Sharilyn C. Nagina, KC

Marketing of Agricultural Products Act Appeal Tribunal, Calgary

Call: 2003


I was called to the Alberta Bar in 2003. As a Bencher, I serve on the Lawyer Competence, Audit and Finance, and full Bencher Committees, and have participated on adjudicative panels. It is an honour to serve the public and the profession, and I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to do so.

I am the Chair of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act Appeal Tribunal which hears appeals of decisions made by Alberta regulated marketing boards and commissions. I was in private practice for approximately 20 years as a commercial litigator, most recently with DLA Piper (Canada) LLP. At DLA Piper, I volunteered on the Student Recruitment, Associate Training, and Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committees. While I was Chair of Student Recruitment, DLA Piper introduced an articling program solely for internationally trained lawyers.

I am a first generation Canadian and believe in giving back to the community in a way that enhances opportunities for others. Since I started my legal career in Calgary in 2002, I have held volunteer roles within the legal profession and the broader Calgary community.

Legal Volunteer Experience

  • Women In Law Leadership (“WILL”) promotes the advancement of women lawyers through recognition and leadership training. Since 2010, I have volunteered with WILL. I have served on the Alberta Awards and Education Committees, and on the Board of Directors.
  • Association of Women Lawyers (“AWL”) provides opportunities for women lawyers to connect with others, advance their careers, and celebrate their accomplishments. From 2010 to 2015, I was a Board Director.
  • Canadian Bar Association. From 2003 to 2006, I was the Secretary, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Young Lawyers Subsection (South). I also volunteered at the 2007 Canadian Legal Conference.
  • CPLED. In 2013, I volunteered as an Instructor (Ethics) and an Evaluator (Oral Advocacy).

Community Involvement

  • Vivo for Healthier Generations Society is a charitable social enterprise that promotes healthier and more inclusive communities. I was a Director from 2014 to 2023 and assumed the Chair role at the start of the pandemic. I was instrumental in Vivo raising $52.5 million towards a capital expansion.
  • Calgary Crime Stoppers Association (“CCSA”). I was a Director and Vice President of CCSA from 2007 to 2013. During this time, CCSA developed community crime prevention campaigns about drug use, gang diversion, and copper wire theft. CCSA also distributed a children’s book to schools about graffiti and vandalism. Additionally, I was a member of the planning Committee for the successful fundraising gala.

Over the past several years, there has been an evolution in the delivery of legal services and an increased focus on lawyer wellness, diversity, and inclusion. These changes create opportunities to work together to serve the public and the profession. I hope to continue my work with the LSA to embrace these opportunities.