Common Law Honour Society 2017

Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Common Law Honour Society 2017

The Faculty of Law, Common Law Section is pleased to announce that Katie Black (J.D. 2009), Peter Chiarelli (LL.B. 1991), Pierre de Neuville Richard (LL.B. 1970) and Kathleen Keller-Hobson (LL.B. 1979) will be inducted into the Common Law Honour Society for 2017.

These four individuals have used their legal education as a foundation for the achievement of great success in their chosen professions. They join a distinguished list of prior inductees, which can be viewed here.


Katie Black (J.D. 2009)


Katie Black graduated magna cum laude from the University of Ottawa in 2009. She received numerous awards during her time at uOttawa and published in the areas of privacy and tort law. After graduation, Katie obtained the coveted articling position of clerking for the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Katie was called to the Bar in 2010, and began her legal career with Heenan Blaikie LLP before becoming a Partner with CazaSaikaley LLP. During her time at CazaSaikaley, she practiced in all areas of civil and appellate litigation, including commercial, administrative and constitutional law. In addition to her practice, Katie has truly enjoyed her role as an Adjunct Professor, teaching contract law to first year law students at the University of Ottawa. 

In 2016, Katie was appointed to serve as the Judicial Affairs Advisor to the Honourable Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould. In this capacity, she helped reform the federal judicial appointment process to increase the openness, transparency, accountability, and diversity of Canada's judiciary. During Katie’s time as Judicial Affairs Advisor, Minister Wilson-Raybould made more judicial appointments than any other justice minister in decades, fifty percent of whom were women and 20 percent of whom were from traditionally underrepresented groups in Canada’s judiciary.

Katie has performed extensive work on behalf of her community, and has engaged other lawyers to do the same. She co-created and founded the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP), a national organization of over 1,200 pro-bono lawyers and students across twelve cities in Canada. In 2016, the County of Carleton Law Association awarded her its prestigious Gordon F. Henderson Award in recognition of her contribution to the welfare of the community. And, in 2017, Katie was awarded the Ontario Bar Association’s inaugural David C. Scott Pro Bono Award for Pro Bono Law.


Peter Chiarelli (LL.B. 1991)


Peter Chiarelli is the General Manager and President of Hockey Operations for the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. He oversees and manages all aspects of hockey operations, including the NHL team, its American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, scouting, and prospects.

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Mr. Chiarelli has been involved in hockey since his minor hockey playing days in the Ottawa community. He was recruited to study and play hockey at Harvard College, where he served as team captain during his senior year in 1987. Mr. Chiarelli continued to play the sport as he completed his law degree at the University of Ottawa.

Upon obtaining his degree in 1991, Mr. Chiarelli practiced small and medium business law and worked as a player agent before joined the Ottawa Senators as their Director of Legal Relations in 1999. He eventually rose to the position of Assistant General Manager with the club, and in 2006, he became the General Manager of the Boston Bruins.

Mr. Chiarelli spent nine seasons with the Bruins. He was named NHL Executive of the Year in 2009, and the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011. His team would again reach the Stanley Cup finals in 2013. Mr. Chiarelli also served as Assistant General Manager to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Men’s Hockey Team, which won the gold medal in Sochi, Russia.

Mr. Chiarelli has maintained his pride as a Faculty of Law alumnus, returning on numerous occasions to speak to students, and assisting in Alumni functions.


Pierre de Neuville Richard, QC (LL.B. 1970)


Pierre de Neuville Richard graduated from the Faculty of Common Law in 1970, where he received the gold medal for highest standing in the Faculty. Mr. Richard then graduated from Harvard University with an LL.M. in 1971. After being called to the Bar of Ontario in 1973, Mr. Richard spent nearly 40 years practicing in Ottawa, primarily in business and corporate law. He was a Partner at Gowling and Henderson, and later a Senior Partner at Lang Michener. He retired from the profession in 2013.

Mr. Richard became well recognized for his strategic planning, alliance-building and relationship management abilities. A fluently bilingual and skilled communicator, he advised numerous private sector clients and governments on matters of governance, healthcare and francophone issues.

Mr. Richard played a tremendous role in shaping the Ottawa business community. He was the Founding Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Ottawa General Hospital, and played a major role in the hospital’s oversight. He was also the Founding Chair of the Ottawa Eye Institute, and he served as Chair of the Ottawa General Hospital Foundation, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, La Cité Collégiale, the Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario and Public Health Ontario.

Mr. Richard was the non-executive chair of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies from 2004-2013, guiding the company through continuous profitable years. He was also active on the boards of the National Capital Commission, the Ottawa Congress Centre and the Ottawa Housing Authority.


Kathleen Keller-Hobson (LL.B. 1979)


Kathleen Keller-Hobson graduated from the Faculty of Law in 1979 and, after being called to the Bar in 1981, went on to become a senior partner and business lawyer at three of Canada’s leading law firms: Torys (1979-2006), Bennett Jones (2006-2011), and Gowlings (2011-2014).

During her 35-year legal career, Ms. Keller-Hobson was a trusted advisor to multi-national corporations, global financial institutions, and Canadian and foreign governments on public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions, and securities law and corporate governance matters.  She developed broad international experience, establishing the Torys’ London, England office in 1986 and serving as Managing Partner, resident in London for almost 10 years, and thereafter continuing to represent clients in Europe, the Middle East and the United States on cross-border transactions.

Since retiring from the legal profession, Ms. Keller-Hobson serves as the Lead Independent Director of CCL Industries Inc., and as a member of the Board of Directors of Premium Brands Holding Corporation, both TSX-listed issuers, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

Ms. Keller-Hobson has been a strong supporter of the University and the Faculty of Law. She has assisted the Faculty in fundraising efforts, is a member of the Campaign Cabinet for the University’s “Defy the Conventional” Campaign, and together with her husband who is also an alumnus of the Faculty, endowed a scholarship at the Faculty of Law providing financial assistance to first- and second-year students.

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