Bio & Education
Bob was born in Calgary and grew up in Hinton, Alberta. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1975 and degree in Law in 1978 from the University of Alberta. After completing his articles with J.W.K. Shortreed QC in Edmonton he became a member of the Law Society of Alberta in 1979 and he and his wife Nadia moved to Grande Prairie. Bob has practiced exclusively in the area of civil litigation for over 40 years. He focuses on the area of major personal injury cases including brain injury, paralysis, fatality and multiple fractures cases. These cases have included heavy equipment and bus collisions. He has appeared at all levels of the courts in Alberta including the Court of Appeal of Alberta and the Federal Court of Canada. He has obtained precedent setting judgments in trial and appeal courts. He also has extensive experience in dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation and JDR proceedings.
His professional affiliations include membership in the executive of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers, the Queen’s Counsel Selection Committee and in the Canadian Bar Association. He is also a past president of the Grande Prairie Regional College Foundation, and a past executive member of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, the Day Treatment Centre and the South Peace Hockey League.
Bob played for the Grande Prairie Athletics hockey club and still participates in recreational hockey. He enjoyed the years spent coaching and managing minor hockey and fastball teams of his two sons which included attendances at provincial and national tournaments. He has made high altitude treks to the Mount Everest Basecamp in 2006, Machu Picchu in 2007 and Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru in 2010. He is a past president of the Grande Prairie Tennis Club and enjoys fitness training, squash, tennis and spending time with his five grandchildren.