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Board of Directors

The Pro Bono Law Alberta Board of Directors consists of volunteers from across Alberta who share a dedication to the pursuit of access to justice for all Albertans.

Karen Fellowes, QC | President
Senior Counsel, Stikeman Elliott (Canada) LLP (Calgary)

Ed Ma, QC | Vice-President
Senior Strategy Advisor, Energy & Climate Change Policy, Suncor Energy Inc. (Calgary)

Jana Neal | Treasurer
CEO, SFG Investments Ltd. (Calgary)

Kene Ilochonwu | LSA Bencher Representative
Elbow River Marketing Ltd., a subsidiary of Parkland Corporation (Calgary)

Robert Philp, QC | Director
Twinn and Philp Barristers (Edmonton)

Brett Anderson | Director
Partner, Felesky Flynn LLP (Calgary)

Marija Bicanic | Director
Senior Legal Counsel & Privacy Officer, Shell Canada Ltd. (Calgary)

Eleanor Carlson | Director
Associate, Carbert Waite LLP (Calgary)

Judith Hanebury, QC | Director

Shay J. Vanderschaeghe | Director
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition


Advisory Board

Pro Bono Law Alberta is honoured to be assisted by a distinguished Advisory Board, which is made up of members of the judiciary and senior members of the Alberta Bar.

Chair | The Honourable Mr. Justice Rodney A. Jerke, (Court of Queen’s Bench, Lethbridge)
The Honourable Madam Justice M.S. Paperny (Court of Appeal, Calgary)
The Honourable Mr. Justice John T. Henderson (Court of Queen’s Bench, Calgary)
The Honourable Madam Justice J.M. Ross (Court of Queen’s Bench, Edmonton)
The Honourable Judge A.H. Lefever (Provincial Court, Edmonton)
The Honourable John C. (Jack) Major C.C., QC (Bennett Jones LLP, Calgary)
The Honourable Allan H. Wachowich, QC (Edmonton)
Phyllis A.L. Smith, QC (Emery Jamieson LLP, Edmonton)
Cheryl C. Gottselig, QC (Burnett Duckworth & Palmer LLP)
Bruce Churchill-Smith, QC (Calgary)


Nonye Opara, LLB, LLM | Executive Director
Alex Montiel LLB | Director of Projects and Engagement
Christian Ng | Court-based Programs Coordinator (Calgary)
La Salette Encarnacion, LLB | Court-based Programs (Edmonton) and VLS Coordinator
Jolisa Odagwe | Communications and Development Coordinator
Marilou Stegmeier | Finance and Administrative Coordinator
Chad Erisman | Summer Law Student