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Norm Whalen, Q.C

Norm Whalen


Norm Whalen graduated from Memorial University with a B.A. in 1967 and from Dalhousie Law School with an LL.B. in 1970.  He returned to St. John’s and practiced law with Halley, Hickman, Hunt and Steele until 1977 when, with Dave Martin and the late Aidan Hennebury, formed what is now Martin, Whalen Hennebury and Stamp. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988.

Norm retired from the practice of law in June 2010.  In 2011, he completed the Harvard Law School Mediation course.

Throughout his career, Norm maintained an active interest in the Law Society, the Canadian Bar Association and in civic, cultural and political life.

Civil litigation
Like many litigators, Norm represented plaintiffs, defendants, individuals and corporations throughout almost forty years of practice.  Like many advocates, he appreciates the interests of both sides of a question and understands the value of a neutral perspective.

Labour relations
During his early practice, Norm represented management almost exclusively.  He transitioned to acting for both management and labour.  In later years, he represented labour almost exclusively.  He frequently enhaged mediators to help settle disputes.

Norm has acted in arbitration hearings as a panel member appointed by claimants and respondents, as a sole arbitrator, and as chair or arbitration panels in commercial and civil disputes.

Public disputes
In both a professional and a voluntary capacity, Norm has chaired many public hearings, soliciting input from stakeholders and others, and reporting findings as required.

His professional activities include:

  • Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
  • Chair, Churchill Falls Labrador Corporation
  • Chair, Lower Churchill Development Corporation
  • Vice-chair, Canada/Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board
  • Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Board
  • Chair, St. David’s Group Home
  • President, Newfoundland and Labrador Branch, Canadian Bar Association
  • President, Human Rights Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Vice-president, Canadian Human Rights Association
  • Chair, Panel on Provincial Court Judges’ Salaries and Benefits