Jina Abells Morissette


Jina is a Partner in the firm’s Calgary office. She is a founding member of the Legal Practice Group, as well as part of the Industrial and Board & CEO groups.

Jina Abells Morissette

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Jina has over 20 years of experience as a legal executive and board member. She started her career as Counsel at Husky Energy working primarily with the Offshore & International Group on major projects.  She then took a position as General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at UTS Energy Corporation responsible for ESG, the board of directors, compliance and risk management. After being an integral part of the executive team that successfully defended against a hostile takeover attempt by Total Energy, she was appointed Vice President, Legal & Administration of SilverBirch Energy Corporation.

Prior to joining DHR, she served as General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Cavalier Energy Inc. In addition to her background as a corporate commercial lawyer, she has experience in governance, human resources and executive compensation.

Jina is Chair of the Board of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and was recently appointed to the board of directors of The Calgary Airport Authority. Previously she served for 10 years on the board of directors at Theatre Calgary including a term as Chair. She received the Top 40 Under 40 Award from Calgary Inc. and the same award from Lexpert Magazine a few years later. Jina has a Bachelor of Administration in Marketing from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan. She currently resides in Calgary with her husband Paul and two children.


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