"Having the right people makes a difference."

Judy has vast experience in many areas of law, including pension, health, privacy, telemarketing, anti-spam, corporate/commercial and litigation. Judy was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1988 and to the Alberta Bar in 1993.

Judy was in-house counsel for twelve years prior to joining Pitblado in November 1999. With integrity, professionalism and respect at the core of what Judy believes, she provides advice and leadership, along with creativity to consider and evaluate solutions. Where strong advocacy is needed, she has the tools to make the arguments that must be made. Where diplomacy is required, she has invaluable negotiating experience in various techniques and approaches. In providing services to her clients, Judy takes the approach of finding a results-oriented, efficient and effective solution to the issue at hand.

She understands that in some situations there may be matters of principle that cannot be compromised, but she also understands that in other situations there may be matters where creative, solution-based approaches work best. She understands how to focus people, analyze issues and find practical solutions, while ensuring compliance with the law on a variety of legal topics.


Lectures, Speeches and Publications:

  • Co-Author (with Niall Nazarko), “Canada’s_Anti-Spam Law – Two Years Later”, Manitoba Insurance Broker Magazine, Fall 2016
  • Presenter, “CASL - Canada's Anti-Spam Law”, Manitoba Executive Summit, September 24, 2015
  • Co-Author (with Niall Nazarko), “Canada’s new anti-spam law”, Manitoba Insurance Broker Magazine, Fall 2014
  • Presenter,  “Social Media and The Law”, 3rd Annual Legacy Bowes Group Human Resource Conference for First Nations, Metis & Inuit (Workshop of MB Pension Benefits), March 5, 2014
  • Presenter, “CASL”, Executive and Marketing teams of client in insurance industry, May 26, 2014
  • Presenter, “CASL”, Pitblado lawyers, June 16, 2014 and June 23, 2014
  • Presenter, “Employee Privacy & Confidentiality”, INFONEX’s Human Resources Management Conference for Aboriginal Communities, September 17, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, “CASL”, Faculty of Law of Manitoba, October 7, 2014
  • Presenter, “Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans”, CLE – Alumni Event (Pitblado), October 28, 2014
  • Presenter, “Fiduciary Duties as Pension Committee Administrator for Defined Benefit” and “Defined Contribution Pension Plan Pension Committees of client in Financial Service Industry”, November 28, 2014
  • Co-Author (with Niall Nazarko), “Canada’s new anti-spam law”, Manitoba Insurance Broker Magazine, Fall 2014
  • Presenter, Law Society of Manitoba
  • Presenter, Businesses and Business Groups
  • Presenter, Government and community groups
  • Contributing Writer, Numerous magazines and newsletters


Academic and Professional:

  • Listed by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory in Franchisee and Franchisor Law, 2019, 2020


Memberships and Associations:

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Manitoba
  • Canadian Franchise Association