Staff

Meet the CPLEA Team:

CPLEA features a multidisciplinary team of professionals including Internet strategists, legal specialists, editors, instructional designers, writers, educators, web site developers and managers, information management specialists, and a marketing specialist who work to provide legal education and information for the public.

Jeff Surtees – Executive Director (effective July 1, 2016)

Jeff grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where he attained his Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and Juris Doctor degrees.  Jeff has been a member of the Law Society of Alberta since 1991. In private practice, Jeff helped clients resolve disputes in a wide variety of legal areas through negotiation, mediation and through court processes.

Jeff has worked extensively in the non-profit sector, first as Regional Development Manager and National Planned Giving Specialist for Ducks Unlimited Canada, then as Vice President of People and Corporate Counsel for World Skills Calgary 2010 and most recently as Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Counsel for Trout Unlimited Canada. Through those roles, Jeff has gained expertise in non-profit management, strategic planning, government relations, risk management and fund development.

Jeff has been a regular volunteer with Calgary Legal Guidance and the Calgary Drop In Centre and has served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations.

Other members of the staff team (in alphabetical order) are:

Lesley Conley – Library Specialist & Community Education Liaison

Judy Feng – Staff Lawyer

Teresa Mitchell – Senior Staff Lawyer

Dave Pettitt – Web Coordinator

Tracie Teall – Operations & Finance Coordinator