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Here’s what some of our alumni have been up to since our last issue

Stay up-to-date on the accomplishments of our alumni—Queen’s Counsel announcements, judicial appointments, honorary degrees, industry awards and more.

2020-21 Queen’s Counsel Appointments

Congratulations to fifteen UNB Law Alumni who received Queen’s Counsel designations in recognition of their high level of personal and professional integrity, and for their outstanding contributions to the legal profession.

British Columbia

  • John Landry, QC (LLB ’80)
  • John D. Jevning, QC (BA '82)

New Brunswick

  • Steven R. Barnett, QC (LLB ’95)
  • Hugh J. Cameron, QC (LLB ’89)
  • Shawn Robert Dempsey, QC (LLB ’94)
  • Catherine A. Fawcett, QC (LLB ’97)
  • Andrea M. Folster, QC (LLB ’94)
  • Marta Anna Shannon, QC (LLB ’80)

Prince Edward Island

  • Gary Demeulenaere, QC (LLB ’04)

Nova Scotia

  • Michelle M. Kelly, QC (LLB ’03)
  • Donald A. MacLeod, QC (LLB ’83)

Newfoundland & Labrador

  • Erin Breen, QC (LLB ’02)
  • Chris E. King, QC (LLB ’03)
  • Kenneth I. Moyse, QC (LLB ’00)
  • The Hon. Stacy C. Ryan, QC (LLB ’99)

Alumni updates


RICHARD G. BRABANDER (LLB) was reappointed to the Canada Industrial Relations Board. Brabander specializes in labour matters and administrative law including labour relations, human rights, employment and pay equity, and privacy and policy issues.


THE HON. GRAYDON NICHOLAS, CM, ONB (LLB) was named Chancellor of St. Thomas University. As Chancellor, Dr. Nicholas is an ex-officio member of the Board, presides at Convocations, and assists in the development of the university and its mission. Watch his episode of the UNB Law Podcast.


THOMAS G. O’NEIL, QC (LLB) was appointed senior litigator with Pink Larkin’s Saint John office. O’Neil’s practice focuses on civil litigation pertaining to commercial and construction disputes and product liability.


THE HON. MARY JANE RICHARDS (LLB) was appointed acting chief judge of New Brunswick’s provincial court. Judge Richards is a former Chief Sheriff and former Assistant Deputy Minister of Court Services. She was appointed to the provincial court bench in 2005.


THE HON. JEFFREY E. LANTZ (LLB) was appointed chief judge of the Provincial Court of Prince Edward Island. Judge Lantz served as provincial court judge since 2005. He has served as Education Minister, Tourism Minister, and Attorney General of Prince Edward Island. 

THE HON. IRENE S. MUZYCHKA, QC (LLB) was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to this appointment, Justice Muzychka was managing partner at Curtis Dawe, where she had practised for 33 years.


THE HON. LLOYD I. BERLINER (LLB) was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Family Division. Prior to this appointment, Justice Berliner spent nearly 31 years with Patterson Law in Truro, NS, where he built an extensive family law practice.


THE HON. PETER A. O'FLAHERTY, QC (LLB) was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. Justice O'Flaherty co-founded O'Flaherty Wells Law in 2016 and established the firm O'Flaherty Legal Services in 2019.

THE HON. LAUREL J. HALFPENNY-MACQUARRIE (LLB) was presented with a Doctorate of Laws from St. FX. Judge Halfpenny-MacQuarrie was instrumental in setting up the Wellness Court in Port Hawkesbury, NS, and the Aboriginal Wellness and Gladue Court in Wagmatcook First Nation, presiding over both courts.


EDWARD W. KEYES, QC (LLB) was recognized by The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2021 for Administrative and Public Law, and Construction Law. Keyes is the New Brunswick Managing Partner and also the Saint John office Managing Partner with Cox & Palmer.

ALEX J. SCHOLTEN (LLB) has become a co-owner and President & CEO of Victory Meat Market, a historic downtown Fredericton grocery store originally opened in 1939.

PAUL HARQUAIL, ACIArb (LLB) was elected President of the Canadian Maritime Law Association. Paul is a longstanding member of the CMLA, and has previously held the role of national, and eastern, vice-president, as well as chair of the Federal Court Act and Rules Committee.


LYDIA BUGDEN, QC (LLB) was named an Atlantic Business 2021 Top 50 CEO Award Winner. She is CEO & Managing Partner at Stewart McKelvey in Halifax, NS. Watch her episode of the UNB Law Podcast.


KEVIN J. KILEY (LLB) was named an Atlantic Business 2021 Top 50 CEO Award Winner. Kiley is the Managing Partner at McInnes Cooper and serves in executive positions with the Canadian Bar Association at both the provincial and national levels.


JAMES PETRIE (LLB) was appointed Chief Legal Officer for the New Brunswick Power Corporation, following a 16-year career at Plaza Retail REIT, a publicly-traded real estate owner, developer and manager of retail properties across Canada.


THE HON. STACY C. RYAN (LLB) was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. She was also recently appointed to the Labrador-Grenfell Health Board of Trustees.


RAJ SHOAN (LLB) was appointed the new general counsel for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA). Prior to this appointment, Shoan served as legal counsel for the CRTC and acted as their regional commissioner for Ontario.


ANDREW R. DAWSON (LLB) was appointed Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Relations for ARC Canada, a clean energy technology company developing the ARC-100, an advanced small modular reactor (SMR).


ANDREA F. BALDWIN (LLB) has joined Barteaux Labour and Employment Lawyers Inc. as Immigration Law Practice Leader. Prior to joining Barteaux, Baldwin Led the establishment and growth of Ernst and Young Law’s Immigration Practice in Atlantic Canada.


ROBIN K. AITKEN (LLB) was named a finalist/Excellence awardee for the Canadian Law Awards’ Female Trailblazer category. Robin is the Managing Partner for Cox & Palmer’s four Prince Edward Island offices.

LIZA ANNE ROBICHAUD (LLB) was named a member of the New Brunswick regional health authority, Vitalité Health Network.


PATRICK YOUNG (LLB) was recognized with the Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association’s John Dunlop Memorial Award. The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Nova Scotia justice system and the community.

WILLIAM BOYTE (LLB) was appointed General Counsel and University Secretary at Vancouver Island University. In this role, Boyte will act as the Senior Policy Advisor and Privacy Officer.


LAURA BROCKLEHURST (LLB) joined the St. John’s partnership of Cox & Palmer. Brocklehurst is a civil litigator with over 12 years’ experience in personal injury and defence law.

ALLISON M. WHELAN (LLB) was appointed Commissioner of Lobbyists for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Whelan is a partner in the St. John’s office of Stewart McKelvey, where she primarily practices in the area of tax litigation and tax planning.


ANDREA L. PIERCE (JD) was named partner at the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer. Andrea practices health law and family law, and also advises on commercial law matters.


ADAM M. KING (JD) was named partner at the Fredericton office of Cox & Palmer. King’s legal practice includes corporate & commercial law, estates & trusts, and real estate.

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