The following members of the legal profession generously give their time to carry out the work of the Law Foundation of PEI.
William F. Dow, K.C., Chair
Bill is a managing partner with the law firm Carr, Stevenson and MacKay. He is a Charlottetown native who has been practicing law in P.E.I. since 1992. He received his B.B.A. in 1988 from the University of Prince Edward Island, and his LL.B. in 1991 from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Bill’s practice is in the areas of Civil Litigation, Real Estate and Corporate-Commercial Law.
Bill is currently a Lecturer of Business Law Courses at the University of Prince Edward Island. He is a Past Chairperson for the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal and is a Past President of the PEI Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. He has also served as a Director on the Canadian Bar Insurance Association.
Bill lives in Charlottetown with his wife Dalene and their sons Joshua and Noah, and their daughter Ava. Bill is an avid golfer.
Barbara E. Smith, K.C., Treasurer
Barbara joined the Charlottetown Office of Stewart McKelvey (then Scales Jenkins McQuaid) as a clerk in March of 1990 and returned to the firm after graduating from Dalhousie Law School in June of 1991 to complete her articles. She was called to the PEI Bar in April of 1992, became a partner with the firm in 1997 and received her Queens (now Kings) Counsel designation in January of 2008.
Barbara carries on a diversified solicitor’s practice in the areas of corporate/commercial, real estate, and wills, trusts and estates, and is also a registered trade-mark agent (Canada). She is a member of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island and the Canadian Bar Association. She is also an active volunteer in her community. Some of her previous involvements include serving as a board member and chair of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation Inc., serving as a member of the Advocacy Committee of the Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division where, as a result of this involvement, she was the recipient of the Queens Jubilee Award in 2002, and serving as a board member and chair of the Colonel Gray Education Foundation Inc.
She is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the Holland College Foundation and the Past President of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce.
Paul is a member of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Prince Edward Island. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law in 2009 and articled at the law firm of Stewart McKelvey.
Paul is currently the Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel of the Murphy Hospitality Group. In addition, Paul currently owns and operates the Loyalist Country Inn & Convention Centre in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.
Paul is active in his community and currently serves as a Director of the Charlottetown Tennis Club. He is also a sessional lecturer with at the University of Prince Edward Island in the area of Corporate Finance.
Paul lives in Charlottetown with his wife Darla and their two daughters: Elodie and Dorothy.
Jonah Clements was appointed as Deputy Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Deputy Attorney General in May 2021. Prior to his appointment, he served as General Counsel for the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission. Jonah was called to the bar in 2013 after completing his studies at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie and Carleton Universities. He also studied at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany.
Robert acts as counsel at McInnes Cooper, Charlottetown. He represents clients in matters involving financing, real estate, business purchases and sales, business start-ups and reorganizations.
Robert obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Prince Edward Island, a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University.
He is a sessional lecturer at the University of Prince Edward Island, teaching business law. Robert is a member and past President of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island, and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Tax Foundation.