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Veronica met her future husband, Bill, on a blind date. Bill is an engineer,
but back in those days he played guitar in a very successful Winnipeg punk
band. They married in Winnipeg on August 17, 1991 and have never looked
back. Veronica and Bill have two delightful children: Olivia, born in 1993,
and Billy, born in 1996.
Veronica began her legal education at the University of Manitoba in 1989.
Unfortunately for her classmates, she left Robson Hall in the spring of 1990
to finish her law degree at the University of Alberta. She graduated in 1992.
After completing law school, Veronica returned to Winnipeg, where she
articled and began her legal career as a Crown prosecutor with Manitoba’s
Department of Justice. In 1998 she joined the firm Scurfield Tapper Cuddy
(now Tapper Cuddy), where her practice focused on regulatory, civil,
administrative and criminal litigation. In 2002 she became a partner at
Gange, Goodman and French, where she focused on professional regulatory,
administrative, constitutional, civil and criminal litigation.
In 2007 Veronica completed her westward migration: she, Bill, Olivia, and
Billy moved to Victoria. Veronica joined the “Manitoba Mob” working at the
B.C. Ministry of Attorney General. From her arrival to 2013, she practised in
the Constitutional and Administrative Law Group, during which time she
was appointed senior legal counsel. In 2013 Veronica transferred to the Revenue
and Taxation Group, looking for an opportunity to conduct tax litigation.
She stayed in this position until her appointment to the bench.
Meanwhile, in 2010, Veronica completed her LL.M. at Osgoode Hall, with
a focus on constitutional and administrative law and litigation.
Throughout her career, Veronica has worked tirelessly for the legal profession
and legal education. She has been a member of the Canadian Bar
Association since 1992. With the Manitoba Bar Association (“MBA”), she was
the chair of the Equality Issues Section, the Administrative Law Section,
and the Constitutional and Human Rights Section. She also held the positions
of vice-president and president of the MBA and was the founding president
of the Women Lawyers Forum. In addition, she was actively engaged
with the Law Society of Manitoba, sitting on the Competence Committee,
the Professional Liability Claims Fund Committee, the Practice and Ethics
Committee, the Reimbursement Claims Fund Committee, the Complaints
Investigation Committee, and the Discipline Committee.
With the national CBA, Veronica was a member of the board of directors,
vice-chair and chair of the Women Lawyers Forum, and the vice-chair and
chair of the Constitutional and Administrative Law section. She has been
recognized for her contributions to the promotion of equality in the legal
profession generally, as well as for her pro bono work on behalf of the Elizabeth
Fry Society of Manitoba.