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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.

Sherri’s practice covers virtually all areas of civil litigation with an emphasis on human rights and administrative law, political 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 post-secondary educational institutions and has often been retained to protect the privacy rights of victims of sexual assault in criminal matters.

In 2018 Sherri was admitted as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. She was the first woman in Manitoba to receive that recognition.

In her practice Sherri has held and continues to hold a number of professional appointments.

In 2017 Sherri was appointed to be the City of Winnipeg’s first Integrity Commissioner and in 2019 and 2021 she was re-appointed to hold that office for a second and third term.

In 2021 Sherri was appointed to be the first Appeals Director under the Manitoba Municipal Codes of Conduct for a three year term.

From 2012 to 2019, Sherri was the Chief Adjudicator under the Human Rights Code (Manitoba). She was the first person to hold that position since the role’s creation in 2012 and had served as an adjudicator since 2007 .

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

In 2019 Sherri was appointed to be a member of the Hearing Panel for the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.

In 2019 Sherri was appointed to be a member of the Investigation Unit for the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.

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.

Sherri was featured in Canadian Lawyer Magazine. Read the full article here.

To see the recognition and awards Sherri has received for her professional and community work and her involvement with the community, please click on the tabs at the top of this page.

 

Areas of Expertise

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

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 2021 Sherri was a recipient of the 150 Manitoba Women Trailblazer Award.

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

NOTABLE DECISIONS ISSUED AS ADJUDICATOR OR ARBITRATOR

  • Treaty Land Entitlement Committee Inc. on its own behalf et al v Canada, 2021 FC 329 (arbitration award which was registered as a decision of the Federal Court)
  • TM v Manitoba (Justice) 2019 MBHR 13 (CanLII)
  • TM v Manitoba (Justice) 2019 MBHR 10 (CanLII)
  • TM v Manitoba (Justice) 2019 MBHR 9 (CanLII)
  • Damianakos v University of Manitoba 2015 CanLII 1275

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.