Greg Harding
Greg Harding
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As a long-time Edmonton member of the firm’s Litigation group, Greg Harding has a wide-ranging, respected practice in both Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Greg has worked extensively with Crown Corporations and Agencies, as well as government and institutional clients, throughout his career, examples include Alberta Justice, numerous post-secondary institutions, the Public Trustee, Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund, and Alberta Pensions Services Corporation. His work experience includes a one-year secondment to the Constitutional and Energy Law Section (as previously known) at Alberta Justice.

Clients seek Greg's help in diverse areas of the law such as:

  • Public sector litigation
  • Pension law
  • Post-Secondary law, including governance
  • Commercial and construction law matters
  • Estate and trust law
  • Constitutional and administrative law

These areas have Greg representing clients before a variety of boards and tribunals as well as in the courts. He also promotes and regularly participates in mediation, arbitration and dispute resolution procedures.

Greg’s professional experience includes his time as a Past-President of the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch; and as a Past-President of each of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association and Canadian Bar Financial Services (now known as Lawyers Financial).

Value to Clients

Greg is a team-player who puts an emphasis on being responsive to clients and those with whom he works -- “The client’s problem becomes our problem."  Clients appreciate his ability to quickly master facts and issues.  He also values what professionalism and civility can bring to the table in solving problems.  As he puts it, "having lawyers on each side who can effectively communicate with one another is typically of great benefit to clients -- particularly so in contentious matters or wherever there are strained relationships."

Outside the Office

Complementing his appreciation for "all things music", Greg and his wife are keen travellers -- be it trips afar or hitching-up their tear-drop RV for North American destinations. In either case, he will likely have packed his blues harmonica just in case an opportunity for an impromptu jam arises.
Canadian Pensions and Benefits Institute (CPBI)
Member
2002-Present
Canadian Forum on Civil Justice
Member
1999-Present
Centre for Constitutional Studies
Associate Member
1990-Present
Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ), Advisory Board
Member
2009-2015
Canadian Bar Financial Corporation (CBAF), Board of Directors
President
2009-2011
Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association (CLIA), Advisory Board
Member
2005-2009
Canadian Bar Insurance Association
President
2005 - 2007
Canadian Bar Insurance Association (CBIA), Board of Directors
Officer
1997-2007
Canadian Bar Association Alberta
President
1997 - 1998
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Executive Committee
Officer
1994 - 1999
Queen's Counsel
1996
"Distinguished"
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
2013, 2016 - 2019
Canadian Bar Association (National) - Douglas Miller Award
2003
Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch President's Award
1999
CBA West Conference
Committee Member
2019 - 2019
CBA West Conference
Committee Member
2017 - 2017
Public Foundation for Art and Life
Director
2009 - Present
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
Member
2010 - 2015
Alberta Court of Appeal Centennial Symposium
Chair, Dinner and CBA Program
2014 - 2014
Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice
Co-Chair, Ethics and Civility Program
2014 - 2014
Alberta Treasury Board and Finance "Joint (AB-BC) Legal Consultative Committee"
Committee Member
Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice
Co-Chair, Annual Conference "The Courts and Beyond"
2012 - 2012
University of Alberta
Member, Law Campaigns Kick-Off Gala Committee
1995 & 2008 - 1995 & 2008
Canadian Bar Association Alberta
Mid-Winter Meeting Committees
1995 - 2003
Canadian Bar Association (National)
Annual Conference Chair
1999 - 1999
Wills Week Steering Committee
Member
1996 - 1998
Canadian Bar Association, Law Day
Volunteer
1993 - 1994
Canadian Bar Association Alberta
Mid-Winter Meeting Chair
1993  - 1993
Inclusion Conference "Making it Work Together"
Lecturer
1991 - 1991
Joint Law Society & CBA Annual Meetings
Substantive Program Chair
1988 & 1989 - 1988 & 1989
Aldergrove Community League
Member, Playground Committee
1984 - 1986

PUBLIC SECTOR LITIGATION

  • Jane Doe v. Alberta (Deputy Minister of Executive Council), 2016 ABQB 135 – Judicial review of decision under government Directive
  • Doe v. Alberta, 2014 ABCA 188 – Dissolution of interim Injunction re “Sunshine” salary disclosure
  • Lac La Biche (County) v. Bochkarev, 2009 ABQB 400 – Municipal conflict of interest
  • Gibbs v. City of Edmonton, 2003 ABCA 138 – Municipal development negligence
  • Anderson v. Twin Rivers School, (1994) 25 Admin. L.R. (201) 20 – Judicial review of termination decision

CHARTER AND HUMAN RIGHTS LITIGATION

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION LITIGATION

  • Dalla Lana v University of Alberta, 2013 ABCA 327 – Judicial review of student discipline decision
  • Pridgen v. University of Calgary, 2012 ABCA 139 – Challenge to student discipline decision, including on Charter grounds
  • Dickason v. University of Alberta, [1992] 2 S.C.R. 1103 – Mandatory retirement

PENSION LITIGATION

  • Calder v. Alberta, 2019 ABCA 289 – Pension benefit challenge.
  • Alberta Federation of Labour et al v. Alberta (Minister of Finance) et al, 2008 ABQB 274 – Practice and procedure in judicial review of pension Board determination
  • Holowa Estate, 2011 ABQB 23 – Pension benefit entitlement
  • Ms. R. v. Mr. W., 2006 ABQB 819 – Pension eligibility

ESTATE LITIGATION

ENERGY, CONSTRUCTION,  and CORPORATE-COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

  • Domke v. AECB, 2008 ABCA 232 – Seeking of leave re licensing appeal
  • Kelly  v. Alberta (Energy and Utilities Board), 2008 ABCA 52 – Seeking of leave re licensing appeal
  • Scozzfava v. Prosperi, 2003 ABQB 248 – Corporate dissolution
  • Syncrude Canada Ltd. v. Babcock & Wilcox Canada Ltd., (Oct.16, 1992 unreported) – Contract specifications and performance
  • Canadian National Railway Company v. Volker Stevin Contracting Ltd., (1991) 48 C.L.R. 134 – Contract specifications and performance
December 2019
2019 Field Law Post-Secondary Summit Recap
The fourth annual Field Law Post-Secondary Summit was held on November 28 in Calgary and was co-chaired by Frank Molnar, QC and Greg Harding, QC. Brief summaries of the presentations given at the Summit are provided below. Innovative Governance During...
December 2018
2018 Field Law Post-Secondary Summit Recap
The third annual Field Law Post-Secondary Summit was held on November 29 in Edmonton, and was co-chaired by Greg Harding, QC and Derek Cranna. Brief summaries of the presentations given at the Summit are provided below, followed by a directory of the l...
November 29, 2018
2018 Field Law Post-Secondary Summit
Conferences
Join us for our annual Summit to focus and collaborate on legal issues facing Alberta's post-secondary institutions. Topics to be covered include:  Governance: Representative Roles + Responsibilities Academic Labour Relations + Barg...
December 2017
2017 Field Law Post-Secondary Summit Recap
Field Law held its second Post-Secondary Summit on November 30, 2017 in Calgary. Brief summaries of the presentations given at the Summit are provided below, followed by a directory of the lawyers in Field Law’s Post-Secondary Education Practice ...
November 30, 2017
2017 Field Law Post-Secondary Summit
Conferences
Join us for our second annual summit to focus and collaborate on legal issues facing Alberta's post-secondary institutions. Click here to view the brochure.  Click here to register.   
July 2012
Pridgen v. University of Calgary, 2012 ABCA 139

Winning an intra-family claim

  • Our client: Greg Harding's client was the spouse of the deceased. A challenge was made to her ability to change her own will after the death of her husband. 
  • Our Approach: Family tensions were high and a negotiated resolution was proving challenging. This was a circumstance where Greg concluded it was necessary to get the parties to court for a ruling, as effectively and efficiently as possible -- so as to give all parties “their day in court”. 
  • The Result: His client prevailed and especially valued being backstopped by a court ruling to assist her with future family dealings.
Education
University of Alberta, 1982, Bachelor of Laws
University of Alberta, 1979, Bachelor of Arts
Admissions
Alberta,1983
Northwest Territories,2011