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The most wonderful time of the year: QC appointments

|Written By Gail J. Cohen

While it’s no longer done in Ontario or Manitoba, some provinces across the country still confer Queen’s counsel appointments on members of the bar. Most of them are made at the end of December, so here’s a roundup of the latest annoucements as well as those made earlier this year.

N.B. QCs
New Brunswick appointed 11 new QCs in 2011. Photo: Government of New Brunswick

There are 104 new Queens counsel in Alberta, which goes through the process every two years.

“This designation recognizes the excellent skill and expertise exhibited by lawyers in Alberta,” said Minister of Justice and Attorney General Verlyn Olson making the announcement on Dec. 30. “It is also a mark of the outstanding contributions they have made to the profession and in their communities.” The extensive list of honourees from both the public and private sector can be found here.

In Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General Ross Landry says the 12 Queen’s counsel appointees in that province have earned the respect of their colleagues and many others by making strong personal contributions to their communities and the legal profession. The recommendations for the appointments are made to cabinet by an independent advisory committee. See the full list of Nova Scotia’s QCs named Dec. 22 here.

In British Columbia, 28 lawyers received the Queen’s counsel honour on Dec. 22 from Attorney General Shirley Bond. The QC designation is an honour conferred on members of the legal profession “to recognize exceptional merit and contribution.” The list of all 28 B.C. appointees is here.

In Saskatchewan, the QC honours have been expanded to include solicitors and corporate counsel “who have contributed to the legal profession in the courtroom,” as well as the traditional barrister recipients, said Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan. “These exceptional recipients being honoured with a Queen’s Counsel designation have a range of experience and represent the very best of our legal community.” The 16 honourees in Saskatchewan can be found here.

Also on Dec. 22, Pamela J. Williams was given the QC honour in Prince Edward Island by Janice Sherry, minister of Environment, Labour and Justice and Attorney General. “Pamela Williams has distinguished herself through her professional work, her leadership within the legal community, and her community involvement,” said Sherry.

New Brunswick named its QCs back in October. The 11 N.B. lawyers named are here.

“It is a prestigious honour and I congratulate the 11 individuals on their appointments. They represent the professionalism and dedication that are the qualities of Queen’s counsel,” Felix Collins, Newfoundland and Labrador’s minister of Justice and Attorney General said when making his announcement in June. The senior barristers who’ve been honoured are here.


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