Michael D. Barbour Summer Law Student


Speaks:  English


Primary office:  Ottawa


Michael D. Barbour

Michael D. Barbour is a summer law student in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office. He is completing his juris doctor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.

During law school, Michael volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and the 519 Community Centre to assist with their Trans ID Clinic, where he helped two-spirit, trans and non-binary individuals with ID applications, name changes and gender marker changes.

Prior to law school, Michael completed an Honours bachelor of science in molecular genetics and a research certificate in biological sciences at the University of Alberta. His research focused on the immune response of avian cells to influenza viruses and the establishment of a novel cell line. Michael was a three-time recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Undergraduate Student Research Award.

Michael also worked in aquatics recreation as a lifeguard, swim instructor and program coordinator for a decade before entering law school.

Michael will focus his summer term in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2026

    • Education
       2026
      University of Toronto, Juris Doctor (expected)
  • 2023

    • Community
       2023
      Pro Bono Students Canada, The 519 Community Centre – Trans ID Clinic (2023-2024)
  • 2021

    • Rankings & Awards
       2021
      Research Certificate in Science – Biological Sciences
    • Education
       2021
      University of Alberta, Bachelor of Science (Honours), Biological Sciences – Molecular Genetics
    • Rankings & Awards
       2021
      Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – Undergraduate Student Research Award
    • Rankings & Awards
       2021
      Dean’s Silver Medal in Science
  • 2020

    • Rankings & Awards
       2020
      Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – Undergraduate Student Research Award
  • 2019

    • Rankings & Awards
       2019
      Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – Undergraduate Student Research Award
    • Rankings & Awards
       2019
      Dr. John Kuspira and W.H. Freeman Scholarship for Excellence in Genetics
    • Rankings & Awards
       2019
      Alberta Society of Professional Biologists Undergraduate Award