Women – Strength in Leadership: Remembering Dara Gordon QC

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Event date: 
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 17:30 to 19:30
Name of Organization: 
Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
Contact Email: 
Discovery Centre, Level 3 Foyer, Halifax

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society invites all lawyers across Nova Scotia to this annual event, Women – Strength in Leadership: Remembering Dara Gordon QC

March 30, 2017 | 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Discovery Centre, Level 3 Foyer
1215 Lower Water Street, Halifax

This annual event is supported by McInnes Cooper.

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RSVP: Please register by March 23 to Jessica Habet at jhabet@nsbs.org 
Refreshments provided. Space is limited.

Questions? Contact Jessica at jhabet@nsbs.org

Honourable Justice Linda Lee OlandKEYNOTE SPEAKER: Honourable Justice Linda Lee Oland, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal

Justice Linda Lee Oland received her LL.B. from Dalhousie Law School in 1976. Following her call to the Nova Scotia Bar, she joined McInnes Cooper & Robertson (now McInnes Cooper), where she became the firm’s first female partner. She was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1997.

In 1998, Justice Oland was appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. Two years later, she was elevated to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. She is the first Chinese Canadian to be appointed to an appellate court in Canada.

In 2016, at the request of the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, Justice Oland completed an assessment and report on how the judiciary could encourage more diversity on the Bench. All the recommendations were accepted and are now being implemented. Justice Oland has served on several judicial and advisory committees throughout her career, including serving as the judicial representative on the advisory committee for the appointment of judges to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. 

Remembering Dara L. Gordon QC
Through the strength of her leadership and as a highly regarded lawyer, Dara Gordon QC made many contributions to her country, her province and her profession. Following graduation from Dalhousie Law School in 1979, she advised government bodies and corporations on major financing and infrastructure projects. She represented Nova Scotia in its complex federal negotiations on the sharing of offshore resource revenues, and was lead counsel for the Government of Canada in the development and operation of the Confederation Bridge. She also served as a director of the Nova Scotia Law Foundation, the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation and the Atlantic Lottery Corporation. 
As an entrepreneur, Dara’s most notable business endeavour was her family’s acclaimed Benjamin Bridge winery in the Annapolis Valley. She was a member of the CBA, the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships and, prior to her untimely death in 2009, McInnes Cooper’s Board of Directors.
Dara was an extraordinary woman of style and grace, with an abundance of wisdom and compassion. She positively influenced the outcomes of many legal issues, the success of the firms and businesses where she practised, and the careers of many lawyers in Nova Scotia. She always challenged us to be our best.