Out of Province Speakers


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Professor Bruce Ziff, University of Alberta Faculty of Law

Bruce Ziff teaches property law, property theory, and land titles in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. He is
also the Associate Director of folkwaysAlive! in the Faculty of Arts. Ziff is a recipient of the A.C. Rutherford Award for
Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1988), and the Faculty of Law Teaching Award (2013). He has taught as a visiting
professor at Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto), and the University of Wollongong (Australia). Ziff has also served as
Special Counsel to the Alberta Law Reform Institute, and as an advisor on law reform in Ukraine.

Professor Ziff writes mainly in the areas of property law and property theory. He is the author of Principles of Property Law
(2014) in its 6th edition, and Unforeseen Legacies: Reuben Wells Leonard and the Leonard Foundation Trust (2000). He is
a co-editor of Borrowed Power: Essays on Cultural Appropriation (1997), Property on Trial: Canadian Cases in Context
(2012), and A Property Law Reader, 3rd ed. (2012).


Jon Festinger, Q.C., Centre for Digital Media, Simon Fraser University

Jon Festinger, Q.C. (LL.B., B.C.L. 1980 (McGill University)) is a Vancouver, British Columbia based lawyer, strategic advisor
and educator.  Jon began his legal career in private practice, in turn becoming General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of
WIC Western International Communications Ltd. (“WIC”). Jon practices law through Festinger Law & Strategy in the areas
of digital media, creative freedoms as well as entertainment, communications and sports matters. Currently Jon is Chair of
Ronald McDonald House British Columbia.

In addition, Jon is a Professor of Professional Practice at Simon Fraser University and a faculty member at the Centre for
Digital Media
teaching “Foundations of Digital Media” with Dr. Richard Smith and Rory Holland (Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring
2015, Fall 2015). Jon has taught media, entertainment, communications and corporate law topics for going on three
decades. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia teaching courses in “Legal
Constraints on (Digital) Creativity” , “Video Game Law”  and was the Course Author of Law 508 “Business Organizations”.

He is the author of the first edition of “Video Game Law” published by LexisNexis in 2005, co-author of the 2nd Edition
published in 2012. For more information about Jon, please click here to view his full bio.

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Professor Martha Jackman, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

Martha Jackman, LL.B. (Toronto), LL.M. (Yale), is a Professor of constitutional law at the Faculty of Law, University
of Ottawa, where she has taught in the French Common Law Program since 1988. She has published and lectured
extensively on social and economic rights, equality, and the Canadian Charter, and is regularly involved in lobbying,
litigation and continuing judicial and legal education efforts in this area.  She has acted as counsel in a number of
Charter test cases, including before the Supreme Court of Canada in Eldridge, Gosselin and Chaoulli.  She is a
member of the National Steering Committee of the National Association of Women and the Law and a former
member of Equality Rights Panel of the Court Challenges Program of Canada and of the Board of Directors of the
Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF.) In 2007 she was awarded the Law Society of Upper Canada
Medal for her contributions to the profession and, in 2015, was the recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s
Touchstone Award.


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Professor Catherine E. Bell, University of Alberta Faculty of Law

Catherine Bell is a Professor of Law at the University of Alberta specialising in Canadian Aboriginal rights law, cultural heritage
law and interdisciplinary community based legal research. She has been a visiting professor and scholar at various universities
and has developed curriculum and taught with the Program of Legal Studies for Native People (University of
Saskatchewan) and Akitsiraq Law School (Nunavut). For several years she also served as a lead faculty member for the
Banff Center for Management Aboriginal Leadership and Self-Government Program. Professor Bell is published widely and
has worked in collaboration with First Nation, Inuit, Métis, federal and provincial government bodies and organizations. She
is the author of two books on the Metis settlements of Alberta; contributor to and co-editor of Intercultural Dispute
Resolution in Aboriginal Contexts (with David Kahane); and contributor to and co- editor of First Nations Cultural Heritage
and Law: Case Studies, Voices and Perspectives (with Val Napoleon) and Protection of First Nations Cultural Heritage:
Laws, Policy and Reform (with Robert Paterson).Her current research focuses on Métis constitutional rights and the
intersection of ethics, Indigenous law and Property law in cultural heritage and research with Indigenous peoples. She is
the recipient of numerous major research grants and awards including the CBA 2012 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Governor
General’s Gold Medal for her contributions to Aboriginal law and legal education in Canada.