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. 

David Hiebert

David Hiebert

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

Vice President

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

Treasurer

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

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

Secretary

403 819 7095
imaharaj4663@gmail.com

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.

Frank Friesacher

Frank Friesacher

Past President

McCuaig Desrochers LLP
780 441 3402
ffriesacher@mccuaig.com

Over the past 20 years, Frank Friesacher has been actively involved in many ways with CBA Alberta, including chairing the longstanding Inns of Court program focused on mentoring young lawyers. He served as CBA Alberta President for the 2018-2019 term, and works with the Agenda for Justice committee on continuing CBA’s advocacy for its members as well as for upholding the administration of justice. He is currently serving a second term as past president on the CBA Alberta executive. He is excited to be able to participate in CBA Alberta’s governance and strategic transformations of the last several years.  

Frank has practiced law in Edmonton since his bar call in 2000. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta, and then clerked at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal. Frank also holds BA and BCom degrees. He 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. 

Frank is active in the province’s vibrant German-Canadian community, having served on the German-Canadian Associate of Alberta executive, and including his long-term involvement with a local dance group, The Bavarian Schuhplattlers of Edmonton. He is an avid reader (especially the works of Haruki Murakami and John D. MacDonald), is an occasional mindfulness meditator, thinks Moby-Dick is the greatest novel ever written, and both is a fair-weather cyclist and a poor-weather frequenter of Edmonton’s many locally-owned and operated cafés.

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.