Frank DeMont QC is the Society's President for 2018-2019. He is a sole practitioner at DeMont Law, New Glasgow. His current focus is on his arbitration and mediation practice in both labour and commercial matters. He also practises in municipal law, and does corporate/commercial law with small and medium sized enterprises.
His clients range from individuals and ‘mom and pop’ businesses to some of the larger businesses in northern Nova Scotia, and he has been the Town of New Glasgow’s Town Solicitor for over a decade. His experience also includes serving as a staff lawyer at Nova Scotia Legal Aid for five years and as a partner in a small firm for 11 years.
Frank is a Vice-Chair of the Nova Scotia Labour Board and on the Minister’s List of Arbitrators.
Throughout his legal career, Frank has also practised extensively in the field of criminal law, including four appearances in the Supreme Court of Canada. He has acted in family, wills, estates and real estate matters, including participation in the inaugural group of lawyers trained to roll out the Land Registration Act in 2003.
Elected to Council in 2015, Frank is Chair of the Code of Professional Conduct Committee. He has been a member of the Society’s Governance and Nominating Committee since 2013 and also currently serves on the Executive and Finance Committees. Among other past committee work, he spent nine years as a Society-appointed representative on the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission.
Frank's community work has included serving on the boards for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Atlantic Institute (ADRAI), Weeks Hockey Organization and Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. Frank is a past President of the Pictou Chamber of Commerce and the New Glasgow Rotary Club, and served Rotary International in several capacities. He has been active in fundraising in Pictou County.
A member of the Nova Scotia Bar since 1990, Frank received his Queen’s Counsel designation in 2012, and the Qualified Mediator (Q. Med) designation in 2012.
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