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. 

Frank Friesacher

Frank Friesacher


McCuaig Desrochers LLP
780 441 3402

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.

Ola Malik

Ola Malik

Vice President

City of Calgary, Law Department
403 268 3463

Ola Malik, M.A., LL.B. (Hons), LL.M., completed his law degree at King's College London in 1998, and went on to receive his Master of Laws from Dalhousie University.  Ola has been practising as a municipal prosecutor with the City of Calgary since 2008, prior to which he was in private practice at Peacock Linder & Halt LLP.  

Ola has been heavily involved with the CBA in Alberta for many years, most recently as Chair and Co-Chair of the Access to Justice Committee (2013 - 2015), and member of the Editorial Committee, where he spent many years featuring those lawyers giving back to the legal community and society as a whole in the "Unsung Hero" column. 

Ola is also a member of various organizations, including the Canadian Law and Society Association, the Alberta Women Lawyers Association, and the Trans Equality Society of Alberta through which he provides legal information and services to the transgendered community, particularly vulnerable trans youth.  He also sits on the board of Calgary Legal Guidance.

David Hiebert

David Hiebert


Witten LLP
780 441 3235

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.




We congratulate our former Secretary Johanna Price on her appointment to the Court of Queen’s Bench.  With her appointment, the position of Treasurer on the Executive Committee for the 2019-20 year becomes vacant. 


At this time, the plan is to hold an election to fill this vacancy with someone from the South.  This election would be held in conjunction with our elections to the new Board of Directors in the fall. 


Stay tuned for more information.

M. Jenny McMordie

M. Jenny McMordie

Past President

West End Legal Centre
403 249 5297

Jenny McMordie first joined the CBA as a law student at the University of Calgary.  Since her call to the bar in 2000, Jenny has been active in the CBA, participating in numerous committees.  She also holds a B.A. (Hons) in Development Studies, with a minor in Music.  Outside of the legal domain, Jenny has served on the Board of Directors of CAUSE Canada, an organization promoting sustainable community development for some of the poorest and most marginalized people in the world. She enjoys being a busy hockey mom, gardening and sailing.

Jenny is a partner at West End Legal Centre where she enjoys a focus on commercial, estate and personal injury litigation.

Maureen Armitage

Maureen Armitage

Executive Director

Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch
Phone:  403 218 4315

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.