Commissioner Oliphant Appoints Legal Counsel



    OTTAWA, July 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Justice Jeffrey J. Oliphant,
Commissioner of the Commission of Inquiry into Certain Allegations Respecting
Business and Financial Dealings Between Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right
Honourable Brian Mulroney, announced today the appointment of Legal Counsel
for the Commission. Richard Wolson, Q.C. has been appointed Lead Commission
Counsel; Nancy Brooks and Evan Roitenberg have been appointed Commission
Counsel. The appointments take effect immediately.
    Richard Wolson, Q.C., Lead Commission Counsel, is a founding member and
partner of the firm of Gindin, Wolson, Simmonds, Roitenberg, a firm
exclusively devoted to the practice of criminal law. He has previously served
as Commission Counsel in the Sophonow Inquiry and acted as counsel to parties
in the Monnin Inquiry and Driskell Inquiry.
    Nancy Brooks, Commission Counsel, is a partner at Blake, Cassels &
Graydon LLP where she practices public law and commercial litigation. She has
acted as counsel to several inquiry bodies and administrative tribunals and
served as Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice of Canada, the Rt. Hon.
Beverley McLachlin P.C. from 2004-2007.
    Evan Roitenberg, Commission Counsel, is a senior criminal law specialist
and is the President of the Manitoba Criminal Trial Lawyers Association; Board
Member of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers; member of the
Manitoba Criminal Justice Committee; member of the Tariff Review Committee
with Legal Aid Manitoba; and a past Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice
Subsection of the Manitoba Bar Association.
    Mr. Justice Jeffrey J. Oliphant, formerly Associate Chief Justice of the
Court of Queen's Bench for Manitoba, and now a justice of that court, was
appointed on June 12, 2008 as a Commissioner to conduct an inquiry into
certain allegations respecting business and financial dealings between
Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney. The appointment
was made under Part 1 of the Inquiries Act, with all the powers set out in the
Act, including the authority to hold hearings, summon witnesses and gather
evidence needed to conduct the inquiry. As Commissioner of the Inquiry,
Mr. Justice Oliphant's mandate will be to investigate and report on the 17
questions raised by Professor David Johnston in his report to the Prime
Minister of January 9, 2008. The report resulting from the Inquiry will be
submitted to the Government on or before June 12, 2009.

    Biographical notes are attached. The terms of reference are available
online at
http://www.pco-bcp.gc.ca/index.asp?Language=e&Page=information&Sub=commissions
&Doc=karl_e.htm

    The Commission's website will be accessible in the near future at
www.oliphantcommission.ca. (or "is accessible at" depending on its status when
this release is issued.)

    BIOGRAPHIES

    JUSTICE JEFFREY JAMES OLIPHANT, Q.C., COMMISSIONER, was born in Dauphin,
Manitoba on February 10, 1944. He and his wife, Irene, have two children, Joel
and Renae. He graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba and
was called to the bar of the Province of Manitoba June 2, 1967. He joined the
law firm of Johnston, Johnston and Johnston as an associate in June of 1967
where he became partner in 1969. Justice Oliphant continuously engaged in the
practice of law from 1967 until 1985, with an emphasis on criminal and civil
litigation. From 1970 until 1985, he was engaged as an arbitrator in labour
arbitrations throughout the Province of Manitoba.
    On December 23, 1980, he received an appointment as Queen's Counsel. He
was appointed August 22, 1985 as a Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of
Manitoba and on December 24, 1990 he was appointed Associate Chief Justice of
the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba.
    Justice Oliphant was appointed June 13, 2002 as a Deputy Judge of the
Nunavut Court of Justice.
    He was a member of the Canadian Judicial Council from 1990 to 2008. He
served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Judicial
Council, the Judicial Independence Committee, the Administration of Justice
Committee and as Vice Chair of the Judicial Conduct Committee, Chair of the
Public Information Committee, Trial Courts Committee, the Judges' Technology
Advisory Committee, the Sub-Committee on Computer Security and the Judicial
Education Committee.
    On July 1, 2008, following his appointment as Commissioner, he resigned
as Associate Chief Justice and opted for supernumerary status.

    RICHARD WOLSON, Q.C. LEAD COMMISSION COUNSEL, graduated from the
University of Manitoba Faculty of Law in 1972 and was called to the Bar of
Manitoba in 1973. Appointed Queen's Counsel in 1995, he joined the firm of
Walsh, Micay and Company in 1974 and became a partner in 1977. He became a
founding member and partner of the firm of Gindin, Wolson, Simmonds,
Roitenberg in 1995 where he presently practices. Since his call to the bar he
has practised exclusively in the field of Criminal Law and Administrative Law.
    He is the past president of the Criminal Law Subsection of the Manitoba
Bar Association; founding Member of the Inns of Court; Fellow of the
International Society of Barristers. Lecturing faculty member Federation of
Law Societies National Criminal Law Program 1985-2005.
    Author of numerous articles in the area of Criminal Law and Wrongful
Convictions, he has practiced before all levels of Court in Manitoba and as
counsel in all Western Provinces, Ontario, Nova Scotia and the Northwest
Territories. Mr. Wolson served as Commission Counsel in the Sophonow Inquiry
and acted as counsel to parties in the Monnin Inquiry and Driskell Inquiry.

    NANCY BROOKS, COMMISSION COUNSEL, is a partner at Blake, Cassels &
Graydon LLP where she practices public law and commercial litigation. Nancy
has acted as counsel to several inquiry bodies and administrative tribunals.
Her commercial litigation practice focuses on contractual disputes,
shareholder remedies, employment law and product liability claims. She has
appeared before the superior courts in Ontario, the Federal Courts and the
Supreme Court of Canada.
    Nancy served as Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice of Canada,
The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin P.C. from 2004-2007. In that role, she advised
on legal matters pertaining to appeals and applications for leave to appeal,
served as a member of a number of Supreme Court of Canada Committees, and as
Secretary of the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute.
    Nancy has appeared before the superior courts of Ontario, the Federal
Court, Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.  She is a
member of The Advocates' Society, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar
Association and the County of Carleton Law Association.  She has taught
Remedies at the Faculty of Common Law, University of Ottawa, and has been an
invited speaker at numerous seminars and conferences.

    EVAN ROITENBERG, COMMISSION COUNSEL, graduated from Robson Hall,
University of Manitoba Law School in 1991 and was called to the bar in 1992.
In 1998 he became a founding member of Pinx, Roitenberg, Campbell, and
practiced there until 2003 when he joined Gindin, Wolson, Simmonds,
Roitenberg.
    Mr. Roitenberg has practiced almost exclusively in the area of criminal
law. He is the President of the Manitoba Criminal Trial Lawyers Association;
Board Member of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers; member of
the Manitoba Criminal Justice Committee; member of the Tariff Review Committee
with Legal Aid Manitoba; and a past Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice
Subsection of the Manitoba Bar Association.
    He currently serves as a Learning Group Facilitator in Advocacy for the
Manitoba CPLED Program (Bar Admission Course), has been a guest lecturer at
the University of Manitoba Law School and University of Winnipeg, presented at
Continuing Legal Education workshops, and has sat on a number of committees
for the Law Society of Manitoba.
    Mr. Roitenberg regularly appears before all court levels in Manitoba, and
has appeared as counsel in B.C., Saskatchewan, Ontario, and the Supreme Court
of Canada.




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