Organizing Committee

Our thanks to the committee members for the time and energy they have generously given to the 2023 Pitblado Lectures.

Judge Darcie Yale, Provincial Court of Manitoba

Judge Yale was the Manitoba Bar Association’s representative on the Organizing Committee until her appointment to the Provincial Court of Manitoba on September 1, 2023.

Andrea Doyle, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law

Andrea R. Doyle joined the faculty at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law (Robson Hall) as an Instructor II in July 2023. She is also the coordinator of the Concentration in Access to Justice in French.

Andrea graduated from Robson Hall with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2009 and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 2010. She has had a broad practice with the firm Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS) for thirteen years. Andrea is fluently bilingual and has practised law in both English and French. As a student at Robson Hall, Andrea was honoured to receive many academic awards, including being a Pitblado Scholar and obtaining the third highest standing in first and third year law.

Andrea has been a sessional instructor at Robson Hall since 2020 teaching the French section of Legal Negotiation (Négociation juridique). She also taught Remedies during the 2023 winter term. Andrea coached the French negotiation team that placed second in the Canadian National Negotiation Competition.

Yvan Guy Larocque, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law

Yvan Guy Larocque, CD, LLM is a well-respected Indigenous business lawyer and the Founder of Larocque Business Law. With a practice focused on Indigenous Economic Development and Governance, Yvan has extensive experience advising Indigenous governments and Economic Development Groups on a wide range of corporate, financing, tax, and development matters.

Yvan holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Peter A. Allard School of Law (UBC) with a Business Law Concentration and a Specialization in Aboriginal Law, as well as a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School with a Specialization in Business Law. He is called to the Bar in the Provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba.

Prior to joining Robson Hall as an Instructor, Yvan regularly guest lectured on the subjects of Indigenous economic development and governance at the University of British Columbia and University of Victoria, and taught Commercial Law and Corporations I as a Practicing Professional Instructor.

Yvan has also had a lengthy military career, having served in the Canadian Armed Forces for over 20 years in both the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force, and currently holds the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class.

Yvan’s expertise and contributions to the field of Indigenous business law are further reflected in his co-authorship of “The Taxation and Financing of Aboriginal Businesses in Canada” (Thomson Reuters). His dedication to improving the economic opportunities and legal rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada is a testament to his commitment to justice and equality.

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