About Us

The Manitoba Law Reform Commission is composed of five to seven members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Section 3 of The Law Reform Commission Act requires that the Commission’s membership include a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench; a full-time member of the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba; a lawyer entitled to practise in Manitoba and not in the employ of the government; and a non-lawyer. One of the members is appointed President of the Commission, and he or she must be a lawyer.

The current members of the Commission are:

President: Cameron Harvey, Q.C., Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba

Members:
Jacqueline Collins, Barrister and Solicitor, Gange Goodman and French
Michelle Gallant, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
John C. Irvine, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Hon. Gerald O. Jewers, Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba (retired)
Myrna Phillips, non-lawyer
Hon. Justice Perry W. Schulman, Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba

The current staff members of the Commission are:

Legal staff:
Heather Fast
Elizabeth McCandless

Administrative staff:

Members

Cameron Harvey

Appointed President of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission in July 2006.

Cameron Harvey, Q.C. was appointed President of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission in July 2006, taking over from Clifford Edwards who served as President from 1979 to 2006. A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B 1964, LL.M 1966), Professor Harvey was a full-time professor at the University of Manitoba,  Faculty of Law from 1966 until 2006.  Along with his duties as a professor, he served in many capacities including assistant to the dean, director of the legal research institute, chair of the archives, building, library, admissions, bursaries, examinations and Manitoba Law Journal committees, and as associate dean, 1989 -2005.  Upon his retirement, he was appointed the Faculty’s first Professor Emeritus. He continues to teach Conflict of Laws.

Professor Harvey was chairman of the Land Value Appraisal Commission (“LVAC”) from 1977 to 2007. As chairman of the LVAC, he wrote more than 200 judgments, reported in the Land Compensation Reports.

Before being appointed President of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission, Professor Harvey acted as a consultant with the Commission on a number of projects including administrative law and wills and estates.  He has authored more than 80 articles, comments, book reviews and reports for various government agencies and others.  Subjects of his seven books include the law of habeas corpus, the Law Society of Manitoba, an anthology of legal humour, the law of dependants’ relief and the law of agency.

Jacqueline Collins

Appointed a member of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission in August 2012.

Jackie Collins is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law in 1991.  She has practised at Gange Goodman and French since 1996, and she became a partner in 2005.  Her practice focuses primarily on civil litigation, insurance litigation, administrative law, and estates law.  Jackie has also acted on behalf of insurers who provide liability coverage to professionals such as insurance agents and lawyers.  She provides advice to regulatory bodies and professional associations.

Jackie is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Manitoba.  She is the Vice-Chairperson, Insurance Agents’ and Adjusters’ Licensing Appeal Board.  She has also been a learning facilitator for C.P.L.E.D. (formerly known as the Bar Admissions Course) in courses on civil litigation.

Michelle Gallant

Appointed a member of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission in August 2012.

Michelle is an Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba.  She holds a PhD (London), an LLM (UBC) and an LLB (UNB).  Her adventures in law include a Visiting Fellowship, Faculty of Law, Cambridge, 2010;  Associate Dean (Research and Graduate), 2004-10;  Director, Legal Research Institute, 2004-10 and Adjunct Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Mauro Center.  She writes, researches and teaches in the areas of taxation law and policy, torts, philanthropy and law, money laundering and economic crime.  Her publications include Economic Crime and Civil Remedies, 2005, Edward Elgar.

John C. Irvine

Appointed member of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission in 1984.

John Irvine is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, currently teaching torts, jurisprudence, real property and personal property, a position he has held since 1975. John received his B.C.L. from Oxford University, London, in 1969 and his M.A. in 1971. He was assistant professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba from 1970 to 1974 and assistant professor at the University of Birmingham, England, from 1974 to 1975.

Hon. Mr. Justice Gerald O. Jewers (retired)

Appointed a member of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission in 1985. 

Hon. Mr. Justice Gerald O. Jewers (retired) graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law with an LL.B in 1955 and an LL.M in 1957. He was appointed a judge of the County Court of Winnipeg in 1977 and a judge of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench (General Division) when that court and the County Courts were amalgamated in 1984. He served as the Chair of the Statutory Rules Committee until his retirement from the bench in 2007. Since then, he has carried on a private arbitration practice. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Gerry practised with the law firms of Newman, MacLean & Associates, and Fillmore & Riley. His main area of practice was civil litigation. 

He is past editor of the Manitoba Bar News; past co-editor of Headnotes and Footnotes; past president of the Manitoba Bar Association; past president of the Manitoba Medical Legal Society; and past chair of the Manitoba Commission of Inquiry into Lottery Profits.

Myrna Phillips

Appointed a member of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission in August 2012.

Myrna Phillips was elected as M.L.A. for Wolseley in 1981 after several years’ employment in the Department of Colleges and Universities affairs, the Civil Service Commission and the Women’s Bureau in the Department of Labour.  Shortly after her election, she was appointed Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Community Service, where she was responsible for the ground breaking child care legislation and regulations passed in 1982. During her second term, she was elected as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, a position she held until the government was defeated in 1988. 

Ms. Phillips returned to the civil service as a case manager in Employment and Economic Security until she was asked by the National Democratic Institute of Washington D.C. to serve in East Jerusalem as the Director of a project to assist the newly elected Palestinian Legislative Council.  Upon completion of that assignment she continued in the Department of Employment and Economic Security in the office for Persons with Disabilities until her retirement in 2001.

Ms. Phillips has served on a variety of Government and non-profit Boards including the Civil Service Superannuation Board, the Manitoba Telephone System Board of Directors, the Manitoba Government Employees Union Board of Directors, the Motor Transport and Highway Traffic Board and, for the past nine years, the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission Board of Directors. 

Hon. Mr. Justice Perry W. Schulman

Appointed a member of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission in July 2007.

Mr. Justice Schulman graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1963 (obtaining his LL.M. in 1970) and engaged in a general law practice until his appointment to the bench in 1993. Mr. Justice Schulman has maintained a varied and distinguished career.

He has been a member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Canada, a part-time lecturer at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, director of the Manitoba Institute of Continuing Legal Education and assistant director of the Bar Admission Course. He also served as Chair of the Manitoba Police Commission and as President of the Law Society of Manitoba. In the course of his law practice, he chaired numerous labour arbitration boards, served on an expedited panel under The Labour Relations Act of Manitoba, and was appointed an adjudicator under the Canada Labour Code. Mr. Justice Schulman also served as one of co-counsel to the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba and as an instructor for the Arbitration Training Programme of the Department of Labour and the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Manitoba Level II course.

Since his appointment to the bench, Mr. Justice Schulman was the Commissioner of an Inquiry into the deaths of Rhonda and Roy Lavoie and has actively participated in the Court's judicially-assisted dispute resolution process.

Staff

Heather Fast

Heather Fast is a graduate of the University of Manitoba ( LLB, 2013). After articling with the Manitoba Law Reform Commission and the Public Interest Law centre, Heather joined the Commission as legal counsel in July 2014.

Elizabeth McCandless

Elizabeth joined the Manitoba Law Reform Commission as legal counsel in 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (LLB, 2007) and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 2008, where she received the A. Montague Israels Q.C. Prize. Before joining the commission, Elizabeth worked on a contractual basis with several organizations including the Public Interest Law Centre. Elizabeth is a member of the Manitoba Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Law Society of Manitoba.