The Alberta Law Libraries (ALL) Board is responsible for making recommendations about ALL, setting policy governing the operation of ALL, and for overseeing the operation of the library system.
Current Board Members:
After receiving her JD from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001, Tamara Epple spent 8 years practicing law in private firms, focusing on real estate law, corporate/commercial law, wills and estates and family law.
She then spent four years as the Director of Legal Services in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada. There, she practiced commercial and industrial real estate law, planning and development law, procurement law, intellectual property law, contract law and labour and employment law.
Following her time with Wood Buffalo, Tamara moved to Sherwood Park and took on the role of Legal Counsel at MacEwan University, providing legal services in areas of commercial real estate, contracts, procurement law, labour and employment, intellectual property and privacy law.
Tamara Epple now owns and operates Homestead Law, providing personalized legal services that incorporate both creative and common sense solutions for her clients.
Tamara has volunteered on the Fort McMurray Public Library Board and the Strathcona County Library Board in the past.
Cori Ghitter, KC
Cori was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She received her LLB in 1994 from the University of Calgary and her LLM in 2000 from the University of British Columbia. Cori’s graduate work focused on the unequal compensation of young female and indigenous plaintiffs in personal injury actions.
After being called to the Bar, Cori practiced law as a civil litigator and then worked as Legal Counsel to the Court of Appeal for several years. Prior to joining the Law Society of Alberta, she was the Director of Recruitment and Professional Development in the Calgary office of Dentons LLP where she was responsible for all aspects of student, associate and income partner career development including hiring, training, evaluation, coaching and compensation. During her time at Dentons, Cori was active in training students and associates in legal research and writing, and developing pro bono and diversity initiatives for the firm, including the Justicia project and an Internationally Trained Lawyers Program.
In her current role, Cori oversees the proactive, early intervention programs at the Law Society of Alberta and is responsible for policy development including equity and diversity policies and the Law Society’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.
Cori has taught several courses at the University of Calgary Law and Society department and was a member of the Stewardship Group of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative. She currently serves as a Director on the boards of Vibrant Communities Calgary and the Canadian Center for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) and has previously served as a Director on the boards of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and the YWCA of Calgary.
Sarah is the Director of Talent, Learning and Development for Dentons Canada LLP. In her role, she oversees the development and delivery of continuing education and training programs for lawyers, law students, and staff across all Canada Region offices. Prior to her current role, Sarah spent six years as a research and knowledge management lawyer with Dentons, primarily supporting the firm’s litigation practice group.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University (Kingston), an LL.B from the University of Victoria, and an LL.M from the University of Toronto, where she was a fellow of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Sarah articled with the Court of Appeal of Alberta and was called to the bar in 2008. She has published on topics including health law and civil procedure.
Dr. Margaret Law
Dr. Margaret Law is a professional librarian with post-graduate degrees in Business Administration and Organizational Behaviour. She has been President of both the Canadian Library Association and the Library Association of Alberta. She is a frequent speaker at library and management conferences and teaches in the Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of Alberta and in the Library and Information Technology program at MacEwan University. As well as serving in senior management positions in both public and academic libraries, she has published two books and several articles on library management issues.
Bailey Rivard (Chair)
Bailey Rivard, CPA, CA∙IFA, CBV, CFE, CFF is a partner in the Valuations, Forensics & Litigation Support Services groups of MNP LLP. Bailey has focused her career on delivering investigative and forensic services to her clients since 2008 and added a business valuation focus over the past few years. Her practice is focused on assisting counsel, their clients, and the courts in complex financial matters in dispute. Bailey draws on a wealth of knowledge to help her clients deal with complex and sensitive situations. Her experience includes forensic accounting, fraud investigations, litigation support, business valuations, and due diligence. She has authored expert reports which were relied upon in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Alberta Court of King’s Bench, tax court, and private mediation and arbitration.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (now Chartered Professional Accountant) in 2008, Bailey acquired her Certified Fraud Examiner designation in 2009 and sits on the Board as Treasurer of the Certified Fraud Examiners’ Calgary Chapter. In 2013, Bailey obtained her Diploma in Investigative and Forensic Accounting from the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies and was designated a specialist in the area. Finally, she recently obtained her Chartered Business Valuators designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators earlier in 2017. Bailey also sits on the Board of Closer to Home Community Services in her role as Treasurer.
In her spare time, Bailey enjoys spending time with her young family and being outdoors. She is active in her children’s school and has in the past volunteered with other children’s organizations, including an overseas trip to India to work with orphaned and destitute children. She is a past member of Wordfest and another small literary magazine. Bailey also donates a significant amount of time to education, speaking at conferences and other seminars on matters relating to family law matters, fraud and financial irregularities, family trust issues, and understanding financial concepts in the context of litigation.
Ramona Robins grew up in Northern Alberta but moved south to Medicine Hat in 1998 after graduating from the University of Alberta. She worked in private practice as a family lawyer for four years before joining the Medicine Hat Crown’s office in 2002. She became Chief Crown Prosecutor in 2009 and worked for many years creating efficient systems for the management of large volumes of files in addition to handling some of the most infamous and complex homicides in Medicine Hat area. In 2021 she took on a new position as Associate Chief Prosecutor, Regional Prosecutions. In this position she works with each of the 13 regional offices throughout Alberta providing them strategic support, advice on major files and suggestions for improving office systems. Out of the office Ramona has been a long-time library supporter, starting on her first library board in Grande Prairie when she was just 13. In 2021 Ramona was elected as a City Councillor in Medicine Hat and she represents Council on the Medicine Hat Public Library Board.
Tony Young, KC
Mr. Young was born and raised in Calgary and attended the University of Calgary where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor. Subsequently, he attended Osgoode Hall Law School at York University where he obtained his Master of Laws. Mr. Young currently works as a family lawyer at Sugimoto & Company. Mr. Young is a past President of the Law Society of Alberta, past Chair of Alberta Law Foundation and has served in many capacities at the Canadian Bar Association including the Editorial Committee of Law Matters, South Section Coordinator, Chair of each of the Civil Litigation Section, the Technology Section and the Young Lawyers Section. He continues to serve as Co-Convenor of the Reforming Family Justice System Initiative, President of Aspire (the University of Calgary Family Law Incubator), board member of Alberta Law Libraries and as an Adjudicator for the Law Society of Alberta. Mr. Young has contributed to the profession through organizations such as the University of Calgary, the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education and the Legal Education Society of Alberta.