Brent Windwick
Brent Windwick
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Brent Windwick has more than 30 years of experience as a strategic advisor and dispute resolution counsel for health care organizations and professionals throughout Alberta. While Brent devotes a significant portion of his practice to health care litigation, he also focuses heavily on providing strategic guidance on diverse health care governance, operational, risk and policy issues and developing policies and procedures in many areas of clinical practice, including risk management and patient safety.

Brent’s dispute resolution practice involves representing health care organizations in a broad range of litigation, administrative proceedings and public inquiries, including acting as lead counsel for Alberta Health Services in the high-profile Preferential Health Services Access judicial inquiry (2012-13) and resolving disputes involving termination of physician privileges, withdrawal of patient life support, mental incapacity commitments, physician discipline and medical malpractice defence.

Brent is dedicated to constantly improving dispute resolution effectiveness within the health care industry. He leverages his many years of experience in the courtroom and administrative hearings to develop impactful dispute resolution processes for health care organizations and to mediate complex disputes involving health professionals and health researchers. He has also completed advanced dispute resolution training at Harvard Law School. 

Brent was a key member of the Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services working groups that created provincial medical staff bylaws and rules to regulate all physicians working in Alberta health facilities. He regularly works with health ministries to develop and implement legislation in public health, health information privacy and access, and professional regulation.

Brent has conducted hundreds of training sessions and workshops for front-line health professionals, executives and boards. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta and teaches clinical risk management at York University.

Value to Clients

Throughout his career, Brent has helped clients achieve success in litigation and strategy matters by developing collaborative and respectful relationships with all parties involved, and by navigating through the gamesmanship that prevents many lawyers from focusing on the heart of the problem. He also has a rare understanding of the numerous concerns and factors involved in strategy development, risk assessment and decision making in the health care environment. Clients gravitate to Brent, because he speaks their language and excels at designing practical solutions to overcome the daily and long-term challenges they face.

Outside the Office

Brent enjoys playing violin and viola in a community orchestra that performs at senior homes, community halls and other free events for audiences that don’t typically have the opportunity to enjoy orchestral music. He is currently learning to play piano as well. Brent has found a few parallels between providing effective strategic advice to clients and creating a collaborative sound in an orchestra – they both require the ability to listen closely and improvise when unforeseen challenges arise.

Brent is also passionate about improving health care quality and safety, and the patient and provider experience in Canada. He is a member of the Panel on Research Ethics, the Alberta Cancer Research Ethics Board and the Incident Investigation Faculty of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI). Brent has also led or participated in many health law and policy initiatives through CPSI, the University of Alberta Health Law Institute, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Canadian Bar Association.

Health Law Institute, University of Alberta
Executive Director
2000 - 2003
Listed Personal Injury Litigation
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2006 - 2018
"Distinguished"
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
2016 - 2017
"Distinguished"
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
2013
"Repeatedly Recommended"  Medical Negligence - Represents Defendants
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
2004-2017
"Repeatedly Recommended"  Medical Negligence - Represents Defendants
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
1999-2002
Queen's Counsel
2006
Alberta Cancer Board Research Ethics Board
Member
2001 - Present
Heffel v. Registered Nurses Association, 2015 NWTSC 16, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
Al-Ghamdi v Peace Country Health Region, 2015 ABQB 155, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Chalifoux v Alberta Health Services, 2014 ABQB 624, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Moelkl v. Vermillion Hospital, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Shackleton v. Knittle et al, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Tailleur v. Grande Prairie Hospital, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
  • Represented largest health authority in Canada in Preferential Access to Health Care Judicial Inquiry 
Education
Cambridge University, 1984, Master of Laws
University of Alberta, 1982, Bachelor of Laws
University of Alberta, 1979, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Admissions
Alberta,1985
Northwest Territories,2013