President & Executive

The President is the face of the Alberta Branch. As its spokesperson and members’ advocate, the President is responsible for key relationships within the organization and with other branches, the National office, Council, the Board of Directors, the Executive Officers, legal groups in Alberta and nationally, the public and the media.

We are proud to present the biographies of our 2018-2019 President and our Executive Officers. 

Ola Malik

Ola Malik

President

City of Calgary, Law Department
403 268 3463
ola.malik@calgary.ca

Ola Malik, M.A. (Bruges), LL.B. (Lond), LL.M. (Dal), (of Lincoln's Inn), is a lawyer in the Law and Legislative Service Department at the City of Calgary where he practices regulatory law, conducts Charter litigation, and provides a broad range of in house advice.  He regularly conducts prosecutions involving Charter issues, writes frequently on issues pertaining to freedom of expression in public spaces, and is a strong promoter of the Alberta Wellness Initiative’s Brain Story Certification which provides detailed science information for those seeking a deeper understanding of brain development and its consequences for lifelong health.

Ola is passionate about being involved in his community. Ola serves on the Board of various organizations including Calgary Legal Guidance and the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Association, and is deeply committed to initiatives which seek to make the legal system more accessible and understandable to the public. 

David Hiebert

David Hiebert

Vice President

Witten LLP
780 441 3235
dhiebert@wittenlaw.com

David likes to describe himself as renaissance man with a wide variety of interests and hobbies, including continuing to improve his ability in Spanish and French, playing piano, cooking, weight training, maintaining his vehicles, attempting to justify his numerous computers (6 at last count), travel, wine, food, to name just a few. (Others may describe him has having undiagnosed ADD.)

This pattern is reflected in David’s post-secondary education, in which he acquire an undergraduate science degree with a specialization in computing science, an M.B.A., and a law degree, all from the University of Alberta.

David is a partner at Witten LLP practicing primarily in commercial real estate and leasing. Until recently, he was one of CBA’s Section Coordinators for North Alberta and, over the years, has served as the chairs of the Commercial Property and Leasing section, the Business Law section, and the co-chair of the Young Lawyers section. David served briefly as a member of CBA’s National Council shortly before it was disbanded, and on one of the teams of the CBA National’s Governance Transition Task Force.

Outside of the practice of law, David is a member of the board of directors of NAIOP Edmonton (a commercial real estate education and advocacy association). Previously, David was a board member for Relish, Edmonton’s Food on Film festival, a member of the downtown Rotary Club, the chair of the Centre for Family Literacy, and a board member of the Northern Light Theatre.

Bianca Kratt

Bianca Kratt

Treasurer

Parlee McLaws LLP
403 294 7014
bkratt@parlee.com

Born and raised in Quebec City, Bianca attended the Université Laval for her LL.B. in Civil Law and the University of Manitoba for her LL.B. in Common Law. After moving to Calgary, she joined Warren Benson Amantea LLP as an articling student in 2004, and was promoted to Partner in 2012. In 2015, Bianca joined Parlee McLaws LLP where she is currently a Partner practicing in the area of commercial real estate, banking, corporate and commercial law, and is the Practice Group Leader for the commercial real estate and business services department.

Bianca has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association since her time as a law student, and has served as Chair of the Residential Real Property Section (2013-15 and 2017-19), Vice Chair of the Commercial Real Property Section (2018 – present), Membership Committee Chair (2015-16) and Section Coordinator (2017-19). In addition, Bianca served on the Board of Directors of the Association des Juristes d'Expression Française de l'Alberta from 2006 - 2018, is a mentor with the Law Society of Alberta, a contributor and presenter with the Legal Education Society of Alberta and the Alberta Real Estate Association, and is a regular guest advisor on current legal affairs with Radio Canada.

Amanda Lindberg

Amanda Lindberg

Secretary

Amanda has practiced law since being called to the bar in 2007. She completed all of her post secondary education at the University of Alberta, having completed a BSc in 1999, a BA in 2003 and an LLB in 2006.

Amanda’s primary practice area is family law and has previously practiced in a wide variety of litigation matters including construction, corporate, employment, and personal injury matters. She also has experience with estate and real estate litigation.  Amanda has experience all three levels of court and has trial experience in Provincial Court of Alberta and Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.

Amanda joined the Canadian Bar Association as a first-year law student and has served in a variety roles including Co-Chair of the Civil Litigation section, Co-Chair of Edmonton Law Day, Provincial Law Day Chair and Co-Section Coordinator for Alberta North Sections and member of Council.

When not practicing the law, Amanda spends her time teaching various modules to articling students and sitting as Chair for a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting children and families of marginalized families in the greater Edmonton area.

In her down time, Amanda is an avid camper and loves a good road trip, along with backyard fires, good food, great wine and the company of her friends and family.

Main Street Law LLP
780 960 8670
a.lindberg@mainstreetlaw.ca

Frank Friesacher

Frank Friesacher

Past President

McCuaig Desrochers LLP
780 441 3402
ffriesacher@mccuaig.com

Frank Friesacher has practiced law in Edmonton since his bar call in 2000. He graduated from the University of Alberta Law School and then clerked at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal. Frank also holds a BA and a BComm degree.

Over the past 19 years, Frank has been actively involved in several CBA Alberta Committees, including chairing the longstanding Inns of Court program, being a joint initiative with the Edmonton Bar Association to support young lawyers.  Outside of law, Frank is actively involved in the German-Canadian community, and has served on the board of directors of the German-Canadian Association of Alberta. He is passionate about folk dancing with the Bavarian Schuhplattlers of Edmonton, reading both fiction and non-fiction, and cycling.

Frank is a partner at McCuaig Desrochers LLP, with an Edmonton litigation practice focused in the areas of family law, employment law and estate litigation. He has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta. He serves as the chair of the firm’s family law practice group.

Maureen Armitage

Maureen Armitage

Executive Director

Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch
Phone:  403 218 4315
executivedirector@cba-alberta.org

Maureen Armitage has extensive experience in association management and organizational transformation. She is a former general manager of Canadian Angus Association, where she assisted in the transition of the board to policy governance, was involved in the development of strategic plans, and the setting and achievement of operational objectives. Maureen was also the manager of student and academic services in the faculty of education at University of Calgary, where she was involved in a structural re-organization of the faculty in 2009. As the first Executive Director of Canadian Heavy Oil Association, Maureen guided that organization’s transition and development under a policy governance model.

With a degree in public administration from Carleton University in Ottawa, Maureen has also completed Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education courses in Governance as Leadership and Leadership Decision-Making, and is a past participant of the Rotary International Group Study Exchange Program to Peru.