Maureen Whelly Mills Q.C. of Riverview wins 2017 CBA President’s Award

  • August 18, 2017

MONTREAL –  Maureen Whelly Mills Q.C. of Riverview is the 2017 recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s President’s Award which recognizes the significant contribution of a Canadian jurist to the legal profession, the CBA, or the public life of Canada.

A former private practice and Government lawyer in Moncton, Maureen Whelly Mills’s contribution to the profession spans forty-five years and her commitment to the CBA dates back to her law school years. The award will be presented at the President’s dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 17 during CBA’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Montreal.                


“I am honoured to recognize this spectacular woman – she was my mentor when I was starting out and she encouraged me to get involved and be an active member of the CBA. Her supportive and enthusiastic mentorship of her colleagues throughout the years has had a remarkable and enduring impact on countless professional lives and careers. Our association has benefited immensely from her dedication and service.”

- Rene Basque, President of the CBA

Quick facts:

  • Maureen Whelly-Mills opened her own law office in May 1974, becoming the first practising female lawyer in Moncton.
  • She was president of the New Brunswick Branch of the CBA in 1996-1997.
  • During the period from 1988 to 2012, she helped introduce Land Titles to New Brunswick.
  • To be eligible for the President’s Award, a candidate must meet at least one of the following criteria: made a significant contribution to the legal profession; made a significant contribution to the Canadian Bar Association; or made a noteworthy contribution to the public life of Canada.

Related links:

The CBA President’s Award
The Canadian Bar Association

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