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. 

Bianca Kratt

Bianca Kratt

President

Parlee McLaws LLP
403 294 7014
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Born and raised in Quebec City, Bianca has been practicing law, in both English and French, since 2002. She is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Barreau du Québec. She is also a member of the Huron-Wendat Nation.

Bianca is a Partner and serves as Practice Group Leader of the Corporate, Commercial, Banking and Finance group at Parlee McLaws LLP in Calgary. There, she provides legal advice to a broad range of institutional and corporate clients on commercial matters, including sales, leasing, development, and acquisition of real estate, business and shares.  At her firm, Bianca is an engaging and supportive mentor to the students, associates and junior partners with a view to helping to enhance their ongoing professional development and legal excellence.

Bianca has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association since her time as a law student, and before joining the Executive Committee was active in Section leadership and served as chair of the Membership Committee. She is also active elsewhere in the legal community, delivering presentations for the Legal Education Society of Alberta and the International Council of Shopping Centres, and volunteering with the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta, and the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges, where she works to empower women in leadership roles in the legal profession.

Amanda Lindberg

Amanda Lindberg

Vice President

Bruyer & Mackay LLP
780 425 9777
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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.

Indra Maharaj

Indra Maharaj

Treasurer

403 819 7095
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Indra Maharaj commenced her legal education in Manitoba, where she graduated from Robson Hall at the University of Manitoba in 1989. Indra practiced law in Winnipeg until 1997, during which time she was called to both the Manitoba and Ontario bars and commenced her masters’ degree in law, focusing on Informed Consent and the Born Alive Rule. Indra’s practice focused on civil and family litigation, with a smattering of smaller criminal law matters. In 1997, Indra moved her family to Alberta to continue her practice, first in Edmonton and then in Calgary. Indra has recently also been called to the bar in British Columbia and completed her second masters’ degree in law, focusing on Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law at the University of Calgary.

Indra’s experience in the legal profession in Alberta includes private practice in solo, small, and mega-firms, in-house practice at a large energy company and a power utility, counsel to the Alberta Utilities Commission, and general counsel to a start-up company in British Columbia. Over the last 2 ½ years, Indra has also served as the Chair of the Criminal Injuries Review Board, which adjudicates requests for review from the Victims of Crime Financial Benefits Program. This particular role has been one of the most satisfying in Indra’s professional career as it leverages her administrative law background, her deep sense of justice and fairness, and her capacity to render objective decisions.

Indra has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association during the last 30 years and has participated in a wide variety of professional development and Law Day activities through the CBA. Indra currently also serves on two subcommittees of the Policy Committee at the CBA National level – Law Reform and Judicial Issues – as well as on the executive of the Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Cection of CBA Alberta.

Outside of her legal practice, Indra contributes to her community through a wide variety of charitable organizations ranging from the MEOW Foundation (a no-kill rescue foundation focused exclusively on cats) to the Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses Committee to Soup Sisters. She has also founded a charitable project focused on supporting women and children fleeing domestic violence.

Kyle Kawanami

Kyle Kawanami

Secretary

Emery Jamieson LLP
780 426 5220
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Kyle Kawanami is a partner at Emery Jamieson LLP in Edmonton where he primarily practices in civil litigation and creditors’ remedies. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law where he received his LL.B. with distinction in 2006 and was called to the Alberta Bar in 2007.

Kyle first joined the CBA as a law student in 2003 and has been an engaged member ever since. An active Section member, Kyle has served as an executive member for several north Sections including Junior Lawyers (2007-08) and Creditor & Debtor Law (2008-13). He then went on to the role of North Section Coordinator in 2017-18. Apart from Sections, Kyle has also volunteered for the Edmonton Law Day Committee and the Engagement Task Force. Then in 2019, Kyle was elected to serve as one of the initial members of the CBA Alberta Board of Directors.

Kyle is active within the legal community in Alberta, having served on the Law Society of Alberta Retention and Engagement Task Force, volunteering as a coach for the University of Alberta Court of Appeal Civil Moot team, and presenting a numerous seminars delivered by the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association and more.

Outside of his legal practice, Kyle is also active in Edmonton’s arts community, having served on the board of directors for the Workshop West Playwrights Theater from 2009 – 2015.  Kyle is also an avid sports fan, and a keen supporter of the Edmonton Elks and Edmonton Oilers.

David Hiebert

David Hiebert

Past President

Witten LLP
780 441 3235
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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.

Maureen Armitage

Maureen Armitage

Executive Director

Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch
403 263 3707
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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.