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News Release - Manitoba

December 17, 2015

MANITOBA ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF JUDGE APPOINTED TO PROVINCIAL COURT



Attorney General Gord Mackintosh today announced the appointment of Judge Margaret Wiebe as chief judge of the provincial court of Manitoba.

“Judge Wiebe’s experience in handling complex matters as a lawyer and most recently as a judge, have demonstrated her expertise and commitment to the principles of justice that we all share,” said Minister Mackintosh.  “I am pleased to announce her new role and am confident she is well positioned to handle the unique expectations placed on the chief judge.”

After receiving her law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1990, Wiebe began her career in civil and commercial litigation in Brandon and Winnipeg.  From 2002 to 2012, she served in several roles within the Canadian Wheat Board including senior legal counsel.  During that time, she furthered her education and achieved a masters in business administration from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C.  She was appointed to the provincial court of Manitoba in December 2012.

Wiebe is also a committed community volunteer.  She is currently involved with the Canada Summer Games 2017 organizing committee and has been involved with Special Olympics Manitoba from 1998 to present.  She has been recognized by her peers in the legal and business community with awards related to her commitment to leadership, learning, respect and integrity.

Her appointment as chief judge will come into effect in July 2016 for a non-renewable term of seven years.  Wiebe was selected from a list of candidates recommended by an independent judicial nominating committee chaired by the current Chief Judge, Ken Champagne.  The committee also included three community representatives, the Law Society of Manitoba, the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Bar Association and a provincial court judge.

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