Kristan became the firm’s managing partner following Madam Justice Ritu Khullar’s appointment to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench. Kristan practises labour, employment, administrative, and human rights law.
She has a practice full of variety, leading her to appear before provincial and federal courts and labour boards, labour arbitration boards, the Occupational Health and Safety Appeals Board, the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal, professional regulatory boards, and she has appeared at the Supreme Court as counsel for an intervener. She also held the position of Independent Chairperson presiding over inmate disciplinary hearings in federal corrections for five years.
She has presented in conferences and seminars on a variety of labour-related topics, including addiction and mental health issues, duty to accommodate, social media, and the duty of fair representation. Prior to practising law she had a similarly varied professional life as a business analyst, trainer, technical writer, arts marketer, and shutdown crew member. She joined Chivers Carpenter in 2008, and became a partner in 2011.
Kristan has three children who keep her running, sometimes even for fitness. She also enjoys reading and traveling.
- Admitted to the Bar of Alberta, 2006
- Admitted to the Bar of the Northwest Territories, 2007
- LLB, University of Alberta, 2004 (with distinction)
- MA (Political Science), University of Alberta, 1994
- BA (Political Science), University of Alberta, 1992
- Pro Bono Supervising Lawyer, Alberta Human Rights Project, 2014-present
- Coach, Labour Arbitration Moot Team, University of Alberta, 2014-present
- Member, Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
Volunteer and Community Involvement
- Board Member – Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (1999–2009, and present)
- Past Board Member – Students’ International Health Association, University of Alberta, (2011–2014)
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