: Appointment of Partnership Board Chair

August 8, 2011


The Partnership Board of Stewart McKelvey is pleased to announce the election of Paul Smith as chair of the Board.

Based in Saint John, New Brunswick, Paul Smith has been a member of the Partnership Board since 2008. He is listed in the publication Best Lawyers in Canada, for Banking Law, Securities Law and Trusts and Estates. Since 2007, he has been chair of the Law Foundation of New Brunswick. 

Paul Smith replaces Jim Dickson, Q.C., P.Eng., who has chaired the Partnership Board since 2008. The Stewart McKelvey Partnership Board is responsible for the firm’s governance and strategic direction. 

In advising the Partnership Board of his decision to step down as chair, Jim thanked the Board members for their support. He shared that it had been his privilege to serve as the firm’s inaugural chair, working with both the Partnership Board and Management Team to help guide the firm during challenging times. He wished the new chair all the best as he takes on the leadership mantle.
Stewart McKelvey Chief Executive Officer John Rogers, Q.C., praised Jim for his leadership and commitment to the firm. 

“Jim was the first chair to serve Stewart McKelvey under our Atlantic-wide governance structure,” Rogers said.  “As someone with an extremely busy and growing practice and a tremendous contributor to our community, Jim made considerable sacrifices in serving as chair for the past three years. We are very grateful to him for his many contributions and respect his wish to relinquish the chair role to devote more time to client affairs,” Rogers said.

“I am looking forward to working closely with Paul Smith who is an outstanding choice with experience in law firm governance. Paul will continue to serve firm’s clients as in the past.”

Smith said in accepting the position of chair that “he was looking forward to contributing to the firm’s continued leadership role in the provision of legal services as well as to the profession and the communities served by the firm.”

Stewart McKelvey has offices in St. John’s, Halifax, Saint John, Moncton, Fredericton and Charlottetown.

For more information please contact:
John Rogers, Q.C., CEO
(902) 420-3340

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