Ethics and Regulatory Issues: Meet the Team


Malcolm M. Mercer Chair

Malcolm Mercer is general counsel to McCarthy Tétrault LLP and a litigation partner with a commercial litigation practice, having been called to the Bar in Ontario in 1984. He is also active in the profession outside his practice: he is Chair of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee of the Canadian Bar Association and a member of its Conflicts of Interest Task Force. He’s also a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada; a member of the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada; a Legal Ethics columnist for

Carolyn Kristin Dangerfield Team Member

Ms. Dangerfield was called to the Bar in Manitoba in 1983. She practiced civil litigation with an emphasis on professional liability and professional discipline until 1998 when she joined the Law Society of Manitoba, where she continues to work today as Senior General Counsel, appearing before discipline panels to prosecute members of the profession for professional misconduct, conduct unbecoming and incompetence.

Ms. Dangerfield has taught Ethics and Professional Responsibility both at the University of Manitoba and at CPLED, the Law Society of Manitoba’s bar admission program. She served as a member of the Federation of Law Societies Model Code of Conduct Committee from 2005 to 2009 and currently serves as a member of the Federation of Law Societies Standing Committee on the Model Code of Conduct.

Lisa Fong Team Member

Ms. Fong is a partner at Ng Ariss Fong, Lawyers in Vancouver, practising a blend of commercial and administrative law. In the area of administrative law a significant part of her practice involves the regulation of professions. Lisa advises both professional regulatory organizations and professionals. Her work with regulators includes advising on registration, investigation, discipline, and governance matters.

She and her firm regularly train committees and hearing panels, and provide educational offerings to professional regulators. In 2013, Ng Ariss Fong hosted a webinar on constitutional and human rights issues for professional regulators, and on September 24, 2013 the firm will be co-hosting its bi-yearly professional regulation conference in Vancouver with the law firm Lovett & Westmacott.   

Ms. Fong has been a member of the CBA Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee for the last two years.

Tony Kavanagh Team Member

Mr. Kavanagh is a busy criminal defence lawyer in Manitoba and Honorary Counsel to the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organisation of Manitoba. He also works as an Independent Adjudicator, and teaches students at the Law School and Law Society.

A former Senior Prosecutor with Manitoba Justice, he has served as president of groups such as the Community Legal Education Association, the Manitoba Association of Crown Attorneys, the Manitoba Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, as well the Manitoba Bar Association, where he has also chaired several sections and conferences.

He served as a member of the Manitoba Law Society Committee reviewing the previous Code of Conduct. He has been a member of the CBA Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee for two years.

Harvey Morrison Team Member

Harvey Morrison, Q.C., is a partner in McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office and has been a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society since 1979. His practice focuses on aboriginal, constitutional and commercial matters. He has represented clients at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Morrison is the Chair of McInnes Cooper’s Conflicts Committee and his article “Conflicts of Interest and the Concept of Loyalty” was published in the Canadian Bar Review in 2008. He is a member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

He is on the Board of Directors of the Halifax Mission to Seafarers and the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Society, a Warden at St. Peter’s Anglican Church and a member of the Halifax Advisory Board of the Salvation Army.

Marie-Claude Rigaud Team Member

Marie-Claude Rigaud is Assistant Professor at Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Law, and is also the current director of the Business Law in a Global Context LL.M Program. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, legal ethics and professionalism.

She spent many years practising in Toronto, Zurich and Montreal, before receiving her Doctor of Laws degree (with highest distinction) from Université Paris XII. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and of the Quebec Bar, where she serves on the committee reviewing the Code of professional conduct.

She is the co-editor of the Journal of Arbitration and Mediation, a joint initiative of the Faculty of Law, University of Sherbrooke, and the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, in collaboration with the Canadian Arbitration Congress.

Alice Woolley Team Member

Ms. Woolley is Professor of Law and Director of Admissions at the University of Calgary.  She is the author of Understanding Lawyers' Ethics in Canada (2011) and is co-author and co-editor of Lawyer' Ethics and Professional Regulation (2d ed) (2012).

Alice has written numerous academic articles about topics such as the good character requirement for law society admission, civility, lawyer independence, access to justice, legal education and philosophical legal ethics.

She is Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Legal Ethics and Secretary of the International Association of Legal Ethics, and has served on the Law Society of Alberta Professional Responsibility committee.  In 2012 she was the co-chair and lead organizer of the 5th biennial International Legal Ethics Conference in Banff, Alta.  Alice has a B.A. and LL.B from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M from Yale Law School.  


Sarah MacKenzie
Lawyer, Legislation & Law Reform, CBA