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Vol 40  No 4
October 11, 2007


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Former VP named to distinguished list

Notable notary
by Jeff Green

Wayne Thistle (Photo by Chris Hammond)

One of the most familiar names at Memorial is still making headlines four years after ending a long and distinguished career at the university.

Wayne Thistle has been selected to appear in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the specialty of alternative dispute resolution.

He worked at Memorial for 35 years in several high-profile positions. From 1982-2003, he served as vice-president (administration and finance) and legal counsel. He also worked extensively in various posts with the Registrar’s Office, as well as taught with the Faculty of Business Administration and Faculty of Education for a number of years.

A respected lawyer, Mr. Thistle has been a principal with the St. John’s-based Centre for Innovative Dispute Resolution since 2006 where he is an active arbitrator, mediator and facilitator working with a wide range of companies, groups and associations to resolve disputes.

“I am a firm believer in using dispute resolution processes which help clients avoid the adversarial nature of litigation in the courts where costs and time can be tremendous,” he said. “It is therefore a special honour and privilege for me to have been recognized by my peers for inclusion in the list.”

Mr. Thistle has obtained three degrees from Memorial – a bachelor of science (honours) degree, a bachelor of education and a master of arts. He also holds a bachelor of laws degree from Dalhousie University.

Since retiring, he has remained active in the private sector. From 2003-2006, he was counsel for the law firm McInnes Cooper before forming his own company.

Inclusion in the Best Lawyers is based on a peer-reviewed survey. There are 59 specialties highlighted in the publication.

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