Eleanor Olszewski, Q.C.


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Office: Edmonton

Main: (780) 969-3509

Fax: (780) 969-3549

Education & Qualifications

  • Nunavut Bar (2005)
  • Northwest Territories Bar (2003)
  • Alberta Bar (1982)
  • LLB (Alberta, 1981)
  • B.Sc. with distinction, pharmacy (Alberta, 1978)

Eleanor Olszewski practises in the area of commercial litigation, including construction and surety claims.

  • Lead counsel at trial and on appeal in MacCabe v. Westlock School Division, a case involving a young girl who became a quadriplegic after an unsuccessful gymnastics manoeuvre.
  • Counsel in significant case involving the failure of a racing and gaming facility.
  • Appeal work involving professional disciplinary matters.

Eleanor’s practice includes defence litigation (including disability defence work), insurance subrogation claims, civil arbitrations, personal injury claims and professional negligence actions. She has defended school boards and their employees in negligence claims and bad faith claims against insurance carriers. She has also represented medical practitioners in civil actions and professional disciplinary proceedings and acted on pharmaceutical and medical device claims. In these latter situations her pharmacy background has proven invaluable.

Eleanor has participated in a number of lengthy Queen’s Bench trials in Alberta as well as many hearings before administrative tribunals.

  • Member, Conduct Committee, Law Society of Alberta (2011)
  • Member, Professional Responsibility Committee, Law Society of Alberta (2010)
  • Member, Administrative Law Section, Canadian Bar Association (since 2013)
  • Organizer, Warm Hands Warm Heart, Firm Fundraiser for Edmonton Homeless Shelters (2011, 2015)
  • Actor/Supporter, Players de Novo, Death on the Nile, Fundraiser for Catalyst Theatre and Victoria School for the Performing Arts (2010)
  • Member, Defence Research Institute USA
  • Member, Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Director , Edmonton Opera Association (2000-2009)
  • Governor, NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) (1997-2003)
  • Academic Staff, Pharmacy Ethics and Negligence Law, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Alberta (1995-2010)
  • Member, Caritas Hospitals Bioethics Committee (1993-2001)
  • Presenter, “Changing times – Current Issues in Pharmacy Risk Management,” Canadian Pharmacists Association (2016)
  • Presenter, “The New Education Act and Policy-Making,” Public School Board Association of Alberta (2014).
  • Presenter, “Someone Stole my Counting Tray – Will I Be Liable?”, Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Annual Convention, Panel on Expanded Scope of Practice for Pharmacists (2014)
  • Presenter, “Evidence in Administrative Hearings,” Professional Associations (2014)
  • “A Parent’s Prior Right,” Paper prepared for publication by Public School Board Association of Alberta (2013)
  • “Advanced Prescribing and the Pharmacist,” RxCel Continuing Education for Retail Pharmacists (Calgary and Edmonton, 2012)
  • “Advanced Prescribing and the Hospital Pharmacist,” Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (2012)
  • “Case Managers and Risk Management,” Disability Carrier (2012)
  • Speaker, Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, Management of Workplace Stress and Psychological Disability Claims (Toronto, 2010)
  • Speaker, Liability Issues and International Students, CAPSLE (Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education) Convention (2010)
  • “Negligence and the Pharmacist,” RxCel Continuing Education for Pharmacists, (2008, 2009)
  • “Recruiting Foreign Students: Risks and Implications,” ASBIE Annual Conference (2009)
  • “Negligence and Long Term Care Facilities – The Jenny Nelson Case,” Owners, Operators and Administrators of Long-Term Care Facilities (2008)
  • “Disability and Bad Faith,” Canadian Bar Association Law Conference (2007)
  • “Hitting the Slippery Slopes – School Ski Trips,” School Administrators and Teachers
  • “Negligence for Educators,” Northern Lights School Division Leadership Academy (2007)
  • “Negligence and School Off-Campus Excursions,” North Central Alberta Teachers’ Convention (2002)
  • “School Violence in Alberta,” Lorman Education Services (2001)
  • “Duty of Care in Schools,” Lorman Education Services (2000)
  • Writer/Editor, School of Thought and Scholastic Grapevine publications on school liability and risk management (2000-2006)
  • “Advanced Treatment Directives and Ethical Decision-Making,”  Ethics in the New Age, Vol. 2. (Edmonton: University of Alberta, 1999)
  • One of Edmonton’s Top 100 Women in Business – The Wanderer (2013)
  • One of the Best Lawyers in Canada – Insurance Law (2013)
  • Lexis-Nexis / Martindale-Hubbell – “BV Distinguished”
  • International Association of Defense Counsel – Nominated Member (since 2000)
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel (2007)