Local Presenters

The Organizing Committee is excited to announce a dynamic group of local presenters who will be providing their perspective on what is happening right now in Manitoba’s own legal market.
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Felix Walker

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN),
Family and Community Wellness Centre CEO

Felix Walker is a member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brandon University in 2001.  Felix has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Family and Community Wellness Centre since 2001. The Centre operates as a multi-disciplinary service delivery model that administers and implements all health-related and child and family services for the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.

Felix has served his community in various roles including School Board Trustee 2016 to present, Band Councillor -Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation 1996 -1998, General Manager - Nelson House Development Corp. 1990 to 1996 and Consultant on Northern Flood Agreement 1987 to 1995.

Felix enjoys hunting, fishing and hockey. He is married, has four children and five grandchildren.


Chief Justice Glenn Joyal

Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench

Prior to his appointment as Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba in January 2011, Chief Justice Joyal served on the Manitoba Court of Appeal and Manitoba Provincial Court.

His work in public and private practice was in the area of criminal, constitutional and civil litigation.  Chief Justice Joyal pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies at Simon Fraser University, McGill University, University of Paris at the Sorbonne, the University of Manitoba, and Oxford University.

Since 2009, Chief Justice Joyal has served on the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) along with Canada’s other federally-appointed Chief Justices and Associate Chief Justices.  He was recently appointed by Chief Justice Richard Wagner to serve in the position of Vice Chair of the CJC.  Following an earlier appointment by former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, he serves on the Judicial Conduct Committee.  He has also served or continues to serve on the Public Information and Administration of Justice Committees, the Committee on Efficient Access to Justice in Superior Courts and he chairs the CJC’s Superior Courts Trial Forum (a committee of Chief Justices of all of Canada’s trial courts).

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D. Trevor Anderson, Q.C.

D. Trevor Anderson, Q.C. received his B.A. at the University of Manitoba and was elected a Rhodes Scholar in 1959. He earned his B.A. (Juris.) and B.C.L. at the University of Oxford.

Professor Anderson has had a long and distinguished career as a law professor. He started teaching in 1962 at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. In 1971, he moved in order to teach at Robson Hall, the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba.  In 1977, he accepted a position as the Director of Legal Studies at the Law Society of Manitoba. After three years’ service there, he returned to teaching at Robson Hall in 1980 and taught law full time until his retirement.

In 1982 Professor Anderson became the first Associate Dean at Robson Hall and he was the Dean of the law school from 1984 -1989. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986.

Over the years, he has contributed countless volunteer hours to the practicing Bar, specifically known for his help with the Manitoba Bar Association, the Isaac Pitblado Lectures and the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. He has served on various community boards and councils including the Manitoba Law Foundation Board, the Manitoba Law Reform Commission, the Public Utilities Board and the Manitoba Press Council.

In 1995, the Canadian Bar Association honoured him with its Louis St. Laurent Award of Excellence for outstanding contribution to the Canadian Bar. In 2007, he won the Manitoba Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented to a member of the Bench or Bar who most exemplifies the ideals of service to the legal profession and the community.