John Harvie Partner Myers LLP

John Harvie


P: (204) 926-1505 F: (204) 956-0625

John Harvie has been a partner with the firm Myers LLP since 2000, practising in the areas of child protection, criminal litigation, civil litigation, Indigenous Legal Services and administrative law.

He has served as legal counsel to Anishinaabe Child and Family Services since 1995 and is proud to also provide legal services to the First Nations of Northern Manitoba Child and Family Services Authority, Cree Nation Child and Family Services Agency, Sagkeeng Child and Family Services Agency and other agencies and authorities have consulted with him and used his services from time to time. His experience in this area includes appearances in the Provincial Court Family Division of Manitoba and in the Court of Queen’s Bench Family Division, travelling to court locations throughout Manitoba and appearing in the court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

As legal counsel to First Nations, since 1995 John has represented First Nations in diverse areas ranging from complex commercial litigation to Treaty issues. His experience in this area includes appearances in the Provincial Court of Manitoba, the Court of Queen’s Bench, the Manitoba Court of Appeal and on motion to the Supreme Court of Canada.

In the area of civil litigation/administrative law, John represents First Nation unions, corporations and individuals in motions for injunctions, actions, applications and grievances in the Court of Queen’s Bench, the Manitoba Court of Appeal and before arbitrators and adjudicators. His experience in this area includes appearances in the Federal Court, the Court of Queen’s Bench, the Court of Appeal, Canada Labour Code Adjudicators, Canada Labour Code Arbitrators, Workers Compensation Medical Review Panel, the Provincial Court of Manitoba for Law Enforcement Review Hearings and the Provincial Court of Manitoba for inquests pursuant to the Fatality Inquiries Act.

As a criminal defence counsel John represents individuals and corporations charged with criminal or regulatory offences.

His experience in this area includes appearances in the Provincial Court of Manitoba, the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Manitoba Court of Appeal dealing with matters ranging from Highway Traffic Act offences to first degree murder.

Prior to coming to Myers LLP, John was an associate lawyer with the firm Duboff, Edwards, Haight & Schachter between 1995 and 2000, working in the fields of criminal litigation, child protection, family law, civil litigation, Aboriginal law and administrative law.

He was a Magistrate Hearing Officer in the Provincial Court, Criminal Division between 1991 – 1995.

Between 1988 – 1991 John was an associate lawyer with the firm of D’Arcy & Deacon.

He began his law career as an associate lawyer with the firm of Simkin Gallagher.


  • Bar Admission Course – Law Society of Manitoba, 19861987
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Manitoba, 19831986
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Double Major – Political Philosophy and English Literature; Minor – Theatre Studies, University of Manitoba, 19791983

Practice Areas

  • Child Protection
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Indigenous Legal Services
  • Administrative Law

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • MBA/MTC —Production Committee — selecting productions for fundraising plays to be presented – 2015-Present
  • Health Professions Advisory  Council – Council Member -­receiving applications from health care groups and, investigating and reporting to the Minister as to whether unregulated health professions should be regulated – 2012-Present
  • Manitoba Bar Association – RMTC/Productions: “Inherit the Wind”, “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “How to Succeed in Business”, “Putnam County Spelling Bee”, “Drowsy Chaperone” — Donated hundreds of hours as an actor in all of these productions raising money for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre – 2006-Present
  • Law Society of Manitoba – Fee Arbitration Panelist/Chair – dealing with unrepresented individuals who seek to challenge the fees charged to them by their lawyers – 2005-Present
  • University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law – Guest lecturer on negotiation strategies – 2011
  • Commissioner with the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission – part of a panel of commissioners holding hearings and performing other duties under the Manitoba Clean Environment Act – 2005 – 2010
  • Vice Chairman of Manitoba Film and Sound – the funding agency for motion pictures and music recording in the Province of Manitoba, 2001 – 2004
  • Member of the Writers Guild of Canada – as a professional screenwriter adhering to the provisions of the Independent Producers Agreement, membership in the guild is essential, 2001 – present
  • Guest Lecturer University of Winnipeg – Aboriginal law, 2000
  • Member Production Committee of Manitoba Theatre Centre – part of the committee that reviews and selects the plays for the MTC season, 1999 – 2002
  • Executive, Board of Directors – of Ten Ten Sinclair, a facility in Winnipeg, that provides training, care and housing for physically disabled persons, 1995 – 2000
  • Lecturer – for the Suicide Prevention Intervention Network (S.P.I.N.) Committee. Lectured to high school guidance counsellors and teachers on the legal ramifications of suicide and the legal impact on the caregiver/guidance counsellor/ educator, 1988 – 1991
  • Researcher with Professor Alex Phillips of the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, in the preparation of an article on the impact of de-regulation of the Canadian transportation industry, 1986