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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
General Counsel, Corporate Secretary – Thinkific Labs Inc.

Pam Morrell | Treasurer
Senior Director of Corporate Reporting, Nutrien (Calgary)

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

Kene Ilochonwu | Bencher at Law Society of Alberta
Senior Legal Counsel at Woodfibre LNG Limited

Brett Anderson | Director
Partner and Co-Head of Tax Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP (Calgary)

Hsiu Yan Chan |Director
Manager of Planning & Optimization, Suncor Energy (Calgary)

Judith Hanebury, QC | Director

Marija Bicanic | Director

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

Robert Neilson | Director
Partner, Felesky Flynn LLP (Edmonton)

Shay J. Vanderschaeghe | Director
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (Red Deer)

Usman Mahmood | Director
CKM Law LLP (Calgary) 

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)

Staff

Nonye Opara, LLB, LLM | Executive Director
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
Owen Smith | Law Summer Student
Susan Emam | Law Summer Student