Cheryl A. Canning QC, Member at Large

Cheryl A. CanningCheryl Canning QC is a Partner in the litigation team at Burchells LLP in Halifax, where her practice focuses on insurance-related work in the areas of personal injury, property damage, construction and professional liability.

Elected to Council in 2017, Cheryl is also Chair of the Credentials Committee, having served as a member of the committee from 2004 through 2013. She is also a member of the Society’s Fitness to Practise Committee.

Before joining Council in June 2017, Cheryl was the Chair of the LIANS Board of Directors for four years and a member of the Board since 2008. Her LIANS work included serving on its Governance, Claims Review, Investment and Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) Committees. A decade of volunteering with the LAP Committee – four as its Chair – led Cheryl in 2010 to the CBA Wellness Forum Board of Directors, where she is currently Chair and Atlantic Provinces Representative.

Cheryl was a Managing Partner at Burchells from 2011 to 2015 and continues to work on internal committees. In 2016 and 2017 she was ranked by peers among the Best Lawyers in Canada for insurance law. She has appeared before all levels of court in Nova Scotia and has much experience in mediation and alternate dispute resolution. She also provides coverage opinions on speciality insurance products such as biomedical policies and has been involved in systemic institutional abuse claims and class actions.

Called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1998, she is also a member of the PEI Law Society. In addition to maintaining her own professional development, Cheryl presents at wellness conferences and workshops for insurance professionals on issues such as legal updates, claims investigation and fraud.

Cheryl is a member of The Advocate’s Society, Canadian Defence Lawyers and the Canadian Bar Association’s Insurance Section. She is President of The ARC Group Canada, a network of independent law firms across Canada focusing on insurance law and risk management.

A native Newfoundlander, Cheryl lives in Dartmouth with her husband Andrew and their two sons, where they are active members of the Banook Canoe Club. Outside the profession, she has held various volunteer roles with Banook Canoe Club, Dartmouth Whalers Minor Hockey Association, Athletics Nova Scotia and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
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