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Gerald D. Chipeur, Q.C.

Gerald D. Chipeur, Q.C.

Partner
Calgary

403.298.2434
gchipeur@millerthomson.com

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Gerald Chipeur is a Partner in the Calgary office of Miller Thomson. Gerry’s practice over the last three decades has focused on public policy and the removal of administrative red tape. Private sector and public sector clients have relied upon him to navigate the rules established to regulate the way business and government achieve their objectives.

As a trial and appellate lawyer, Gerry has pleaded cases before administrative tribunals and every level of court jurisdiction in Canada, including 16 matters before the Supreme Court of Canada. In his practice he has addressed a diverse range of legal issues, including: charity, constitutional, defamation, education, electoral, environmental, First Nations, health, human rights, media, municipal, natural resources, privacy and public safety concerns.

Gerry is a contributing editor of the Charter and Human Rights Litigation Quarterly and A Guide to Employment Law in Canada. He is also a member of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice and the International Commission of Jurists.

His scholarship includes over 70 articles on legal topics such as the Constitution, hospitals and healthcare, the environment, First Nations, education, administrative law, human rights, elections, charitable organizations and public safety.

He serves on the board of directors of a number of charities with a focus on health.

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Professional Achievements

    • Bachelor of Laws (1984) and Master of Laws (1990) from University of Alberta Law School
    • Past Chair and Co-chair for a number of Canadian Bar Association committees, including the national Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section and the Canada for Tomorrow Committee of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association
    • Member, Federal Judicial Advisory Committee for Alberta, 2006-2008
    • Served as an adjunct professor at Canadian University College, 1993-1997
    • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 2006
    • Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for public service to Canada
    • The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, Litigation - Public, 2014

    Representative Work

      Gerry has represented clients in cases addressing a wide range of public policy issues in Canada, including over 80 reported decisions in the following areas of the law:

      • Charity Regulations
      • Charter of Rights and Freedoms
      • Consititution of Canada
      • Controverted Elections (Federal, Provincial and Municipal)
      • Corporate Governance
      • Defamation
      • Election Advertising and Campaign Finance Laws
      • Environmental Review and Assessment
      • Euthanasia
      • First Nations Governance
      • Health Care Regulatory Bodies and Professional Ethics Enforcement
      • Hospitals and Health Care Privileges
      • Human Rights and Labour Relations
      • Insurance
      • Media Regulation
      • Municipal By-laws and Administrative Decisions
      • Provincial and Federal Jurisdictional Disputes
      • Public Health
      • Rail Transportation
      • Taxation
      • The Polygamy Reference
      • The Regulation and Funding of K-12 Schools
      • University Licensing and Regulation

        Board Appointments

        • Member, Board of Directors, Sherwood Park Care Centre
        • Member, Board of Directors, The Gimbel Eye Foundation
        • Member, Board of Trustees, Canadian University College, 1985-2001
        • Member, Board of Directors, Calgary Distress Centre, 2000-2001
        • Member, Advisory Board, Canadian Journal of Clinical Medicine, 1997-2000
        • Presiding Officer, Non-profit Private Colleges Foundation, 1996-1999
        • Member of the National Council of the Canadian Bar Association, 1995-1998
        • Member, Board of Directors, New Home Immigration Service, 1994-1995
        • Advisory Member, Board of Directors of the Greater Edmonton Foundation, 1992-1994

        Publications

        • First Nations Remuneration Transparency, Canadian Labour & Employment Law Blog, 2013
        • Canada’s First Ambassador to the Office of Religious Freedom, 2013
        • The Protection of Freedom of Expression is not Just the Responsibility of the Courts, Charter and Human Rights Quarterly, 2013
        • Polygamy: The Curious Case Of The Unrequited Reference, Charter and Human Rights Quarterly, 2013
        • Parliament acted legally when it passed Bill C-18, The Globe & Mail, 2012

        Industry Expertise

        Areas of Focus

        Constitutional Litigation
        Health Professions Regulation
        First Nations
        Election and Lobbying Law
        Education Law
        Research Ethics and Regulation
        Municipal

        Year of Call

        • Alberta Bar, 1985