Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Peter J. Falk, Q.C. has distinguished himself as a lawyer, business leader, philanthropist and member of business, education and not-for-profit boards. All the while he has brought Christian values to his many roles.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Manitoba and is a member of the Law Society of Manitoba and The Canadian Bar Association. Since 1974 he practiced law, particularly in the area of business mergers and acquisitions. In 1983 he became a senior partner at the law firm of Pitblado and Hoskin in Winnipeg. In 1998 he was awarded the Queen’s Counsel designation. That same year he joined Manitoba Telecom Service as Executive Vice President for Business Development and Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, a position from which he retired in 2010. More recently, he served as the Chair of Diacarbon Energy, Inc. in British Columbia.
Peter served on the Board of Governors of Providence University College and Seminary from 1992 to 2011. He helped revise the governance structure of Providence and served as chair of the first Governance Committee.
In 2008, upon the recommendation of Ron Nikkel, President of Prison Fellowship International, Peter was elected chair of the Board of Prison Fellowship Canada. Stacey Campbell, current Executive Director of Prison Fellowship Canada, provided the following insights into Peter’s impact on that ministry.
From its inception in 1980, Prison Fellowship Canada conducted its ministry primarily in Ontario. Upon being elected chair, Peter immediately set out to "nationalize" the ministry through a regionalization strategy. The ministry expanded to provide service to prisoners and their families in every province and territory. Peter provided outstanding leadership, direction, and governance to meet the challenges of becoming a national ministry. He brought both discipline and goals to the organization.
In 2013, Peter was instrumental in continuing to uphold the regionalization strategy as the ministry began to think missionally about the delivery of its programs through local churches. Peter’s vision set the pace and methodology for the local church to partner with Prison Fellowship to extend the reach of both, while remaining committed to the grass roots in a significant number of Canadian communities.
Peter’s insight, tenacity, skill and devotion to taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to all prisoners in Canada remain a cornerstone of the success of Prison Fellowship Canada. His commitment and hours dedicated to service as a volunteer board member and chair is unsurpassed at Prison Fellowship Canada. Today, the ministry provides programs and activities for prisoners and their families in 107 of the 164 prisons and jails across Canada. It also provides aftercare for those transitioning back into the community, which results in significantly reduced recidivism rates.
Stacey Campbell writes: “Peter is both honorable and deserving of the Distinguished Christian Leadership Award.”