Women In Law Dean's Speaker Series

2019 Women In Law: Dean's Speaker Series; Tuesday, January 8 - February 12; Law Centre; Office of the Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
You're invited to join us for the 2019 Women In Law Dean's Speaker Series. Starting January 8, there will be five different days of speaking engagements from professionals in the industry. This series is intended for law students and space is limited to 25 participants. Please ensure you can stay for the entirety of the session before registering. Lunch will be provided. 


Moira Vane, Special Legal Advisor, Justice and Solicitor General

Moira was a Crown Prosecutor for 14 years with Alberta Justice and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. Currently, she is working for the Justice and Solicitor General as a Special Legal Advisor. Moira is a mother, and believes women can impact law in powerful ways.

Kanchana Fernando

Alexandra Seaman, Associate Partner, DDSG Lawyers

Alexandra is a criminal defence lawyer who found her passion volunteering with Student Legal Services during law school. One of her biggest accomplishments has been successfully appealing a wrongful murder conviction. Alexandra is a new mother and learning to balance her career and family life.

Kate Simpson, National Director of Knowledge Management, Bennett Jones

Kate graduated from Middlesex University Business School with her LLB in 1996, and has consulted many Canadian and UK law firms on knowledge management solutions. Kate leads a team of knowledge management specialists at Bennett Jones to deliver practice tools and resources to leverage the firm’s intellectual capital.

Aliya Ramji, Senior Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Figure 1

Aliya is an international lawyer who has held legal and non-legal positions. In 2016, Aliya was named one of the “Top 10 Thirty-Somethings” by the Association of Corporate Counsel and was awarded the Young Alumni of Influence by the University of Toronto. She has spent time lobbying the US Senate and Canadian government, making submissions on international free trade agreements and taking companies global.

Martine Boucher, CEO and co-founder, Simplex Legal

Martine is a leader in the legal innovative community – her “virtual” law firm, Simplex Legal, is a law firm of the future. The 80 per cent female firm does not have an office and lawyers either work from home or directly from the client’s place of business. The firm’s flexible approach has attracted many lawyers, including her old mentor who now calls her “boss”.

The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones

The Honourable A. Anne McLellan served as a Federal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from 1993 to 2006. She served as a Cabinet Minister in the Liberal governments of Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin.

Madam Justice Ritu Khullar, Court of Appeal of Alberta

Justice Khullar is the first South Asian Judge in Alberta’s history. She was named to the Court of Appeal of Alberta only one month after being named to the Court of Queen’s Bench. Before becoming a Judge, Justice Khullar argued landmark Supreme Court cases involving gay rights and privacy rights of sexual assault victims.

Justice Gaylene Kendell

Madam Justice Gaylene Kendell was born in Edmonton and attended the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. She then moved to Red Deer for her articles, and before her appointment as a judge for the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Edmonton, she was a partner for about 10 years. Her parents, who emigrated from Trinidad and Tobago, were foster parents to many children, and this led to her interest in becoming a family law lawyer. Madam Justice Gaylene Kendell also served on many different boards, including the Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Society and the Suicide Prevention Society of Red Deer.

Cori Ghitter, Director of Professionalism and Policy at the Law Society of Alberta

Cori Ghitter loved law and the profession, but figured out early on that she didn’t want to be a traditional practitioner. After pursuing different avenues and going through what she calls “a bit of an identity crisis”, she began to get creative. Now, in her job with the Law Society of Alberta, she still gets to do law and deals with a “treasure trove of interesting issues, just not in the traditional model”.

Chantell Ghosh, Executive Director of Citadel Theatre

Chantell boasts a very colorful resume – from Director of Marketing and Communications for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to Director of Brand Development and Corporate Responsibility for Spirit Airlines. Chantell took a step away from big law and has applied herself in many different roles in many different industries.

Lillian Pan, QC, Partner (Litigation and Dispute Resolution), Dentons Calgary

Lillian has held numerous roles across Canada, including instructing at law schools and acting as director of multiple nonprofit organizations. From starting a “Meet and Eat” group for young women to have a safe forum to share issues, to working with Calgary Chinatown on community development, she has always been actively engaged with her community and interested in making a difference to smaller groups and individuals.

Christy Lee, Associate (Litigation and Dispute Resolution), Dentons Calgary

With a quiet and introverted personality, Christy didn’t always want to be a lawyer, let alone a litigator. But the appeal of analysis and written advocacy led her to litigation and she has developed her own litigation style. She also never believed in mentoring – but that changed when she met Lillian.