Chivers Law Alumni
We appreciate the contribution of our lawyers past and present. Here are some of the esteemed colleagues with whom we’ve worked in the past.
Ritu Khullar, Q.C.
Ritu was managing partner at Chivers Carpenter. Her practice was focused on litigation relating to public law issues including labour and employment, privacy, administrative, human rights, and constitutional law. She represented public and private sector unions, administrative tribunals, and individual clients. She has acted for the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, and appeared before various boards and tribunals, all levels of court in Alberta, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
In addition to teaching at the University of Alberta faculty of law (labour arbitration and constitutional law), Ritu has made numerous presentations at many seminars and conferences (academic and professional) on a wide variety of topics including: labour, employment, privacy, human rights, constitutional law, appellate advocacy and running a fair hearing.
Ritu has been recognized by her peers as having very high “legal ability and ethical standards” as noted in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review ratings, for over ten years. In addition, since 2009 she has been selected for The Best Lawyers in Canada in the speciality of Labour and Employment Law and was selected as the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Edmonton Labour and Employment Law “Lawyer of the Year”.
- Admitted to the Bar of Alberta – 1992
- LLB University of Toronto, 1991
- B.A. Honours (Political Science) University of Alberta, 1985
- 2012-current: Alberta Law Reform Institute, Board Member
- 2006–2012: Center for Constitutional Studies, Board Member
- 2008–2011: Senator, University of Alberta Senate
- 2001–2011: Sessional Lecturer, Labour Arbitration, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
- 2003–2009: Alberta Law Reform Institute, Rules of Court Project, Member of the Appeals Committee
- 1996–2006: Independent Chair to hear serious disciplinary offences at the Edmonton Institution for Women
- 2005/06, 2007/08: Supervising Lawyer, Pro Bono Students Canada Projects, Student Legal Services, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
- 1999–2004: Member, Federal Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments for the Province of Alberta
- 2002–2003: Member of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Alberta
- 1996–1999: Belzberg Lecturer, Constitutional Law, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta,
Volunteer and Community Involvement
- Co-Chair Parent Advisory Council at an Elementary School (2007–2009)
- Member of the Canadian Bar Association since 1992; Past-Chair of the National Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties Section (2001–2002); Chair and Co-Chair of Constitutional Law and
- Civil Liberties Section, Edmonton (1995–98); member of executive of Privacy Law section (2007–2008)
- Past-President and member Board of Shadow Theatre, Edmonton (1998–2002)
- Member of National Board of the Women’s Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF) (1995–97); Chair of LEAF Edmonton (1995–97); and Chair of LEAF Edmonton’s * Education Committee
- (1993–95); and Counsel for LEAF in R v. Ewanchuk; and R v. Shearing at the Supreme Court of Canada
- Member of Fundraising Breakfast Committee in support of Programs to Stop Violence Against Women and Children (1993–98)
David is a graduate of the University of Alberta, (B.Com with distinction in 1985; LLB – Dean’s list in 1988). After articling with the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Court of Queen’s Bench, David practiced as an associate with the Edmonton law firm of Shtabsky & Tussman. David joined our firm in 1991 and became a partner in 1996. David has appeared before all levels of the Federal Court and the Alberta Court and has extensive experience before arbitrators and tribunals including the Alberta and Canada Labour Relations Boards. David has been a panelist at a number of labour law forums, including the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers Annual Conference, the University of Calgary Labour Arbitration Conference and the Canadian Bar Association (Northern Alberta) Subsection on Labour Law.
David is a father to four children. He is an avid hockey player and enjoys travelling, reading and music. As well he coaches minor hockey and soccer.