First Filipino judge in Calgary is very proud of her Philippine roots


First Filipino judge in Calgary

Bernette Ho’s family moved to Calgary, Alberta from the Philippines in 1971, when she was just six months old.

Raised in the city of Cochrane, AB (population: 25, 853) Bernette Ho is the youngest of five children.

Their parents raised them to live by the Golden Rule, to treat others as you would like to be treated. They were also encouraged to be active members of their community, to study hard and work even harder. As Filipino-Canadians in the 1970s, they helped establish the community during its infancy with their active participation in volunteer work.

Bernette Ho talks about the importance of family, which doesn’t only include immediate family members, but also uncles and aunts as well as cousins thrice removed. Extended family is important to Ho, who talks about family get togethers with plenty of food and catching up.

Bernette Ho dedicates her achievements to her father, who passed away right before she started law school.

When she became a lawyer, she always took the time to mentor her younger colleagues, encouraging them to be respectful of others while carrying out their duties.


Bernette Ho graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in Communication Studies before being called to the Bar of Alberta in 1996.

She then spent the next 23 years working as a lawyer for Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (formerly Macleod Dixon), specializing in regulatory litigation in the energy industry as well as employment, arbitration and administrative law.

During her tenure at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, she took an active management role, serving on the Articling and Promotions Committees.

Bernette Ho has volunteered for numerous organizations such as the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, the Salvation Army and Theatre Calgary.

Congratulations, Justice Bernette Ho. We are all very proud of you!

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