the advisors



David is the senior counsel to Pitblado Law and former managing partner and Chair of a predecessor firm. David serves as an advocate, negotiator and dispute resolver. David serves as a facilitator of restorative justice processes and as an educator in the field of peace, conflict resolution, and human rights. David has experience representing clients at all court levels including the Supreme Court of Canada as well as before numerous labour and other administrative tribunals. David Served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) (1995-1999) and as a Minister in the Manitoba Government (1997-1999) of Northern and Native Affairs, Energy and Mines, Community Economic Development Fund, and Manitoba Hydro. David has a passion for the integration of peace, justice, and human rights practices within and amongst organizations. 


Honours and Awards:

  • Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) Local Community Champion Special Award Recipient, 2018
  • Awarded "Senate of Canada Sesquicentennial Medal for Recognition of Valuable Service to Canada, 2017  
  • Awarded “The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal” in recognition of significant contribution to Manitoba – 2012
  • The 2008 Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service from Dalhousie Law School Alumni Association 
  • Harry Mardon Award for outstanding service by a director to the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (2007)
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel (1999)
  • Eagle Feather & Star Blankets & Metis Sash for service to aboriginal peoples (1997-1999)
  • Canada 125 Commemorative Medal (1992) in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community, and Canada

Dr. Mohammad Zaman


Mohammad Zaman, PhD (Manitoba 1988) is an international development/resettlement specialist and advisory professor, National Research Center for Resettlement (NRCR), Hohai University, Nanjing, China. Widely known for his work in the resettlement field, Dr. Zaman was Program Chair for the 2018 International Network on Displacement and Resettlement (INDR) Meeting held in Oaxaca, Mexico. He is also a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology. 

Dr. Zaman has written extensively on the Rohingya crisis in the Daily Star, Financial Express, and the Observer (Bangladesh). Many of his op-ed pieces appeared as reprints in the Daily Nation (Bangkok), the Dawn (Karachi), the Daily News (Lahore), Asian News Networks (Singapore) and the Province (Vancouver, Canada). The second edition of his edited book (co-editor Hafiza Khatun) titled Development-Induced Displacement and Resettlement in Bangladesh: Case Studies and Practices was recently published in paperback by Nova Science Publishers (New York 2019).