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The Executive Leadership Team focuses on the operational work of the Law Society as a self-regulator of the legal profession. We strive to ensure we fulfill our vision, mission, strategic goals, business plans and budget as approved by the Board.
Executive Leadership Team
Elizabeth has been Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director since Jan. 1, 2019. Prior to that, Elizabeth was Deputy Executive Director & Director, Regulation. She leads more than 148 employees and is committed to continuously improving regulatory and business processes so that the Law Society of Alberta retains its place as a proactive regulator in an ever-changing legal marketplace.
Prior to joining the Law Society, Elizabeth worked at the University of Calgary, where she was the Associate General Counsel & University Secretary. In addition, she worked as a securities lawyer at McCarthy Tetrault LLP, was Corporate Secretary at TransAlta Corporation, and Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary at the Alberta Securities Commission. Elizabeth was born and raised in Calgary and graduated from the University of Alberta where she received her Bachelor of Laws degree. She also has a bachelor and masters degree in Canadian History from the University of Calgary.
In addition, Elizabeth contributes nationally to the work of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and has received her ICD.D designation. Elizabeth was the recipient of the Women in Law Leadership award for Leadership in the Profession (Broader Roles) in 2019 and was appointed King’s Counsel in 2020.
Cori is the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Policy and Education at the Law Society of Alberta. In this role, she works closely with the Chief Executive Officer to support the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She is also responsible for overseeing much of the strategic work of the organization that comes out of the Education and Policy departments.
She has been instrumental in a variety of projects dedicated to lawyer competence in Alberta, including looking at the efficacy of articling as training for new lawyers, developing strategies for ongoing training including changes to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program, and promoting the role of wellness in lawyer competence. She oversaw the recent development of a Professional Development Profile that sets out the competencies Alberta lawyers are expected to demonstrate in their everyday practice.
She is also passionate about advancing the Law Society’s equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. In 2022, she led the launch of an Articling Placement Program to assist articling students experiencing harassment or discrimination with finding new articling positions. She also oversaw the “My Experience” project, which invited lawyers and students to share their stories where racial discrimination or stereotyping impacted their legal career.
Cori was born and raised in Calgary. She received her LLB in 1994 from the University of Calgary, her LLM in 2000 from the University of British Columbia and her King’s Counsel designation in 2022.
Cori currently chairs the Board of Directors of Vibrant Communities Calgary and is a Director on the Boards of Alberta Law Libraries and the Canadian Center for Professional Legal Education (CPLED). She was previously a member of the Stewardship Group of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative and has served as a Director on the boards of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and the YWCA of Calgary.
Nadine holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.
Nadine’s portfolio of responsibility includes accounting and finance for the Law Society, ALIA, and Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education. Her career experience includes project management and senior financial management roles primarily with nonprofit organizations including the Law Society since 2009.
Kendall is the Director, Regulation and Professionalism. In this role, she oversees all aspects of the Law Society’s regulatory processes, including disciplinary and proactive regulation departments and initiatives.
Kendall joined the Law Society in 2018 and has had various roles with the Law Society’s Professionalism teams. She has worked collaboratively on protocols and processes with several teams across the organization and has led important work on outcome measurement and data driven decision making.
Kendall was called to the bar in 1998. She articled and practised in Calgary for many years before moving to Almaty, Kazakhstan, where she practised international arbitration with a multinational firm. Upon her return to Canada, she went back to a commercial litigation practice for a few years before joining Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) in 2013, where she worked to promote the importance of pro bono law for Alberta lawyers and collaborated on legal clinics and initiatives. While at PBLA, she moved into the role of Deputy Executive Director and later Executive Director, contributing to her extensive leadership experience.
Andrew immigrated to Calgary in 2007 from Northwich, England. He has a bachelor’s and MBA from the Open University completed while working in a variety of Information Technology, Project Management and Business Improvement positions with UK emergency services and local government.
Andrew joined the Law Society in 2011 as the Director, Business Technology. He was initially hired to manage business technology operations but over time he has steadily increased his influence on operations across the organization and has taken on responsibility for other departments including Membership and Applications and Information.
Andrew was appointed to the role of Chief Information Officer & Director, Business Operations in 2019 and is now also responsible for leading the organization through changes to business operations as well as leading projects that enhance business effectiveness. He oversees the selection and implementation of technology tools and services that will help to streamline internal operations in support of our strategic goals.
In 2005, he served as President of the British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials and represented the association at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee to the UK Communications Regulator between 2004 and 2007. Andrew was a sessional instructor with the University of Lethbridge where he taught Management Information Systems and Project Management.
Brita was born in Montreal, and moved to Calgary from Vancouver in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.
Prior to joining the Law Society in 2016, Brita worked at Tim Hortons Inc. where she was Senior Manager, Human Resources responsible for Western Canada.
David is responsible for the Alberta lawyers’ indemnity program. David was raised in Calgary and holds a B.A. (University of Calgary), a J.D. (University of Saskatchewan), an ICD.D certified director designation, as well as two MBAs (Queen’s University and Cornell University). He has a background in leadership, governance and risk management, including experience in professional liability insurance.
Prior to joining ALIA, David’s career included private practice with international, national, and local law firms as well as serving as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Alberta Health Services, where he was responsible for legal services, corporate policy, information & privacy, ethics, compliance and insurance.
In 2004, David was awarded the King’s Counsel designation. David has served on the board of directors for various public and private corporations and associations including not-for-profits, an insurance reciprocal, start-ups, and a TSX listed corporation and has served as Board Chair for both Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Alberta Health Services. He currently serves as a director on the Alberta Insurance Council and the National Client Protection Organization.