Sue Paish, QC

Class of 1981-1982

Sue Paish, QC is a UBC Faculty of Law alumna, Class of 1982, and a respected leader with a track record of success in law, business and philanthropy. As a lawyer, Ms. Paish worked her way up to becoming managing partner of Russell & DuMoulin, one of the nation’s leading law firms. There, she spearheaded the expansion of the firm from one office in Vancouver to an international platform with nine offices in three continents. In 2007, Ms. Paish switched careers, becoming CEO of a national retail pharmacies conglomerate, Pharmasave Drugs Ltd.

Ms. Paish has held the position of Director of various companies and charitable organizations, and she is Past Chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade and Founding Chair of the Women’s Leadership Circle.

In 2001, Ms. Paish was appointed Queen’s Counsel. She has been recognized extensively for both her professional and community work. For her many achievements, in 2008, Ms. Paish was given the UBC Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award.

Ms. Paish’s commitment to the community and to UBC in particular are inspired by her family, especially daughters Diana, Kyla and Nadia and her husband, Brad Gunderson. UBC holds a special place in Ms. Paish’s life. She credits her time at UBC with bringing into focus “the value of integrity, collaboration, cooperation and work ethic.” In gratitude, Ms. Paish and her family made the Paish and Gunderson Family group study room possible through a generous donation to the law school.