Cheryl is a Partner and Acting Chair of our Board of Directors, and practices extensively in the areas of Corporate Governance, Education Law, Administrative Law, and Business. She represents universities, colleges, Crown Corporations, health authorities and small and medium sized businesses. Cheryl has been named in The Best LawyersTM in Canada since 2011 in the area of Corporate Governance.
Cheryl has also been recognized as Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax for 2018 and 2016 in the area of Corporate Governance, and was listed as a notable practitioner for her business law and corporate governance practice by Chambers Canada 2018. Cheryl has served as both Legal Advisor and Senior Administrator in the post-secondary sector and beyond. Cheryl has provided strategic analysis and legal advice on a wide range of governance issues in both the public and private sectors. She was previously Vice-President, Legal Services and Risk Management for a large Atlantic Canadian company where she also acted as General Counsel to a group of private companies.
Cheryl is a sought after speaker on corporate governance issues. She lectures in the Rotman Directors Education Program and teaches a course on Crown Corporation Governance through the Institute of Corporate Directors, (ICD). She is also a past National Academic Director for the ICD. Cheryl was appointed as Queen’s Counsel (QC), a designation used to recognize Canadian lawyers for exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession, in 2010. Also in 2010, she was named Atlantic Canada’s first Women of Influence. In 2013, she received a Progress Woman of Excellence Award.
Cheryl is an avid community volunteer who has received the Canadian Bar Association’s Community Service Award for her contributions to many community organizations and Boards. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum of Canada. Cheryl is a Director of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (“NSBI”), where she chairs the HR and Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. Cheryl is a member of the Mount Allison University Board of Regents and the Acting Chair of the McInnes Cooper Board of Directors.
Cheryl is the past Director of Scotsburn Ice Cream and a past Chair of both the Atlantic Chapter of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors and Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia. She is also the past Chair of the Education Committee of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, where she also served as Director. Cheryl is also past Director and Treasurer of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms.
She received the Allison J. Youngman Award for her volunteer leadership as Chair of the National Board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
Cheryl is Honorary Consul of Sweden for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador.
ICD.D, Institute of Corporate Directors (2012)
LL.B., University of New Brunswick (1991)
B.Ed., Mount Allison University (1983)
Honours Certificate, Political Science and History, Mount Allison University (1982)
B.A., Mount Allison University (1981)