Helga Van Iderstine, K.C.

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Winnipeg / Services provided by H D Van Iderstine Law Corporation

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Education & Qualifications

  • Manitoba Bar (1991)
  • LLB (Manitoba, 1990)
  • BRS (Manitoba, 1984)

Helga practises in the areas of litigation and administrative law, and advises on matters related to regulatory issues, professional liability, health care and utilities.

Helga has a broad civil litigation and administrative law practice. She has extensive experience with regulatory issues and professional liability claims. Her wide-ranging practice also includes health law and human rights, energy and public utility regulation, bidding and tendering issues, and personal injury. She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Helga co-led the project resulting in the University of Manitoba’s report: “Responding to Sexual Violence, Harassment & Discrimination at the University of Manitoba: A Path Forward.”

She is currently Chair of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg and Vice Chair of Legal Aid Manitoba Management Council, as well as being active in other community boards. She was the former president of the Law Society and is a past recipient of the MBA – Pro Bono Public Interest award.

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Board of Governors, Southwood Golf and Country Club (present)
  • Chair, World Trade Centre Winnipeg (present)
  • Vice Chair, Legal Aid Management Council (Manitoba, 2020-present)
  • Chair, Canada Games Legacy Trust (present)
  • Member, Practice and Ethics Committee, Law Society of Manitoba (2018)
  • Board Member, Manitoba Theatre Centre (2015-2021)
  • Corporate Secretary, 2017 Canada Games (2013-present)
  • Board of Directors, Manitoba Law Foundation Board (2013-2016)
  • Trustee, Faculty of Law Endowment Fund (Manitoba, 2012-present)
  • Law Society of Manitoba Presidents Charity, Lawyers for Literacy, West Broadway Youth Organization (Manitoba, 2012-2013)
  • President, Law Society (2011-2012)
  • Board of Directors, Canada Iceland Foundation (2011-2023)
  • Judicial Nominations Committee for Manitoba Provincial Court (2010; 2012)
  • Articling Task Force (2012)
  • Member, Discipline Committee Law Society (2012-2014, present)
  • Member, Equity Committee, Law Society of Manitoba (Manitoba, 2009-2012)
  • Member, Law Society of Manitoba (Manitoba)
  • Member, Manitoba Bar Association (Manitoba)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Honorary Member, Law Society of Alberta (Alberta)
  • Honorary Member, Law Society of Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan)
  • “Medical Assistance in Dying: Balancing Rights of Patients and Providers,” Health Law Summit, Canadian Bar Association (2019)
  • “Litigation Privilege,” Mid-Winter Meeting, Manitoba Bar Association (2014)
  • “Update on Privacy,” Continuing Professional Development Presentation (2014)
  • “Disputes in Tendering,” Upword (September 2012)
  • “Social Networking: Marketing Yourself Best Practices, Ethical and Other Consideration,” Continuing Professional Development Presentation (February 2012)
  • Health and Law Forum, Canadian Bar Association (2009; 2011)
  • Presenter, “Issues of Medicine, Ethics and the Law,” Various presentations to medical students
  • Presenter, “Confidentiality, Privilege and Privacy: Keep it to Yourself,” Annual articling presentation
  • Recognized with the Richard J. Scott Award, the Law Society of Manitoba (2022)
  • Named as Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Litigation, Best Lawyers (2016; 2018; 2021)
  • Recognized as a Top Lawyer, Personal Injury Litigation, Best Lawyers (2006-present)
  • Recipient of MBA Pro Bono Award, Families First Project (2012)
  • Named a Leading Practitioner, Medical Negligence (Represents Defendants), Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2010-present)