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Sherri Walsh LL.B., B.A.

Sherri Walsh LL.B., B.A.

Year of call: 1986 Call location: Manitoba Print

Biography

Sherri Walsh is a litigator, arbitrator, and adjudicator.

In 2017 Sherri was appointed to be the City of Winnipeg’s first Integrity Commissioner.

She is the Chief Adjudicator under the Human Rights Code (Manitoba) having been appointed to that position since its creation in 2012.

Sherri is serving a second three-year term as a Hearing Panel Chair for discipline proceedings of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association.

Sherri’s practice covers virtually all areas of civil litigation with an emphasis on human rights and administrative law, Indigenous law, securities law and insurance litigation. She has appeared at all levels of court in Manitoba and before the Supreme Court of Canada.

She also serves as an Adjudicator under the Manitoba Framework Agreement for Treaty Land Entitlement. She conducts respectful workplace investigations for both corporations and educational institutions and has often been retained to protect the privacy rights of victims of sexual assault in criminal matters.

From 2011 to 2013 Sherri acted as Commission Counsel to the Inquiry into the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Phoenix Sinclair – a public inquiry which was established by the Province of Manitoba to examine the circumstances surrounding the death of a First Nations child who had received services from the Province’s child welfare system, with a mandate to make recommendations to better protect Manitoba children. The Inquiry’s report: “The Legacy of Phoenix Sinclair – Achieving the Best for All Our Children” was published in 2014.

TEACHING

Sherri taught “Introduction to Civil Procedure” – a mandatory second-year course at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, from 2003 to 2009. She also taught a course on “Poverty and the Law” to students in the Department of Urban and Inner City Studies at the University of Winnipeg, in 2014 and 2015.

She has frequently presented and chaired continuing education sessions for the Law Society of Manitoba and has often served as an instructor for the Bar Admission Course.

Areas of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Charter and Human Rights Issues
  • Securities Litigation and Regulatory Matters
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Employment Law
  • Health Law
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Discipline
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability

Recognition and Awards

The value of Sherri’s work, particularly in the areas of social justice and human rights has been recognized by her peers and others.

In 2016 she was awarded the inaugural Nellie Award, in recognition of her work to promote social justice, human rights and the rights of women and girls, in Manitoba.

In 2013 she was recognized as the Manitoba Female Litigator of the year by Benchmark Litigation Canada and has consistently been recognized as a Litigation Star by that publication, every year, since.

In 2006 Sherri was named a “human rights star” by the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities.

In 2000 Sherri received the inaugural Manitoba Human Rights Commitment Award co-sponsored by the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and the Community Legal Education Association, in recognition of achievements in advancing human rights through the justice system.

In 1998 she was awarded the Manitoba Bar Association’s Award for Pro Bono work.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Salisbury House of Canada et al v Deputy Minister of Finance for the Province of Manitoba, 2017 MBQB 151 (CanLII)
  • Manitoba (Director of Child and Family Services) v HH and CG, 2017 MBCA 33 (CanLII)
  • Southern First Nations Network of Care et al v The Honourable Edward Hughes, 2012 CarswellMan 583 (MBCA)
  • Southern First Nations Network of Care et all v The Honourable Edward Hughes, 2012 CarswellMan466 (MBCA)
  • Manitoba Government and General Employees Union v The Honourable Edward Hughes, 2012 CarswellMan 82 (MBCA)
  • R v Mabior, 2009 MBCA 93 (CanLII)
  • Sawatzky v Riverview Health Centre 1998 CarswellMan 515; and 1998 CarswellMan 570

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Sherri is a member of the Manitoba and Canadian Bar Associations, the ADR Institute of Manitoba and Canada, the International Commission of Jurists and the Association des juristes d’expression Francaise du Manitoba.

Community

Outside the practice of law, Sherri has sat on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations. She currently sits as a Director on the Boards of the University of Winnipeg Foundation and the Manito Ahbee Festival.

She is a longtime volunteer with the food bank, Winnipeg Harvest and served as Chair of its Board, for four years.