Deborah Friedman

General Counsel and Deputy Legal Advisor

Deborah Friedman is the General Counsel and Deputy Legal Advisor to the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces where she is responsible for overseeing the delivery of high quality legal services on a wide range of areas of law including, civil liability (tort and contract law), contracting, procurement, real property and intellectual property, legislative and regulatory drafting support, administrative and Charter law, as well as matters of national security.

Prior to her present focus, Deborah served as the General Counsel and Director General of the International Legal Programs Section in the Department of Justice Canada’s Policy Sector where she supported a whole of government approach to trade and development thru the design and implementation of comprehensive, multi-year justice sector assistance projects in Mexico, Jamaica and the Ukraine. Deborah has also contributed at senior levels to the advancement of legal and public policy development in the areas of Indigenous issues and human rights, and has appeared before committees of both the House of Commons and Senate. She also led the implementation of the Specific Claims Tribunal of Canada – an adjudicative body established to bring final resolution to Indigenous historic grievances against the Government of Canada.

Deborah studied at McGill University (B.A.), University of Ottawa (Fellowship-Graduate Studies-Statutory Drafting and interpretation), and the University of Windsor (LL.B). She was the chair of the Policy Sector Leadership Development Working Group; co-chair of the Justice Canada-Canadian Bar Association annual workshop on international justice sector development; and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Barreau du Québec and Global Leaders in Law.

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