Student Program Overview

Our office is always on the lookout for ambitious and hard-working students who have an interest in being part of our team.  As a student at Cheadles, you will be given an opportunity to work with our dynamic lawyers in a wide variety of practice areas. 

Cheadles aims to create a positive and rewarding experience for all of our students.  Whether you're a summer student, law student,  or an articling student, we want to hear from you!

To apply for an articling position, please send an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, a copy of your most recent law school transcript, and a cover letter telling us about yourself to:

     Cheadles LLP

     715 Hewitson Street, Suite 2000

     Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6B5

     Email: cheadles%23com|students

If you're applying for an articling position, please bring your application package to the attention of J. Douglas Shanks.  If you're applying for a summer student, IPC or LPP position, bring your application package to the attention of Donald B. Shanks.

Meet our Students


Mark Doble completed his J.D. at Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, where his passion for corporate law and the related socioeconomic issues blossomed. Prior to Law School, Mark completed his HBASc at Lakehead University, where he focused his studies in Philosophy and the Physical Sciences.

Mark’s professional interests lie in the areas of corporate law and business development, and is especially keen to help the next generation of local entrepreneurs and business founders build their organizations with the proper legal foundation in place. In his spare time, Mark is either cross-country skiing at Kamview or Lappe, playing soccer, computer programming, or hanging out with his wife, friends and family.  Mark will be completing his articles at Cheadles LLP, and is eager to grow his practice and career in Thunder Bay.


Deanna Hiebert joined Cheadles LLP as a summer student in April 2016. Deanna will continue working with the firm in her third and final year of law school as part of the Integrated Practice Curriculum at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.

Prior to attending law school, Deanna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba with a major in Sociology and a minor in Economics. Upon completing her Bachelor of Arts degree, Deanna then studied at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business which is where her interest in law solidified. During her undergraduate studies, Deanna was a member of the Women’s Varsity Basketball team and was a high school basketball coach. In addition to her involvement with competitive sport, Deanna has been committed to her academic studies and has been recognized as a CIS Student Athlete Academic All Canadian and Dean’s Honour List student.
Under the supervision of lawyers at Cheadles LLP, Deanna is working in various areas including Civil Litigation, Labour and Employment, Corporate and Commercial Law. She continues to explore other practice areas to assist her in discovering what areas of law she is most interested in.  Deanna enjoys the beautiful scenery and tight-knit community of Thunder Bay. In her spare time she likes playing ultimate frisbee, running, playing basketball, hiking, and travelling to visit family and friends.



Kaitlin joined Cheadles LLP in February of 2016, and works with the firm both throughout the school year and as a summer student. She is in her second year of law school at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, which specializes in a unique Integrated Practice Curriculum.  Kaitlin volunteers with the Ontario Justice Education Network, and spent time with local high school students discussing important legal issues.

Kaitlin holds a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology and in Law and Society. After completing her undergraduate studies, Kaitlin obtained her Paralegal P1 Licence from the Law Society of Upper Canada. Kaitlin worked as a licenced paralegal at a law firm prior to attending law school. Under the supervision of lawyers at Cheadles LLP, Kaitlin is working primarily in Family Law and Civil Litigation.



Maheegan Armstrong completed his undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. Maheegan is currently entering his third year of law school at the University of Victoria. 

Prior to joining Cheadles LLP, Maheegan worked strenuous hours as a wildland fire ranger for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for the past eight seasons. His last official title was Initial Attack Incident Commander and has had many adventures working across the vast expanses of Canada.

At Cheadles LLP, Maheegan has been involved in a wide variety of practice areas including Labour and Employment, Civil Litigation, Human Rights, and Corporate and Commercial law. Maheegan’s interest in law has grown extensively since joining Cheadles LLP and continues to grow with each new challenge.

Maheegan is a large proponent of the wilderness and attributes this to his upbringing in Kenora, Ontario. In Maheegan’s spare time, he loves snowboarding in the mountains of British Columbia, reading his favourite author Thomas Pynchon, getting out on the lake, volunteering his time to support his Indigenous heritage and camping as frequently as possible.