: James Cowan, Q.C. Receives Honourary Doctor of Laws Degree

December 15, 2009


Stewart McKelvey announced that Partner and Senator James (Jim) Cowan , Q.C. received an Honourary Doctor of Laws from Dalhousie University.  The honour was awarded during the Fall convocation.

“Senator Cowan is a dedicated and accomplished lawyer and we congratulate him on this tremendous honour,” said Stewart McKelvey’s Chief Executive Officer, John Rogers, Q.C.  “He’s a strong supporter of Dalhousie and that makes this honour even more significant."

Since joining the Firm in 1967, Senator Cowan has contributed significantly to the practice and the community.  He has provided counsel to clients in the areas of Corporate and Commercial Law, Public and Private Partnerships, and Estates and Trusts Law.  Since 1995, he has acted as secretary and legal counsel to the Halifax International Airport Authority.  He was involved in the negotiation and transfer of the airport from Transport Canada to the Airport Authority.

In 2005 he was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Paul Martin, was appointed Opposition Whip in 2007 and has served as the Leader of the Opposition since 2008.

Senator Cowan, a Dalhousie University alumnus, has had a longstanding association with Dalhousie since 1972.  He was first appointed to the Board of Governors and served as Chairman for 8 years before retiring in 2008.

He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Canadian Council for Public/Private Partnerships.  Senator Cowan has also had a long involvement with health care facilities in the province and is a former Director and Vice President of the Camp Hill Hospital, former Director and Chair of the Abbie J. Lane Memorial Hospital, and former Director of the Nova Scotia Division of the Canadian Cancer Society.

Stewart McKelvey is one of Canada’s 20 largest firms, with over 220 lawyers and 350 staff in six offices across the region.

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