Ellen Picard

First female full-time member of Faculty of Law
First female faculty member to be appointed a Judge

1967 – LLB from University of Alberta
1972 – Joined the Faculty of Law
1974-1975 – Associate Dean
1980-1981 – Associate Dean
1975 – Established the internationally respected Health Law Institute at the Faculty of Law
1986 – Appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench
1995 – Elevated to the Court of Appeal

Further Achievements

  • Has provided leadership in the area of judicial education
  • Was Vice-President of the Law Reform Commission of Canada
  • Co-author of Legal Liability of Doctors and Hospitals in Canada
    This book is widely viewed as the most authoritative and comprehensive treatment of the law relating to the liability of doctors, health care professionals and hospitals in Canada. Now in its fourth edition.


  • University of Alberta granted her Honourary Professorships in both Law and Medicine
  • 1992 - Honourary LLD from the University of Alberta
  • Health Law Institute organizes the annual Picard Health Lecture In Justice Picard’s honour