David G. Henley, Q.C.
David currently works both as part-time General Counsel to Acadian Seaplants Limited and part- time Counsel to Irving Shipbuilding providing support for key legal issues. Previously, he was the Vice President and General Counsel at Irving Shipbuilding from 2015 to 2019. From 2001 to 2015, he was a partner in the Halifax office of Stewart McKelvey where he had a broad commercially oriented practice in maritime, construction, energy and natural resources, and environmental law. Before law, David had a career in the army as an artillery officer. He continued to serve in the Army Reserve while practicing law and after returning from a tour in Afghanistan in 2010 was invested as a member of the Order of Military Merit by the Governor-General. He retired from the Army in 2015 as a Brigadier-General after 30 years of full and part-time service. His last position was Deputy Commander for the 5th Canadian Division, essentially the Army in Atlantic Canada. He has written, presented and published papers and contributed to books on various marine and environment subjects. David is an associate of the Marine Environmental Law Institute and was a member of the part-time faculty at the Schulich School of Law where he taught Fisheries Law from 2004 to 2015. He was a member of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada from 2010 to 2017. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017.