President & Executive
The President is the face of the Northwest Territories Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. As its spokesperson and members’ advocate, the President is responsible for key relationships within the organization: other branches, the National office, Council, the Board of Directors, the Executive Officers, legal groups in the Northwest Territories and nationally, the public and the media.
2019-2020 CBA-NT President and Executive Officers
Brittany Scott: President
Brittany lives in Yellowknife and is embracing the North. Brittany attended law school at Queen's University and practises corporate and commercial law. Brittany advises local and national clients on corporate matters including purchase and sale transactions, financings, commercial real estate, joint ventures and environmental matters. She has experience drafting a wide range of commercial agreements, advising on corporate reorganizations and conducting large-scale diligence reviews for asset sales in the North. In addition to advising both public and private companies, Brittany advises municipal governments on corporate and environmental matters.
Brittany was a financial analyst before practicing law. She is quite active in volunteering for local organizations such as the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation and the Yellowknife Farmers' Market. Prior to moving to the North, Brittany practiced in the Calgary office of a leading Canadian law firm.
Amanda Thibodeau: Vice President
Amanda Thibodeau lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Amanda graduated from the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law in 2008. After graduation, Amanda practiced with a small Fredericton firm until 2015, gaining experience in all areas of general practice.
In 2015, Amanda accepted a position as a crown prosecutor and moved to Yellowknife. During her time as a prosecutor, Amanda visited many communities throughout the Northwest Territories while traveling for circuit court.
In 2017, Amanda returned to private practice with the Yellowknife law firm of Dragon Toner, where she enjoys a varied practice, which includes child protection, civil litigation, estates and administrative law.
Amanda has been an active member of the CBA since 2008.
Thomas Wallwork: Secretary-Treasurer
Thomas was born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia. After having attended law school at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, he returned to his home province to article at a general-practice firm, where he found a love for family law that persists to this day. He founded and ran a solo practice in Richmond, British Columbia with an exclusive focus on family law, and successfully represented clients at all levels of court.
In October of 2018, Thomas moved to Yellowknife and instantly fell in love with the North. He currently operates the Outreach Legal Aid Clinic, where he prepares and disseminates educational materials and self-help guides on common legal problems, prepares and presents legal information seminars to communities throughout the Northwest Territories, and provides summary advice on a wide variety of civil law matters ranging from bankruptcy, guardianship, estates, and family law.
Kelly McLaughlin: Past President
Kelly McLaughlin has lived in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories since January 2008. She is originally from Miramichi, New Brunswick and is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of New Brunswick. Kelly also holds a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (Management) from Dalhousie University.
Kelly has spent her career in the north with Legislation Division, Department of Justice, Government of the Northwest Territories, except for a transfer assignment opportunity to the Department of Finance as Executive Lead in the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Human Resources.
Kelly has been an active member of the CBA-NT since 2011. Kelly is also currently the Chair of the CBA National Sections Subcommittee and the National Women Lawyers Forum Section Executive Communications Officer.