Don is senior counsel at Bishop & McKenzie, with a celebrated history of leadership in both his profession and his community. Don maintains a full-time commercial law practice, handling the entire spectrum of business-related issues, from straight contractual concerns to thornier matters. He is experienced in arbitration and mediation, and also devotes a great deal of time to corporate governance,
While not related to the company’s Bishop namesake, Don did begin his career under founding partners Ted Bishop and Ken McKenzie. Shortly thereafter, he spent five years as a junior diplomat in the Department of External Affairs, during which time he served in the Canadian embassy in Warsaw, Poland, and learned to speak Polish and French.
Don was the president of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association (1980 – 1981), and president of the Law Society of Alberta (1989 – 1990). He is a past member of the Governing Council of the Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Don sits on numerous boards, including the Advisory Board of Pro Bono Lawyers of Alberta, the Legal Archive Society of Alberta, the Legal Resource Centre, and the North Saskatchewan River Valley Conservation Society. He was the Honorary Consul for Sweden for 12 years, and was awarded the Royal Order of the Polar Star by the Swedish government in 2003. He is the recipient of countless other honours, including Distinguished Service Awards from both the Edmonton Bar Association and the Law Society of Alberta.
Don has served as a fundraiser for many organizations, including the United Way, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and the Alberta Cancer Foundation. He also manages to golf (albeit with what has been described as “the second-worst swing in the world”), read voraciously about history and politics, and travel. He is married and the father of three grown children.