Bud graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.A. Special (Honors) in 1978, majoring in Religious Studies. He received his LL.B in 1982 from the U of A and
was admitted to the bar in 1983. Bud focuses on creditor’s remedies and insolvency and has represented many financial institutions, assisting them in secured debt realization as well as enforcement of unsecured credit agreements. He has helped Witten acquire a national reputation for its work in mortgage foreclosures.
Bud has been active in the Canadian Bar Association’s subsections related to his expertise, most recently sitting as the Legislative Review Member for the Creditors Rights section. He has also been a panelist in many Legal Education Society of Alberta seminars and presented papers to other Continuing Education seminars. He sat on a committee charged with recommending revisions to the Alberta Rules of Court on Enforcement of Judgments and was invited to make submissions to the committee responsible for creating the Civil Enforcement Act respecting the Garnishment process. Bud is currently part of an ad hoc committee working with the Master’s office to write precedent foreclosure orders for use once the new Rules of Court become effective November 1, 2010.
Bud is extremely active outside of work. He is currently in his 30th season as a member of the officiating staff of the Canadian Football League and was recently recognized nationally for working his 500th career game. Bud was the first President of the Canadian Professional Football Officials Association, negotiating several important contracts between the League and its primary employment group. He has officiated six Grey Cups and numerous final and semi-final contests. In 2005 Bud received a Commissioner’s award for his efforts in improving relations between the League and the officiating staff. Bud also sat as President of the CKUA Radio Foundation for 6 years and for a term as a Director of the Progressive Conservative Riding Association in Edmonton Strathcona. He is an avid but challenged golfer, enjoys travel, music, reading, and fine wine.