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Feds promote one judge, appoint two others in Saskatchewan

Monday, November 05, 2018 @ 9:34 AM | By John Chunn

One Saskatchewan judge has been promoted and two others have been appointed by the federal Department of Justice.
Brian A. Barrington-Foote, a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench, is appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan. He fills a new position created under Bill C-74, the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1.

Brenda R. Hildebrandt, a sole practitioner, is appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench for in Battleford. She replaces Justice G.N. Allbright, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Aug. 31, 2016.

Charlene M. Richmond, a partner at Richmond Nychuk Barristers and Solicitors, is appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench in Regina. She replaces Justice A.R. Rothery, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Dec. 31, 2015.

Justice Barrington-Foote was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench in April 2012. He has chaired the court’s Innovation Committee, which promotes access to justice, and the Paralegal Committee, in addition to serving on the court’s Civil Justice Committee and class action panel. He is also chair of the Judicial Advisory Committee for Saskatchewan.

Born in Vancouver, Justice Barrington-Foote holds a B.A. in history from Simon Fraser University and an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia. He was called to the British Columbia bar in 1988, the Saskatchewan bar in 1995 and the Alberta bar in 2002.

Prior to becoming a judge, Justice Barrington-Foote practised with law firms in Victoria, Calgary and Regina. His practice focused on civil litigation, public law, and Aboriginal law. In Regina, he was a partner with McKercher McKercher & Whitmore (1995-2002) now called McKercher LLP, and with MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman (2002-2012), now part of MLT Aikins LLP. He acted for Saskatchewan and Alberta First Nations as general counsel, including in governance and commercial matters, consultation and treaty rights and general and specific claims. He appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Barrington-Foote also devoted part of his legal career to public service in both British Columbia and Saskatchewan. From 1987 to 1992, he served as deputy minister of Justice and deputy attorney general for Saskatchewan. He was the lead legal adviser to Saskatchewan in Métis Self-Government Negotiations; the Aboriginal constitutional process mandated by the Constitution Act 1982; the Meech Lake negotiations; the Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement negotiations; and the Canada-U.S. free trade agreement.
Justice Barrington-Foote was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988 and received the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2005. In the community, he has served as a director and coach for Hockey Regina, a director of the United Way of Regina, a member of the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan, and on the provincial council of the Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.

Justice Barrington-Foote and his wife, Linda Zarzeczny, assistant deputy attorney general for Saskatchewan, live in Regina. They have one adult son.

Justice Hildebrandt obtained her LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1983 and was called to the Saskatchewan bar in 1984 after articling with Gauley & Co. (now McDougall Gauley LLP) in Saskatoon. Following 13 years with the firm, working primarily in health law and civil litigation, she moved to southeastern Saskatchewan and established a sole practice in addition to participating in a joint farming and ranching operation. Justice Hildebrandt served clients throughout Saskatchewan, with a focus on professional discipline. In addition, she obtained her LL.M. in health law from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2011.

A frequent lecturer for both the bar admission course and continuing professional development, Justice Hildebrandt served six years on the board of Saskatchewan Legal Education Society Inc. (SKLESI), holding the position of president during 2003-2004. She has also been published in the areas of health law and estate administration. In recognition of these contributions, she received the SKLESI Award for Excellence in Legal Education Development in December 2004. That same year, she was appointed Queen’s Counsel for Saskatchewan.

From 2013 until her appointment to the judiciary, Justice Hildebrandt was a bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, serving as president in 2015, when she moved her practice back to Saskatoon. Beginning in June 2016, she was also an adjudicator appointed to hear appeals pursuant to the Saskatchewan Employment Act.

Along with her professional commitments, Justice Hildebrandt has served on boards and committees of various charitable organizations and actively participated in her community, particularly in musical productions and fitness instruction.

Justice Richmond obtained her B.A. with distinction (1985) and her LL.B. with distinction (1988), both from the University of Saskatchewan. She articled with the Saskatchewan Department of Justice and went into private practice with the Merchant Law Group. In 1991, she co-founded a law firm, and was later joined in the firm by her spouse, Barry Nychuk, while she was expecting their first child. Twenty-seven years and four children later, the firm of Richmond Nychuk now boasts over a dozen lawyers and is well known for both its family and criminal law representation.

Early in her career, Justice Richmond practised in the areas of criminal law, agricultural law (with an emphasis on debtor/creditor matters), and family litigation. She spent several years representing First Nations, before returning to focus on family law. An experienced litigator, Justice Richmond has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. She has also taken mediation training and collaborative law training.
Justice Richmond is an advocate for women’s issues. She was able to put these beliefs into effect as a board member and past president of the YWCA Regina, an organization that focuses on women and families, and more recently as a Justicia Project member. Justice Richmond is committed to mentoring other women lawyers, and is particularly proud that her firm has consistently had approximately equal representation of men and women lawyers.

Justice Richmond was raised in a francophone community and remains committed to promoting French-language rights. She was a member of L’Association des juristes d’expression française de la Saskatchewan for many years. In addition, she served on the board of her alma mater, Collège Mathieu.