Don MacDonald, Lawyer, Pitblado Law

Don MacDonald

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L.L.B., University of Manitoba, 1983


Kelly Greenaway 204.956.0560 ext. 241

"People choose lawyers they know, like and trust."

Don has returned to private practice after 25 years with one of Canada’s leading financial services firms, where he held various senior legal roles, including Senior Vice-President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer. While his primary focus was on corporate and securities law, his roles within the company involved him in a multitude of legal areas including litigation, contracts, regulatory matters, M&A, and quasi-legal matters including enterprise risk management, crisis management and strategic initiatives. As a public company, Don provided advice on various aspects including TSX rules, all manner of disclosure issues and insider reporting.

Prior to his in-house experience, Don was a lawyer with The Manitoba Securities Commission and held multiple roles with the last being Deputy Director, Registrations and Enforcement. Don was responsible for reviewing offering documentation, administered disclosure materials, had conduct over prosecutions and administrative proceedings, and provided legal opinions and other general legal work.

Don has always given a lot of time to the legal and volunteer community as he views it as a responsibility to help others when you can.

Academic and Professional:

  • Chair, Manitoba Bar Association, Securities Law Section
  • Past Member of Policy Committee of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance
  • Past Member of Multiple Committees and Working Groups of Investment Funds Institute of Canada
  • Member of Working Group of Members of the Canadian Bar Association and Auditing and Assurance Standards Board which substantially revised the Joint Policy Statement for Communications with Law Firms Regarding Claims and Possible Claims in Connection with the Preparation and Audit of Financial Statements


Lectures, Speeches and Publications:



  • Past Chair, CancerCare Manitoba
  • Past Chair, Board of Trustees, Seven Oaks General Hospital
  • Chair, Seven Oaks Hospital Chronic Disease Innovation Centre
  • Past President, Golf Manitoba
  • President, Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame
  • Member, Board of Directors, Golf Manitoba Scholarship Fund
  • Member, Board of Directors, Sport Manitoba
  • Past Chair, The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada Regimental Advisory Board
  • Volunteer Duty Lawyer for Legal help Centre of Winnipeg


Honours and Awards:

  • Investors Group President’s Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award (2007)
  • Western Canada General Counsel Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award (2013)
  • Golf Manitoba Distinguished Service Award (2014)
  • Manitoba Bar Association Access to Justice Award (shared with two colleagues) (2015)


Memberships and Associations:

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Manitoba Bar Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel