Alberta Appointees to TILMA Disputes Roster:

Phyllis Smith

  • Partner in the law firm Emery Jamieson.
  • Acknowledged expert in administrative law and labour arbitration.
  • Past President of the Law Society of Alberta and Federation of Law Societies of Alberta.

Michelle Veeman

  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Rural Economy, University of Alberta.
  • Areas of study include markets, policy and trade.
  • Member of numerous government-industry coordinating and advisory groups.

John Burns

  • Partner in the legal firm Gowlings.
  • Areas of practice include corporate, corporate finance, and securities law.
  • Member of the Law Societies of Alberta and Upper Canada.
  • Member of the Calgary and Canada Bar Associations.

Gerry Bourdeau

  • Former Deputy Minister, Alberta International, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Relations from 2000 to 2008. He has held numerous positions in government and the private sector involved in public relations and communications, export development, marketing and journalism. He currently serves as President of a management consulting firm providing strategic management services to government and the private sector.

James Horsman

  • Lawyer with extensive experience in government, politics, business and negotiation.
  • Member of the Order of Canada: 2007.
  • Order of Merit, Alberta Order of Excellence: 2006.
  • Former Chancellor, University of Lethbridge.
  • National and international speaker on constitutional law, senate reform and free trade.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Association for Canadian Studies in the U.S.
  • Honourary Doctor of Laws, University of Lethbridge.
  • Member of the Alberta Legislature, 1975-1993, served as Minister of Advanced Education, Minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs, Attorney General, and Deputy Premier.
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