Results of the 2017 Halifax District Election for Council

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Four Council members were elected on March 20 in the Society’s Halifax District Election, and will begin their two-year terms following the 2017 Annual Meeting on June 17.

The successful candidates were John Bodurtha and Deanna Frappier, both of the Department of Justice Canada; Loretta M. Manning QC of Cox & Palmer; and Sheree L. Conlon QC of Stewart McKelvey.


  • John Bodurtha – 385 votes (26%)
  • Loretta M. Manning QC – 352 votes (24%)
  • Sheree L. Conlon QC – 351 votes (24%)
  • Deanna Frappier – 238 votes (16%)
  • Ian Gray – 164 votes (11%)

Voter turnout for this election was 29.02%, with 520 of a total 1,792 eligible voters casting electronic ballots. To learn more about the newly elected Council members, see their bios and election statements on the Halifax District Election webpage.

Acclaimed Members of Council for 2017-2019
By the February 15 deadline, two candidates were nominated in Cape Breton and Central Districts and one candidate in Southwestern District, so elections were not required in those districts. The following nominees (all incumbents) were therefore acclaimed as Council members for the 2017-2019 term:

Cape Breton District 
Jillian MacNeil
​Diane L. McGrath QC

Central District
Ellen R. Burke
Kelly R. Mittelstadt

Southwestern District
Andrew S. Nickerson QC

Role of Council
Council members ensure that the Society acts in the public interest and as a fair, visionary and respected regulator. Council requires committed lawyers who understand the responsibilities associated with self governance of an independent legal profession. A diversity of representation on Council plays an important role in setting and implementing the Society’s strategic direction and ensuring that the Society’s activities have a positive impact on the public’s interest in the Nova Scotia legal profession.

Council for 2017-2019 will consist of 21 members: the three officers (Julia Cornish QC, President; Frank E. DeMont QC, First Vice-President; and Christa Brothers QC, Second Vice-President), 10 members elected and acclaimed in the judicial districts, three At Large members elected from the entire province in an election April 17 to 24, three public representatives, the representative of the Attorney General and the Dean of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.

Details of the Society’s election process are outlined in the Society’s Regulations 2.4 (District Elections), 2.5 (At Large Elections), and 2.6 (Second Vice-President Elections).