcome
The Power of Pro Bono: Stepping Up, the theme of the 3rd National Pro Bono Conference, reflects the fact that
stakeholders from all over Canada and abroad agree that pro bono legal service plays a critical role in improving access
to justice. This conference recognizes the efforts of legal practitioners, the judiciary, the voluntary sector and pro bono clinics
who work in partnership to serve the most vulnerable members of society. The National Pro Bono Conference provides an
opportunity for the sharing of ideas, knowledge and best practices in pro bono legal services. All delegates will be able
to bring something back with them to help strengthen the pro bono culture in their respective communities and reinforce
the value of pro bono service.
The 3rd National Pro Bono Conference is made possible with the ongoing support and contributions of the many
organizations, law firms and corporate sponsors listed in these pages. We are also grateful to the dedicated efforts of
Gillian Marriott, QC, (Executive Director, Pro Bono Law Alberta), Jamie Maclaren (Executive Director, Access Pro Bono
of BC), Lynn Burns (Executive Director, Pro Bono Law Ontario), Kara-Dawn Jordan (Executive Director, Pro Bono Law
Saskatchewan) and Michèle Moreau (Executive Director, Pro Bono Quebec), who, with their staff, have all worked
together for several months to organize this event.
In addition, thank you to Conference Committee Members Suzanne Alexander-Smith, Brett Anderson, Susan Billington,
QC, Mary Lynn Dorsey, Cecelia Frohlick, Myra Skerrett, Aida Rafie, Selena Gignac and Tracey Rumig for their many
contributions toward the success of this Conference.
We are pleased to welcome you all to Calgary. Enjoy the Conference!


Sincerely,
John Cuthbertson, QC
Conference Chair
Bruce Churchill-Smith, QC
President, Pro Bono Law Alberta




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    Welcome
    Message from the Honourable Alison Redford, QC (PC)
    Minister of Justice and Attorney General
    Pro Bono Law Conference Participants:
    Welcome to the 3rd National Pro Bono Conference. As Alberta’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, it is my
    privilege to thank you for your involvement with Pro Bono Law Alberta and for helping to increase access to justice
    for people all over this province.
    Pro Bono legal services are essential to ensuring that Albertans are able to access the information and assistance they
    need to properly navigate our justice system. Whether it is providing legal advice or full representation, your assistance
    can make a great deal of difference in an individual’s experience with the system.
    I hope this conference is a chance for you to recharge and reconnect with colleagues, and celebrate the contributions
    all of you are making. Thank you again for your commitment, and best wishes for a successful conference.


    Alison Redford, QC
    Minister




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Table of Contents

    Conference Agenda............................................................................................................................................. 4

    Feature Speaker Biographies ............................................................................................................................ 12

    Schedule At A Glance ........................................................................................................................................ 14

    Things to do in Calgary ..................................................................................................................................... 28

    Fairmont Palliser Meeting Room Guide ..........................................................................................................IBC

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
                                      Welcome Reception for Delegates, Speakers and Guests Sponsored by

  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.               Penthouse Suite, Fairmont Palliser

                                      An opportunity to renew acquaintances and meet colleagues who share
                                      your passion and interest in pro bono.




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    Agenda
    Thursday, September 16, 2010
                  7:15 a.m.    REGISTRATION OPENS

       7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.   BREAKFAST

       9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.   WELCOMING REMARKS
                                Speaker: Bruce Churchill-Smith, QC President of Pro Bono Law Alberta
                                         Rodney A. Jerke, QC President of the Law Society of Alberta

       9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.   OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE
                                 Speaker: The Honourable Alison Redford, QC (PC)
                                           Minister of Justice and Attorney General
                                           The Honourable Chief Justice Neil C. Wittmann
                                           Court of Queens Bench of Alberta

      9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.   PLENARY ADDRESS I
                               The Institutional Cost of Pro Bono Service Delivery:
                               the Responsibility of the Organized Bar
                               This plenary will address the ways in which Pro Bono organizations can meet the many
                               funding difficulties they face. It will explore the question of whether or not this task should
                               be the burden of the legal profession and how statutory and professional obligations enter
                               into the discussion.

                                  Speaker:     David W. Scott, QC Co-Chair of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

     10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   BREAK

       10:30 a.m. - 12 noon    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS I


                               Workshop 1: Making the Business Case for Pro Bono
                               Most lawyers and firms understand that doing pro bono is the right thing to do, that is, part of
                               their professional responsibility to increase access to justice for poor people. Less understood,
                               but as important, is the fact that there is a clear business case for engaging in pro bono
                               activities. Panelists will discuss the various benefits they have accrued by making organized
                               pro bono a firm-wide activity, including professional development, client development and
                               recruitment & retention opportunities. Panelists will also discuss how adopting formal pro
                               bono policies have facilitated leadership development, employee engagement, program
                               management and marketing and communications.

                                    Chair:     Jeffrey S. Leon Bennett Jones, Toronto ON
                                 Panelists:    Laura Cooper Faskens Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Toronto ON
                                               Guy Pratte Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Montreal QC
                                               Kate Saunders Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Vancouver BC




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Workshop 2: Volunteer Recruitment/Engaging Young Lawyers
Recruiting is a central and always challenging component of a pro bono program.
Recruitment of volunteers is an ongoing process. This session will provide information
about, and samples of, recruitment methods that work. Panelists will address different
techniques and tips on ways to effectively recruit and engage volunteer lawyers,
especially in their first years of practice.

     Chair:      Michéle Moreau Pro Bono Quebec, Montreal QC
  Panelists:     Joséanne Chrétien Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, Montreal QC
                 Amanda Dodge Community Legal Assistance Services for
                 Saskatoon Inner City Inc (CLASSIC), Saskatoon SK
                 Kim Feodoroff Calgary Legal Guidance, Calgary AB


Workshop 3: Strategic Planning and Funding Challenges
The economic crisis has created funding challenges for both service-providing organizations
and for funders. This panel will present an overview of some of these challenges from a
funder’s perspective and will also provide information from a broader, sector-wide view.
Interactive discussion will be encouraged to identify trends and discuss strategies for working
together in effective partnerships.

     Chair:      Barbara Palace-Churchill Manitoba Law Foundation, Winnipeg MB
  Panelists:     Ruth Ramsden-Wood The United Way Calgary and Area, Calgary AB
                 Katherine Van Kooy Calgary Chamber of Voluntary
                 Organizations, Calgary AB
                 Daniel Thorburn The Calgary Foundation, Calgary AB


Workshop 4: Multi-Disciplinary Service Collaborations
Legal problems are often exacerbated by the complex life circumstances our clients face.
This panel will discuss collaborative service provision involving lawyers, social workers, and
other professionals. The result is a rich and complete service, the goal of which is not only
to resolve a legal problem but also to help our clients be more equipped to avoid similar
problems in the future.

     Chair:      Debbie Klein Edmonton Community Legal Centre, Edmonton AB
  Panelists:     Shelly McGowan Edmonton Community Legal Centre, Edmonton AB
                 Dale Hensley, QC Children’s Legal and Educational Resource
                 Centre, Calgary AB
                 Michelle Papero Domestic Violence Intervention Lawyer,
                 Calgary Legal Guidance, Calgary AB
                 Sarah Buhler University of Saskatchewan College of Law,
                 Saskatoon SK




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    Agenda
    Thursday, September 16, 2010
     12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.    LUNCHTIME PRESENTATION                                            Sponsored by
                               Living Generously
                               Speaker: Lawrence Scanlan
                               Writer and journalist Lawrence Scanlan, author of A Year of Living Generously: Dispatches
                               from the Front Line of Philanthropy will deliver an inspiring key note address which
                               challenges us to rethink the nature of personal philanthropy and giving back to society.

       1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.   PLENARY ADDRESS II
                               Access to Justice: International Perspectives
                               It is often said that as a result of our privileged positions as lawyers, we as a profession have
                               a responsibility to enhance and expand access to justice. Lawyers in other countries share in
                               that responsibility but often fulfill it in a very different manner than we in Canada do. This
                               Plenary discussion will provide information about the delivery of pro bono legal services in
                               other jurisdictions. Panelists will discuss a variety of topics ranging from policy development
                               to practical models for delivery. We will also hear from one lawyer who chose to travel
                               internationally in order to fulfill the obligation she felt.

                                     Chair:    The Honourable Chief Judge A.G. Vickery
                                               Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary AB
                                 Panelists:    David Hillard Clayton Utz, Sydney NSW
                                               Melanie Gaston Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Calgary AB
                                               Edwin S. Maynard Paul Weiss, New York NY
                                               Steven Scudder American Bar Association, Chicago IL

       2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.   BREAK

       2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.   CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS II

                               Workshop 1: Creating Partnerships
                               Pro bono has always played an important role in linking the legal profession with individuals
                               and communities in need. In this session, we examine the ways the legal profession can
                               build bridges to justice — particularly the dynamic opportunities that arise when law firms
                               partner with local community groups to effect broad social change. Panelists will discuss
                               the benefits of specific partnership models as well as the factors that contribute to successful
                               working relationships among diverse stakeholders during the planning, implementation and
                               evaluation stages of a pro bono project.

                                    Chair:     Lynn Burns Pro Bono Law Ontario, Toronto ON
                                 Panelists:    Gordon Baird McCarthy Tetrault, Toronto ON
                                               Alex De Zordo Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Montreal QC
                                               Christine Pratt Field Law, Edmonton AB
                                               Dr. Pam Thompson PT Envision Enterprises Ltd., Calgary AB




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                        Workshop 2: Groundbreakers – Innovation in Pro Bono Service
                        We all face challenges, whether it is increasing client demand, a shifting landscape of
                        resources, new areas of demand or shrinking budgets. In all likelihood, all of the above
                        applies to most of us! Take a snapshot look at what 5 organizations are doing to meet their
                        challenges by changing how they use what resources they have and embracing technology.

                             Chair:     Kathy Parsons Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic, Red Deer AB
                          Panelists:    Vitoria Correia Salvation Army Pro Bono Program, Vancouver BC
                                        Kelly Dodds Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic, Red Deer AB
                                        Kim Feodoroff Calgary Legal Guidance, Calgary AB
                                        Pamela Walsh Children’s Legal and Educational Resource Centre, Calgary AB
                                        Susan Wood Edmonton Community Legal Centre, Edmonton AB

                        Workshop 3: Keeping Legal Minds Intact: Compassion Fatigue –
                                        What It Is and How To Cope?
                        Compassion fatigue is defined as the cumulative physical, emotional and psychological
                        effects of being continually exposed to traumatic stories or events when working in a
                        helping capacity. It has been studied extensively in first responders — social workers, nurses,
                        doctors and therapists. Recently researchers have begun to examine the impact upon legal
                        professionals, especially lawyers who do criminal, juvenile or family law. Our panel will
                        engage participants in a dialogue on what compassion fatigue is, how it develops and
                        what dynamics place legal professionals at risk. We will also discuss what professions,
                        organizations and individuals can do to mitigate the impact and build resilience to improve
                        their overall health and well being.

                             Chair:     Craig Kinsman Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Program (ASSIST), Calgary AB
                          Panelists:    Linda Albert Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program, Madison WI
                                        Laurie M. Anderson Campbell O’Hara, Calgary AB
                                        Michelle Murray Discovery House Family Violence Prevention
                                        Society, Calgary AB

                        Workshop 4: Legal Aid and Pro Bono: Options, Opportunities and Challenges
                        An open discussion of the roles played by legal aid and pro bono organizations, the
                        relationship between these two stakeholders and how we can work to achieve our
                        common goal: increasing access to justice. The major pro bono organizations all have
                        as one of their guiding principles that they are to compliment, not replace, a properly
                        funded legal aid system, but what does that mean? Can the two stakeholders work
                        collaboratively and create an integrated model that serves the population we are trying to
                        assist in the most effective and cost efficient manner over the long term?

                             Chair:     Gillian Marriott, QC Pro Bono Law Alberta, Calgary AB
                          Panelists:    Lynn Kelly City Bar Justice Centre, New York NY
                                        Jamie Maclaren Access Pro Bono of BC, Vancouver BC
                                        David McKillop Legal Aid Ontario, Toronto ON
                                        Nicolas Plourde Pro Bono Law Québec, Montreal QC
                                        Jacqueline Schaffter Legal Aid Alberta, Edmonton AB

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.   CONFERENCE DINNER COCKTAIL RECEPTION
                                                                                          Sponsored by
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.   CONFERENCE DINNER AND PRO BONO AWARDS CEREMONY

                         Co-Chairs:     Susan Billington, QC Law Society of Alberta, Calgary AB
                                        Mary Lynn Dorsey Calgary Legal Guidance, Calgary AB
                           Speaker:     Stephen Lewis Chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation                               7
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    Agenda
    Friday, September 17, 2010
                  7:15 a.m.    REGISTRATION

       7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.   BREAKFAST

      9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.   PLENARY ADDRESS III
                               Pro Bono Across the Nation
                               Panelists from across the country will discuss the pro bono experience in their respective
                               jurisdictions focusing on access to justice challenges and unique solutions.

                                     Chair:    Kevin Carroll, QC Carroll Heyd Chown, Barrie ON
                                 Panelists:    Vic Dietz, QC Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK
                                               Bruce Churchill-Smith, QC Pro Bono Law Alberta, Calgary AB
                                               Jamie Maclaren Access Pro Bono Society of BC, Vancouver BC
                                               Nicolas Plourde Pro Bono Law Québec, Montreal QC
                                               David Scott, QC Pro Bono Law Ontario, Ottawa ON

     10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   BREAK

    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS III


                               Workshop 1: Court-Based and Litigation-Related Pro Bono Programs
                               The provision of court-based and litigation-related pro bono legal services to otherwise
                               unrepresented litigants affords numerous benefits to all stakeholders in the justice
                               system. Legal services such as chambers assistance, document preparation and review
                               and limited-scope and full-representation retainers help the courts to better manage the
                               otherwise unrepresented litigant, thereby improving that litigant’s and other court-users’
                               access to, and judges’ ability to dispense, justice. The panelists will discuss the types of
                               pro bono programs that have been implemented in their jurisdictions and describe their
                               effectiveness in improving access to justice in the courts. Topics will include effective
                               strategies for dealing with case and problem litigants management, disbursement
                               coverage, limited-scope retainers and conflicts.

                                     Chair:    Craig Goebel Legal Services Society of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
                                 Panelists:    Lonny Balbi, QC Balbi & Company Legal Centre, Calgary AB
                                               Steve Binder Office of the Public Defender San Diego
                                               County, San Diego, CA
                                               Matthew Cohen Pro Bono Law Ontario, Toronto ON
                                               Allan A. Parker, QC Access Pro Bono Society of BC, Vancouver BC




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Workshop 2: From the Classroom to the Community and Back:
                 The Role of Law Schools in Fostering Pro Bono Values
Law students are the next generation of pro bono lawyers. This panel will examine the
role played by Canada’s 21 law schools in advancing the cause of pro bono lawyering
by exposing law students to these values before they enter the profession. Panelists will
explore the issue along a number of lines, such as: the role of the curriculum, including the
recent emphasis on professionalism and ethics training as well as the availability of courses
in social justice/public interest law; the role of clinical and other co-curricular opportunities
for students; the role played by career services officers and the availability of alternative or
public interest career resources and opportunities; and the role of the bar in creating pro
bono opportunities for law students and a pro bono culture in the profession.

      Chair:    Jamie MacLaren Access Pro Bono Society of BC, Vancouver BC
  Panelists:    Nikki Gershbain Pro Bono Students Canada, Toronto, ON
                Robert Granfield State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo NY
                Richard Haigh Osgood Law School York University, Toronto ON
                Tracy Wachmann University of British Columbia Faculty of Law,
                Vancouver BC
                Katherine Weaver Legal Aid Alberta, Calgary AB
                Doug Yoshida McCarthy Tetrault, Calgary AB


Workshop 3: Limited Scope Retainers: Introduction
This session will provide an introduction to limited scope representation including a discussion
of the recommendations of the Task Force of the British Columbia Law Society, the Legal Aid
pilot program in family law matters in Alberta, the ethical and court rules governing limited
scope representation, and a description of roster programs and how they can assist the delivery
of limited scope programs. The session will highlight specific examples of the successful use of
limited scope representation in the clinic setting with particular emphasis on how limited scope
representation can enable pro bono service providers to expand the delivery of legal services.

      Chair:    Jeanette Fedorak Alberta Justice Safe Communities
                and Strategic Policy, Edmonton AB
  Panelists:    Catherine Christopher, QC Calgary Legal Guidance, Calgary AB
                Marian De Souza INTP Consultants Inc, Calgary AB
                Andrea Doyle Family Law Office, Edmonton AB
                Doug Munro Law Society of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
                M. Sue Talia California Private Judge, Danville CA


Workshop 4: The US Firm Perspective
This workshop will cover the case for pro bono from a US firm perspective, pro bono
practice at major US firms and the nuts and bolts of the pro bono pipeline in the US.
The panelists have worked at major US firms as partners, associates, pro bono and legal
education administrators as well as in the pro bono pipeline at law school clinics, bar
associations and referral organizations.

      Chair:    Claire E. Hunter Hunter Litigation Chambers, Vancouver BC
  Panelists:    Lynn Kelly City Bar Justice Centre, New York NY
                Marcia Levy Sullivan & Cromwell, New York NY
                Edwin S. Maynard Paul Weiss, New York NY


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     Friday, September 17, 2010
      12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.    LUNCHTIME PRESENTATION                                          Sponsored by

                                   Speaker:    The Honourable Madam Justice Marie Deschamps
                                               Supreme Court of Canada
                                Justice Deschamps was appointed to the Quebec Superior Court in 1990, the Quebec Court
                                of Apeal in 1992 and to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2002. As a student and young
                                lawyer she volunteered with pro bono clinic in her community and she has continued to
                                be a strong advocate for increasing access to justice for Canadians of limited means and a
                                staunch supporter of the pro bono community. Her presentation will focus on exploring
                                new trends in pro bono work.

        1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS IV


                                Workshop 1: Engaging Senior Lawyers and Non-Practicing Lawyers
                                The panel will discuss the demographics of the aging Bar and the problems that will cause
                                for lawyers, the profession and society, such as loss of health, competency and access to
                                justice. A US Elder Law practitioner will talk about why senior lawyers are doing or should
                                consider doing pro bono work in order to meet their specific needs. The panel will discuss
                                the application of those reasons to lawyers in various circumstances: retiring, “cutting
                                back”, inactive or even returning to practice. The panel will look at how programs that
                                satisfy the aspirations of these volunteers can be organized.

                                      Chair:    Craig Goebel Legal Services Society of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
                                  Panelists:    Allan Bogutz Bogutz & Gordon PC, Tucson AZ
                                                John Martland, QC Retired Senior Counsel, Canmore AB
                                                Laura Watts Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Vancouver BC


                                Workshop 2: Improving Access to Justice in Canada: The Pro Bono & Public Legal
                                               Education Movements – Partnerships and Leadership Innovation
                                The Canadian legal system depends upon the fullest public understanding of its purposes
                                and functions. To achieve an understanding of the rule of law in our constitutional
                                democracy, educational efforts must be broad based and far reaching, taking in a
                                multitude of approaches and perspectives. The public legal education movement has
                                provided national leadership in fostering partnerships between, and developing diverse
                                networks of, educators, lawyers, judges, not-for-profits, charities and funding agencies
                                from across the country who are committed to improving citizens understanding of the law
                                and access to our legal system. This session brings together key players from the public legal
                                education and pro bono movements to engage in dialogue that will build on this ‘working
                                together to improve access to justice’ strategy.

                                      Chair:    Kim Pasula Public Legal Education Network of Alberta, Red Deer AB
                                  Panelists:    Rick Craig Justice Education Society of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
                                                Joel Janow Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan,
                                                Saskatoon SK
                                                Julie Mathews Community Legal Education Ontario, Toronto ON
                                                Linda McKay-Panos Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, Calgary AB



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                        Workshop 3: Limited Scope Retainers: Recruitment and Training
                        This session will focus on recruitment and training for limited scope representation. It will
                        include a discussion surrounding best practices and will provide practical guidance and
                        tips on how it works in the real world, including sample fee agreements, client handouts,
                        office procedures, where it works best and situations to avoid.

                              Chair:     Jeanette Fedorak Alberta Justice Safe Communities and
                                         Strategic Policy, Edmonton AB
                           Panelist:     Andrea Doyle Family Law Office, Edmonton AB
                                         M. Sue Talia Private Family Judge, Danville CA


                        Workshop 4: Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas:
                                        Engaging Lawyers to Expand Access to Justice
                        As guardians of the justice system, lawyers are uniquely positioned to ensure that the law
                        functions for all and that rights that exist on paper can be actualized. Given its privileged
                        position, the legal profession has a responsibility to enhance and expand access to
                        justice — especially for those that face difficulties exercising their rights. In the absence of
                        adequately funded legal assistance programs, and understood more broadly than merely
                        making sure people have access to a lawyer, this responsibility includes ensuring that
                        people know their rights, that there exists a fair and equitable judicial system, and that
                        fair and equitable government policies are developed and implemented. This framework
                        represents the factors necessary to achieve rule of law, and by extension, the roles that
                        lawyers should play in a democratic society.
                        This session is designed to provide an opportunity for lawyers to come together to reflect
                        on the ways in which the legal profession can marshal its ability to assist those who are
                        unable to exercise their democratic rights. The discussion will examine this concept through
                        the lens of the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas (PBDA) its achievements in the past
                        three years, and will address the question of where the pro bono movement is going on
                        a hemispheric level. Many issues confront us: what is pro bono’s role in enhancing access
                        to justice; what relationships must be built with the various components in the legal
                        profession — bar associations, law firms, in-house legal departments, law schools, public
                        interest NGOs, the judiciary, and the State government; how do we build bridges between
                        the pro bono initiatives and other justice sector reform efforts; and how do we make pro
                        bono a more comprehensive initiative. A special focus will be given to how
                        to promote and implement the PBDA in Canada.

                           Chair:      Elise Colomer Grimaldi Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice,
                                       New York NY

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.   CLOSING REMARKS
                                  Rodney A. Jerke, QC President, Law Society of Alberta, Calgary AB
                                                      Chair, Pro Bono Law Alberta Advisory Board

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   CLOSING RECEPTION




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     Biographies
     Linda Albert WisLAP Coordinator, State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison WI
     Linda Albert is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She received her Master’s Degree
     from UW-Madison in Social Work. She has professional assessment/treatment/referral competencies in the areas of addictions,
     eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma and illness impacted by stress. Linda has worked over the past 27 years as an
     administrator, consultant, trainer and psychotherapist in a variety of settings including providing services to impaired professionals.
     Linda has worked with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority training State’s Attorneys and has worked for multiple prosecutors
     as an Expert Witness. She has done many presentations for conferences at the local, state and national level. Currently Linda is
     employed by the State Bar of Wisconsin as the Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Coordinator.


     Suzanne Alexander-Smith Associate, Chapman Riebeek LLP, Red Deer AB
     Fast becoming a long-time resident of Central Alberta, Suzanne practices law in the areas of commercial and general
     litigation, family law and wills & estates at Chapman Riebeek LLP. She is the mother of two active pre-teens and the lucky
     wife of a gourmet cook. In her spare time, she enjoys watching and participating in her children’s activities, engaging in
     outdoor activities, travelling, and reading.


     Laurie M. Anderson Family Law Practitioner, Campbell O’Hara, Calgary AB
     Laurie practices exclusively in the area of family law. She provides information and advice through clinics at a local women’s
     shelter and a women’s centre and is part of a new clinic initiative being developed by Pro Bono Law Alberta and Youville.
     Laurie has been the consultative partner for the Court Support Program which provides intervention for women and children
     experiencing family violence and in need of access to legal services to ensure the safety of the family. She also provides
     training on legal perspectives of domestic violence for a volunteer and community project to provide interpretation and
     community support for immigrant and visible minority women of Chinese origin exposed to family violence. In 2009, Laurie
     was invited to participate in Canadian Bar Association, Public Legal Education sessions in Iqaluit, Nunavut, regarding family
     violence. She received a Community Partnership Award from the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter in 2005 and was the
     recipient of the Jerry P. Selinger Award for outstanding contribution to domestic violence prevention in November, 2002.


     Gordon Baird Partner, McCarthy Tétrault, Toronto ON
     Gordon Baird is a partner in the Financial Services Group in McCarthy Tétrault’s Toronto office. His practice is focused on lending
     and secured transactions, with particular emphasis on lending to the power, hospitality, retail and media/telecommunications
     sectors. Mr. Baird regularly acts for bank syndicates, non-bank lenders and borrowers on domestic, cross-border and
     international loan transactions. Recent transactions include acting for the providers of the margin funding facility in connection
     with the restructuring of the Canadian non-bank asset backed commercial paper market, acting for syndicates of lenders in
     connection with the construction of wind power facilities and an ethanol plant and acting for an automotive parts supplier
     and a hospitality company in the restructuring of their global credit facilities. He is recognized in The World’s Leading Lawyers,
     published by Chambers Global, and in Lexpert as a leading lawyer in the area of banking and finance law.


     Lonny Balbi, QC Balbi & Company Legal Centre, Calgary AB
     Lonny Balbi, QC, was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1984 and operates Balbi & Company Legal Centre in Calgary, mainly
     practicing in the area of family law. Lonny is a pro bono leader in the Calgary community and volunteers his time and talents
     to many community and legal organizations. Lonny is one of the founding members of the Dispute Resolution Officer Project
     in Calgary, along with fellow family law practitioners Blair Laven, Victor Tousignant, QC, (as he then was) and Doug Moe, QC.
     Founded in 2001, this program helps parties to resolve their family law disputes before they go before the court. Lonny
     is the recipient of the Alberta Family Mediation Society Award known as the John Haynes Memorial Award. This award
     was in recognition of the importance of the Dispute Resolution Officer Project in assisting families come to early resolution
     at an early point. He has also received the City of Calgary Award for the Community Advocate which recognizes several
     initiatives, including the Dispute Resolution Officer Program. He is past Chairman of the CBA’s National Family Law Section
     and a member of the Canadian Federal Advisory Working Group on Family Law in Ottawa. Lonny has acted as legal counsel
     to the Make a Wish Foundation of Canada. He has also taught courses with the Legal Education Society of Alberta, different
     universities and at many conferences throughout the world. Lonny currently teaches Advanced Family Law at the Faculty of
     Law at the University of Calgary.


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Susan Billington, QC Policy and Program Counsel, Law Society of Alberta, Calgary AB
Susan is Policy and Program Counsel at the Law Society of Alberta in Calgary. After having graduated from the U of C law
school in 1985, Susan was admitted to the Alberta bar in 1986 and practiced as both a barrister and as a solicitor until joining
the Law Society in 1994. Susan has been involved with the development of many key initiatives including the Western Law
Societies Conveyancing Project, the continuing professional development program, development of the pro bono initiative
and regional pro bono clinics and equality initiatives. In 2007, Susan was seconded for 2 years to be the founding Executive
Director of Pro Bono Law Alberta, the 100th anniversary legacy project of the Law Society. She is also an experienced
mediator and professional facilitator.


Steve Binder Deputy Public Defender, Office of the Primary Public Defender San Diego County, San Diego CA
Steve Binder has been a deputy public defender with the San Diego Office of the Public Defender since 1989, where he began
working with clients in the mental health and welfare fraud specialty units. Recognizing the need to help homeless individuals
resolve their legal issues, he created the Homeless Court Program (HCP) in 1989 with funding provided by the Department of
Justice. Mr. Binder is widely recognized for his work as an advocate for veterans and the homeless, as well as for his innovations
in alternative justice programs. In November 2009, he received the VA Secretary’s Award for Achievement in Service to Homeless
Veterans. In 2004, the HCP was a Finalist for the Innovations in Government Awards by the Ash Institute/Kennedy School of
Government-Harvard University. In 2000, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans presented Mr. Binder with the “Unsung
Hero Award”. His commitment to ensuring equal access to justice has earned him positions as a Fellow with Ashoka Innovators
for the Public, as well as a Special Advisor and former Chair to the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.


Allan D. Bogutz Founding Partner, Bogutz & Gordon PC, Tucson AZ
Since 1971, Allan has practiced law in Tucson, Arizona, beginning with Legal Aid, becoming the Public Fiduciary for Pima
County, Arizona in 1975, and then with Bogutz & Gordon, PC, since 1984. Allan works in estate planning and administration
and fiduciary matters. He is currently listed in Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Super Lawyers and is a Fellow of both
the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys as well as being a
Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies.


Sarah Buhler Assistant Professor of Clinical Law, University of Saskatchewan College of Law, Saskatoon SK
Sarah Buhler is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Law at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. Prior to her
appointment at the College of Law, she was the Executive Director/Supervising Lawyer at Community Legal Assistance Services
for Saskatoon Inner City Inc (CLASSIC). Sarah received her LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School and is completing her LLM at
the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. Sarah lives in Saskatoon with her husband and two young sons.


Lynn Burns Executive Director, Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO), Toronto, ON
Lynn Burns is the founding Executive Director of Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO). PBLO is a province-wide pro bono resource center.
PBLO provides strategic guidance, training and tailored technical assistance to law firms, law associations, legal departments
and other groups that are dedicated to addressing the legal needs of low-income and disadvantaged individuals as well as the
communities and charitable organizations that serve them. Before starting Pro Bono Law Ontario, Lynn served as the Director of
Pro Bono for the state of Ohio where she developed delivery models aimed at improving the delivery of public defence services in
Ohio. She also served as the Ohio Public Defender Commission’s liaison to the Ohio General Assembly of Congress.


D. Kevin Carroll, QC Senior Partner, Carroll Heyd Chown, Barrie ON
Educated St. Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Bachelor of Arts 1965, Dalhousie Law School, LLB 1968. Called to the Bar of Ontario
1970; appointed Queen’s Counsel 1981. Since his call to the Bar, Mr. Carroll has practiced exclusively in the field of insurance
related litigation including personal injury, property and casualty claims, professional liability and occupier’s liability. He has
lectured at the programs sponsored by the OBA Annual Institute, Canadian Defence Lawyers, Advocates’ Society, Law Society
of Upper Canada (Special Lectures Series) Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association, Canadian Independent Adjusters Conference
and was a member of the faculty at OCAT. An active member of the Canadian Bar Association, he has served as a member of
the National Executive, National and Ontario councils, and was OBA President 1993-1994, he was Canadian Defence Lawyers –
President 2002-2003. Mr. Carroll is currently a member of The Canadian Bar Association (National Past President), Canadian
Defence Lawyers, the Defence Research Institute, International Association of Defence Counsel, The Advocates Society and the
Simcoe County Law Association. He is the senior partner in the law firm Carroll Heyd Chown, Barrie, Ontario, a firm specializing
in insurance related litigation.


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       THURSDAY AT A GLANCE
       Thursday, September 16, 2010

                  7:15 a.m.    REGISTRATION OPENS                                                                         ALBERTA ROOM


      7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.    BREAKFAST                                                                                  ALBERTA ROOM


      9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.    WELCOMING REMARKS                                                                          ALBERTA ROOM
                               Bruce Churchill-Smith, QC President of Pro Bono Law Alberta
                               Rodney A. Jerke, QC President of the Law Society of Alberta

      9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.    OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE                                                                  ALBERTA ROOM
                               The Honourable Alison Redford, QC (PC) Minister of Justice and Attorney General
                               The Honourable Neil C. Wittmann Chief Justice of the Court of Queens Bench of Alberta

     9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.    PLENARY ADDRESS I                                                                          ALBERTA ROOM
                               The Institutional Cost of Pro Bono: The Responsibility of the Organized Bar

     10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   BREAK                                                                                      ALBERTA ROOM

     10:30 a.m. - 12 noon      CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
                                   The Business Case for Pro Bono                                                  TURNER VALLEY ROOM
                                   Volunteer Recruitment/Engaging Young Lawyers                                             LEDUC ROOM
                                   Strategic Planning and Funding Challenges                                               CORRAL ROOM
                                   Multi-Disciplinary Service Collaborations                                              MARQUIS ROOM


       12 noon - 1:30 p.m.     LUNCH                                                                                   ALBERTA BALLROOM
                               Guest Speaker: Lawrence Scanlan “A Year of Living Generously”

      1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.    PLENARY ADDRESS II                                                                      ALBERTA BALLROOM
                               International Perspectives

      2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.    BREAK                                                                                   ALBERTA BALLROOM

      2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
                                   Creating Partnerships                                                                  MARQUIS ROOM
                                   Groundbreakers – Innovation in Pro Bono Service                                          LEDUC ROOM
                                   Keeping Legal Minds Intact: Compassion Fatigue and How to Cope                          CORRAL ROOM
                                   Legal Aid and Pro Bono: Options, Opportunities and Challenges                   TURNER VALLEY ROOM

      5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.    CONFERENCE DINNER COCKTAIL RECEPTION                                                CRYSTAL & OVAL FOYER


      6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.    CONFERENCE DINNER AND PRO-BONO AWARDS CEREMONY                                          CRYSTAL BALLROOM
                               Guest Speaker: Stephen Lewis




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  FRIDAY AT A GLANCE
  Friday, September 17, 2010

             7:15 a.m.    REGISTRATION OPENS                                                                         ALBERTA ROOM


  7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.   BREAKFAST                                                                                  ALBERTA ROOM


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.    PLENARY ADDRESS III                                                                        ALBERTA ROOM
                          Pro Bono Across the Nation

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   BREAK                                                                                      ALBERTA ROOM

10:30 a.m. - 12 noon      CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
                              Court-Based and Litigation-Related Pro Bono Programs                              TURNER VALLEY ROOM
                              From the Classroom to the Community and Back: The Role of Law Schools                  MARQUIS ROOM
                              Limited Scope Retainers: Introduction                                                    LEDUC ROOM
                              The US Firm Perspective                                                                 CORRAL ROOM


  12 noon - 1:30 p.m.     LUNCH                                                                                      ALBERTA ROOM
                          Guest Speaker: The Honourable Madam Justice Marie Deschamps Supreme Court of Canada

 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
                              Engaging Senior Lawyers and Non-Practicing Lawers                                 TURNER VALLEY ROOM
                              Pro Bono & Public Education Movements – Partnerships and Leadership Innovations         CORRAL ROOM
                              Limited Scope Retainers: Recruitment and Training                                      MARQUIS ROOM
                              Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas: Expanding Access to Justice                       LEDUC ROOM


 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.    CLOSING REMARKS: Rodney A. Jerke, QC President of the Law Society of Alberta               ALBERTA ROOM
                                           Chair of Pro Bono Law Alberta Advisory Board

 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.    CLOSING RECEPTION                                                                         PENTHOUSE SUITE




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     Joséane Chrétien Litigation Associate, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Montreal QC
     Joséane Chrétien is an associate working at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in Montréal in the litigation department. She specializes
     in civil and commercial litigation, including class actions, construction law, shareholder disputes and the implementation of
     the Charter of the French Language. She has a LLB from the University of Montréal and completed a master at the University
     of Oxford in 2003. Joséane is currently the President of the Young Bar Association of Montréal.


     Catherine Christopher, QC Senior Staff Counsel, Calgary Legal Guidance, Calgary AB
     Catherine Christopher, QC, has been a member of the Law Society of Alberta since 1987. She was awarded a Distinguished
     Service Award for Service to the Community in 2002 by the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association, and
     was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2004. Catherine is currently senior staff counsel at Calgary Legal Guidance, one of the
     oldest legal clinics in Canada.


     Bruce Churchill-Smith, QC Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais, Calgary AB
     Bruce Churchill-Smith, QC, was called to the Alberta Bar in 1982 and received his LLB from the Faculty of Law at the
     University of Calgary in 1981. Mr. Churchill-Smith is the Regional Leader of the Calgary Insurance and Tort Liability Group
     of Borden Ladner Gervais and has over 25 years experience practicing primarily in insurance and commercial litigation
     matters. Mr. Churchill-Smith is currently the President of Pro Bono Law Alberta and was one of the founding Directors.
     He is also the Coordinator of the Child Advocacy Pro Bono Project at Borden Ladner Gervais. Mr. Churchill-Smith is the
     past Chair of the Volunteer Lawyers Service and Past Chair and current Trustee of the Forum of Young Albertans. He also
     serves as a Board Member on the Foothills Hospital Development Council.


     Matthew Cohen Litigation Projects Managing Lawyer, Pro Bono Law Ontario, Toronto ON
     Matt Cohen is the Director of Litigation Projects for PBLO. Matt was called to the Ontario Bar in 2001 and began his litigation
     career with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. He then returned to school to pursue an LLM in human rights law at the University
     of Cape Town, South Africa. After his graduate studies, Matt joined Swadron Associates in Toronto, where he maintained
     a broad social justice practice with a focus on mental health law and police liability. In 2009, Matt was retained by PBLO to
     be the managing lawyer of Law Help Ontario, a court-based project that assists low-income, unrepresented civil litigants.
     Matt joined PBLO full time in April 2010. His current role is to develop and direct a range of litigation projects that help
     unrepresented litigants navigate the civil justice system.


     Elise Colomer Grimaldi Associate Director & Director of Latin America Program and Pro Bono Partnerships,
     Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, New York NY
     As Associate Director/Program Associate at the New York City Bar Association’s Vance Center for International Justice, Ms. Colomer
     Grimaldi coordinates region-wide initiatives in the Americas, including the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas (PBDA). Her
     responsibilities include managing the Pro Bono Partnerships Program, which links pro bono lawyers with projects in need of legal
     assistance; the Amicus Network, which coordinates the submission of amicus brief curiae for important human rights matters
     before national and regional court systems; and VanceNet, a web-based justice network.


     Laura Cooper Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Toronto ON
     Laura Cooper is an experienced commercial litigator with extensive experience in class actions. She has represented clients in
     numerous class actions in the areas of competition, securities, product liability, mass torts and employment. Laura’s practice in
     commercial litigation has focused on providing advice and representation to clients on a wide variety of commercial disputes,
     in claims such as breach of contract, misrepresentation, oppression, and breach of fiduciary duties. Laura is Vice-Chair of Fasken
     Martineau’s Ontario Litigation Department, Co-Chair of the Class Actions Practice Group and is Chair of the Pro Bono Committee.
     She is a member of The Board of Directors of The Advocates’ Society and The Board of Directors of Pro Bono Law Ontario. Laura
     has been a frequent speaker on topics related to class actions, competition and securities. She has for many years taught advocacy
     skills at programs presented by The Advocates’ Society.


     Victoria Correia Program Coordinator Salvation Army Pro Bono & Justice Services, Vancouver BC
     Vitoria is a Program Coordinator of the Salvation Army’s Pro Bono & Justice Services, and has been in this capacity since 2009.
     Prior to this Vitoria worked as a Portuguese Lawyer in the areas of Family and Public Administrative Law for 10 years in a
     private practice and for the Regional Government of the Azores-Portugal. Vitoria has a deep social conscience, and a passion
     to help those who are less fortunate and in need of Justice and fairness in their lives.

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Rick Craig Executive Director, Justice Education Society of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
Rick Craig has served as the Justice Education Society’s executive director since its inception in 1989. He has almost 30 years’ experience
developing and delivering public legal education programs. Rick holds a Master of Education in legal education and a Bachelor’s of
Art degree from Simon Fraser University, as well as a Secondary Level BC Teaching Certificate. He taught at the senior secondary level
for several years before moving into public legal education. He is the author of numerous legal education curricula for all levels of the
school system, including the mandatory textbook on law and government used in the senior school system in British Columbia. Rick
has designed numerous public legal education programs including materials for the minority communities, Aboriginal youth, the
Deaf community, the mentally challenged community, youth with special needs and programs for justice system personnel. He has
also developed materials for national distribution in Canada. Rick also has over 30 years of experience in international development
and has worked on international legal education projects in South Africa, Guatemala, China, Ethiopia and Somaliland.


John Cuthbertson, QC Partner, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, Calgary AB
Mr. Cuthbertson is a founding member of Pro Bono Law Alberta and has been a volunteer with Calgary Legal Guidance for 30
years. Mr. Cuthbertson was recently recognized for his commitment to pro bono service at the CLG Annual General Meeting
in October 2009. Mr. Cuthbertson received the Distinguished Service Award from the Law Society of Alberta and Canadian Bar
Association for Service to the Community in 2000. Mr. Cuthbertson is of the firm Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer in Calgary and
was appointed to Queen’s Counsel in 2008.


The Honourable Madam Justice Marie Deschamps
Justice Marie Deschamps received a Licentiate in Laws from the Université de Montréal in 1974 and an LL.M. from McGill
University in 1983. The Université de Montréal awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2008. She was called to the Quebec Bar
in 1975 and practiced as a trial lawyer at Martineau Walker and Sylvestre et Matte in commercial, family and civil law, then
at Rouleau, Rumanek and Sirois in criminal law, and finally at Byers Casgrain in commercial and civil law. Justice Deschamps
has participated in the Université de Montréal’s advocacy classes for many years and in the Barreau du Québec’s advocacy
seminars for more than 20 years. She has also been an adjunct professor in the Université de Sherbrooke’s law faculty since
2006. Justice Deschamps is a frequent speaker and has also written legal commentaries (“Vers une approche renouvelée de
l’indivision” (Toward a renewed approach to undivided co-ownership) (1984), 29 McGill L.J. 215, and Aide-mémoire — Moyens
préliminaires (Preliminary Exceptions), Centre de documentation juridique du Québec Inc. (1990)).She has been a member
of the board of the Université de Montréal and a member of the board of directors of the Université de Montréal’s alumni
association. She also sat on the advisory committee on reform of the Bankruptcy Act in 1986 and on the Competition
Tribunal advisory council from 1986 to 1990. She was inducted as a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers in
2005. She was appointed to the Quebec Superior Court on March 29, 1990, to the Quebec Court of Appeal on May 6, 1992
and to the Supreme Court of Canada on August 7, 2002. Justice Deschamps was born in Repentigny, Quebec, on October 2,
1952. Her spouse, Paul Gobeil, is a businessman. They have two children: Valérie and Maxime. Justice Deschamps is a sports
enthusiast who skis, swims, hikes and jogs. Her interests also include art, travel and languages (in addition to French, her
mother tongue, she speaks fluent English and has studied Italian and Spanish).


Marian De Souza Senior Consultant, INTP Consultants Inc, Calgary AB
Marian De Souza is an Alberta lawyer committed to improving industry and the legal profession. Marian gained years of
leadership experience in business as Director of Commercial with a national insurance company. As a senior consultant with
INTP Consultants Inc., Marian helps private and public sectors with business decisions and methods to achieve effective
results. Marian is a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch and founding
President of Commercial Real Estate Women, Calgary.


Alexander L. De Zordo Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais, Montreal QC
Alexander De Zordo is a partner at the Montreal office of Borden Ladner Gervais and practices in the Commercial Litigation
Group. He is the regional chair of the Pro Bono Committee in Montreal and also a member of the Regional Management
Committee. Mr. De Zordo was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1993 and is a graduate of the Université de Sherbrooke Law
School. He has vast experience in civil and commercial litigation matters and he has specialized expertise in fraud law
matters, including bank fraud, embezzlement, occupational fraud, corporate and securities fraud.


Victor Dietz, QC President, Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan, Regina SK
Vic Dietz was a partner with the Olive Waller Zinkhan & Waller LLP law firm for over 25 years and now acts as its Counsel. He is
a past Bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan and served as its President in 2007, being the Centennial year of the Society.
He was awarded his Queen’s Counsel designation in 2006. He is a Director and the President of Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan.

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     Kelly Dodds Outreach Clinic Coordinator, Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic, Red Deer AB
     Kelly Dodds is the Outreach Clinic Coordinator at the Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic. Kelly is a graduate of
     the Red Deer College Social Work program and has worked in the non-profit sector for over 10 years. She has extensive
     experience in program development, including the Neighbourhood Law Clinic that was the precursor to the Central
     Alberta Community Legal Clinic.


     Amanda Dodge Supervising Lawyer, CLASSIC (Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc), Saskatoon SK
     Amanda Dodge clerked at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal and has practiced with both Legal Aid Saskatchewan and
     Legal Aid Ontario. Amanda had a broad poverty law practice that included public interest litigation. Amanda participated
     in the Canadian Bar Association’s International Internship Program, interning in Namibia, Africa. Amanda served as the
     Executive Director of CLASSIC (Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City) for two years and is currently
     a Supervising Lawyer with CLASSIC.


     Mary Lynn Dorsey Executive Director, Calgary Legal Guidance Society, Calgary AB
     Mary Lynn joined the Calgary Legal Guidance Society in 1999, bringing with her a background in business management and
     a personal lifelong commitment to volunteerism. She has been in not-for-profit management for over 25 years, providing
     leadership to three separate charities including one of the largest national health organizations in Canada.


     Andrea G. Doyle Staff Counsel, Family Law Office, Edmonton AB
     Andrea Doyle is a staff counsel with the Family Law Office Edmonton, a business unit of Legal Aid Alberta. Prior to joining
     the Family Law Office in 2007, Ms. Doyle practiced family law with Doyle, Speirs, Barristers and Solicitors, in Ajax, Ontario
     since 1994. Ms. Doyle is a member of the Alberta Law Society and the Law Society of Upper Canada. She has a passion
     for representing children whose parents are involved in family law matters. Prior to relocating to Alberta, Ms. Doyle was
     a member of the Children’s Rights Panel with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer in Ontario. Currently, Ms. Doyle is the
     Chair of the Implementation Team for the Legal Aid Alberta Pilot Project on limited scope representation in the Edmonton
     Provincial Court and a member of the Alberta Access to Justice Working Group on Limited Scope Retainers.


     Jeanette Fedorak Senior Legal Counsel, Alberta Justice Safe Communities and Strategic Policy, Edmonton AB
     Jeanette is a policy lawyer with Alberta Justice and has practiced in a variety of areas including family law and civil litigation.
     She is a member of the Limited Scope working group, Access to Legal Services Steering Committee and Self-represented
     litigants committee.


     Kim Feodoroff Volunteer/Program Coordinator, Calgary Legal Guidance, Calgary AB
     Kim has been with Calgary Legal Guidance (CLG) since 1994. Kim is passionate about CLG and its 200+ volunteers. As CLG’s
     Volunteer/Program Coordinator, Kim has the pleasure of working closely with volunteers through daily interactions involving
     scheduling advice clinics and volunteers, fundraising and special events, and working closely with CLG’s Volunteer Committee in
     an advisory role. Kim organizes Do Your Own Divorce Clinics, lunchtime volunteer training and Public Legal Education Programs.


     Yonit Fuhrmann Deputy Director, Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO), Toronto ON
     Yonit Fuhrmann is currently Deputy Director of Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO) and has been with the organization since
     2002. Prior to this, Yonit spent time as the Program Facilitator for the Bar Association of City of New York’s Public Service
     Network and September 11 Legal Relief Initiative. PBLO is a province-wide pro bono resource center. PBLO provides strategic
     guidance, training and tailored technical assistance to law firms, law associations, legal departments and other groups that
     are dedicated to addressing the legal needs of low-income and disadvantaged individuals as well as the communities and
     charitable organizations that serve them.


     Melanie Gaston Associate, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Calgary AB
     Melanie practices in litigation and dispute resolution in the Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Calgary office. She has acted on
     a wide variety of litigation suits, including areas involving securities, insurance and the energy sector. In addition to being
     a member of numerous professional associations, Melanie is a Rotarian, a member of the board of directors of the Calgary
     Boys and Girls Clubs and is active in many other volunteer organizations in a variety of capacities, both within the profession
     and throughout the community. She is involved with the Blake’s National Pro Bono Committee, Equity and Diversity
     Committee and Women’s Initiative and was named in Calgary Inc. Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in September, 2006.


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Nikki Gershbain National Director, Pro Bono Students Canada, Toronto ON
Nikki Gershbain is the National Director of Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC). PBSC is Canada’s only national pro bono
organization, with chapters in every law school in Canada. Prior to joining PBSC, Nikki served as Executive Director of the
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, from 2004 to 2009. During this time, Nikki led a number of major public interest initiatives,
including the launch of the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights and the development of Canada’s first law-and-justice-
themed high school program for urban youth (LAWS: Law in Action Within Schools), and received a University of Toronto staff
award for enhancing equity- and diversity-related student services at the Faculty. Nikki is a founding member of the University
of Toronto, Faculty of Law Steering Committee on Lower and Middle Income Access to Justice in Canada. From 2003-2007, Nikki
was a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Equity Advisory Group. Nikki earned her LLB from U of T in 2000, clerked at
the Ontario Court of Appeal and practiced family law at Epstein Cole LLP in Toronto. Nikki has an MA in Feminist Theory from the
New School for Social Research in New York City, where she was a Fulbright Fellow, and is called to the bar in Ontario.


Craig Goebel Manager of Intake Services, Regional Centres and Local Agents, Legal Services Society of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
Craig Goebel is Manager, Intake, Regional Centres and Local Agents, for the Legal Services Society of British Columbia, Vancouver,
BC. He received his LLB from Queen’s University in 1977 and has been called to the Ontario, BC and Nunavut Bars. Craig generally
practices litigation, but lately has been working in management in the regulatory and public sectors. He acquired an interest in
developing practical synergies from combining pro bono and senior lawyers during Nunavut’s long, freezing, winter darkness
while huddling to generate warmth.


Robert Granfield Professor, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, International Humanitarian Law, University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON
Robert Granfield is professor and chair in the Department of Sociology at the State University of New York at Buffalo and
is director of the Institute for the Study of Law and Urban Justice. He is also the founder and chair of the initiative on Civic
Engagement and Public Policy at the University at Buffalo. He is the author of several books including Private Lawyers and
the Public Interest: The Evolving Role of Pro Bono in the Legal Profession (Oxford, 2009). He is currently the Fulbright Visiting
Research Chair in International Humanitarian Law at the University of Ottawa.


Richard Haigh Director of Public Interest Requirement Program and Co-Director of the Part-Time LLM in Constitutional Law,
Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto ON
Richard Haigh is currently a Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and Director of Osgoode’s Public Interest Requirement
program and Co-Director of the Part-Time LLM in Constitutional Law at Osgoode. He is also currently working on his doctoral
degree at the University of Toronto in the area of freedom of conscience and religion. He was, until December 2007, the
Associate Director, Graduate Program at Osgoode Professional Development. He has been a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University
in Melbourne, Australia, a Senior Advisor at the National Judicial Institute in Ottawa, and a Legal Research and Writing Lecturer
at Osgoode. His research and teaching interests include Constitutional Law, Public Law, and Equity and Trusts. His recent
published works include papers on dialogue theory, noise by-laws, election financing laws and prisoner’s voting rights; he is
also a contributor to the 2006 Public Law casebook published by Emond-Montgomery.


Dale Hensley, QC Executive Director and Lawyer, Children’s Legal and Educational Resource Centre, Calgary AB
Dale graduated from the University of Calgary Law School in 1988 and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1989. After
articling with a family law firm, Dale worked for two years with the Alberta Office of the Ombudsman as an investigator.
Dale returned to the practice of law in 1991 again focusing primarily in family law. Dale has represented children before
tribunals, and in the provincial and superior courts. She has also chaired the Southern Alberta Mental Health Review Panel
and worked as an Individual Rights Officer at Mount Royal College. Dale is now the Executive Director of the Children’s
Legal and Educational Resource Centre (CLERC). CLERC provides legal advice, information, representation and education to
children and youth who have no where else to turn for legal support in civil law matters. Dale was recently awarded PBLA’s ‘
Pro Bono Leader in Community Award’.


David Hillard Pro Bono Partner, Clayton Utz, Sydney NSW
David Hillard is the Pro Bono partner at national Australian law firm, Clayton Utz, and has led the firm’s Pro Bono practice
since 1997. In 2005, David became the firm’s Pro Bono partner, the first role of its kind at a major Australian law firm. Clayton
Utz has provided more than 280,000 hours of pro bono legal assistance in the past decade and more than 40,000 hours in the
past year, to marginalized and disadvantaged people and to the non-profit organizations which support them. The firm has
a particular focus on providing legal assistance to people in regional, rural and remote areas.


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     Claire Hunter Associate, Hunter Litigation Chambers, Vancouver BC
     Claire Hunter recently returned home to Vancouver and joined Hunter Litigation Chambers after five and a half years practicing
     in the litigation and criminal defense and investigations groups at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York. At Sullivan & Cromwell,
     Claire spent a significant amount of time representing pro bono clients including in criminal, post-conviction, prisoner’s rights
     and immigration proceedings and is a recipient of the Michael A. Cooper award for public service and the Thurgood Marshall
     award for capital representation. Claire is a graduate of University of Toronto Faculty of Law, McGill University and Stanford
     University and was a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Frank Iacobucci at the Supreme Court of Canada.


     Joel Janow Executive Director, Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK
     Joel is Executive Director of the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA), based in Saskatoon. He received
     his Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1983, concentrating on history and political
     studies, and his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in 1987. He was admitted to the
     Alberta Bar in 1988 and to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1990. Joel has been with PLEA for 17 years, beginning as a Legal Writer,
     after terms with a three-lawyer general practice in Saskatoon and the City Solicitor’s Office in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.


     Rodney A. Jerke, QC Partner, Davidson & Williams LLP, Lethbridge AB
     Rodney Jerke graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Science Degree, with Distinction and then from
     the University of Alberta with an LLB, with Distinction. He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1980 and appointed Queen’s
     Counsel in 1998. Professionally his practice is concentrated on civil litigation at trial and appellate levels. He has conducted
     numerous trials and appeals and handled a variety of litigation files. Rodney is the current President of the Law Society of
     Alberta, has been a member of its Executive Committee and Chair of numerous committees of the Law Society of Alberta. He
     was the founding President of Pro Bono Law Alberta and is the Chair of the Pro Bono Law Alberta Advisory Board. Rod pursues
     an interest in international justice and human rights issues as an extension of his practice in civil litigation and appellate work
     through speaking engage ments, hosting international visitors and leading educational travel seminars to developing countries.


     Kara-Dawn Jordan Executive Director, Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan Inc, Regina SK
     In January of 2010, Kara-Dawn Jordan became the Executive Director of Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan Inc, a non-profit
     organization incorporated in 2008 with a mandate to improve access to justice in Saskatchewan by providing lawyers with
     opportunities to provide high quality pro bono legal services to people in need. Kara-Dawn graduated from the College of Law,
     University of Saskatchewan in 2002 and was called to the bar in Saskatchewan in 2003. Prior to accepting a position with Pro Bono
     Law Saskatchewan Kara-Dawn practiced with McKercher LLP focusing on civil litigation. Kara-Dawn is a long time volunteer with
     the Regina Free Legal Clinic, a program which she credits with sparking her passion for access to justice initiatives.


     Lynn M. Kelly Executive Director, City Bar Justice Center, New York, NY
     Lynn Kelly, JD, is the Executive Director of the City Bar Justice Center at the New York City Bar Association, one of the
     largest and most influential local bar associations in the US. The Justice Center’s staff and pro bono attorneys provide free
     legal assistance to more than 25,000 low-income New Yorkers who do not have access to other legal resources. Ms. Kelly
     is experienced in designing and operating effective civil legal delivery systems for low income clients with a twenty five
     year career including leading MFY Legal Services, serving as a litigator and manager with the Civil Division of The Legal
     Aid Society and teaching litigation skills at New York University, Fordham, and New York Law Schools.


     Craig Kinsman Executive Director, ASSIST, Calgary AB
     Craig graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in 1991, was admitted to the Alberta Bar and practiced in a
     number of settings for 12 years. In June 2003, Craig became the Executive Director of ASSIST starting as a volunteer and
     eventually evolving into ASSIST’s first full-time staff member. ASSIST is an independent, charitable society that helps lawyers,
     articling students and their families with personal issues. Craig will be joining the Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch,
     as its new Executive Director this fall.




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Debbie Klein Executive Director, Edmonton Community Legal Centre, Edmonton AB
Debbie Klein is the Executive Director of the Edmonton Community Legal Centre. Debbie has worked for over 26 years
in the not-for-profit sector, the past 18 in the provision of community-based legal services. As the Coordinator of the
Guardianship Program at the Society for the Retired and Semi-Retired in Edmonton, Debbie assisted family members
with court applications under the Dependent Adults Act. For 11 years at Credit Counseling Services of Alberta, Debbie
provided front-line service and organizational management to an agency that administered the Orderly Payment of Debts
legislation in Alberta. The Edmonton Community Legal Centre has been providing free legal services since 2002 in the
areas of civil and administrative law to people living with low income in the Edmonton area.


Jeffrey S. Leon Partner, Bennett Jones, Toronto ON
Jeffrey Leon is a litigation partner in Bennett Jones’ Toronto office. He has a general business litigation practice before
a wide variety of courts and tribunals. He has acted in commercial, corporate, securities, product liability, professional
negligence, and class proceedings litigation matters, and in administrative law matters. He was awarded Law Society Medal
by the Law Society of Upper Canada (2005). He is a past president of The Advocates’ Society, Vice Chair of the Access to
Justice Committee and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow and Director of the International
Academy of Trial Lawyers. Jeff is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Pro Bono Law Ontario and a member of the Dickson
Circle. He has been active in civil justice reform initiatives for over two decades.


Marcia Levy Pro Bono Coordinator, Sullivan & Cromwell, New York NY
Marcia Levy is Special Counsel for Pro Bono Initiatives and Director of Professional Development at Sullivan & Cromwell,
LLP. As Special Counsel, Ms. Levy works with the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee to develop and expand further the Firm’s pro
bono programs, and provides an experienced and invaluable resource for S&C lawyers engaged in pro bono activities.
As the Firm’s head of Professional Development, Ms. Levy oversees the Firm’s lawyer training, education and mentoring
programs, and participates in the Firm’s trial skills educational programs, in addition to the pro bono program. She
is also a member of the Firm’s Diversity Committee. Ms. Levy was, until recently, the assistant dean for skills programs
and a clinical law professor at Hofstra Law School. Prior to that, she was the director of clinical programs and assistant
professor at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Ms. Levy also spent a decade as a clinical law professor at
Rutgers University Law School implementing and teaching in a program that taught students how to represent indigent
clients charged with petty offenses. Ms. Levy has served as an assistant federal defender for The Legal Aid Society
Federal Defender Services Office in the Eastern District of New York. She was also a staff attorney with The Legal Aid
Society Prisoners’ Rights Project for three years. She has taught extensively both internationally and domestically in the
fields of advocacy training and development of clinical education.


Stephen Lewis Chair, Stephen Lewis Foundation
Stephen Lewis is Chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation (www.stephenlewisfoundation.org), which is dedicated
to turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Among several senior UN roles that spanned over two decades, Mr. Lewis was the
UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa; Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF; and Canada’s Ambassador
to the United Nations. Stephen Lewis is also Co-Director of AIDS-Free World in the United States, a new international
advocacy organization that works to promote more urgent and more effective global responses to HIV/AIDS.


Jamie Maclaren Executive Director, Access Pro Bono Society of BC, Vancouver BC
Jamie is a practicing lawyer and the Executive Director of the Access Pro Bono Society of BC. Throughout his legal career, he
has been committed to pro bono service. He has served as a Director of the Vancouver-based Community Legal Assistance
Society, and as the Executive Director of both the UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) and Pro Bono Law of
BC. Jamie volunteers as a supervising lawyer for LSLAP, conducts legal seminars for people overcoming homelessness and
addiction through the Salvation Army’s Break the Cycle Program, and provides pro bono legal advice at both Access Pro Bono
and Salvation Army clinics in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He also provides pro bono representation at all levels of court
to several indigent clients each year.




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     Gillian Marriott, QC Executive Director, Pro Bono Law Alberta, Calgary AB
     Ms. Gillian D. Marriott is the Executive Director of Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) and was a member of the founding Board
     of Directors of PBLA serving as Treasurer for 2007 through 2008. Ms. Marriott brings to the organization experience as a
     Co-Managing Partner with Dunphy Best Blocksom in Calgary, where she practiced exclusively in the area of family law. In
     January 2010, Ms. Marriott was appointed Queen’s Counsel in recognition of her many contributions to the legal profession.
     Ms. Marriott is the immediate Past President, Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch. Ms. Marriott has participated in
     the Justice Policy Advisory Committee and the Access to Justice Steering Committee as well as other ministerial boards and
     working groups. She is a member of the Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee. Ms. Marriott has invaluable relationships
     with the legal profession and not-for-profit organizations having been an active member of the CBA, both provincially
     and nationally for over 25 years. In addition, Ms Marriott is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Law at the University
     of Calgary, Faculty of Law. Ms. Marriott’s community involvement has included: Chair of Children’s Legal and Educational
     Resource Centre, Project Supervisor for Pro Bono Students Canada, Legal Clinic Volunteer with Calgary Legal Guidance and
     a member of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Regional Arts Foundation.


     John Martland, QC Retired Senior Counsel, Canmore AB
     John Martland, now retired, was Senior Counsel at Bennett Jones, Calgary, having joined the firm in 1969. Mr. Martland
     graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto (1968) and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1970. Mr. Martland has
     done extensive civil trial work with an emphasis on medical malpractice defence litigation. He has written numerous papers,
     articles, addresses and speeches as well as having lectured widely on medical malpractice law, medical legal topics, legal
     ethics and Law Society issues. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986 and elected a Bencher of the Law Society of
     Alberta that same year. He became President of the Law Society of Alberta in 1992. He is a Fellow of the American College
     of Trial Lawyers. He has been President of the Calgary Bar Association. Currently he is a past President of the Calgary Medical
     Legal Society. He was a former Board member of the Health Law Institute of Alberta, the Calgary Opera Association and the
     International Commission of Jurists. He is the President of the Calgary Folk Club and the Chairman of the Canmore Folk Music
     Festival. Married with four children, he enjoys hiking and backcountry skiing. He also moonlights as a bass player with the
     “Wild Colonial Boys”.


     Julie Mathews Executive Director, Community Legal Education Ontario, Toronto ON
     Since 1999, Julie Mathews has served as the Executive Director of CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation
     juridique communautaire Ontario), a community legal clinic that serves people who face barriers in accessing legal services
     because of low income, language, literacy, disability, isolation, and other circumstances. CLEO specializes in producing clear
     language legal rights information, in a variety of formats and languages, which is available through hundreds of distribution
     points across Ontario. For the past two years, Julie has served as the President of the Public Legal Education Association of
     Canada. She has worked as a lawyer in private practice in Toronto, as a policy analyst for the Ontario government, as an
     assistant to a United States Senator, and as a researcher for a large non-profit advocacy organization in Washington, DC.
     She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the State Bar of California.


     Edwin S. Maynard Partner, Paul Weiss, New York NY
     A partner in the Corporate Department, co-head of the Capital Markets and Securities Group, head of the firm’s Canadian
     Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Management Committee, Edwin S. Maynard focuses primarily on corporate
     finance and mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions. He is recognized as a leading lawyer
     in the area of Capital Markets by Chambers USA, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. Paul, Weiss received the ABA’s National
     Public Service Award and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year Award
     for a pro bono project that Mr. Maynard developed in which Paul, Weiss provides legal advice to micro entrepreneurs in
     Harlem and other neighborhoods in upper Manhattan. The Legal Aid Society presented Mr. Maynard with its Public Interest
     Leadership Award and its Pro Bono Award for his work on this project. As a member of the Advisory Committee of the Cyrus
     R. Vance Center for International Justice Initiatives, Mr. Maynard was actively involved in the Vance Center’s efforts that led
     to the 2008 launch of the Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas, committing signing law firms and other legal institutions
     throughout the Americas to do pro bono work. Mr. Maynard is also a Trustee of the Classic Stage Company. Mr. Maynard
     received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and his law degree from New York University School of Law.


     Shelley McGowan Community Legal Worker, Edmonton Community Legal Centre, Edmonton AB
     Shelley McGowan is a Community Legal Worker with Edmonton Community Legal Centre. She has been employed for over
     20 years in Human Services with a strong history of advocacy for marginalized persons. She is an RNA and has been taking
     courses towards the Mediation Certificate Program at the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society. Shelley resides in
     Edmonton with her spouse and two grown daughters.
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Linda McKay-Panos Executive Director, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, Calgary, AB
Linda McKay-Panos is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. She taught Language Arts and
Social Studies with the Calgary Board of Education for several years before returning to university to obtain a law degree.
She practiced law for a time before joining the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in 1992 as a Research Associate. Linda
is a sessional instructor in the Faculties of Law and Arts (formerly Communication and Culture) at the University of Calgary.
Linda received her Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Calgary. Linda
is the President of the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education, and the Past President of the Public Legal Education
Network of Alberta. Linda is the author of several publications dealing with civil liberties, access to information, human
rights, discrimination, equality and related topics. Linda received the 2001 Suzanne Mah Award and an Alberta Centennial
Medal in 2005 for her work in human rights in Alberta.


David McKillop VP, Policy and Research, Legal Aid Ontario, Toronto ON
David McKillop is Legal Aid Ontario’s Vice President of Policy and Research, a position he has held since 2007. As part of his duties,
David is responsible for external relations which include the legal aid program’s funding relationship with Pro Bono Law Ontario.


Michèle Moreau Executive Director, Pro Bono Québec, Montreal QC
Michèle Moreau has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1990 and became Executive Director of Pro Bono Québec in January
2009. After graduating from University of Montreal’s Law School, she worked in private practice before becoming Assistant
Director of Labour Relations Services at the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM) for more than 10 years. This led her to teach
Labour Law at the Bar School. For years, Michèle has been actively involved with various organizations including the Young Bar of
Montreal, the Bar of Montreal, the Quebec Bar and the Canadian Bar Association. Pro Bono Québec is a non-profit organization
created in October 2008 on the initiative of the Quebec Bar. Its mission is to promote and coordinate pro bono legal work by
providing a meeting place to bring together and generate pro bono initiatives aimed at improving access to justice.


Doug Munro Policy Lawyer, Law Society of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
Doug Munro is a policy lawyer at the Law Society of British Columbia. He assisted the Unbundling of Legal Services Task Force
with the research and presentation of its report “Limited Retainers: Professionalism and Practice” (April 2008), available at
http://www.lawsociety.bc.ca/publications_forms/report-committees/intro.html. Doug provides staff support to the Law Society’s
Access to Legal Services Advisory Committee, the Delivery of Legal Services Task Force, and the Family Law Task Force.


Michelle Murray Director, Programs and Internal Operations, Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society, Calgary AB
Michelle Murray is the Director, Programs and Internal Operations for Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society,
a second stage shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence. She has a Masters in Clinical Social Work and is
a practicing lawyer. She has worked in the area of domestic violence for 27 years in various capacities including providing
education and training about the dynamics of domestic violence to members of the judiciary in Canada and Trinidad as well
as to social workers, psychologists, physicians, lawyers and corporate Calgary. She is also a roster lawyer for the office of the
Legal Representation of Children and Youth in Alberta which provides counsel for children involved in child welfare matters.
She feels privileged to work with the populations she does and has lots of heart to continue this work.


Barbara Palace Churchill Executive Director, Manitoba Law Foundation, Winnipeg MB
Barbara Palace Churchill has been the Executive Director of the Manitoba Law Foundation since 2000. The Manitoba Law
Foundation provides funding for law and justice related programs, and maintains both core and project grant portfolios.
On behalf of the Foundation, Barbara has the direct responsibility for conducting all grant reviews and communicating with
grantees. After receiving her Call to the Bar in 1989, Barbara began her career in the not for profit sector working for a
public legal education organization. She held a variety of program roles within the organization and became their Executive
Director in 1997. As ED, one of her responsibilities was fund development and maintaining funder relationships. Having
experienced both sides of the funding coin, Barbara is very familiar with the challenges that exist from the perspectives of
both a funder and an applicant. Barbara has been active in the voluntary sector over the past 21 years, and has served as a
volunteer on a broad variety of boards. She is currently a committed volunteer with the United Way of Winnipeg, sitting as
Vice-Chair of their Community Investment Committee and Chair of their new Main Floor Council.


Michelle Papero Lawyer, Calgary Legal Guidance, Calgary AB
Michelle obtained her law degree from the University of Alberta in 2006 and was called to the Alberta Bar in 2007. Michelle
joined Calgary Legal Guidance in 2008 and for the past two years has worked in CLG’s Domestic Violence Intervention
Program. Michelle is passionate about helping victims of domestic violence and thoroughly enjoys advising her clients of
their legal rights and representing them in Court.
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     Allan A. Parker, QC Associate Executive Director, Access Pro Bono Society of BC, Vancouver BC
     Allan has law degrees from the University of Victoria and Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the BC Bar in 1979.
     Most of his legal career has been with the BC Legal Services Society, in various staff lawyer and management positions.
     From 1986 to 1994 he was a full time Instructor at the Law Society of BC’s Professional Legal Training Course. In recent years,
     he has been the Executive Director of the Western Canada Society to Access Justice and since April 2010 he has been the
     Associate Executive Director of the newly merged Access Pro Bono Society of BC.


     Kathy Parsons Executive Director, Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic, Red Deer AB
     Kathy Parsons is the Executive Director of the Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic (CACLC). She has an extensive background in
     volunteer and non-profit management, public relations and marketing. A major focus of the CACLC for the last year, to extend service
     delivery out to the large rural area that the Clinic serves, has been led by Kathy’s vision to embrace technology to meet that goal.


     Kim Pasula President, Public Legal Education Network of Alberta, Red Deer AB
     Kim has been a leader and innovator in entrepreneurship and development in a variety of settings and institutions including
     University of Lethbridge, Red Deer College, Centre for Business Development and Lethbridge College. For the last 10 years he
     has been active applying his skills to the operation and development of a number of organizations in the not for profit and
     charitable sector. Kim has served on a variety of councils and boards. Kim was recently appointed to the board of the Red
     Deer & District Community Foundation where he will serve as Board Chair. Mr. Pasula is a member of the Canadian Amateur
     Boxing Association and has received the Sports Volunteer Certificate of Merit for his contribution to the sport of Olympic
     Style Amateur Boxing. He was recognized as one of the founders of the Business Advisory Network that earned a Premier’s
     Award of Excellence. Kim has also been recognized for his Contribution to Voluntary Leadership in Alberta by Alberta
     Community Development and MacEwan University.


     Nicolas Plourde Partner, Heenan Blaikie, Montreal QC
     Nicolas Plourde is a partner in the Litigation and Financial Services Law groups of Heenan Blaikie. He was Bâtonnier
     (President) of the Bar of Montréal in 2009-2010. Mr. Plourde is also a founding member of Pro Bono Quebec and its current
     treasurer, as well as the president of the Legal Aid Committee of the Québec Bar whose report is awaited this fall.


     Christine Pratt Partner, Field Law, Edmonton AB
     Christine has a civil litigation practice specializing in insurance defence, personal injury and general litigation. She has
     done work in the areas of insurance denial, construction litigation, estate litigation, administrative procedure and medical
     negligence issues. She has worked for individuals, insurers, governments and corporations of various sizes. Christine has
     experience bringing and defending personal injury claims involving minor to serious personal injury and fatality claims.
     Christine articled with Field in 1992-1993, and returned to Field in 1998 after practicing for five years at a small full service
     law firm. Christine received her LLB from the University of Alberta in 1992 and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1993. She
     is on the boards of the Edmonton Community Legal Centre and the Citie Ballet. She belongs to a number of professional
     associations including the Law Society of Alberta.


     Guy J. Pratte Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Montreal QC
     Guy Pratte is a Partner in the law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He specializes in civil litigation with an emphasis on
     commercial litigation (including class actions), injunctions, administrative law and constitutional law. An active member of
     both the Ontario and Quebec Bars, he appears regularly in all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the
     Courts of Appeal and Superior Courts of Ontario and Québec, and the Federal Courts. Mr. Pratte is the Chair of the firm’s
     National Council. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.


     Ruth Ramsden-Wood President, United Way of Calgary and Area, Calgary AB
     Since 1997, Ruth has served the community as the President and CEO of the United Way of Calgary and Area. Her commitment
     to achieving change in our community inspires others. Ruth is very involved in the community. She is a member of the Board of
     Directors for the Calgary Homeless Foundation, the Board of Governors for Mount Royal University, and the Board of Trustees
     of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Ruth holds a Master of Arts Degree from Columbia University. She was awarded the
     Strategic Leadership Forum’s President of the Year award in 2001 and received the first Honorary Bachelor Degree for Applied
     Non-Profit Studies from Mount Royal College in 2002. Ruth received a University of Calgary Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree
     in June of 2008 and the Consumers’ Choice Award for Business Woman of 2009.



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Kate Saunders Associate, Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Vancouver BC
Kate Saunders has joined Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP as an Associate and will be practicing with their Commercial Litigation
Group. Kate has experience in a wide range of civil litigation matters in British Columbia and Alberta. She has appeared
before all levels of provincial Courts in both provinces, including the British Columbia and Alberta Courts of Appeal. Kate has
also represented numerous clients before the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia.


Lawrence Scanlan Writer and Journalist, Kingston ON
Lawrence Scanlan has been a journalist for four decades — with daily newspapers (editor of The Nelson Daily News in B.C.,
literary editor of The Whig-Standard in Ontario), magazines (managing editor of Harrowsmith), and in radio (producer
with two national CBC programmes, Morningside and Writers & Company). He has won numerous prizes for his writing,
including three national magazine awards. His fourteenth book, A Year of Living Generously: Dispatches from the Front
Lines of Philanthropy, was published in the spring to warm reviews. The Globe and Mail called it “an unusually intelligent,
thoughtful, engaging and, at times, provocative reflection on some of the most pressing issues of our time: homelessness,
crime, poverty, aboriginal rights, the environment, HIV/AIDS, international aid and development, cancer, gender equity and
more.” The book follows Scanlan as he volunteers with twelve different charities, one for every month. He rolls up his sleeves
close to home (a soup kitchen, a First Nations high school) and far afield (building houses in the parishes of New Orleans,
teaching journalism at a women’s radio station in Senegal) while striving to answer big questions: How do we bridge the
ever widening gap between rich and poor? In the face of human suffering, what—if anything—is our obligation?


Jacqueline Schaffter President and CEO, Legal Aid Alberta, Edmonton AB
Jacqueline Schaffter was appointed the CEO of Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) in 2007, a legal aid plan that provides over 190,000
assists each year. She joined LAA in 2001 when she left private practice to work with the Family Law Office of LAA serving as
Senior Counsel of that office. A lawyer since 1980, Jacquie’s legal experience has been primarily focused on family and civil
litigation. During her tenure to date as CEO, LAA has completed a needs assessment, and a full review of the Legal Aid plan
which has led to a complete redesign of the service delivery model being employed by LAA with a view to increasing access
to justice. Jacquie has served on a number of task forces and advisory councils. Outside of her professional role, Jacquie has
extensive community involvement including serving on various Boards of Directors, as a Founding and Life member of a
Women’s Shelter, as an elected school trustee and Director for Child and Family Services Authority.


David W. Scott, QC Co-Chair of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Ottawa ON
David Scott was called to the Bar in 1962 and has devoted his entire career to the world of litigation. He is a Past President of
the American College of Trial Lawyers and is the recipient of the Advocates’ Society Medal and the OBA Award for Excellence
in Civil Litigation. He is the immediate past Chair of Pro Bono Law Ontario. In 2009 he was the inaugural occupant of the
Silas Hylak Chair in Advocacy at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. In 2001, he received an Honorary Doctorate
of Laws from both the LSUC and the University of Ottawa.


Steven Scudder Committee Counsel, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, Chicago IL
Steven Scudder has been working on pro bono matters since 1984, first as the director of the New Hampshire Pro Bono
Referral System and, since 1994, on a national level. He is currently Counsel to the American Bar Association’s Standing
Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service where he leads the Committee’s efforts to promote and support pro bono
throughout America. A 1983 graduate of the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire, Steven has written
extensively on various aspects of pro bono and speaks regularly about pro bono practice, policy and program strategies.


M. Sue Talia Private Family Judge, Danville CA
Sue Talia is a certified family law specialist and private family law judge in Danville, California. She is a nationally recognized
expert on limited scope representation, is a member of the California State Bar’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of
Legal Services, and numerous other organizations dedicated to developing creative delivery models for legal assistance. She
travels throughout the United States and Canada to speak and teach on unbundling and other access to justice issues.




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     Dr. Pamela Thompson, BA, MD, CCFP Consultant, Integrated Services Model
     Safe Communities and Strategic Policy, Government of Alberta, Calgary AB
     Dr. Pamela Thompson is currently a consultant for the Government of Alberta, Safe Communities and Strategic Policy. She
     is working on the development of a model to integrate services for individuals with complex needs involved in the Criminal
     Justice System. She was formerly the Director of Pathways to Housing at the Alex Community Health Centre. Under her
     leadership they developed one the first ‘Housing First’ programs to be launched in Alberta. She completed her Doctor of
     Medicine (MD) and residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Alberta in 2004. She then completed an additional
     training program in Emergency Medicine at the University of Calgary in 2005. She has worked as a Family Physician since 2005
     in both rural and urban areas of Alberta. For the last several years prior to working with the Pathways program, she worked
     as a Family Physician treating individuals facing multiple barriers to health care at Alex Community Health Centre in Calgary.
     Throughout 2006-2007, she served as the Co-Chair of the Prevention Sub-Committee for the Committee to End Homeless in
     Calgary while they undertook the development of their ten year plan. In January 2008, she was appointed to the Board of
     Directors for the Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness which developed a 10 Year to End Homelessness for Alberta.
     In May 2010, Dr. Thompson received an Award of Exceptional Recognition from the Calgary Police Service in recognition of
     establishing the Pathways Diversion Court Process in support of the Calgary Police Service.


     Daniel Thorburn Vice President, Grants & Community Initiatives, The Calgary Foundation, Calgary AB
     Dan Thorburn has worked in the not-for-profit sector in Canada for over twenty-five years, and before coming to The
     Calgary Foundation in 2001 Dan was director of The Banff Centre’s Community and Not-for-Profit Leadership Programs.
     Dan has a fine arts background and a Master of Continuing Education specializing in workplace learning. His various
     activities within and outside of The Calgary Foundation focus on developing more focused and effective not-for-profit
     organizations, including leadership development through mentoring.


     Katherine van Kooy President and CEO, Calgary Chamber of Volunteer Organizations, Calgary AB
     Katherine van Kooy has a passion for building strong organizations, along with a broad and diverse background in
     consulting, public policy, strategic planning and organizational change. As the founding President and CEO of the Calgary
     Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO), Katherine leads an energetic team working on the cutting edge of policy and
     cross-sectoral issues to strengthen Calgary’s voluntary sector. Since its launch, CCVO has proven itself to be an innovative,
     effective organization that is making a difference in the nonprofit/voluntary sector. Before joining CCVO in 2003, Katherine
     held senior public policy positions in Saskatchewan and Ontario. In addition to her municipal and provincial government
     experience, she taught management and public policy courses as a member of the Faculty of Administration at the University
     of Regina. After moving to Calgary in 1998, she established a consulting practice focused on organizational effectiveness and
     strategic management. Her academic credentials include an Honours BA in Political Science from the University of Waterloo,
     graduate studies in International Affairs from Carleton University and an MBA from Cornell University.


     The Honourable A. Gail Vickery Chief Judge, Provincial Court of Alberta, Edmonton AB
     On September 5, 2000, A. Gail Vickery was appointed as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta to sit in the Family and Youth
     Court in Calgary, Alberta. On July 1, 2004, she was appointed Assistant Chief Judge of this same Court. Just two years later, on
     May 12, 2006, she was the first woman to be appointed Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta. Gail graduated law school
     from Dalhousie University in 1975 and articled with the Macleod Dixon Partnership in Calgary, Alberta. She became a partner of
     that firm in 1984. In 1995, Gail became an International Partner in the Macleod Dixon Partnership. As the Chief Representative
     of Macleod Dixon in the Republic of Kazakhstan, she established the Almaty office and then an office in Mongolia. The client
     base during her four years in Kazakhstan included international natural resources companies from Canada, England, Australia
     and the United States, including Haliburton International and Microsoft. She acted for the Government of Kazakhstan in the
     largest privatization undertaken by that country. Retained by the European Development Bank, she worked in Tashkent with
     the Government of Uzbekistan to develop guidelines for its proposed oil and gas regulations. Upon the recommendation of the
     Canadian government through the Canadian Embassy in Kazakhstan, Gail was retained by the Government of Kyrgyzstan to
     provide training for maintenance of that country’s registration with the World Trade Organization.


     Tracy Wachmann Public Interest Coordinator, Career Services, UBC Faculty of Law, Vancouver BC
     Tracy Wachmann became the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law’s first Public Interest Coordinator in June 2009.
     As Public Interest Coordinator, Tracy works with UBC Law students and faculty members as well as the broader public interest
     community to support the needs of students who wish to pursue a career in public interest and social justice and to connect
     those students with the organizations who need them. Tracy develops workshops and speaker panels related to these issues and
     explores and develops new internship, externship and articling opportunities. Tracy obtained her BA in communications from
     Simon Fraser University in 1990. She then obtained her LLB from UBC in 1994. Following a clerkship with the Supreme Court of
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British Columbia, Tracy articled with a Vancouver litigation boutique firm where she subsequently practiced general civil litigation
and administrative law. In 2001, Tracy chose to become a sole practitioner with a focus on administrative law. Tracy has an
extensive background in public interest environmental law in private practice, in association with public interest environmental
law organizations and as a consultant with the Provincial Ministry of the Environment. She has also worked very closely with
grassroots public interest community groups in such diverse areas as land use planning and community support for families.


Pamela Walsh Director, Programs and Operations, Children’s Legal and Educational Resource Centre, Calgary AB
Pamela Walsh has more than nine years of non-profit management and program development experience. Originally
from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Pamela spent many years working for the international non-profit organization, Junior
Achievement, as Program Manager and then President of the Newfoundland and Labrador chapter. She currently holds
the position of Director, Programs and Operations, with the Children’s Legal and Educational Resource Centre. Pamela
received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from Memorial University.


Laura Watts National Director, Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Vancouver BC
Laura Watts is National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Vancouver, BC. She received her LLB from the University
of Victoria in 1998. The CCEL focuses on issues of law and aging, including law reform and outreach. Laura gives talks and
has authored reports and articles on these subjects. She has testified on aging issues before Canadian and US government
committees. Laura is the Vice Chair of the National CBA Elder Law Section.


Katherine Weaver VP Policy, Research and Stakeholder Relations, Legal Aid Alberta, Edmonton AB
Katherine has been involved in access to justice initiatives for many years. A lawyer, mediator and adult educator who has
worked closely with low-income persons and communities, she is currently the Vice-President responsible for Legal Aid
Alberta’s Policy, Research and Stakeholder Relations Division. Katherine has been a lecturer in Poverty Law at the Faculty
of Law, University of Alberta. She has graduate degrees in both Public Management and Law and holds Certificates in Adult
and Continuing Education and in Arbitration.


The Honourable Neil C. Wittmann Chief Justice, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, Calgary AB
Neil Wittmann was a lawyer in private practice in Alberta, mainly Calgary, for approximately 31 years prior to his appointment
to the Court of Appeal of Alberta in 1999. Justice Wittmann was appointed Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s
Bench of Alberta in 2005 and Chief Justice in 2009. As a practicing lawyer, he appeared before the courts in every Province from
Ontario to British Columbia, including the Supreme Court of Canada and before many boards and administrative tribunals.
While a lawyer, he was a Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, a Fellow of the American College of Trial
Lawyers, the Founding Chair of the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association, the Chair of the Standards Advisory Board of the
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the President of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association and a Member of the
Board of Directors of the Alberta Law Reform Institute. He was a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta from 1990 through
1997 and served as its President in 1996-97. In addition, Chief Justice Wittmann has been the Chair of the Board of Directors of
the Alberta Law Reform Institute, and a Uniform Law Commissioner for Alberta. He was a Member of Council of the Canadian
Superior Court Judges’ Association and, at present, serves as a Member of the Canadian Judicial Council and is currently Vice
Chair of its Judicial Conduct Committee.


Susan Wood Coordinator of the Foreign Worker Program, Edmonton Community Legal Centre, Edmonton AB
Susan Wood is the Coordinator of the Foreign Worker Program at the Edmonton Community Legal Centre. She has a JD
from the University of Toronto, and is currently enrolled in an Immigration Consultant Certificate. She is a member of the
Canadian Bar Association. After graduating from law school, Susan worked in the field of social services, including time with
government and as director of a women’s shelter and an NGO providing trustee services and advocacy on the provincial
income security program. In her current job at ECLC, she provides legal information and advocacy to temporary foreign
workers and coordinates the immigration clinic.


Doug Yoshida Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Calgary AB
Doug Yoshida is a Partner in the Litigation Group of the Calgary office of McCarthy Tétrault LLP and carries on practice as a
corporate-commercial litigator. Doug’s pro bono experience includes volunteering with Pro Bono Students Canada, Calgary Legal
Guidance and Student Legal Assistance and attending legal aid clinics with the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre and the Mustard
Seed Street Ministry. In addition, Doug sits on his firm’s National Pro Bono Committee and the Pro Bono Students Canada Advisory
Committee and acts as the liaison with the University of Calgary Pro Bono Students Canada Program Coordinator.
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     3rd National Pro Bono Conference
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     Things to Do in Calgary
     GENERAL INFORMATION – CALGARY, ALBERTA
     Urban sophistication and warm western hospitality uniquely mingle in this growing, world-class destination. Whether you’re
     looking for a cosmopolitan or outdoor adventure, a fun-filled city getaway or a one-stop vacation experience to the Canadian
     Rocky Mountains, you’ll find it all in Calgary — Heart of the New West™. Create experiences you’ll always remember in a city
     you’ll never forget when you visit Calgary — a destination where big-city energy meets traditional western values.


     RESTAURANTS AND SHOPPING IN DOWNTOWN CALGARY
     The Fairmont Palliser Hotel is located in the heart of downtown, close to many excellent restaurants, pubs and wine bars
     in various price ranges. Here are a few suggestions:
           • Milestones: Stephen Avenue, 107 - 8 Avenue SE (403) 410-9521
           • Catch Restaurant and Oyster Bar: Stephen Avenue, 100 - 8 Avenue SE (403) 206-0000
           • Murrieta’s West Coast Bar and Grill: Stephen Avenue, 808 1 Street SW (403) 269-7707
           • James Joyce, Downtown: Stephen Avenue, 114 - 8 Avenue SW (403) 262-0708
           • Teatro: Stephen Avenue, 200 - 8 Avenue SE (403) 290-1012
           • Ceili’s on 7th: 803 - 8 Avenue SW (403) 265-1200
           • Moxie’s Downtown: 888 - 7 Avenue SW (403) 234-7507
           • Piq Niq Café: 811 - 1 St. SW (403) 263-1650
     Just a block away from the Fairmont Palliser are department stores, including Holt Renfrew, Winners, The Bay, and three
     major shopping complexes: TD Square, Fashion Central, and Bankers Hall. One block north is Stephen Avenue, an outdoor
     pedestrian mall where you will find unique shops, a variety of dining venues and entertainment.


     CALGARY AND AREA RECREATION AND TOURISM
     For more detailed information on Calgary and area attractions visit http://www.tourismcalgary.com
     The Calgary Tower (403) 266-7171 www.calgarytower.com
          • Officially opened June 30th 1968, the ‘Tower’ has become the City of Calgary’s most famous and identifiable
            physical landmark. One of the first Towers of its kind, the Calgary Tower offers the best view in Calgary and is
            a must-see on any tourist’s itinerary.
     The Calgary Zoo (403) 403-232-9300 www.calgaryzoo.org
          • For more than 75 years, the Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park has offered visitors from around
            the world the opportunity to experience and interact with wildlife — right in the heart of the city only 5 minutes
            from downtown.
     Heritage Park (403) 268-8500 www.heritagepark.ca
           • Discover “How the West was Once” at Canada’s largest living history museum. Meet friendly pioneers, ride our
             authentic steam train, enjoy the antique midway and immerse yourself in the old west.
     EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts (403) 294-7455 www.epcorcentre.org
         • Located in the heart of the Olympic Plaza Cultural District in downtown Calgary and home to Alberta Theatre
           Projects, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Theatre Calgary and more.
     Glenbow Museum (403) 268-4100 www.glenbow.org
          • Combining a museum, art gallery, library and archives all under one roof, Glenbow boasts over a million artifacts
            and some 28,000 works of art in its vast collections and is one of the largest museums in Canada.
     Banff National Park (403-762-1550) www.banffnationalpark.com
          • In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs
            on the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park,
            Canada’s first national park and the world’s third. Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys,
28          mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world’s premier destination spots.
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