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December 6, 2012
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Three Island lawyers honoured with Queen’s Counsel appointments

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Three members of the Prince Edward Island legal profession have been honoured with Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) appointments, says Environment Labour and Justice Minister Janice Sherry.

“I am proud to offer congratulations to Spencer Campbell, Valerie Moore and Brian McKenna as the newest lawyers appointed as Her Majesty’s Counsel, learned in the law,” said Ms. Sherry. “Each of these recipients has demonstrated professional integrity, good character, expertise, leadership qualities and community service, and is well deserving of this formal recognition.”

Members of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island are appointed Queen’s Counsel by Lieutenant Governor in Council upon the recommendation of the Queen’s Counsel Recommendations Committee.


Spencer Campbell, Q.C.

Spencer Campbell is the Prince Edward Island Regional Managing Partner of Stewart McKelvey, Atlantic Canada’s largest law firm, where he specializes in Civil Litigation and Administrative Law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University (1988) and a law degree from the University of Toronto (1991). He was admitted to the Bar in 1992. Mr. Campbell is Chair of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation and was Vice-Chair of the Foundation’s recent Care Today For Tomorrow Capital Campaign. He is President of Prince Edward Island Marathon Inc. and sits on the Advisory Board of Rodd Hotels and Resorts. Mr. Campbell has served in a leadership capacity with a number of local charities. He lives in Charlottetown with his wife Janet and children Kyle, Elizabeth and Jack.

Valerie Moore, Q.C.

Valerie A. Moore, a graduate of UPEI and Dalhousie Law School, was admitted to the Bar of Prince Edward Island in 1984. She began her legal career as an associate lawyer at Macnutt and Dumont in Charlottetown, and then went on to serve as a provincial Legal Services lawyer, before becoming a Crown Prosecutor in 1991. Ms. Moore has been active in the Law Society of Prince Edward Island as President and Secretary-Treasurer, as well as Chair of many of its Committees, and as a member of Council for many years. She taught criminal law in the Bar Admission Course for over ten years, and is currently Legal Education Coordinator for the Law Society. Ms. Moore also taught Law and Political Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, and has served over the years as a board member for various local non-profit organizations. Recently, she was named to the “Bertha Wilson Honour Society” by the Schulich School of Law and Dalhousie Law Alumni Association, in recognition for exceptional service to the legal profession and community. Ms. Moore has one son, Brennan.

Brian McKenna, Q.C.

Brian McKenna earned his undergraduate degree from UPEI in 1978. He received his law degree from Dalhousie University in 1983 and was called to the bar in March 1985. He has completed the course requirements for a Master of Urban and Rural Planning from the Faculty of Architecture at Technical University of Nova Scotia. Mr. McKenna has worked with the Veterans Appeal Board, as the founding partner of a law firm, as an associate with McInnes Cooper, Vice-chair of the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission, and as Chief Pensions Advocate and Executive Director with the Bureau of Pension Advocates, Veterans Affairs Canada. He currently works as the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives with the Department of Environment, Labour and Justice. Mr. McKenna has served as President of the Law Society, and on the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. He is active in a number of organizations, and is particularly interested in built and cultural heritage. He is married to Lori MacNeill and has one daughter, Kate, and twin sons, Patrick and John Thomas.

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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