Carrie Ricker, President

Carrie Ricker

Carrie Ricker is the Society’s President for 2019-2020. She is a sole practitioner based in Halifax and provides strategic direction, risk management and legal advice to corporate, public sector and individual clients in relation to areas including health law, employment law, business law, privacy and confidentiality, and intellectual property law.

Carrie commenced her career as a litigation associate with Stewart McKelvey, and spent nearly a decade as Senior Legal Counsel to the Capital District Health Authority, Atlantic Canada’s largest health authority. Prior to her sole practice, she was a partner with Carpenters Ricker. She has also served as an Instructor with the Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry. Carrie has appeared before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia; the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal; the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island; and numerous boards and tribunals including the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Board, the Criminal Code Review Board and the Psychiatric Facilities Review Board.

Carrie was nominated for Second Vice-President for the 2018-2019 Council year by the Society’s Governance and Nominating Committee and was acclaimed to the position in February 2018. In September 2018, following the elevation of the Honourable Justice John Bodurtha to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Bench, Carrie ascended to First Vice-President for the 2018-2019 Council year. From 2015 to 2018, Carrie served on the Society’s Legal Services Regulation Solo & Small Firm Working Group. She currently serves on the Executive, Finance, Governance & Nominating and Gender Equity Committees.   

Carrie has also served as a National Council voting member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) for Nova Scotia and as an executive member of the Nova Scotia branch the CBA. She received the CBA Nova Scotia Zoe Odei Young Lawyers Award. 

Her community service includes serving as a member and now as Chair of the Board of Directors for Shakespeare By The Sea. Carrie also volunteers with the Nova Scotia Artists' Legal Information Society and has served as a mentor with the Society as well as the Dalhousie Association of Women and the Law.

Carrie received her undergraduate arts degree at St. Thomas University and law degree at the University of New Brunswick. She was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2001 and to the Prince Edward Island Bar in 2014.