Organizing Committee

The Law Society of Manitoba, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law and the Manitoba Bar Association are indebted to this fantastic and hardworking Organizing Committee.

Our thanks to you for all of the time and energy you have so generously given to the 2021 Pitblado Lectures!


Justice David Kroft, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench

Michelle Redekopp, MLT Aikins LLP

Organizing Committee Members

Dr. Gerard Kennedy, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law

Gerard is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba. His research and teaching interests include civil procedure, administrative law, the legal profession, constitutional law, and international law. A former civil litigator, his recent work includes publications in the Queen’s Law Journal on appellate jurisdiction, the Supreme Court Law Review on summary procedures in public law litigation, and becoming the author of The Charter of Rights in Litigation. Prior to joining Robson Hall, he held visiting positions at NYU School of Law and the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law.

Silvia de Sousa, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP

Silvia’s practice is concentrated in the area of business law with an emphasis on intellectual property law and technology law. Her practice also includes intellectual property transactions, cannabis advertising and marketing, intellectual property protection, trademarks, copyrights, patents and licensing matters. Silvia is a trademark agent.

Called to the Manitoba Bar in 1994, Silvia has spoken on many occasions to professional organizations and industry groups on intellectual property matters and technology law matters.  She has also taught solicitor transaction matters, licencing and international law as a sessional lecturer at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law and at the Asper School of Business.

Silvia served as past Chair of the National Intellectual Property Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and is a former Chair and current member of the Technology and Intellectual Property Law Section of the Manitoba Bar Association.  She has volunteered her time with numerous community organizations, including, The Associates, the Legal Help Centre, the Health Sciences Centre Foundation, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, Branch Council of the Manitoba Bar Association and American Bar Association IP Section.

Silvia was recognized nationally as a Woman of Influence by the Women of Influence Inc. and under Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 – 2020 Technology Law.

Ashley Joyce, Meighen Haddad, Brandon

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