More than 180 lawyers across the country welcomed 2014 with a Queen’s Counsel designation to add to their title. Although Ontario and Manitoba no longer bestow the centuries-old honour upon lawyers, most other provinces still do.
In Alberta, 114 lawyers were admitted as Queen’s Counsel on Dec. 31 for their “outstanding contributions to legal and public life.” The province goes through the nomination process every two years. The Law Society of Alberta reviews QC applications and makes recommendations, but the justice minister and cabinet make the final selection. The 2013 honourees, listed here, include both public and private sector lawyers.
Saskatchewan also appointed 13 lawyers as QC. All of them, said Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant, “have diverse legal experience and are committed to strengthening our legal system and communities.” Wyant sits on the committee that selects lawyers for QC appointments. The committee also includes the chief justice of either the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal or the chief justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench as well as past presidents of the Law Society of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Bar Association’s Saskatchewan branch. The list of the recent appointees can be found here.