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Aldéa Landry receives the Ilsa Greenblatt Shore Award

The Honourable Aldéa Landry, CM, PC, QC has been chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Ilsa Greenblatt Shore Distinguished Graduate Award. Named in honour of the late Dr. Shore, a former UNB Board of Governors chair and graduate (BA/BEd ’71, LLB ’79), this award recognizes the outstanding achievements of UNB Law alumni in the legal profession, public service, business world and community—locally, nationally and globally.

Landry said she is humbled and surprised to be receiving the award. “It was unexpected for me,” said Landry. “I am particularly grateful as I knew Ilsa from my time on the UNB board. I have the utmost admiration and respect for her.” Landry has a special connection to the award: her late husband, J. Fernand Landry, is a former recipient. “On a more emotional note, my husband received this award posthumously in 2000. It feels like I am following in his footsteps.”

Landry’s career can be encapsulated in one word: extraordinary. After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from UNB in 1971, she served four years as legal counsel with the New Brunswick Department of Justice working on the Revised Statutes of New Brunswick Project. She later transitioned to the role of Director of Legal Translation and Computerization. In 1977, Landry began a ten-year journey in private practice, co-founding the Bathurst law firm of Tremblay, Landry, Landry. During this time, she practiced corporate, municipal, and family law. Landry’s influential career in politics began in 1987 when she was elected MLA for the Shippagan-les-Îles riding. That same year she became the first Acadian woman named to the New Brunswick Cabinet. She spent four years as Deputy Premier of New Brunswick during Frank McKenna’s premiership. From 1991 to 1993, she co-chaired the New Brunswick Commission on Excellence in Education with former UNB President, Dr. James Downey. Landry has spent the last twenty-six years as president of Landal Inc., a Moncton-based consulting firm offering organizational and business development services and international cooperation services. She also serves as vice-president of the immigration and diversity consulting firm, Diversis Inc.

Landry believes that law graduates can and should strive for more and never settle for “good enough.” “I urge law students and graduates to be proud of our profession,” said Landry. “A law degree is like a master key; it can open doors to many careers. It is important that you do not limit yourself to one area: make sure you are open to change, take calculated risks and seize opportunities. Strive to be a game changer within the profession, community, anything that you do.”

Landry was ranked among the Top 100: Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (2009, 2010). She has long been a proponent of expanding the role of women in leadership positions and values her ability to mentor, coach, and sponsor young women. “We need to encourage young women that they can go to law school and access these leadership positions. If women were proportionally represented in senior management, we would see a much different approach to business and a different world.”

Dean Kleefeld is honoured to present this award to such a deserving recipient. “Aldéa Landry embodies the qualities represented by the Ilsa Greenblatt Shore Award,” he said. “She has an outstanding record of public and community service and steadfast commitment to the legal profession. She has been a successful lawyer and is a dedicated business woman who is helping pave the way for future female leaders in business, politics, and the community.”

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