The following members of the legal profession generously give their time to carry out the work of the Law Foundation of PEI.
Gary S. Scales, Chair
Gary is the Regional Lead Partner for McInnes Cooper on Prince Edward Island. His practice is focused on business law, corporate finance, commercial real estate transactions and business immigration law.
Gary is a member of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island and the Canadian Bar Association. He obtained his LL.B. from UNB Law School, and Masters in International Business Law from the London School of Economics.
Gary is active in his community serving on a number of community and charitable organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of PEI, the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Literacy Foundation. Gary is also past-Chair of the Provincial Easter Seals Society Fundraising Campaign, and past-Director of the PEI Division of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Young Canadians Challenge.
John W. Maynard
John has a general practice with an emphasis on litigation. He obtained his undergraduate degree and his law degree from Dalhousie University, He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of the Prince Edward Island courts and administrative tribunals. John’s litigation experience includes criminal prosecution, personal injury, insurance defence work, commercial litigation and estate litigation.
John is a member of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island, the Canadian Bar Association and is past President of the Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Summerside, and a Director of the Stars for Life Autism Association.
Erin T. Mitchell Attorney General's Representative
Erin Mitchell received her law degree from the University of New Brunswick in 2003. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious and Classical Studies from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec, and a Master of Arts degree in Religion and Culture from Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Following her admission to the PEI Bar, Ms. Mitchell practiced law in Charlottetown with a primary focus on criminal and civil litigation. In 2010, she joined the public service as Director of Policy, Policing and Crime Prevention, and most recently served as Director of Justice Policy and Privacy Services with the department of Justice and Public Safety.
Ms. Mitchell was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Deputy Attorney General on June 20, 2016.
She lives in Mermaid with her husband and two young children.
Barbara E. Smith, Q.C.
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 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., 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, as a board member and chair of the Colonel Gray Education Foundation Inc. and as a canvasser forthe Heart and Stroke Foundation, Prince Edward Island Division.
She is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division and is also involved with the local Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce.
William F. Dow, Q.C.
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.