Barrie Chivers, Q.C.
Barrie left the practice of law in 2016 after a long successful career serving the interests of his clients and community. The firm proudly continues pursuing his legacy under his name.
A former president of the Trade Union Lawyers’ Association and a former provincial vice president of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, Barrie was actively involved in the development of labour law in the province of Alberta over three decades. Barrie represented a broad cross section of trade unions in the public and private sectors. His clients included numerous labour organizations representing firefighters, teachers and educators, municipal workers, food and service workers and maintenance workers. He served as Parliamentarian and Constitutional and legislative adviser to the United Nurses of Alberta. He represented clients in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in grievance arbitration proceedings, in interest arbitration proceedings, in Labour Relations Board proceedings and in Judicial Review proceedings. He represented both institutional and individual clients in disciplinary proceedings. Barrie also represented his clients as their nominee on grievance arbitration and interest arbitration Boards. He appeared as counsel at all levels of the Courts of Alberta, in the Northwest Territories, in the Federal Court and in the Supreme Court of Canada.
He has been a contributor/panelist at numerous forums, seminars and conferences. He served three years as a sessional lecturer in poverty law at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law. Between December 1990 and June 1993, Barrie served as as member of the provincial legislature for Edmonton Strathcona and as Official Opposition critic for the Attorney General, Solicitor General, Consumer & Corporate Affairs and Native Affairs portfolios.
Barrie is father to three children and devoted grandfather to their children. He has a wide range of recreational interests including hockey, swimming, Nordic & alpine skiing, camping, back country trail riding (horse back), chess, reading, bee-keeping and music.