Except for 3 years at Robson Hall Law School (University of Manitoba) and 1 year in University of Calgary, Doug has been in Brandon since 1948.
One of 3 active boys (Jack, an RCMP Staff Sargent and Brian, a School Principal of Brandon School Division), Doug’s main interests were scholastics and sports. Back then it was mostly hockey, baseball, and football and now it’s hockey, cross country skiing, biking, boating, and hiking.
Doug and his wife Sandi married in 1970. They spent most of their time camping and gardening, however when their son Scot was born in 1983 and he became the centre of it all.
Professionally, Doug has a B.A. (1969 Brandon University) and a LL.B (1972 University of Manitoba). Doug was appointed counsel to Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) from 1973 which came to an end in 1977 when Doug entered into private practice. Doug has always liked a variety of law, including estates, companies, and land transfers, but most files seem to relate to civil litigation. Doug was appointed Queen’s Counsel ("Q.C.") in 1984.
Doug and a friend re-developed the old Greyhound Bus Depot in 1984 as a home for his legal practice and the location has served the firm very well since.
While leaving much volunteer activity unmentioned, Doug's main volunteer work has been with Canadian Mental Health Brandon (President), Kinsmen Club, Terminal Credit Union, kids ball and hockey coach, Brandon University Investment Committee (Pension), Legal Aid Manitoba (Director), Big Brothers Brandon (President), Art Gallery of Western Manitoba (Director), Brandon Chamber of Commerce (President), Brandon School Division (8 years – 2 as chair) and City of Brandon (12 years – 1 as Deputy Mayor).
As a civil litigator, Doug has appeared in all courts he can appear in, except The Tax Court of Canada.
The firm maintains an office in Clear Lake by appointment only with Doug on Fridays from May 1 to October 31.