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. Speakers include Shauna McCarthy from Carmen and William (Bill) Gange from Winnipeg discussing the local experience of 21st Century (or today's) practice by presenting perspectives from both inside and outside the Perimeter Highway, and Madam Justice Colleen Suche, Dean Jonathan Black-Branch, Paul Grower and Katherine (Kathy) Bueti competing in the new event, Big Ideas at Lunch where they must not only present their best short arguments supporting an opinion on an issue but they must face assessment by the audience at the end. It promises to be a thought-provoking and engaging exchange.

 Newly Added Program Agenda


Justice Colleen Suche, Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench

Justice Colleen Suche is a 1979 graduate of Robson Hall.  She was appointed
to the Court of Queen’s Bench in 2002.  Very active in the legal and broader
community while practicing law, she has remained so since her appointment.
She chaired the court’s 2010 review of its JADR process, and developed a
program for local high schools, where students follow a case through court to
jury trial.   She has been involved in a number of Access to Justice projects,
including leading a group of volunteers in establishing The Legal Help Centre,
where she remains a Board advisor, and served as a member of the National
Action Committee on Access to Civil and Family Justice.  She was the
Manitoba director of the Canadian Superior Court Judges Association for eight
years, where she chaired the Access to Justice Committee, and was its
delegate to several international meetings.

She is currently a director of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of
Justice, and chairs the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for Western
Canada.  She was first judicial Co-Chair of the MBA’s Women’s Forum and
was the 2012 recipient of the Isabel Hunt Award.

In 2005 Justice Suche was appointed  a Deputy Judge of the Nunavut Court of


Dean Jonathan Black-Branch, Robson Hall, Faculty of Law

Dr. Jonathan Black-Branch was appointed Dean of Law in July 2016. Dr. Black-
Branch has worked in a variety of countries including the United Kingdom,
Denmark and Switzerland. He has held academic leadership roles including
most recently, Chair in International Law and Associate Dean (Academic) in
the Faculty of Management, Economics and Law at Royal Holloway, University
of London.

Dr. Black-Branch is a Barrister who is actively engaged in the legal profession,
both as a lawyer and a Justice of the Peace serving as a Magistrate in Oxford.
He serves as Chairman of the International Law Association Committee on
Nuclear Weapons, Non-proliferation and Contemporary International Law.

Prior to commencing his academic law career, Dr. Black-Branch was trained as
an educator. Dr. Black-Branch received his PhD from the University of Toronto
as well as an MA and doctorate in Law (D.Phil.) from the University of



Kathy Bueti, Bueti Wasyliw Wiebe

Katherine L. Bueti is the senior partner of Bueti Wasyliw Wiebe.  Prior to
receiving her Call to the Bar in 2000, she served in the Canadian Armed
Forces attaining the rank of Captain.

After working as a summer student with Gindin Wolson Simmonds (as it then
was) she articled and then worked there as an associate for over 9 years,
before founding her current firm.

Katherine is Vice President of the Law Society of Manitoba.  She has
volunteered with the Law Society as a Prosecutor of disciplinary matters,
Nominating Committee for Law Society appointments, Learning Group
Facilitator for CPLED, CPLED Resource Materials Criminal Procedure Reviewer,
and contributing to the Criminal Law e-law newsletter.

She has co-written a booklet on Women’s rights for the Manitoba Association
of Women. Katherine was a speaker at International Women’s Day for La
Lupa di Roma.  



William (Bill) Gange, Gange Collins Holloway

Bill Gange is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law. His
practice is focussed on civil litigation, including insurance law, commercial
litigation, administrative law, wrongful dismissal, intellectual property litigation
and arbitration work.

Bill is a Life Bencher of The Law Society of Manitoba, having served as a
bencher from 2002 to 2010. He served on the Advisory Board of the
Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association from 2004 until 2015. He was a
sessional lecturer in Civil Procedure at the Faculty of Law, University of
Manitoba, during the period 2010 to 2012. He has been a presenter for
various Continuing Legal Education programs held by The Law Society of
Manitoba, while also previously serving on the organizing committee of the
Canadian Bar Convention and the Pitblado Lectures.

Bill has also been active in the community in volunteer roles. He served on
the Board of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra during the period 1993 to 2003
and was Board President from 1997 to 2000.


Paul Grower, Fillmore Riley LLP

 Paul is a partner with Fillmore Riley LLP who practises primarily in the areas
of taxation litigation, general commercial litigation, and privacy law. Paul has
appeared before the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal,
as well as the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Courts of Appeal. He has
presented several times and published many papers on the topics of tax and civil litigation. He has conducted numerous presentations to clients in
respect of the implications of privacy laws on their businesses, including
privacy issues for those organizations working in the public and health fields.



Shauna McCarthy, Brown & Associates Law Office

Shauna was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1994. Her focus is on court work
and dispute resolution, particularly in the areas of family, estate and civil law.
Additionally, Shauna has maintained a solicitor’s practice which has included
estate planning and administration, tax planning, real property conveyancing,
financing, and commercial transactions.

Shauna started her career at Wolch Pinx Tapper Scurfield before moving to
McCarthy & Brown LLP in Carman, Manitoba and later becoming a Partner  in
2000. More recently Shauna worked in Winnipeg at Tapper Cuddy LLP for 8
years until she decided to return to her rural practice as an Associate at
Brown & Associates Law Office in January 2016.

Shauna is also actively involved with the Law Society of Manitoba, frequently
teaching Bar Admission students and other lawyers on a variety of topics
including courtroom skills, as well as being a frequent guest presenter at the
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law. She has presented on various topics to
colleagues and is currently participating on two professional governance