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Salimah Walji-Shivji

AgeCare, Calgary

Call: 2004

Statement

Salimah received her Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1999 and Masters in Clinical Social Work degree in 2000, both from the University of Calgary. In addition, she completed her Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Manitoba in 2003. Salimah is a registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Registered Social Workers. As a Social Worker, Salimah’s Clinical experience includes Mental Health Trauma, Burns, as well as community Social Work specializing in the area of harm reduction with persons affected by HIV/AIDS.

Salimah’s health law practice spans over a decade and has focused in areas of physician bylaws interpretation and advice, quality assurance, transition services, consent to treatment, public health, continuing care, policy and risk management matters. Salimah is cognizant of the interplay between frontline clinical work and the law and strives to provide her clients with practical relevant legal advice. Prior to leaving Alberta Health Services in September of 2015, Salimah held several positions within the former Calgary Health Region (where she joined in 2003) and Alberta Health Services including Legal Counsel, Associate General Counsel and General Counsel. As General Counsel of Alberta Health Services she led a team of approximately 90 professionals and was responsible for legal services, information & privacy and the corporate secretary office for one of the largest employers in Canada, with approximately 100,000 employees and an annual operating budget of over $13 billion.

In November 2015, Salimah joined AgeCare, Communities of Care and Wellness as their Senior Vice President, Corporate Services & General Counsel wherein she has responsibility for IT, Communications, Marketing, Social Work, Corporate Services and Legal Services. Salimah was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2004.

Salimah is a recipient of the Avenue Magazine Top 40 under 40 Award (class of 2010), the Women in Law Leadership Award (2013) and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Community Builder Award (2018). Salimah is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association where she has served and continues to serve as Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Health Law Section. Salimah is an Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary wherein she teaches a course she wrote; Social Work & The law.

She spends countless hours volunteering in various capacities within the Ismaili Muslim (Aga Khan) Community and has held board seats on the FOCUS Canada Humanitarian Assistance Board, the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation Board, the South Calgary Primary Care Network, the United Way and the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. Salimah holds two Ministerial Appointments to the Family Violence Death Review Committee and the Law Enforcement Review Panel. Salimah is most recently appointed to the Mount Royal University Board of Governors.

Salimah loves spending time with her husband, Hamid, and her son Caleb and daughter Raya. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, traveling, reading and great food!