Deanna Frappier, Halifax District election

Deanna Frappier2017 COUNCIL ELECTIONS
Halifax District Election

Deanna Frappier
Department of Justice Canada, Halifax
Called to Bar: 1998

The first time I served on Council, I was a newer member of the Bar looking to educate myself on the practice and regulation of the legal profession. I believe that the professional and volunteer experience I have since gained will allow me to support the needs and interests of newer members of the Bar as well as those of longer term members.

With my work history, I have had some insight into the issues and priorities from the perspectives of members in smaller to larger firms, of in-house counsel and of those practising in the public service. Being a member of a visible minority allows me to bring a more diverse point of view to the issues facing members today and to aid in the promotion of a diverse Bar and judiciary.

Volunteering is an important way to give back to the profession and to further my own professional development, as well as that of my colleagues in both the private and public practice of law.


Deanna Frappier is counsel with the Department of Justice Canada in the Tax Law Services section of the Atlantic Regional Office. Her practice primarily involves advisory and litigation services in the area of tax collections and bankruptcy and insolvency.

Deanna has been a member of the Society’s Bar Exam Screening Committee for many years and has previously served on Council as a member at large as well as a Halifax District representative. She has been Chair of the Society’s Race Relations (now Racial Equity) Committee and served as a member of a Professional Civility Committee and the former Qualifications and Bar Admission Course Committee.

Deanna is active in her community as Team Manager for the Chebucto Novice Intermediate Blizzard minor hockey team and as the incoming Registrar for the Halifax Hurricanes Lacrosse Association. She has served on the board of directors for UNICEF Canada and for the Halifax & Region Military Family Resource Centre. Deanna is a past member of the Nova Scotia Insurance Women’s Association and of the Advisory Council for the Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq Initiative at Dalhousie Law School.

After graduating from Dalhousie Law School and being called to the Bar in 1998, Deanna practised insurance/personal injury law in Halifax and later moved to practising in-house with a pension benefits/human resources consulting firm. Deanna has been with the Department of Justice Canada since 2003 and has appeared before the courts in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island as well as the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court.

NSBS Council/Committee experience

  • Bar Examination Screeners Subcommittee — June 30, 2012 to present
  • Exam - Screening Committee — July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011
  • Race Relations Committee — November 21, 2003 to June 24, 2006
  • Qualifications/Bar Admission Course Committee  — June 22, 2002 to March 29, 2004
  • Council — June 23, 2000 to June 21, 2003
  • Nominating Committee — September 20, 2002 to June 21, 2003
  • Task Force on Professional Civility — November 24, 2000 to June 21, 2002
  • Bench/Bar Committee on Unrepresented Litigants — June 22, 2000 to June 21, 2002
  • Nominating Committee — September 22, 2000 to June 30, 2001
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