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New to Your Team March 5, 2018 Weiler, Maloney, Nelson is proud to welcome Peter Young to our team of professionals. Peter has merged his practice with Weilers Law after four decades in practice, both as a member of various firms and most recently as a sole practitioner. Read More >>
KDMA Annual Conference February 7, 2018 The Township of Ear Falls hosted the Annual Kenora District Municipal Association (KDMA) Conference from February 1-3, 2018, where local leaders in the Kenora District gathered over the weekend. Delegates from municipalities came together to discuss issues and priorities concerning their Northwestern Ontario communities, including infrastructure deficits, the proposed one per cent HST increase, health-care, the upcoming legalization of marijuana and much more. Read More >>
OBA's Institute: Feminism Revisited February 6, 2018 The Ontario Bar Association’s Institute is holding a program entitled “Feminism Revisited: Is the Revolution Over?” on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Chanterelle in Thunder Bay, as well as the Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events in Toronto. It will be a thought-provoking cross-generational discussion on what it means to be a feminist in law in 2018. Read More >>
Allyship January 26, 2018 The Aboriginal Awareness Centre and LUSU have invited Chantelle Bryson to make a presentation at The Study Coffeehouse, Lakehead University, on Monday, January 29 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Rainy River District Municipal Association 27th Annual General Meeting January 9, 2018 The Rainy River District Municipal Association will be hosting its 27th Annual General Meeting and Conference on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Memorial Sports Centre in Fort Frances. Read More >>
NAUGHTY AND NICE December 21, 2017 So many of the people working at Weilers believe in our great community, and appreciate what they have. Although we like to give throughout the year, there are certain charities which are close to our hearts at Christmas time. Read More >>
Holiday Office Hours December 20, 2017 Weilers wishes you all a festive holiday season. Our office will be open on the following days... Read More >>
Happy 71st Birthday! December 1, 2017 Weiler, Maloney, Nelson is celebrating its 71st anniversary on December 2 this year. Today, our office will be taking some time to celebrate. Our office will be open on Saturday the 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to noon for our Wills Clinic- an opportunity for clients, and the public to meet a lawyer to discuss their estate planning needs. Making legal services more convenient to the public is part of our Progressive Approach. Read More >>
New to Your Team November 9, 2017 Your team at Weilers welcomes a new team player.

The partners at Weilers are pleased to announce that Margaret Waddington has joined our law firm as an associate lawyer. Margaret is a recent graduate of LU’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, and will be working primarily in Family Law. She approaches her practice with a compassionate, collaborative focus aimed at achieving effective resolutions for her clients.
Forum North 2017 November 7, 2017 Workplace Safety & Prevention Services is the largest health and safety association in Ontario, responsible for more than 165,000 member firms across the agricultural, industrial/manufacturing and service sectors. Read More >>
Disclaimer October 18, 2017 We feel very strongly that our staff and lawyers are entitled to their own personal opinions on political issues and otherwise, and, in fact, that is their democratic right. We would not interfere with that right. However, those individual opinions are not to be interpreted as representing the position of Weilers Law. Read More >>
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF CO-OPERATION October 6, 2017 The Thunder Bay District Municipal League (TBDML) consists of Mayors and Councillors from 17 member municipalities (ranging from Hornepayne to Neebing) working diligently to improve their respective communities. Read More >>
BADGE OF HONOUR September 19, 2017 Everybody at Weilers Law is thrilled that Chantelle Bryson has been selected to receive one of the limited edition Canada 150 pins. This limited edition pin will be presented to Chantelle by Hon. Patty Hajdu, MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North and presently the Minister of Employment, Workforce and Labour in the federal Cabinet, in person at a special ceremony scheduled for Friday, September 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Waverley Library Auditorium. Read More >>
AMCTO Presentation September 7, 2017 The Association of the Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) is a professional organization dedicated to “fostering administrative excellence in local government”. AMCTO has 9 zones across the Province of Ontario, with AMCTO Zone 9 membership comprising of Administrators, Clerks, Managers, Treasurers and other senior officials from every municipality in the Districts of Kenora, Rainy River and Thunder Bay. Read More >>
Fhara is Fabulous August 1, 2017 We knew Fhara Pottinger was fabulous 11 years ago when she joined us as an articling student, so we invited her to return as an associate lawyer after completing her Call to the Bar in 2007. Effective August 1 of this year, Fhara is no longer an associate at Weilers Law. We are thrilled to announce that she is our newest partner. Read More >>
Women, Wealth and Family Presentation July 10, 2017 In conjunction with RBC Dominion Securities, Fhara Pottinger will be participating in a complimentary seminar “Women, Wealth and Family” concerning building retirement income, investing for the future and managing your wealth for the long term. This presentation is tailored to female investors, professionals and business owners. There will be an opportunity to network with like-minded professional women, and a question-and-answer period will be held at the end of the seminar. Read More >>
BIG BIKE, BIG HEART - PART II June 26, 2017 A big kudos to Co-Captains Robyn Thompson and Trina Carter for fundraising well over the anticipated goal of $1,500 for the Weilers’ Big Bike team “The Spokes of Justice”. Read More >>
LOST, THEN FOUND June 16, 2017 Weilers’ partners were wondering why the office was so quiet, and where our associates - Jessica Fernandez, Mark Mikulasik, Liz McLeod, Jonathon Clark, and Hannah Gladstone - could possibly be.

Well we just received a clue – the attached photo - so now we know where they are - on the golf course at Whitewater Golf Club having fun at SHIFT’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament!
50+ LIFESTYLE EXPO June 8, 2017 Two of Weilers lawyers – Fhara Pottinger and Hannah Gladstone – will be making a presentation at The 50+ Lifestyle Expo will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the DaVinci Centre from 2 pm to 8 pm.

TAKE THE CHAIR June 1, 2017 On March 30, 2017, Weilers lawyer Liz McLeod was ratified as Chairperson of the Lakehead University Student Union (“LUSU”) Board of Directors for their upcoming 2017/2018 term.

Liz has been involved with numerous student initiatives throughout her past academic career from her days at the University of Guelph, to more recently as a former student of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University.
SPRUCING UP THE NEIGHBOURHOOD May 25, 2017 A big thanks to both EcoSuperior Environmental Programs and The City of Thunder Bay for annually organizing the 20-Minute Spring Up to Clean Up throughout our community. Read More >>
BIG BIKE, BIG HEART May 23, 2017 Co-workers Robyn Thompson and Trina Carter have been working hard to fundraise for Weilers’ Big Bike team named “The Spokes of Justice”, of which they have been co-captains for 3 years and counting. For 20 minutes, 29 riders come together to power one Big Bike and, of course, to have fun - in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Some of the recent events included: Read More >>
SHIFT into Overdrive May 19, 2017 SHIFT is Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network. It is a not-for-profit organization that promotes networking and collaboration among young people between 19-40 years from a variety of professions and backgrounds. Read More >>
THE TRAVELLING PAINTING IS ON THE MOVE May 17, 2017 The “Travelling Painting” was created by Artist Colleen Rose of Red Rock, Ontario who based it on a photo she had taken during a winter drive along Lake Superior. As she had envisioned “art busking” as a fundraiser, Colleen donated the piece to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, and it was auctioned off at the Luncheon of Hope on October 3, 2014. Read More >>
YOU OUGHTA KNOW May 8, 2017 In 2005, the Children’s Aid Foundation launched Quiz Night, its annual fundraising event to assist youth in care – government funding covers only the basics, the Foundation allows kids to play sports, ride bikes, and enjoy other benefits more fortunate families take for granted. Years later, it has now developed into a fun filled, high energy trivia game with 48 teams of 8 competing vigorously against each other for fantastic prizes and the coveted Quiz Night trophy! Read More >>
CONGRATULATIONS MAGGIE May 5, 2017 As part of the firm’s Administrative Professionals' week festivities, Maggie Wilson received a service pin, certificate, and watch in recognition of her 25 years of service to our clients. She is a valued member of our administrative support team, opening the office every morning; serving as relief receptionist; assisting with bookkeeping functions; ordering supplies; and acting as guardian of the wills index system, a crucial and daunting responsibility. Read More >>
SHOWING OUR APPRECIATION May 4, 2017 Administrative Professionals' Day is celebrated on the last Wednesday in April. Administrative assistants, receptionists, and other support professionals are recognized for their hard work throughout the year. Read More >>
SUMMER OF '17 May 3, 2017 Weilers supports the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University, but in return, we receive help in the form of summer students who assist our lawyers and staff with research, drafting, document preparation, client meetings, and other tasks. This help makes it much easier to maintain our high quality of client-focused service. Read More >>
WEILERS LAWYERS MAINTAIN THEIR SUPPORT OF LU LAW April 25, 2017 Weilers has always been an advocate of Lakehead University’s Faculty of Law in more than one way.

Chantelle Bryson has accepted an offer to teach Canadian Environmental Law at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law for the 2017-2018 academic year.
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER April 3, 2017 Weilers Law has an active Twitter account, managed by our associate lawyer Hannah Gladstone. The tweets often link to new cases or online articles about legal subjects of interest to us which may also be of interest to our clients or prospective clients, as well as news about the firm and our lawyers. Read More >>
ROTARY HOUSE LOTTERY IS BACK March 29, 2017 The Rotary House Lottery is back for its 31st year!

The Rotary Club of Thunder Bay (Fort William) has been serving the City of Thunder Bay for over a century. The Fort William Rotary House Lottery Draw is its major annual community fundraising project. All of the funds that are raised stay within Thunder Bay.
UNDER THE BIG TOP March 29, 2017 The 2017 Law Ball was held on Saturday, February 25, in the Ballroom at the Valhalla Inn.

The Thunder Bay Law Association organizers did a splendid job coordinating this event, and the theme this year “Under The Big Top” was a huge hit with those who attended.
SWEPT AWAY March 14, 2017 Where is it okay to throw a rock? In a curling bonspiel - that's where!

Four of our young dynamic lawyers participated in the SHIFT "Hurry Hard" Curling Bonspiel held on Saturday, March 11, at the Fort William Curling Club.
A STITCH IN TIME March 3, 2017 The second annual Fibre Arts Exhibition is being held at the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing, and will run until March 26. The exhibit includes works of weaving, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and embroidery.

One of the 22 artists displaying their work is none other than one of our own – Heliina Swerdlyk, who finds it relaxing and meditative. This is her second year participating in the exhibit, and she has several pieces on display...
SUPPORTING THE ARTS March 1, 2017 Weiler, Maloney, Nelson was proud to be the sponsor of the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s 7th Annual Arts and Heritage Awards organized by The City of Thunder Bay ( and Magnus Theatre. This event was held on February 16 at Magnus Theatre, and was well attended by members of the public, as well as local artists. Read More >>
United We Stand February 14, 2017 The Weilers law firm has long been a supporter of the United Way, both the partners as well as the staff. Yesterday the 2016 United Way Campaign Celebration & Awards luncheon was held at the Victoria Inn. Read More >>
Lakehead University Bora Laskin Faculty of Law Placement Students - 2017 to 2018 February 10, 2017 The third year students at Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University have a Practice Placement in either the first or second term. The Practice Placement is an excellent opportunity for both students and law firms. Read More >>
Will Power January 31, 2017 One of our Associates, Hannah Gladstone, will be presenting “Death Penalty: Don’t let the Government decide your Estate” to the TBEA at noon on Thursday, February 2 at the Victoria Inn. Read More >>
Harassment in the Workplace January 23, 2017 Bill 132 came into force on September 8, 2016 and amended several items of Ontario legislation with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and related matters. Read More >>
MS. BRYSON GOES TO WASHINGTON January 18, 2017 We are always thrilled when one of our lawyers is interviewed by the press, though usually, it is about a case, or to offer a view about recent changes in the law. This week, however, Chantelle Bryson was a guest on the local CBC Radio morning show talking about her decision to be part of a major march taking place on January 21 in Washington DC – the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Read More >>
Welcome Ryan and Nick January 16, 2017 The Weilers firm provides 2 placement spots per semester to assist students in fulfilling the practical requirement in The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law Integrated Practice Curriculum. Read More >>
Rainy River District Municipal Association 26th Annual General Meeting and Conference January 3, 2017 The Rainy River District Municipal Association will be hosting its 26th Annual General Meeting and Conference on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Rainy River, Ontario. Read More >>
Weilers Holiday Hours December 21, 2016 Weilers wishes you all a festive holiday season. Our office will be open on the following days: Read More >>
Bora Laskin Placement Students Continue to Shine December 16, 2016 Today is the last day of Tyron Telang’s placement with our firm. His office mate, Hamza Ahmad, is staying until December 22 to wrap up a few projects. In January, both Tyron and Hamza return to Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law for the final semester of their legal studies. Read More >>
Staffing the Kettle for our Community December 12, 2016 A community is “commonly considered a social unit (a group of people) who have something in common, such as norms, values, identity, and often a sense of place that is situated in a given geographical area”. Read More >>
AND THE SHOW MUST GO ON… December 6, 2016 In 1971, British director Burton Lancaster had an idea to create a new theatre company. The idea took root not in New York, Toronto or Montreal, but in a medium-sized North American city with a healthy arts community and no professional theatre to call its own. Read More >>
GOING PLATINUM November 30, 2016 Weiler, Maloney, Nelson is celebrating its 70th anniversary on December 2 this year. A 70th anniversary is considered the platinum anniversary, and platinum is a rare element which is considered highly valuable and precious. Read More >>
DYNAMIC DUO October 18, 2016 Weilers celebrates our two newly-minted lawyers, Hannah Gladstone and Elizabeth (Liz) McLeod, who were admitted to the Bar on September 23, 2016. Hannah and Liz are proud members of the charter class of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. Read More >>
MANAGING THE IMPACT OF BILL 132 October 17, 2016 Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) is presenting “Forum North”, Thunder Bay’s Occupational Health & Safety Conference, on November 1 and 2, 2016 at the Valhalla Inn. Read More >>
GOING GREEN October 12, 2016 Weilers’ annual golf tournament was held on Saturday September 17 at Emerald Greens Golf Course on Dawson Road. Seven teams, consisting of lawyers and staff alike, participated in this 9-hole scramble, best ball tournament beginning at 4 pm that day. Read More >>
FORE A Good Cause August 19, 2016 Weilers was honoured to be one of the sponsors of The Chronicle Journal Charity Golf Classic (formerly known as the Bearskin Charity Golf Classic) held at Whitewater Golf Club on Friday, August 19. Read More >>
Tyron's Adventures in South Africa July 29, 2016 Tyron Telang is a third year student at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. Tyron is spending the Fall 2016 semester on a placement with Weilers after working with us the previous two summers. Tyron and his family enjoy travel adventures, and he took a trip to Africa prior to beginning work this summer. We asked him to share his experience with us, and this is what he wrote: Read More >>
[UPDATED July 27 2016] Directions to Weilers During Road Work July 27, 2016 Weilers wishes to remind our clients and visitors that we are still open during the road construction on Balmoral and Russell streets this summer. Please drive cautiously around the construction workers by reducing your speed and keeping your attention on your surroundings.

In order to make your visit more accessible, we ask that you consider changing your route to our location...
Legal Trailblazers in Thunder Bay - Then and Now July 12, 2016 Thunder Bay has a great and lengthy tradition regarding lawyers and the practice of law. Eva Maude Powley was born in Thunder Bay (formerly Port Arthur) and called to the bar in 1902 – she was the second woman lawyer in Ontario. Bora Laskin was born in Thunder Bay (formerly Fort William) and went on to become one of Canada’s greatest lawyers, including the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Read More >>
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner July 6, 2016 The Thunder Bay Law Association held its annual Golf Tournament on Tuesday, July 5 at the Fort William Country Club. The organizer, Kevin Brothers, reminded the participants that this was a “social and enjoyable” tournament, but that fell on deaf ears to a profession known for its competitiveness. Read More >>
Congratulations Rotary House Draw winners July 5, 2016 Congratulations to Lisa Bennett and Miranda Silta, the mother and daughter team who won the 30th annual Fort William Rotary House Draw on Canada Day. The beautiful home is located at 401 Silverstone Place in Gemstone Estates. Read More >>
In the Event of a Canada Post Disruption July 5, 2016 Canada Post has notified the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) that it intends to lock out its workers starting Friday, July 8, 2016, after months of negotiations have failed to reach a labour deal between the postal carrier and its largest union. Read More >>
Advancing Women in the Legal Profession May 27, 2016 The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Justicia Project is a precedent-setting project designed to promote the retention and advancement of women lawyers in private practice. Justicia was launched in 2008 as a recommendation of the Retention of Women in Private Practice Working Group. The Working Group identified alarming trends that, although women account for more than 50% of Ontario law graduates, this is not reflected in private practice where women account for less than 35% of lawyers, and about 20% of all partners in law firms. Maternity and parenting responsibilities are one of the most significant factors that lead to the departure of women from private practice.

Weilers is proud to be one of the firms selected to participate in the Justicia Project...
Spring is in the Air May 6, 2016 EcoSuperior Environmental Programs invited Weilers Law to participate in its annual 20-Minute Makeover Event where citizens and workplaces work side by side to clean up parks, roadsides, trails, neighbourhoods, etc.

This is an event Weilers has participated in since 2010. Today eleven of Weilers’ staff members took to the paths and roadsides to beautify our workplace in this community event.
And the Award Goes To… April 28, 2016 The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce held its 2016 Business Excellence Awards Gala on Saturday April 9 at the Victoria Inn, where awards were presented to exceptional businesses who have contributed to the success of our community. The Awards process ensures that qualified candidates effectively represent each Award category. Once nominations are received from the public, Chamber staff categorizes the nominees and collects relevant information, then turns it over to the judges for a final decision.

Weiler Maloney Nelson was the proud sponsor of the Business Excellence Award for a medium sized company (with 7 to 25 employees). This Award is presented to a company that exhibits true business excellence, and has been in business for more than 5 years.
Community Information Session: Protection Orders April 26, 2016 The Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre is holding a free community information session entitled “Protection Orders” on Wednesday April 27th from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the Italian Cultural Centre, 132 Algoma Street South. The focus will be in assisting women and women’s advocates to navigate the system in order to stay safe when dealing with violence or harassment. Read More >>
The 2016 Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards April 18, 2016 The Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards is an annual event organized by the City of Thunder Bay that recognizes and celebrates the influence, achievements and/or support of local individuals, groups and businesses associated with arts and heritage. This year’s semi-formal event was held at the Finlandia Club on March 31, 2016. Read More >>
The Need for Clarity in Business Role in Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples April 12, 2016 The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is exploring the issue of the Duty to Consult indigenous peoples whose constitutionally-protected rights could be adversely affected as a result of governments approving private sector projects on, through or near their lands/territories. The objective is to provide a list of specific recommendations for the federal government on actions it should take to provide direction on a productive path forward. Read More >>
Celebrate a 30 year tradition on Rotary's 100th This Year! March 29, 2016 This year’s Rotary House is a beautiful home in the North Ward on Silverstone Place in the City of Thunder Bay with over 1700 square feet. This house features three bedrooms, two four-piece bathrooms, hardwood floors, granite counter tops, high-efficiency AC and heating systems, and comes with a set of four appliances. The prize is valued at $487,739. Read More >>
Setting A High Bar February 4, 2016 Please join us in congratulating our newest lawyer, Jonathon Clark. Jonathon may be familiar, as he has been an articled student-at-law at Weilers for the past year, but on January 29th, in Toronto, Jonathon was called to the bar at a special convocation of The Law Society of Upper Canada - the final step in qualifying as a lawyer. Read More >>
Judy, Judy, Judy December 17, 2015 Judy Caratti is the first person you see when you enter the reception area of Weilers Law, or visit the Weilers website. Her warm and friendly smile always makes our clients feel at home at Weilers.

Judy recently announced her retirement effective January 1, 2016. Obviously the firm is sad to see her go, but we are happy for her as she approaches a new chapter in her life.
Weilers' Holiday Office Hours December 16, 2015 Weilers wishes you all a festive holiday season. Our office will be open on the following days Read More >>
The True Meaning of Christmas December 15, 2015 Staffing the Salvation Army Kettle at the Superstore location has been a highlight at Weilers for every Christmas Season since 2006.

This year was no different. As soon as the Volunteer List was posted, it was filled almost immediately – showing enthusiasm for a charity that many of us believe in. We sang, we danced, we smiled and we enjoyed seeing once again how generous the citizens of Thunder Bay are – the true meaning of Christmas was received loud and clear.
Weilers Lawyer Assumes Leadership Role November 16, 2015 Weilers’ lawyer Mark Mikulasik has been on the Board of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce since 2012 and, effective November 1, 2015, Mark commenced a one-year term as Chair of Thunder Bay’s Voice of Business, representing approximately 1,000 local businesses in providing advocacy, education, networking and events. Read More >>
Forum North 2015 Supervisor Criminal Liability November 3, 2015 Please see Brad’s presentation on this topic from November 3, 2015... Read More >>
Weilers Annual Golf Tournament: All fore the love of the game! October 19, 2015 On September 19th, the Annual Weilers Golf Tournament was held at Emerald Greens Golf Club. While the tournament has been on hiatus for the past couple of years, this year saw an excellent turnout and the competition was fierce. It was a beautiful day for golf and, despite the high stakes, everyone managed to have a great time. Read More >>
Weilers Wills Clinic Re-opens for Fall September 23, 2015 Everybody needs a will, and powers of attorney. But finding time to meet with a lawyer is not easy if you work 9 to 5. So at Weilers, we try to help by offering our “wills clinic” on Saturday mornings from nine until noon. Read More >>
Keri Bishop August 27, 2015 Keri Bishop is a Legal Assistant at Weilers who assists Martha Petryshyn with a very busy family law practice. Joining Weilers in 2013, Keri brought with her several years of legal experience in labour law and arbitration, criminal law, family law, and wills and estates. Read More >>
It Happened One Summer – Part 2 August 12, 2015 After completing my second year of study at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, I was excited to return to Weilers this summer as a student. There is really no better way to learn the law and its practice than to be immersed in a variety of real-life legal issues in a firm, and my second summer at Weilers has been a terrific example of this kind of learning environment. I have been able to hone my research, writing and advocacy skills both through practical work on a variety of matters, as well as watching and receiving feedback and guidance from a variety of skilled lawyers in the firm. Read More >>
A Proud Tradition August 5, 2015 We have posted a series of spotlights on certain members of our current staff as well as our firm lawyers, because to clients, what is most important is who we are today. However, we never forget that “A Proud Tradition” is an important component of our motto. Our past makes us who we are today.

So, when we came across the attached photo in our archives, we paused and reflected upon the history of our firm in assisting mining businesses in Northwestern Ontario.
The Hope and Memory Garden July 20, 2015 We RECEIVE lots of comments from clients and visitors about the gorgeous Hope and Memory Garden adjacent to our office building. This oasis was created to commemorate and celebrate cancer victims and survivors. A tireless group of volunteer gardeners, headed by Lana Lang, work to keep this gem clean and beautiful for the people of Thunder Bay to visit and use. We commend them for their efforts, and for their dedication. Read More >>
Happy Canada Day 2015 July 1, 2015 Please join us in celebrating Canada’s birthday – whether you are attending a cultural festival, visiting one of Canada’s prestigious parks, hosting a barbeque, or just relaxing and enjoying the company of friends and family.

Our office will be closed July 1 for this statutory holiday
Presentation: Custody and Access in the context of Violence June 11, 2015 Brad Smith and Fhara Pottinger will present a FREE community information session about Custody and Access on Wednesday June 24th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Waverly Library 285 Red River Road. Read More >>
SHE’LL HAVE YOU IN STITCHES June 3, 2015 There are many layers that make up Heliina Swerdlyk... Read More >>
A First Year Summer Student’s First Impressions at Weilers June 1, 2015 "...I was excited to find out that I would be working at Weilers this summer because I heard nothing but great things about the firm and its welcoming environment. Within my first week, I had two great lunches with Mr. Babcock and other colleagues to welcome me to the firm. It’s also wonderful that I’ve had the chance to learn so much about the administration of a law firm workplace already and about various subject areas in contract law, wills and estates, and employment law..." Read More >>
Summer Student Hiring Supports LU Law May 22, 2015 Weilers is a keen supporter of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University, from before it was founded. Fred Bickford, a Weilers partner at the time, was a major advocate on behalf of the proposal for recognition by the Law Society, and funding by the government. Read More >>
Spokes of Justice May 14, 2015 One bike. 30 seats. 20 minutes. 2 kilometres.

This sums up what Big Bike is all about. On Tuesday, May 12th, the Weilers’ team “Spokes of Justice”, in partnership with YES (Youth Employment Services), rode a bicycle built for 30 despite what Thunder Bay’s rather drizzly and damp weather had to offer. Our awesome team consisting of Donna Kinnunen, Jimy Kinnunen, Mary Allen, Brad Smith, Alex Smith, Trina Carter, Amanda Pettis, Lisa Mihalcin, Gabbie Morrow, Lani Garry, Jordan Tetreault and Robyn Thompson raised $1,089.00!
CAS - 10th annual Quiz Night May 12, 2015 Children’s Aid Foundation of the District of Thunder Bay held their 10th annual Quiz Night on Saturday, May 2 at the CLE Coliseum. Quiz Night is a fun filled, high energy trivia game with teams of eight competing against each other for prizes, and the coveted Quiz Night Trophy.

This event is a unique fundraiser with funds going to youth in-care. An essential goal of the Foundation is to give youth the skills and support they need to reach their full potential, recognize their dreams and enrich their lives. The Foundation supports programs and extracurricular activities that...
Spring Up to Clean Up 2015 May 1, 2015 For the past 5 years, Weilers' staff have generously volunteered their time to participate in EcoSuperior's Spring Up to Clean Up event. Each year, over 10, 000 registered volunteers help to clean up and beautify Thunder Bay by picking up litter from streets and parks during Spring Up to Clean Up in May. Read More >>
Career Advancement, Business Development and Leadership Resources April 27, 2015 The Law Society of Upper Canada has excellent resources to aid in a lawyer’s career. The Justicia Project was a ground breaking initiative to support the retention and advancement of women lawyers in private practice. Many valuable resources were developed that can be used by any lawyer to aid their career in the practice of law. For example, some of the Guides that can be immediately implemented include... Read More >>
Jessica Fernandez Joins Weilers April 20, 2015 We are pleased to announce that we have added yet another strong performer to the Weilers team. Jessica Fernandez is a graduate of the University of Calgary law school. Following graduation, she articled with the Regional Municipality of Peel Dispute Resolution Group, where much of her work was in labour law and related fields, as well as litigation. Read More >>
Magna Carta Turns 800, Coming to Canada March 16, 2015 As we approach the 800th anniversary, the Magna Carta will be coming to Canada to celebrate its history and legacy. It will be exhibited in 4 cities in 2015. Please visit the Magna Carta Canada web site for more details and to support this great initiative. Read More >>
International Women's Day March 3, 2015 According to International Women’s Day site, this year’s theme is Make It Happen, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognizing women. Let us all take a moment to celebrate the achievements of women past, present and future and Make It Happen. Read More >>
Brian Babcock Appointed Regional Director for The Advocates’ Society February 24, 2015 Today Weilers is proud to announce the appointment of Brian as Regional Director for The Advocates’ Society.

Everyone at Weilers is aware of Brian’s exceptional knowledge and skill, and we are pleased that this has been recognized by The Advocates' Society.
Styles and Smiles 2015 February 13, 2015 Once again the Canadian Mental Health Association will be holding its annual fundraiser – Styles and Smiles (organized by the Society of Excellent Men). This event will raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Children’s Centre Foundation, and assist those organizations in their continuous effort to offer programs and services to build a generation of mentally healthy children, and ultimately, a mentally healthy society. Read More >>
Aboriginal Law Career Symposium February 9, 2015 The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Equity Initiatives Department hosting the 2nd Bora Laskin Faculty of Law Aboriginal Law Career Symposium on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. This program has been offered at other locations since 2004 and has made connections for hundreds of law students and lawyers Read More >>
Distinguished Award Presented to Brian Babcock February 2, 2015 Our very own Brian Babcock was awarded an Honourary Membership at the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce AGM on January 28th.

The Honourary Membership is not given every year, but is awarded at the discretion of the Nominating Committee to an individual who fits the following criteria:
The Advocate's Society Courthouse Series January 27, 2015 We give back to the community in many ways, from charity fundraising, to volunteering to joining boards of community organizations. We also give back by contributing to a strong legal community, which we believe in turn helps Thunder Bay be a better place to live and work.

For several years, Brian Babcock, one of our partners, has contributed by acting as a local chair for the Courthouse Series, an annual half day workshop organized and presented by The Advocates’ Society...
Zen and the art of Cake January 19, 2015 Mary Allen is one of Weilers clerks, working closely with clients and lawyers in our real estate and corporate/commercial departments. Mary has lent her talents to various practice areas over the years, starting in our real estate department in 1987, coming full circle several years ago, back to her roots in real estate. The knowledge and expertise she gained working in other practice areas such as wills and estates, labour law and family matters, has added depth to Mary’s skill base and serves Weilers clients very well. Read More >>
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM WEILERS January 5, 2015 We all hope that you had a successful 2014, and that 2015 holds the promise of joy, happiness and prosperity.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to finally update that will you made before the kids were born, or learn more about “living wills” ...
Smart Cookie December 19, 2014 Keri Bishop, a Legal Assistant who assists Martha Petryshyn with her busy practice, decided to organize a Christmas cookie exchange this year. What was proposed was... Read More >>
IT IS CHRISTMAS IN THE HEART THAT PUTS CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR December 17, 2014 Many of those working at Weiler, Maloney, Nelson have big hearts. Not only do we support each other in times of need, we also support the Thunder Bay community where there is a need to be filled. Because we feel blessed with the lives we lead, we support local charitable organizations and give what we can, especially at Christmas time. This December we are supporting the following worthy causes: Read More >>
I PADDLE IN A DRAGON BOAT – WHAT’S YOUR SUPER POWER? December 9, 2014 Lani Garry is one of Weilers clerks, assisting Brian Babcock in our civil litigation department for the past 15 years. Lani is also the administrator of our litigation software program and was instrumental in having this program implemented. With a particularly good eye for details, she is known as the one to go to for proofreading expertise. Although she acquired a range of experience in other practice areas, both in Thunder Bay and out West, she has found her home with Weilers. When Lani was diagnosed with breast cancer 8 years ago, one of the ways she took up her fight was through Dragon Boating, which continues to be one of her favourite activities today. Paddling in sync with 22 women in varying water conditions has taught her a balance of skills in teamwork and perseverance – something she brings to the firm on a daily basis. Read More >>
MUNICIPAL GOVERNANCE 101 December 5, 2014 Partner Nick Melchiorre has been invited to make a presentation on Friday, December 5th, 2014 to approximately 50-60 elected leaders from its nineteen member municipalities at the annual Fall Conference for the Thunder Bay District Municipal League (TBDML). His topic will be entitled ““Municipal Governance 101: Shall Do’s, Shall Not Do’s and Room for Discretion”. Read More >>
It happened one summer… November 18, 2014 First day nerves aren’t typically all that fun. Walking into a completely new environment, with all new people and really no clue as to what you are about to undertake, can be daunting. My first day at Weilers was a complete exception to this norm. Not only were my colleagues friendly and willing to help out but they really went the extra mile to ensure that my first day, and really all subsequent days over the summer, were terrific and enjoyable opportunities to learn and be part of the team. Read More >>
On the Mark November 13, 2014 Associate lawyer Mark Mikulasik has recently been elected First Vice-Chair of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. This means that Mark is also the Chair-elect, and will replace Joe Moses of RBC as Chair starting in November of 2015. Read More >>
Thunder Bay Community Foundation November 3, 2014 One of Weilers’ partners, B. Paul Jasiura, sits on the Board of Trustees for the Thunder Bay Community Foundation. Read More >>
“IT’S HALLOWEEN, THE LAMPS ARE LIT” October 31, 2014 Staff members Heliina and Carolyn took it upon themselves to have a little fun in the office on Halloween. Everyone was encouraged to dress up, and bring Halloween goodies to share with their co-workers. As a law firm, we know that our work is serious but we also value having a bit of fun to lighten up even the busiest of days.

The office responded, and a small feast was laid out for one and all to enjoy...
Partners in Prevention “Forum North” 2014 Health & Safety Conference and Trade Show October 30, 2014 Partners in Prevention “Forum North” 2014 Health & Safety Conference and Trade Show will be held on November 4 and 5, 2014 at the Valhalla Inn. This Conference and Trade Show is offering concurrent sessions on the latest health, safety and wellness issues from authorities in the field, including speakers from local companies. One of our lawyers, Brad Smith, will be a speaker. Read More >>
Pye in the Sky - A "Do or Dive" Perfect 10 October 24, 2014 Weilers is proud to support PRO Kids as it partners once again with the Thunder Bay Diving Club to host its annual fundraiser “Do or Dive” on Friday, November 7th, 2014 at the Canada Games Complex. Read More >>
Weilers Commits to LU Law Placements October 17, 2014 For the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law's "Integrated Practice Curriculum" to succeed, students need placements which will offer them an intensive exposure in four months to the practical aspects of law that cannot be fully learned in a classroom. As part of our ongoing commitment to LU Law; to mentoring new lawyers; and to improving access to justice in Northwestern Ontario, Weilers has agreed that we will provide two placement spots per semester, so that four students from the first graduating class will work with us in the Fall of 2015 and the Winter of 2016. We look forward to the energy and enthusiasm that the students bring to the work, and hope that the experience will equip them to be well qualified future lawyers. Read More >>
Tribute To Bora Laskin October 2, 2014 September 30th marked a very important day for the Thunder Bay legal community. In a special ceremony at the PACI campus, Canada’s newest law school at Lakehead University unveiled its new name - The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. The naming is in recognition of the former Chief Justice's integrity and contributions to Canadian law. Read More >>
Master Mind September 29, 2014 It is official – Chantelle Bryson is now a Master of Laws. She has received notification from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University that her LL.M. degree requirements have been met!... Please join us in congratulating Chantelle on this noteworthy achievement, which represented a lot of hard work and personal sacrifice. Read More >>
Walk of Hope September 23, 2014 On Friday, September 5, a walk was organized internally to cheer Lisa on in the coming days. All attendees were asked to wear Teal in support of Ovarian Cancer awareness, and many Weilers people joined in. Fittingly, the supporters took a short walk along the river and through the Hope & Memory Garden, which is adjacent to Balmoral Commons. Read More >>
Weilers’ Commitment to LU’s Faculty of Law Continues September 3, 2014 Brian Babcock, one of our partners, has acted frequently as an instructor in law clerk courses and for lawyers’ professional development. His practice is mainly civil litigation, with some labour and employment law. There are few lawyers in Thunder Bay who have as much experience as he has in working with the whole range of remedies. Brian loves to share his knowledge, so he has agreed to act as the instructor for the Remedies course this fall, while maintaining his full-time law practice. Read More >>
Another Weilers Superhero – Part 2 August 27, 2014 The Drop Zone fundraiser was held on August 14, 2014 in support of Easter Seals Ontario. For those not familiar with this charitable organization, Easter Seals Ontario has been offering programs and services for the past 90 years to help children and youth with physical disabilities achieve a greater level of acceptance and independence. One of its most important functions is to provide financial assistance for the purchase of costly mobility equipment and communication devices. Read More >>
Harnessing the Energy August 5, 2014 Weilers is pleased to announce that we have added a new page to our website - about Energy Law. With climate change altering how we all think about energy, this subject area crosses over traditional practice areas or client categories. Creating a designated practice group is a natural recognition of the growing importance of the topic to our team, and a pledge of our ongoing service to clients. Read More >>
Another Weilers' Superhero July 21, 2014 Mark Mikulasik, an Associate lawyer at Weilers, signed up for this year’s Drop Zone to become a “superhero” - in support of Easter Seals Ontario. On August 14, 2014, he will be rappelling down Maplecrest Towers, the second tallest building in Thunder Bay. Read More >>
Weilers wins Trophy at Law Association's Annual Golf Tournament July 14, 2014 Team members Garth O’Neill, Elizabeth McLeod (a Weilers summer student who has completed her first year at LU’s Faculty of Law), James Wilcox and Yves Fricot were the proud recipients of the TBLA Golf Tournament trophy – a much coveted prize among a group of highly competitive lawyers. Read More >>
The Celebration of Justicia July 7, 2014 On May 28, 2014 Deborah Humphreys participated as a panelist in the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Justicia Project Symposium. Deborah, along with Katharine Pollock and Ritu Bhasin discussed improving business development skills for women, for law firms mentoring women lawyers, and for firms who wish to implement working strategies to achieve this goal. Read More >>
Happy Canada Day 2014! June 30, 2014 Our office will be closed July 1 for this statutory holiday. All of us hope to be sharing good times with loved ones, or creating new memories for future enjoyment. We will return to regular hours on Wednesday July 2nd, hopefully with just a bit of sunburn (free non-legal advice: always apply sunscreen), eager to complete our work to the high standards our clients have learned to expect. Read More >>
Rotary House Tickets Are Still for Sale! June 13, 2014 Get them before they are gone! The campaign to sell raffle tickets to this year's Fort William Rotary Club "House Raffle" is moving ahead full steam! Tickets are still available but the draw is now 2 weeks away (July 1, 2014). Read More >>
Presentation: Deborah Humphreys on Canada's Anti Spam Legislation June 9, 2014 On June 9 2014 Deborah Humphreys will be presenting on the topic of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation to the Board of Directors of the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. Read More >>
Law Day 2014 June 4, 2014 Friday, May 23rd was Law Day in Thunder Bay at the new Courthouse. Local high school students attended the Courthouse to participate in and observe a mock trial in The Superior Court of Justice.

Law Day is a national event celebrating the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Started by the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) with the first events in 1983, Law Day is aimed at educating and informing the public about the role and importance of the law in society.
20-MINUTE MAKEOVER May 26, 2014 Staff and lawyers at Weiler Maloney Nelson have participated in this Clean Up since 2010, and this year was no exception. We love our beautiful location, bordered by the Hope and Memory Garden, the recreational trails and the floodway – and this time of year, the return of playful waterfowl is a treat. So we like to do our bit to keep things clean and green. Read More >>
Easter Seals: Helping Kids Succeed (and even become lawyers) May 20, 2014 On Tuesday May 20th Brian Babcock will attend the Easter Seals’ Ontario Annual Recognition and Information Social, being held this year at Forks South, the function room adjacent to the Five Forks Restaurant. Read More >>
Supporting Lakehead Law School in its Inaugural Year and Beyond May 12, 2014 This summer Weilers is pleased to have Liz McLeod join us as a student. Liz just completed first year, so she is very new to the field of law. At LU, she is very involved in student activities including serving as a director on the board of the Lakehead Law Students’ Society, and is co editor of The Northern Law Compass online magazine. Liz has travelled extensively, is an avid golfer and has worked at a variety of jobs while a student and prior to law school. We hope that this summer experience will help Liz become the type of lawyer that clients want to have represent them, whether they are buying a house, starting a local business, or they require advocacy before a court or tribunal. Read More >>
Tax Assessment Appeals: The Process, Municipal Rights and Economic Obsolescence April 29, 2014 Partner Nick Melchiorre will be making a presentation on May 6th on the topic of “Tax Assessment Appeals: The Process, Municipal Rights and Economic Obsolescence”, which will be followed by a coffee break proudly sponsored by Weiler Maloney Nelson. Read More >>
WIN-WIN SITUATION April 22, 2014 The Children’s Aid Foundation of the District of Thunder Bay will be hosting its 9th Annual Quiz Nite on Saturday, May 3, 20124 at the CLE Coliseum.

This fun and entertaining evening will once again be its primary fundraising event for the year. Quiz Nite is a high energy trivia game with teams of eight competing against each other for fantastic prizes and the coveted Quiz Nite Trophy. With the support of sponsors, donors, local businesses and all the eager and competitive participants, this event is always a tremendous success.
Quebec Cree and Municipal First Nation New Regional Governance Model April 15, 2014 Chantelle Bryson will be a guest speaker at the upcoming Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) Annual Meeting and Conference to be held April 23 to 25, 2014 at the Memorial Sports Centre in Fort Frances. Her presentation entitled “Reconciliation - Consultation or Co-governance?” will discuss project and litigation pitfalls engaged by the Duty to Consult Aboriginal Communities in comparison to the benefits of the new Province of Quebec – Quebec Cree regional co-governance model, implemented January 1, 2014... Read More >>
And The Winner Is... April 8, 2014 Weiler Maloney Nelson was the proud sponsor of the Business Excellence Award for a medium sized company (with 7 to 25 employees). This Award is presented to a company that exhibits true business excellence, and has been in business for more than 5 years. It also has advanced in economic and/or financial growth through sales/earnings and financial management. Read More >>
Chantelle Bryson Leads Discrimination Discussion with Municipal Leaders April 1, 2014 On Friday, March 21, 2014, Chantelle Bryson attended the Thunder Bay District Municipal League in Schreiber, ON to deliver a presentation to municipal leaders on Workplace Violence, Harassment and Discrimination Read More >>
It's a Crime! It's Jail Time! March 25, 2014 A serious incident or fatality does not only result in a fine, but also a criminal record and jail. Two recent cases in Ontario will be reviewed that show the very serious consequences of not making health and safety a priority in the workplace. Read More >>
Distracted Driving March 25, 2014 According to the Canadian Automobile Association, it takes 33.6 seconds to reply to a text; 26.7 seconds to adjust a GPS; and 10.6 seconds to answer a cell phone. But 80% of collisions occur in 3 seconds or less. These numbers show the danger of distracted driving. Read More >>
Getting Fresh March 6, 2014 Weiler Maloney Nelson is excited to announce the launch of its new website. Read More >>
In Addition January 6, 2014 Weiler, Maloney, Nelson is pleased to announce that Chantelle Bryson has joined our law firm. Read More >>
Make One's Mark November 14, 2013 Weiler Maloney Nelson is delighted to announce that one of our lawyers, Mark Mikulasik, has been elected as a Director to the Chamber’s Board for a three-year term commencing December 1, 2013. Read More >>
Pye in the Sky - P.R.O. Kids Fundraiser November 5, 2013 With our “financial encouragement”, Weiler's own Bryan Pye will jump off one or more of the towers at the Canada Games Complex. The more pledges, the higher the fall! Read More >>
Weilers Welcomes Martha Petryshyn September 24, 2013 We are pleased to welcome Martha Petryshyn to Weilers. Read More >>
Advocate's Society Recognizes Brian Babcock as Trainer September 9, 2013 Brian Babcock was one of twenty-five litigation lawyers from across Canada who recently attended The Advocates' Society’s "Train the Trainer" workshop. Read More >>
Ross Judge: Dear Friend, treasured colleague July 4, 2013 With great sadness in our hearts, we acknowledge the passing of a great man, our colleague Ross Judge, early in the morning of July 3, 2013. Read More >>