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:

Paul Grower (Chairperson)Leah Leibl
Jessica Saunders (Vice Chairperson)Jason Poettcker
Acting Dean David Asper, Q.C.Vivian Rachlis
Jonathan AveyDean Scaletta
Miriam BrowneChristine Williams
Daniel ChornopynskiBradley Zander
Anthony Kavanagh
Ex officio:
Grant Driedger
Sacha Paul
Staff:
Eileen Derksen
Joan Holmstrom
Richard Porcher
Rennie Stonyk

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:

Paul Grower (Chairperson)Kenneth Molloy
Jessica Saunders (Vice Chairperson)Maureen Morrison
Acting Dean David Asper, Q.C.Carmen Nedohin
Jonathan AveySandra Oakley
Miriam BrowneJason Poettcker
Daniel ChornopynskiVivian Rachlis
Neil CohenKeely Richmond
Marston GrindeyDean Scaletta
Anthony KavanaghChristine Williams
Leah LeiblBradley Zander
Lynne McCarthy
Staff:
Richard Porcher
Rennie Stonyk

Members:

Mason BroadfootVivian Rachlis
Jeff HirschDean Scaletta
Christian MonninGeraldine Wiebe
Staff:
Joan Holmstrom
Rennie Stonyk

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:

Kelli Potter (Chairperson)Anthony Kavanagh
Christian Monnin (Vice Chairperson)Brian McLeod
Bernice Bowley Sean Shore
Mason BroadfootVincent Sinclair
Michael ClarkDerrick Stewart
Gregory EvansLynda Troup
Tehani JainarineRobert Tyler
Ex officio:
Grant Driedger
Sacha Paul
Staff:
Noelia Bernardo
Chris Donaldson
Jennifer Houser
Ashley Korsunsky

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)Brock Lee, Q.C.
Wayne Onchulenko (Vice Chairperson)Ellen Leibl, Q.C.
Roberta Campbell, Q.C. (Conflicts Chairperson)Heather Leonoff, Q.C.
Acting Dean David Asper, Q.C.Anna Maria Magnifico
Douglas BedfordKenneth Mandzuik
Victor BellayWendy Martin-White
Karlee BlatzNunziata Masi
Susan BoulterLynne McCarthy
Gemma BrownJames McLandress, Q.C.
Miriam BrowneGrant Mitchell, Q.C.
Richard BuchwaldKenneth Molloy
Katherine BuetiMaureen Morrison
Neil CohenCarmen Nedohin
Peter Cole, Q.C.Sandra Oakley
Kyle DearAnu Osborne
Donald DouglasJoëlle Pastora Sala
Barry EfflerPenny Piper
Lori Ferguson SainKeely Richmond
Catherine FinnbogasonNadia Rumore
Patricia FraserJessica Saunders
William GangeDean Scaletta
Gary GilmourAlan Semchuk
Richard GoodJames Shaw
David GrayGarth Smorang, Q.C.
Marston GrindeyAnita Southall
Paul GrowerGrant Stefanson
Irene Hamilton, Q.C.Wendy Stewart
James HedleyDavid Swayze
Jeff HirschMaureen Terra
Sarah InnesGerrit Theule
Jacob JanzenMark Toews
Ashley JoyceDr. Lorna Turnbull
Patricia KloepferHelga Van Iderstine
Donald Knight, Q.C.Gerri Wiebe
Bradley Zander
Staff:
Leah Kosokowsky
Rennie Stonyk

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:

Vincent Sinclair (Chairperson)Isha Khan
Gerri Wiebe (Vice Chairperson)Elissa Neville
Acting Dean David Asper, Q.C.Anu Osborne
Mason BroadfootJoseph Pelletier
Shannon CarsonSandra Phillips
Karen DyckKobra Rahimi
Tehani JainarineJessica Saunders
Ex officio:
Grant Driedger
Sacha Paul
Staff:
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:

Kyle Dear (Chairperson)Kenneth Mandzuik
Joëlle Pastora Sala (Vice Chairperson)David Marr
Jonathan AveyWendy Martin-White
Gregory EvansNunziata Masi
Sarah InnesYasothini Mathu
Sidney LaviolettePenny Piper
Anna Maria MagnificoNadia Rumore
Jennifer MalabarMaureen Terra
Ex officio:
Grant Driedger
Sacha Paul
Staff:
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:

Ashley Joyce (Chairperson)Patricia Kloepfer
Kyle Dear (Vice Chairperson)Anna Maria Magnifico
Bernice BowleyJoëlle Pastora Sala
Kelly DixonKelli Potter
Jay FunkeHelga Van Iderstine
Eli Goldenberg
Ex officio:
Grant Driedger
Sacha Paul
Staff:
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:

Ashley Joyce (Chairperson)Patricia Kloepfer
Anthony Kavanagh (Vice Chairperson)Anna Maria Magnifico
Bernice BowleyJoëlle Pastora Sala
Kelly DixonKelli Potter
Blair FilykGerrit Theule
Eli GoldenbergHelga Van Iderstine
Ex officio:
Grant Driedger
Sacha Paul
Staff:
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)Hon. Madam Justice Lore Mirwaldt
Brian McLeod (Co-Chairperson)Sr. Lesley Sacouman
Acting Dean David Asper, Q.C.Stacey Soldier
Neil CohenWendy Stewart
Bruce GammonDeputy Minister David Wright/Charlotte Price
Jason Gisser
Ex officio:
Grant Driedger
Sacha Paul
Staff:
Natasha Brown

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)Leah Klassen
Brian McLeod (Vice-Chair)Hon. Associate Chief Judge Anne Krahn
Acting Dean David Asper, Q.C.Julyda Lagimodiere
Bruce GammonElizabeth McCandless
Ast. Deputy Minister Suzanne GervaisHon. Madam Justice Lore Mirwaldt
Jason GisserTracy Morrow
Paula HamiltonKaren Sawatzky
Nasra HassanMary Troszko
Hon. Gerald JewersErin Wilcott
Leita KalinowskyDeputy Minister David Wright/Charlotte Price
Voula Karlaftis
Ex officio:
Grant Driedger
Sacha Paul
Staff:
Natasha Brown

Hon. Murray Sinclair (Chairperson)Kenneth Mandzuik
Jessica Saunders (Vice Chairperson)Elissa Neville
Knowledge Keeper E.J. FontaineVincent Sinclair
Knowledge Keeper Eva Wilson-FontaineFrankie Snider
Desiree Dorion
Ex officio:
Grant Driedger
Sacha Paul
Staff:
Alissa Schacter

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)Bryton Moen
Patricia Kloepfer (Vice Chairperson)Sean Shore
Brian LernerDavid Swayze
David Marr
Ex officio:
Grant Driedger
Sacha Paul
Staff:
Leah Kosokowsky
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:

Christian Monnin (Chairperson)Sharyne Hamm
Wayne Onchulenko (Vice Chairperson)Tehani Jainarine
Hon. Mr. Justice Theodor BockSharon Kravetsky, Q.C.
Susan BoulterVincent Sinclair
Katherine BuetiGerrit Theule
Paul GrowerNorman Yusim
Ex officio:
Grant Driedger
Sacha Paul
Staff:
Leah Kosokowsky
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:

Gerri Wiebe (Chairperson)Brian McLeod
Kenneth Mandzuik (Vice Chairperson)Maria Mitousis
Lynne ArnasonAnu Osborne
Miriam BrowneK.K. Pinkowski
Kyle DearVivian Rachlis
Cynthia Hiebert-SimkinAnita Southall
Mathieu LafreniereLynda Troup
Ex officio:
Grant Driedger
Sacha Paul
Staff:
Eileen Derksen
Rennie Stonyk

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 J. Scott (Chairperson)Hon. Madam Justice Freda Steel
Susan BoulterHelga Van Iderstine
Grant Driedger
Staff:
Leah Kosokowsky