Duty Counsel Day Event

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Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada
Karen Wilford, Chair, Association of Legal Aid Plans of Canada
Chief Justice Richard Wagner, Supreme Court of Canada
Hon. Patti LaBoucane-Benson, Senator, Alberta
Stephen Rotstein, president, Canadian Bar Association
Sean Gallop, articling student, Legal Aid Manitoba

Panel interview with Duty Counsel lawyers from across Canada
Moment of recognition for Duty Counsel
Musical performance

Chief Justice Michael J. Wood, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
Justice Julie A. Thorburn, Court of Appeal for Ontario
Associate Chief Justice Lawrence O’Neil, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
Chief Judge Pamela Goulding, Provincial Court of Newfoundland Labrador
Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie, British Columbia Provincial Court
Chief Judge Shannon Metivier, Provincial Court of Saskatchewan
Chief Judge Pamela S. Williams, Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia
Doug Downey, attorney general, Government of Ontario
Kaycee Madu, minister of justice and solicitor general, Government of Alberta
Gordon Wyant, minister of justice and attorney general, Government of Saskatchewan
Stephen Mansell, deputy minister and deputy attorney general, Government of Nunavut
Chris Glover, Ontario MPP, Spadina-Fort York
Mike Schreiner, Ontario MPP, Guelph
Allen Benson, CEO, Native Counselling Services of Alberta
Alaina Botham, executive director, Canadian Bar Association Northwest Territories Branch
Tim Chalker, Board Chair, Legal Aid Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador
Ab Currie, Canadian Forum on Civil Justice

adrienne clarkson

Adrienne Clarkson

Host, 26th Governor General of Canada

The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson arrived in Canada from Hong Kong with her family in 1942 and made the astonishing journey from penniless child refugee to accomplished broadcaster, journalist, and distinguished public servant in a multi-faceted lifetime. Madame Clarkson was Canada’s 26th Governor General from 1999 to 2005.

Chief Justice Richard Wagner

Supreme Court of Canada

The Rt. Hon. Richard Wagner is the 18th Chief Justice of Canada. He was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2012 and became Chief Justice in 2017.

Senator LaBoucane-Benson

Hon. Patti Laboucane-Benson


Senator Patti LaBoucane-Benson is a Métis from Treaty 6 territory in Alberta. Her 30-year career has been dedicated to serving her community in Alberta, across Canada and around the world.

Karen Wilford

Chair, Association of Legal Aid Plans

Karen Wilford is the executive director of the Northwest Territories Legal Aid Commission and chair of the Association of Legal Aid Plans of Canada. Karen also serves as the Northwest Territories Council member to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and volunteers extensively in her community.
Sean Gallop

Sean Gallop

Articling student, Legal Aid Manitoba

Sean Gallop has experienced two different sides of legal aid service – once as a client who needed legal help and now as a lawyer. As a teenager, Gallop became homeless and battled addiction on the streets of Winnipeg. Today, fresh out of law school at age 49, Sean is fulfilling a lifelong dream to practice law.


Duty Counsel Day’s teen reporter

Sacha-Denis is 13 years old and he is currently in grade 9. He enjoys playing hockey, going to school and playing video games. Sacha-Denis lives in Ottawa with his family.

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