Standing Committees & Working Groups

Note:   The President and Vice-President are ex-officio members of all committees, except the Admissions and Education Appeals and Trust Safety Appeals Sub-Committee, the CPLED Appeals Sub-Committee and the Discipline Committee.

Standing Committees

The Admissions and Education Committee sets policy related to continuing professional development as well as the admission and re-admission of persons to the Bar.

Members:

Sacha Paul (Chairperson)Christian Monnin
Miriam Browne (Vice Chair)Elizabeth Murray
David Asper, Q.C.Wayne Onchulenko
Mason BroadfootJoelle Pastora Sala
Shannon CarsonKarine Pelletier
Daniel ChornopyskiPenny Piper
Barry EfflerJason Poettcker
Sharyne HammVivian Rachlis
Jeff HirschDean Scaletta
Patricia KloepferHelga Van Iderstine
Leah LeiblGeraldine Wiebe
David MarrChristine Williams
Ex officio:
Lynda Troup
Grant Driedger
Staff:
Kristin Dangerfield
Eileen Derksen
Joan Holmstrom
Richard Porcher

The Admissions and Education Appeals and Trust Safety Appeals Sub-Committee hears and decides appeals of decisions made by the Chief Executive Officer or the Director of the Admissions and Membership Department, the Director of the Education, or the Director of the Audit Department as designates of the Chief Executive Officer.

Members:

Sacha Paul (Chairperson)Kenneth Molloy
Wayne Onchulenko (Vice Chair)Christian Monnin
David Asper, Q.C.Maureen Morrison
Mason BroadfootCarmen Nedohin
Miriam BrowneSandra Oakley
Neil CohenJason Poettcker
Marston GrindeyVivian Rachlis
Patricia KloepferKeely Richmond
David MarrDean Scaletta
Lynne McCarthyGeraldine Wiebe
Christine Williams
Staff:
Kristin Dangerfield
Eileen Derksen
Joan Holmstrom
Richard Porcher

Members:

Jeff HirschVivian Rachlis
Christian MonninDean Scaletta
Sacha PaulGeraldine Wiebe
Staff:
Kristin Dangerfield
Eileen Derksen
Joan Holmstrom
Richard Porcher

The Complaints Investigation Committee considers matters which raise concerns of “professional misconduct”, “conduct unbecoming a barrister and solicitor” or “incompetence” on the part of lawyers.  This Committee can dispose of a complaint in a number of ways.  If the Committee is satisfied that a complaint discloses professional misconduct, conduct unbecoming a barrister and solicitor or incompetence, the Committee may authorize that charges be laid and direct that an inquiry be held before the Discipline Committee.

Members:

Christian Monnin (Chairperson)Anu Osborne
Jessica Saunders (Vice Chair)Kelli Potter
Gurdeep ChahalSamuel Raposo
Jeff HirschCindy Sholdice
Ashley JoyceSean Shore
Elliot LevenDerrick Stewart
Brian McLeodRobert Tyler
Ex officio:
Lynda Troup
Grant Driedger
Staff:
Kristin Dangerfield
Noelia Bernardo
Susan Billinkoff
Chris Donaldson
Jennifer Houser

The Discipline Committee holds an inquiry when a charge of professional misconduct, conduct unbecoming a barrister and solicitor or incompetence has been authorized. If the lawyer is convicted of such charges, the Discipline Committee may reprimand, fine, impose conditions of practice on, suspend, disbar or permit the lawyer to resign, and may make an order of costs.

Members:

Hon. Richard Scott (Independent Chairperson)Patricia Kloepfer
Sacha Paul (Vice Chair)Donald Knight, Q.C.
Roberta Campbell, Q.C. (Conflicts Chair)Brock Lee, Q.C.
Gordon BatesEllen Leibl, Q.C.
Douglas BedfordHeather Leonoff, Q.C.
Victor BellayAnna Maria Magnifico
Karlee BlatzKenneth Mandzuik
Susan BoulterLynne McCarthy
Mason BroadfootJames McLandress, Q.C.
Miriam BrowneGrant Mitchell, Q.C.
Richard BuchwaldKenneth Molloy
Katherine BuetiMaureen Morrison
Bjorn Christianson, Q.C.Carmen Nedohin
Neil CohenJohn Neufeld, Q.C.
John CramSandra Oakley
Kyle DearWayne Onchulenko
Richard Deeley, Q.C.Joelle Pastora Sala
Donald DouglasBrian Pauls
Barry EfflerKeely Richmond
Lori Ferguson Sain, Q.C.Dean Scaletta
Douglas Finkbeiner, Q.C.Harvey Secter
Michael FinlaysonAlan Semchuk
Catherine FinnbogasonJames Shaw
Patricia FraserNorman Sims, Q.C.
William GangeVincent Sinclair
Gary GilmourGarth Smorang, Q.C.
Richard GoodAnita Southall
David GrayGrant Stefanson
Marston GrindeyWendy Stewart
Paul GrowerDavid Swayze
Irene Hamilton, Q.C.Gerrit Theule
James HedleyMark Toews
Tehani JainarineDr. Lorna Turnbull
Jake JanzenJon van der Krabben
Anthony KavanaghGeraldine Wiebe
Staff:
Leah Kosokowsky

The Equity Committee considers and provides strategic advice and recommendations to the benchers and staff on a variety of policy issues and program initiatives aimed at advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the regulation of the legal profession and in the delivery of legal services.

Members:

Jessica Saunders (Chairperson)Isha Khan
Ashley Joyce (Vice Chair)Kenneth Mandzuik
Shannon CarsonElissa Neville
Karen Dyck Sandra Phillips
Tehani JainarineGerrit Theule
Ex officio:
Lynda Troup
Grant Driedger
Staff:
Kristin Dangerfield
Alissa Schacter

The Practice and Ethics Committee considers requests from members of the legal profession for practice direction on matters which apply to the profession in general and for ethical advice on practice-related matters. The Committee will also consider and make recommendations to benchers on specific practice-related issues.

Members:

Vincent Sinclair (Chairperson)Sidney Laviolette
Paul Grower (Vice Chair)Anna Maria Magnifico
Mason BroadfootJennifer Malabar
Kyle DearWendy Martin-White
Gregory Evans Nunziati Masi
Sarah InnesNadia Rumore
Anthony KavanaghMaureen Terra
Bradley Zander
Ex officio:
Lynda Troup
Grant Driedger
Staff:
Kristin Dangerfield
Darcia Senft

The Professional Liability Claims Fund Committee sets policy in fulfilment of the Law Society’s mandate to protect the public by providing all practising lawyers in Manitoba with mandatory professional liability insurance for errors or omissions in connection with the rendering of professional services. The Committee considers insurance claims in excess of $125,000 and also considers appeals made by claimants where the Chief Executive Officer, or the Director of Insurance as designate, has refused to pay a claim or part of a claim under $125,000.

Members:

Sacha Paul (Chairperson)Jay Funke
Ashley Joyce (Vice Chair)Eli Goldenberg
Susan BoulterAnita Southall
Bernice BowleyHelga Van Iderstine
Kelly DixonBradley Zander
Ex officio:
Lynda Troup
Grant Driedger
Staff:
Kristin Dangerfield
Tana Christianson

The Reimbursement Claims Fund offers reimbursement to clients of lawyers for losses sustained as a result of the misappropriation or conversion of trust funds by their lawyer. The Reimbursement Claims Fund Committee considers reimbursement claims over $25,000 and appeals made by claimants where the Chief Executive Officer, or the Director of Insurance as designate, has refused to pay a claim or part of a claim under $25,000. The Committee also considers and makes recommendations to Benchers regarding the policies which govern the Reimbursement Claims Fund.

Members:

Sacha Paul (Chairperson)Jay Funke
Ashley Joyce (Vice Chair)Eli Goldenberg
Patricia KloepferAnita Southall
Bernice BowleyHelga Van Iderstine
Kelly DixonBradley Zander
Ex officio:
Lynda Troup
Grant Driedger
Staff:
Kristin Dangerfield
Tana Christianson

Special Committees and Working Groups

The Access to Justice Steering Committee explores, sets policy, makes recommendations and coordinates initiatives to promote and enhance equal and accessible justice for Manitobans.

Members:

Geraldine Wiebe (Co-Chairperson)Samuel Raposo
Brian McLeod (Co-Chairperson)Lavonne Ross
Tehani JainarineSr. Lesley Sacouman
Hon. Madam Justice Lore MirwaldtIan Scarth
Joelle Pastora SalaStacey Soldier
Ex officio:
Lynda Troup
Grant Driedger
Staff:
Kristin Dangerfield
Darcia Senft

The Access to Justice Stakeholders Sub-Committee is a forum for sharing information among stakeholders in the field of accessible legal services. Members of this committee are representatives of a stakeholder organization.

Members:

Geraldine Wiebe (Chairperson)Associate Chief Judge Anne Krahn
Brian McLeod (Vice-Chair)Julyda Lagimodiere
Kristal Bayes-McDonaldHon. Madam Justice Lore Mirwaldt
Natasha BrownTracy Morrow
Bruce GammonLavonne Ross
Ast. Deputy Minister Suzanne GervaisKaren Sawatzky
Ghezae Hagos BerheIan Scarth
Paula HamiltonAinslie Schroeder
Hon. Gerald JewersJanet Sigurdson
Leita KalinowskyMary Troszko
Erin Wilcott
Ex officio:
Lynda Troup
Grant Driedger
Staff:
Kristin Dangerfield
Darcia Senft

The Investment Committee monitors the Law Society’s investment portfolio, reports to benchers on compliance, and makes recommendations to benchers regarding the Law Society’s investment policies.

Members:

Wayne Onchulenko (Chairperson)Anna Maria Magnifico
Patricia Kloepfer (Vice Chair)Bryton Moen
Brian LernerSean Shore
David Swayze
Ex officio:
Lynda Troup
Grant Driedger
Staff:
Kristin Dangerfield
Tana Christianson
Colleen Malone

The President’s Special Committee on Regulating Legal Entities will explore and identify the necessary regulatory framework for Alternate Business Structures.

Members:

Wayne Onchulenko (Chairperson)Paul Grower
Christian Monnin (Vice Chair)Sharon Kravetsky, Q.C.
Mr. Justice Theodor BockKenneth Mandzuik
Susan BoulterKelli Potter
Katherine BuetiGerrit Theule
Neil CohenKaren Webb
Norman Yusim
Ex officio:
Lynda Troup
Grant Driedger
Staff:
Kristin Dangerfield
Darcia Senft

The President’s Special Committee on Health and Wellness will explore issues around lawyer health and wellness, consider options to address members’ capacity issues, and develop a diversion program outside of the complaints/discipline stream for members who suffer from mental health issues or addictions that may affect legal practices.

Members:

Vincent Sinclair (Chairperson)James McLandress, Q.C.
Geraldine Wiebe (Vice Chair)Brian McLeod
Lynne ArnasonMaria Mitousis
Miriam BrowneAnu Osborne
Frank CantafioK.K. Pinkowski
Kyle DearVivian Rachlis
Lisa FainsteinAnita Southall
Cynthia Hiebert-Simkin
Ex officio:
Lynda Troup
Grant Driedger
Staff:
Kristin Dangerfield
Leah Kosokowsky

The Richard J. Scott Award is presented annually to an individual who advances the rule of law through advocacy, litigation, teaching, research or writing.  Activities that support an independent judiciary, an independent legal profession, access to legal services, access to justice, and public interest advocacy are all eligible.  The Richard J. Scott Award Selection Committee selects the recipients of this award.

Members:

Special Committee - Richard J. Scott Award Selection Committee

Hon. Richard Scott (Chairperson)Lynda Troup
Susan BoulterHelga Van Iderstine
Madam Justice Freda Steel

Staff:
Kristin Dangerfield
Leah Kosokowsky