W. Murray Sadler LL.D(hon.), Q.C.

W. Murray Sadler LL.D(hon.), Q.C.

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Heather Sadler Jenkins LLP is pleased to congratulate founding partner Murray Sadler on his retirement. After 46 years as a lawyer, with many community contributions and honours given to him throughout, Murray officially retired in the summer of 2013.

Murray is married to Valerie, and has five children and nine grandchildren. He remains an active and distinguished member of the Prince George community, with interests including golf and music, and both he and Valerie share a love for travel. He is a current Trustee of the Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund.

Murray recently retired from the Provincial Health Services Authority after serving a 10 year term. His principal role was as chair of the Research Committee which had oversite responsibility for Canada's 4th largest medical research institution including the B.C. Cancer Agency and The Children and Family Research Institute of B.C..

Grant Zimmerman, Partner at Heather Sadler Jenkins LLP, has the following to say about Murray:

"I will miss Murray.  He is my mentor and my friend. I have tremendous admiration for him as a lawyer, and as a person who has given to his community and has always advocated for the North. I wish him well in his retirement, and will be thinking of him golfing in the sunshine of Palm Springs."

Sandra Staats, Partner at Heather Sadler Jenkins LLP, added the following:

"Murray's high standards of professionalism and ethics are unfailing. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from him. Murray was and will always be a lawyer's lawyer."

Jan Christiansen said the following:

"Over thirty years, Murray has been my boss, mentor, partner and friend. He was the one I would turn to for guidance. For many years he was the glue that held this firm together. All of us here owe our association with Heather, Sadler, Jenkins to Murray in one way or another."


  • Appointed Queen's Counsel by Order in Council of the Province of British Columbia on 24th of December, 1987
  • Named Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Prince George in 1988
  • Named Friend of the University of Northern British Columbia in May of 1997
  • Community Service Award of the Canadian Bar Association in 2000
  • Granted Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by the University of Northern British Columbia in August of 2004
  • Recipient of Queen's Jubilee Golden Medal in 2002
  • Recipient of Queen's Jubilee Diamond Medal in 2012

Community Activities

  • Past Director of the YM -YWCA and member of the fund-raising committee
  • Member of the Rotary Club of Prince George from 1975 to 1996 and on its Executive from 1980 to 1985 having been President in 1983 - 1984
  • Past Director of the Canadian Forestry Association
  • Member of the Prince George Housing and Urban Development Association of Canada from its inception to the present
  • Past Director of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chairman of the Education Committee of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce
  • 1988: Founding President of the Interior University Society
  • Member of a Ministerial Committee, of the Department of Advanced Education, called the "Implementation Planning Group" which prepared the basic planning document leading to the formation of the University of Northern British Columbia
  • June 1990 - December 1993 inclusive: Chairman of the Interim Governing Council of the University of Northern British Columbia. This council was charged with the responsibility for the start up of the University of Northern British Columbia including management of a capital budget in the order of $140M for the establishment of the Prince George Campus and assembling of the administration, faculty and staff of approximately 250 people
  • 1998: Director of Prince George Symphony Orchestra Society
  • 2000: Chair of Annual Giving Campaign for University of Northern British Columbia