• Honorary Co-Chairs

    • Rick George
      Former Chief Executive Officer, Suncor Energy Inc.

      "There's no question that that the legal field continues to evolve. In today's world, which is seeing tremendous change, adaptability is the name of the game. A big part of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law's success lies in its ability to provide real-world experiences through internships and research and continuing to build close ties with the legal community."

    • Jim Palmer, C.M, A.O.E., Q.C.
      Chairman Emeritus, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP

      “The law and public service are very important callings, worthy of our brightest scholars and most accomplished leaders. It is my privilege to be a part of the Calgary Law Campaign Committee and to lend my support to the law school and to this campaign. In order for the legal profession to continue, we need innovative leaders to help groom the next generation of legal talent. We need students to step forward and we need to support them. The legal profession in Canada is facing challenging times and has to incorporate different tools and a different way of thinking in order to move forward. The panel that has been assembled for this campaign can and will do wonders in order to reach these goals.”

      Jim passed away on August 27, 2013. The Faculty of Law is truly grateful for everything Jim did for the law school and for our campaign. Read about all of Jim's contributions to the law school and the University of Calgary.

  • Senior Volunteer Advisor

    • Brian Felesky, C.M, Q.C.
      Managing Director and Vice-Chairman, Credit Suisse Securities, Canada

      “With many sterling achievements in place, the Law School is now very well positioned to take the next big steps – to achieve the goal of the Law School being the undisputed Energy and Environment Centre of the world. I’m honored to be a small part of the past achievements and the bold ambitions for the future. With Dean Holloway, our fine Faculty leadership, the support of President Cannon and such distinguished community leadership, it’s bound to be a roaring success.”

  • Co-Chairs

    • Kerry Dyte, Q.C.
      Executive Vice-President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Cenovus Energy Inc.

      "The University of Calgary’s law school is known for its innovation. For more than two decades, they’ve been building a world-class research and teaching program that looks at energy, resources and environmental law. Their holistic approach to this specialization – in the heart of Canada’s energy sector – positions the Law School to quickly become an international leader in legal education and community outreach. I’m proud to be a part of making this happen."

    • Eric Miller
      Senior Vice-President & Chief Legal Officer, Agrium Inc.

      "I believe in this initiative because being in one of, if not the leading global energy capital the University of Calgary's Law School should take its place as the leading energy and environmental law school. The school’s programs will help refine the next generation of leaders in the energy industry through significant contribution to research and dialogue on energy and environmental issues. It will also provide the University of Calgary Law degree with the winning combination of being a most desired asset by both prospective students and energy industry leaders.”

  • Steering Committee Members

    • Robert J. Engbloom, Q.C.
      Deputy Chair & Senior Partner, Norton Rose Canada LLP

      “In legal practice, communication, personal relations skills, the ability to use technology and manage time, form key components of the overall job of providing legal services effectively. The Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary understands these concepts and provides their law students with a rewarding balance of in-classroom theory blended with real-world experiences.”

    • Alan Jochelson (BA ’82, JD ’86)
      Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

      “I am delighted to be part of this campaign. I am part of a community comprising alumni from the University of Calgary and the Faculty of Law. This community has had a major impact on this city, this province and one another’s lives over the past 30 years. Our alumni are our family, our friends, our clients or business associates. We have contributed to the law, the sciences, commerce and finance to name a few areas. We are at the forefront of business, local and global expansion and innovation. We are linked by a common vision of service, excellence, improvement and innovation. This enables our community to compete on the global stage. We desire to build and grow our community and to leave a legacy for those who follow us. Our alma mater is in a unique position to nuture and support the goals of our community. It is up to us to ensure that this will be a robust and sustained effort."

    • Maureen Killoran (LLB ’94)
      Managing Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

      “I am so honoured to be a part of this campaign. As Canada’s center of gravity shifts to the west, and energy and natural resource sectors assume an increased significance in the global economy, it is an exciting time for our community. And, there is no better time for us to promote the Faculty of Law, and to work to ensure that it assumes its rightful place as a leading national law school. Clients don’t require lawyers to paper deals; they rely on our insight, experience and business acumen to guide them through their most complicated business challenges. As a proud graduate of U of C Law, I benefited from the outstanding training and instruction that I received. I learned more than law; I gained practical skills, insight and the confidence to put them all into practice. Now, it is time to pay back. I am passionate about my law school, my community and our mission: Energy, Skills, and Excellence. I am convinced that the University’s Excellence in Lawyering program will lead to greater opportunities and recognition for our graduates and our community. This is an exciting time! I am looking forward to working with the other members of the cabinet on our mission to build one of the very best law schools in the world.”

    • Ken Mills, BA '80
      Office Managing Partner, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

      “The divide between legal education and legal practice is the biggest challenge law students face today. The University of Calgary Faculty of Law has addressed the divide by offering real-world training through internships and skills development through their innovative course offerings and mooting programs. For an individual who wants to make a difference in society and is willing to work hard to achieve success, a legal education is the first step in fulfilling that dream.”

    • Blair Nixon, LLB ’87, QC, FCA, ICD.D
      Partner, Felesky Flynn LLP
      CFO, Walton Global Investments

      “The larger community benefits from the quality of teaching and the legal research which continues to strengthen at the University of Calgary Law School. The law students therein benefit from the knowledge gained, the communication skills learned and the ethical leadership exhibited by those with whom they come in contact. In all those respects, the Law School rests on a solid foundation. However, the surrounding domestic and international environment is not static. It is constantly changing, at a variety of levels. To best address the consequential shifting business and social challenges, it is necessary to provide the Law School with the tools necessary to continually strengthen and advance its position. That requires the commitment of, mentorship by and financial contributions from the larger community. In this regard, I am committed to assist the Law School in its efforts to achieve these goals in a manner that is consistent with its vision and strategic focus.”

    • C. Perry Spitznagel, Q.C
      Vice-Chair & Managing Partner, Bennett Jones LLP

      “Our profession is based upon, and our clients demand, the highest quality of advice and service. Our ability to meet those requirements, in an increasingly competitive and globalized world, is premised on the education and development of lawyers with a broad range of high-level skills. The University of Calgary's Law School is uniquely situated at the epicenter of the international energy industry. This campaign will help to ensure that lawyers develop the attributes required to meet the highly sophisticated needs of our clients and that our profession continues to be an important part of the success of our clients and the economic prosperity of our country.”

  • General Committee Members

    • Joanne Alexander
      Senior Vice-President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Precision Drilling Corp.

      “A good lawyer must have a strong grounding in the law. To truly excel, in my experience, an exceptional lawyer must be able to present complex concepts in a manner that advocates, challenges and persuades; delivered with directness and credibility. I therefore commend the U of C Law School for considering the fuller context in which its graduates will work and for creating an academic experience which will help them to thrive. I am pleased to support the U of C Law School's vision and its strategic initiative to focus on the Excellence in Lawyering initiatives of dispute resolution, advocacy and ethics.”

    • Scott Cochlan (LLB ’91)
      Partner, Torys LLP

      “As both a graduate of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law and as a member of the Calgary legal community, I am very pleased and proud to have the opportunity to serve as a director of this fundraising campaign and make a contribution back to the law faculty. I am appreciative of the legal education and training I received at the U of C Law School and the foundation it has provided me with throughout my legal career. I have been fortunate to work with or across the table from a number of very talented practitioners who are also graduates of the faculty, as well as to have been involved with members of the faculty at various law school events and endeavours over the years. The U of C Law School and its faculty make a very valuable contribution to the fabric of the Alberta and Canadian legal landscape and I look forward to a successful campaign to assist the law school in meeting its future goals and aspirations, including continued excellence.”

    • William DeJong, Q.C. (B.A. '80) Partner
      Partner, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP

      “The City of Calgary is, in my opinion, synonymous with energy, natural resources and innovative people with a "can-do" attitude. Similarly, the University of Calgary Faculty of Law reflects many of these same attributes of the city it calls home, and this campaign will ensure that the Faculty of Law continues to achieve its goals of producing students who have received excellent theoretical and practical training. I am honoured to be part of this campaign.”

    • Alan O’Brien
      Senior Vice-President, General Counsel & Secretary, Nexen Inc.

      “The quality and depth of your legal education directly impacts the value you bring to your clients for the whole of your career.”

    • Paul Colborne
      President, StarValley Oil and Gas Ltd.


    • Sean McMaster Q.C.
      Executive Vice-President Stakeholder Relations & General Counsel, TransCanada

      “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. Steven Covey’s words echo the actions the University of Calgary’s Law School continually demonstrates. It provides leadership in defining and broadening the skills and minds of those who would practice the law, and effectively manages the faculty along a path that has been one of growth and achievement. To support the Campaign Cabinet is an honour and a privilege and I am more than confident this initiative will be successful.”

    • Douglas G. Mills (BSc '78, LLB ’83)
      Partner, Burnet Duckworth & Palmer

      "As a graduate of the U of C Law School, I know first-hand the quality of education offered and its relevance to a practice in the energy field. As a practicing lawyer in Calgary looking for strong graduates, I know the quality of students being graduated and the continued relevance of the programs made available to these students. The energy industry will continue to need law graduates with strong legal skills and, particularly, skills relevant to practice in this area. The U of C Faculty of Law recognizes this need and continues to deliver courses designed to meet it."

    • Robert Rooney
      Executive Vice-President, Legal & General Counsel, Talisman Energy Inc.

      “The University of Calgary’s Law School is a very important part of the fabric of Calgary’s vibrant and fast growing community, and an essential element for promoting a just society in Calgary and across the country. I look forward to helping with this important campaign.”

    • David T. Robottom, Q.C.
      Executive Vice-President & Chief Legal Officer, Enbridge

      “The University of Calgary’s law school is a very important part of the fabric of Calgary’s vibrant and fast growing community, and an essential element for promoting a just society in Calgary and across the country. I look forward to helping with this important campaign.”

    • Craig Saloff (BComm ’85)
      Vice-President & General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Total E&P Canada

      “The University of Calgary’s focus on resources, energy and environmental law is an idea whose time has come.”

    • John Kousinioris
      Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, TransAlta

  • Regional Committee Members

    • Debra Finlay (LLB ’91)
      Partner, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP (Vancouver)

      “I was fortunate to be part of a law school that provided me with a first rate education and unique work experience through summer internships. That was made possible because of the supportive professors at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law who took the time and had the interest in the development of students. The U of C’s student-focused approach, with its smaller class sizes and practical curriculum, was instrumental to my law school experience and to my legal education and training. I'm proud to be a Regional Director for the Campaign Committee and support the law school that provided me with such an excellent experience and the invaluable tools to meet its future goals.”

    • Carol Pennycook (JD ’80)
      Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP (Toronto)

      “I am honored to be included in U of C's Faculty of Law Campaign Cabinet. As a member of the Faculty's second graduating class, I have benefitted greatly from the faculty's commitment to excellence and skills training with small classes, even in first year, and an even smaller student to faculty ratio. Despite the dramatic growth and development of the Faculty since I graduated in 1980, the Faculty has stayed true to its fundamental principles that made such a difference to my legal training.

      Calgary is Canada's energy capital, and it is fitting that the Faculty of Law has grown to be internationally recognized for excellence in resources, energy and environmental law. I am excited about the broader community learning more about the faculty's strategic plan and supporting the faculty's quest to not only sustain but build its international reputation in resources, energy and environmental law and to expand its Excellence in Lawyering legal skills program and offer its students the premier professional law degree program in Western Canada. Realization of these goals can only be achieved with the support of the community. Their achievement will have benefits to Calgary and the Canadian energy industry and environmental health that stretch far beyond the University.”

    • Richard Bennett (LLB ’82)
      Tax Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

      “It is an honor to be a Regional Director on this Campaign Committee and to be part of a team which will move the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary closer to its goals. The Faculty of Law is unlike any other law school – its students have the continued support of world-class faculty members as well as practicing lawyers working in the legal community. The small size of Faculty classes provide students with a rare opportunity to learn the law working in close collaboration with classmates and faculty — an advantage that results in a first-class legal education. I believe in what Calgary Law is doing and where it is headed.“

    • Terra Nicolay (LLM ’11)
      Senior Counsel, Chevron

      “A great law school should prepare its students to be good lawyers, life-long learners and contributing members of the legal and larger communities. Calgary Law provides this foundation through its scholastic and practical training, as well as its commitment to the profession and our community.”