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The Hon. Judge Kael McKenzie guest speaker at 15th Annual Pride Reception (July 20)

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The Honourable Judge Kael McKenzie The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society is pleased to announce that the Honourable Judge Kael McKenzie will be guest speaker at the 15th Annual Pride Reception on July 20, 2017.

Judge McKenzie is Canada’s first self-identified transgender judge. A member of the Manitoba Métis Nation, Judge McKenzie was appointed to the Manitoba Provincial Court in December 2015. Prior to his appointment, he served in the Canadian Forces and obtained his law degree from the University of Manitoba in 2006. After bar admission, he practised with the Winnipeg firm of Chapman Goddard Kagan, and then as a Crown prosecutor. Judge McKenzie has served as co-chair of the CBA’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference, vice-president of the Manitoba Bar Association’s executive committee, the Manitoba chair of the CBA, and president of the Rainbow Resource Centre.

The annual event is co-hosted by the Society and the SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) Section of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 – 4:30 to 6:30 PM
Delta Halifax Bluenose Ballroom
1990 Barrington St, Halifax

Please RSVP by Thursday, July 13 to Jessica Rose at

NOTE: Three more Pride Week initiatives with NSBS
  • Also on Thursday, July 20, the Society will host a half-day workshop, Supporting trans* and gender variant clients and colleagues. Presented in partnership with The Youth Project and led by community educator Maddox Greene, the workshop will take place from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Society's offices. If you would like to attend, contact Emma Halpern, Equity & Access Officer, at
  • On July 20 during the workshop, the Society will launch its new Guidelines to Support Trans and Gender Variant Clients, Colleagues and Employees.
  • On Saturday, July 22, Join the Society and CBA-NS at the 30th annual Halifax Pride Parade. We're teaming up for the second year in a row to walk in the parade as a profession. Lawyers, family and friends are asked to register in advance and meet at 11:30 am at the Halifax Dockyard. For details, see the CBA-NS website