QC compositeBy BERNIE BELLAN

Recently the Province of Manitoba appointed 15 Manitoba lawyers as Queen’s counsel.
In making the announcement, it was noted that the Queen’s counsel designation is reserved for long-serving members of the legal profession who have demonstrated outstanding practice, fostered excellence in the profession, and who have conducted themselves with integrity and leadership throughout their careers.
This is the first time since 2001 that the Province of Manitoba has announced Queen’s counsel appointments.

 

Among the appointees are:

David AsperDavid Asper – Asper attended law school at the California Western School of Law in San Diego.
Following this, he returned to Manitoba to complete his articles and entered into practice as a criminal defence attorney with Wolch Pinx Tapper Scurfield. Asper then joined his family’s business, Canwest Global Communications Corporation.
After 15 years in the media business, he completed his master of laws (L.L.M.) at the University of Toronto and began teaching at Robson Hall at the University of Manitoba. He currently owns the Sensible Capital Corporation, a private equity investment business.
Asper’s philanthropic endeavours are vast, particularly through his involvement as the chair of the Asper Foundation. He is also a member of the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 

IIssie Frostrvin (Issie) Frost – Frost has dedicated over 40 years of legal expertise and counsel regarding First Nation resource development, child welfare, disability and justice matters in the province of Manitoba.
He was appointed administrator at both the Southern First Nations Network of Care as well as the First Nations of Northern Manitoba Child and Family Services Authority.
Frost was also appointed to the advisory council for the Child Care Commission in 2016, and currently is a panel chair of the Adult Abuse Registry Review Committee. Frost’s dedication to the public service earned him the Premier’s Career Achievement Award in 2014 and he currently serves as general counsel to the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth.

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey GindinJeffrey J. Gindin – Gindin has spent the last 48 years practicing as a criminal defence attorney. He is currently the senior partner of Gindin Wolson Simmonds Roitenberg. He has appeared in all courts of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.
In 2017, Gindin was bestowed the Award of Merit by the Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba for excellence in the practice of criminal defence law in the province.
In addition, he has taught at the University of Manitoba faculty of law for many years and he has lectured at the Law Society of Manitoba.

 

 

 

 

Saul SimmondsSaul B. Simmonds – Simmonds attended the University of Manitoba and received his law degree in 1980. He has exclusively practiced as a criminal defence attorney for 39 years. Simmonds is the founding partner of Gindin Wolson Simmonds (now Gindin Wolson Simmonds Roitenberg).
Simmonds has also shared his time and skills with the students and members of the Manitoba Bar in various capacities including as a teacher, a presenter and by organizing educational opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

Richard YaffeRichard L. Yaffe – Yaffe is a partner with MLT Aikins LLP and practices in the area of securities law. He is nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise on the use of Manitoba limited partnerships in structuring commercial transactions.
Within the community, Yaffe is recognized as a noteworthy leader in many organizations including chair of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (W.A.G.) Foundation Inc., chair of the W.A.G.’s Inuit Art Centre Legacy Campaign, incoming chair of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, member of the board of directors of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and national board member of the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum. He is a senior sessional instructor in negotiations at the University of Manitoba faculty of law.


All the Queen’s counsel appointees will be honoured at a ceremony sometime this fall. The date had not been determined, as of press time.