Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law

​​Alberta Alumni Council Members 2015-16

Peter Johnson, Law'89 (Artsci'85), Co-Chair

Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson is the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer for Shaw Communications Inc., and is responsible for Shaw’s Legal group, corporate governance, regulatory and government relations.

Mr. Johnson has over 15 years of experience with significant mergers and acquisitions including a $4 billion asset swap between Shaw and Rogers Communications, the acquisition of 360Networks’ fibre backbone, the development and partnership of the 42-story Shaw Tower project in Vancouver, the $2 billion acquisition of CanWest Global’s broadcasting and media assets, the US$1.2 billion acquisition of ViaWest, the $1.65 billion acquisition of WIND and sale of Shaw Media to Corus Entertainment for $2.65 billion.

Starting at Shaw in 1996 as Legal Counsel, Mr. Johnson assumed more senior roles at Shaw culminating with this recent promotion in March 2016 to include regulatory affairs and government relations. 

Mr. Johnson is Co-Chair of the Alberta Alumni Council for Queen’s Law School and board member and Treasurer of the Alberta Ballet Foundation.

In 2011, Mr. Johnson was the recipient of the Canadian General Counsel Deal Marker Award for his role in Shaw’s $2 billion acquisition of CanWest’s broadcasting business.

Mr. Johnson lives in Calgary with his wife Erin and their two daughters.


Stuart O'Connor, Law'86, Co-Chair

Stuart O’Connoris the President of Timber Ridge Capital Ltd., a private holding company as well as an officer and/or director of various other companies including Arcurve Inc., a private international software development company, Fitzroy Developments Ltd., a private real estate company, Petrofeed Inc., a private internet company and Timber Ridge Ranch Ltd. He is a former founding partner in various other enterprises including a junior oil and gas company, a financing company and a real estate company and is also the former Chairman of the Board of Flint Energy Services Ltd., a public oilfield service company, and a former director of IROC Energy Services Ltd., a public oilfield service company.

Stuart is also the former CEO and CFO of Merak Projects Ltd., an international software company. Before his involvement with Merak, Mr. O’Connor practiced corporate and securities law with Bennett Jones, a national law firm. Stuart is active in the community and in addition to his role with the Queen’s Law Alumni in Alberta is a volunteer with the Calgary Stampede, most recently as the co-chair of the 2012 Centennial Committee celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. Mr. O’Connor holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering) degree from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University.


Barbara B. Johnston, Q.C., Law'93, Vice-Chair

Barbara Johnston is the National Co-Chair of Dentons Canada Labour and Employment Group and a partner in the Calgary office. Her practice focuses on management side labour, employment, human rights, constitutional and privacy law. Ms. Johnston has appeared before all levels of courts and administrative tribunals, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Alberta Labour Relations Board, Human Rights Panels, Boards of Arbitration and Federal Labour Adjudicators. Ms. Johnston has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada (Labour and Employment Law); The Legal 500 (Labour and Employment); The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Employment Law and Workplace Human Rights); Who's Who Legal: Canada (Management Labour and Employment Lawyer); The 2009 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada - “Canadian Litigation Lawyers to Watch”; Lexpert – Top 40 Leading Canadian Lawyers Under 40. Ms. Johnston also holds a Bachelor of Arts (History and Economics) from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University and a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Ms. Johnston is the Honorary Consul of Belgium in Calgary.


Michael Casey, QC, Law'72

Michael's preferred area of practice is civil litigation and dispute resolution primarily in the areas of insurance and surety, construction and business law. As counsel on behalf of insurers, sureties, contractors and corporations, he has appeared before all levels of Court in Alberta, the Supreme Court of Canada and numerous administrative tribunals. Michael has assisted clients with various forms of alternate dispute resolution including private mediation, judicial mediation and arbitration. He has provided advice and representation to insurers in matters relating to motor vehicle, property, commercial general liability, professional liability, errors and omissions, coverage opinions and defence of coverage actions. Michael has extensive experience in providing defence in product liability cases.

He has represented major energy and construction companies in respect of commercial, tort, contract and environmental litigation. Michael has completed the arbitration course with the Arbitration and Mediation Association of Alberta and the Institute of Corporate Directors course.


Dino DeLuca, Law'87 (Sc'84)

Dino DeLuca is Chief Operating Officer of TriWest Capital Partners

Dino DeLuca joined TriWest Capital Partners in November, 2015 as Chief Operating Officer, a newly created position with the launch of Fund V. As COO, Dino is responsible for and oversees a wide variety of areas within TriWest, including finance, investor reporting and relations, governance functions, and administration, as well as supporting the transaction and investment teams and our portfolio companies.

Prior to joining TriWest, Dino was Senior Partner at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, a leading Calgary based law firm. His law practice was focused on commercial transactions (including private M&A), banking and equipment finance. He also had a significant role in the management of BD&P as a Member of the Executive Committee, Partnership Admission Committee and Business Development Committee. Dino has been recognized with several honours throughout his distinguished legal career, including being named one of the “Best Lawyers in Canada” continuously since 2006.

Dino serves on the Board of Directors of STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service). STARS operates the not-for-profit helicopter ambulance service in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Mr. DeLuca holds degrees in Mining Engineering and Law from Queen’s University and he was called to the Alberta Bar in 1988.


Robert J. Engbloom, QC, Law'75

Bob Engbloom practises primarily M&A, corporate and securities law and acts for a number of businesses. Mr. Engbloom also acts as lead counsel on a wide variety of significant transactions and has extensive experience in providing advice on mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and related-party transactions. His practice includes advising boards of directors and special committees on both governance matters and substantive transactions.

Mr. Engbloom also has considerable experience on a broad range of corporate finance matters, representing issuers and underwriters in a variety of public and private financing matters, nationally and internationally. He is a corporate secretary or director of a number of public and private corporations.

Although Mr. Engbloom’s practice is primarily in the natural resources and energy areas, including considerable experience in the oil sands and renewable energy sectors, he acts for a number of clients and on transactions in other industries as well.


Imran S. Hussainaly, Law'05

Imran S. HussainalyImran S. Hussainaly serves as Senior Legal Counsel for Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG).
OEG owns the 5-time Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings and Bakersfield Condors and operates Rogers Place, North America’s premier and most technologically advanced sports and entertainment venue.
Edmonton born and raised, Mr. Hussainaly supports OEG’s multitude of sports and entertainment ventures. As part of his diverse responsibilities, Mr. Hussainaly provides strategic counsel on broadcast rights, coach employment, concession, hockey related litigation, insurance, intellectual property, lease, live entertainment, merchandising, premium seat licensing, risk management, sponsorship, and ticketing matters. Prior to joining OEG, he drafted and negotiated complex commercial transactions in the telecommunications and aerospace industries.
Mr. Hussainaly currently serves as Secretary of the Edmonton Oil Kings Education Association. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Canadian International Council and Sports Lawyers Association.
He received his degree in economics from the University of Alberta, his law degree at Queen's University and earned a certificate in international business law from the Queen’s University Bader International Study Center in the United Kingdom. Mr. Hussainaly is called to the Bar in Ontario and Alberta.


Leanne Krawchuk, Law'97

Leanne is the head of the Dentons’ Edmonton Corporate Commercial group. Leanne is the Edmonton team lead for the Mining Practice Group. In her career, she has also been recognized as a leader among her peers, receiving the distinction of Lexpert’s 2012 “Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40” award, and recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the areas of Construction law, Securities law, and Mergers and Acquisitions. Leanne is also involved within the community, currently acting as a director of the Edmonton Symphony Society and the Francis Winspear Centre for Music.


Katherine MacLennan, Law'10 (Artsci'07)

Kate is an associate at Birdsell Grant LLP in Stony Plain. Kate focuses her practice on civil litigation, surrogate litigation and family law and has experience representing clients in the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, as well as in mediations and arbitrations. She has also assisted on matters in the Court of Appeal, tribunals and disciplinary boards. Outside of the office, Kate is an avid sailor, rock climber, snowboarder and runner.


John B. McWilliams, Q.C., Law'72

John McWilliams, Q.C.John is a graduate of University of Ottawa (BA) and Queen’s Law School. ( 72)

During his career he held a number of senior legal positions in the international energy industry including Mobil Oil Canada (General Counsel) and Nexen Inc (Senior Vice President, General Counsel) .

He has taken a leadership role in governance and business ethics, in particular developing a code of conduct for Canadian corporations operating internationally.

He is currently a director of a number of not-for-profits including the International Conservation Fund of Canada, Arts Commons, Lakefield College School and Friends of the Fraser Wetlands.

John is married to Susan and together they have two children.

He is an avid supporter of Queen’s Law School.


Jean - Ann Naysmith Rooney, Law'84

Jean - Ann Naysmith

Jean-Ann is a member of the Queen’s Law 1984 class. She was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where she lived until the age of five. She then moved with her family to Ottawa where she grew up skiing, playing school sports and playing in a band. After high school, she attended Queen’s University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and Politics and then a Law degree. She had the privilege of playing on the varsity squash team for Queen’s, belonged to the Queen’s bands and was a don in the girls’ residences for the 3 years of law school. After graduating in 1984, she moved to Calgary and articled at Mason MacLeod Lyle Smith, Barristers and Solicitors.  Upon being called to the Bar in 1985, she practiced at the law firm of Reed Donahue for four years in the areas of corporate, real estate and criminal law.

In 1989, she established her own law firm and has been practicing real estate law for 26 years. She is married to Bob Rooney, who is also a lawyer in Calgary. The shining stars of their life are their six children, Charlie, Maria, Karen, Joey, Robbie and Susanna, who range in age from 26 to 12. They love to spend time together skiing, golfing and travelling. When she is not practicing law, Jean-Ann loves to spend time with her family, play squash and tennis, play in a jazz band and volunteer at her childrens’ schools and at the Children’s Hospital.



Leslie A. O'Donoghue, Q.C., Law'88

Leslie is Executive Vice President, at Agrium Inc. responsible for Corporate Development and Strategy; Operational Excellence; Environmental, Health, Safety & Security; Sustainability & Stakeholder Relations; Government Relations; Internal Audit; and Risk Management. In her previous role of Executive Vice President, Operations, she managed Agrium’s North American and International Operations. Leslie is a member of the Board of Directors for Pembina Pipeline Corporation and United Way of Calgary and Area.

She has been recognized on numerous occasions in her career. Leslie was the winner of the Lexpert Zenith Awards: Celebrating Leading Women Lawyers; one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer magazine; one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture magazine; Top Deal Maker of the Year at the Canadian General Counsel Awards; and was a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award Winner and, as a four-time recipient, was inducted into the WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame. Leslie also received an Alberta Queen’s Counsel Appointment for her outstanding contributions to legal and public life.

Prior to joining Agrium, Leslie was a partner in the national law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Leslie received her Economics Degree from the University of Calgary in 1984, and completed her Law Degree from Queens University in 1988. She was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1989.


Alicia K. Quesnel, Law'93

Alicia K Quesnel (BA 1987, MA 1989, LLB (Queen's) 1993 and LLM 1994) is a partner with the law firm of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP (BDP) in Calgary, Alberta, and practices in the energy/commercial transactions and competition law groups. Ms Quesnel has more than 20 years of experience advising on matters pertaining to the structuring and implementation of significant large-scale conventional and non-conventional (oil sands, CBM, LNG) resource and midstream joint venture projects in Canada, conventional and non-conventional (oil sands and electricity) royalty financings; private M&A transactions and related energy matters and commercial matters. Alicia also provides clients with advice and assistance on securing foreign investment approvals, particularly as they relate to investments in Canada by state-owned enterprises, as well as securing competition approvals and providing advice on competition matters relating to strategic alliances, conspiracies and abuse of dominance.

She has been named in Chambers Global: Clients' Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business, since 2006. She has also been recognized as a leading energy lawyers in a number of guides, including Lexpert's American Lawyer's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Who's Who Legal Canada (Energy Law), Lexpert's Special Edition of Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers and Best Lawyers in Canada (Natural Resources Law).


Andrew J. Trevoy, Law ’79

Andy Trevoy

Andrew (“Andy”) Trevoy is an associate with Ogilvie LLP in Edmonton where he practices Small Business Corporate Commercial Law and Not-for Profit and Charities Law. Three years ago he merged his business law firm, Trevoy LLP into the Ogilvie practice.  Andy is also a partner in an Edmonton based private equity firm investing in and providing director level leadership to several Alberta-based private business organizations.  He does some Human Resources consulting, and is the co-founder and part owner of a business resourcing U.S. based small business trade mark owners.

Andy has called Edmonton home for most of his life. He attended the University of Alberta obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Economics and then Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario qualifying for the degree of Juris Doctor.

Outside the business sphere, Andy’s involvements revolve around his family, among other things being a new grandparent. He has been heavily involved in the charity world, notably being the Chair of the Mustard See Society of Calgary and Edmonton for 6 years. Andy is also an obsessive recreational athlete, competing up to the Ironman Triathlon level and holding a Boston marathon qualifying time for a number of years.


The Honourable Thomas W Wakeling, Law'74

Thomas W. Wakeling was appointed a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta on February 8, 2013. Since 1983, he had been a partner with Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP in Edmonton, practicing constitutional law, labour law and arbitration. Previously, he was a law faculty member at University of Saskatchewan for a period of five years, beginning in 1974. He chaired Alberta’s Public Service Employee Relations Board 1989-93 and has been chartered by the Arbitrator’s Institute of Canada since 1988. He has been the president of the Edmonton Junior Golf Association since 2003 and is an honourary solicitor for the United Way of Alberta, Capital Region.

Mr. Justice Wakeling received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan in 1971, a Bachelor of Laws from Queen's University in 1974 and a Master of Laws from the University of Illinois in 1982. He was admitted to the Bar of Saskatchewan in 1980, the Bar of Alberta in 1982 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2001.


Blair C. Yorke-Slader, Q.C., Law'82

Blair Yorke-SladerBlair is Vice-Chairman of Bennett Jones LLP and a partner in the Calgary office. A Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, he is a leading Alberta practitioner in high-stakes corporate and commercial litigation with an active trial and appellate business and energy litigation and arbitration practice.

Blair has been consistently recommended in Best Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and the Lexpert Guides to Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers, Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers and Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, The Legal 500 and Leaders League. He was awarded the 2005 Alberta Centennial Medal for outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta.