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2017 Council Elections: 'At Large' voting closes April 24

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Five candidates are vying for three Member at Large positions for the 2017-2019 Council term. Nominations closed on April 3, and the Society’s At Large Election began on Monday, April 17. Please note, voting closes on Monday, April 24 at 5:00 pm.

At Large candidates – three seats available:

  • J. Patrick L. Atherton, Dartmouth
  • Brian K. Awad, Halifax
  • Cheryl A. Canning, Halifax 
  • Krista Forbes, Halifax  
  • Tuma T. W. Young, Sydney

Voting will be conducted online, and will start on Monday, April 17 at 8:30 am. Complete details about the electronic voting procedure are available on the At Large Election webpage, where you will also find information about each candidate, including biographies and election platforms.

All lawyers and non-practising members of the Society who are in good standing are eligible to vote in the At Large Election.

Role of Council
Council for 2017-2019 will consist of 21 members: the three officers, 10 members elected and acclaimed in the judicial districts, three At Large members elected from the entire province, three public representatives, the representative of the Attorney General and the Dean of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. The new Council term begins on June 17, following the Society’s Annual Meeting, with Council orientation sessions scheduled for June 15 and 16.

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. Learn more about Council at

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). Further information is also available on the Council Elections page: