OTTAWA, June 22, 2007 - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment:

The Honourable Mr. Justice B. Richard Bell, a Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, Trial Division, sitting in Moncton, is appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick. He replaces Mr. Justice A. Deschênes ( Fredericton) who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

Mr. Justice Bell received a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University in 1979 and a Master of Laws from Dalhousie University in 1998. He was admitted to the Bar of New Brunswick in 1979. He was a senior partner in the Atlantic firm McInnes Cooper immediately prior to his appointment to the Court of Queen’s Bench in 2006. Mr. Justice Bell’s practice was in the area of general litigation, with particular emphasis on labour and employment law, administrative law and aboriginal law. Mr. Justice Bell is a Past President of the Canadian Bar Association, New Brunswick Branch and a former member of that Association’s National Board of Directors. Mr. Justice Bell is a published author and has served as an adjunct professor of Business Law at Atlantic Baptist University in Moncton. He has lectured and written in both official languages on a wide variety of legal topics. Mr. Justice Bell will rel ocate to Fredericton with his spouse, Maureen. Mr. Justice and Mrs. Bell have five adult children: Stephanie, Shawn, Rory, Ryan and Patrick.

This appointment is effective immediately.

British Columbia Judicial Appointment Announced

OTTAWA, June 22, 2007 - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment: 

The Honourable Mr. Justice David F. Tysoe, a Judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, is appointed a Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia and a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Yukon. He replaces Mr. Justice K.C. Mackenzie (Vancouver) who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

Mr. Justice Tysoe received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia in 1975 after having completed studies at the University of Victoria (1969-1972). He was admitted to the Bar of British Columbia in 1976. Mr. Justice Tysoe articled and practised with the Vancouver firm of Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy (1975-1992) developing an expertise in the areas of financial insolvency law, banking law and real estate law. In 1992, he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia and has since then developed an expertise in all aspects of civil and criminal trials and trial procedure. Mr. Justice Tysoe has been a frequent lecturer on various legal subjects including insolvency, banking, real estate and trial procedure for institutions including British Columbia Continuing Legal Education, Insight, and the Canadian Institute.

This appointment is effective immediately. 

Manitoba Judicial Appointments Announced

OTTAWA, June 22, 2007 - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments:

The Honourable Mr. Justice Alan D. MacInnes, a Judge of Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench sitting in Winnipeg, is appointed a Judge of Appeal of the Court of Appeal for Manitoba. He replaces Mr. Justice Glenn D. Joyal (Winnipeg) who is appointed a Judge of Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Manitoba.

Mr. Justice MacInnes received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba in 1966 having also completed studies at St. Paul’s College (University of Manitoba). He was admitted to the Manitoba Bar in 1966. He practised with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman as senior civil litigation counsel and developed an expertise in criminal and civil litigation. In 1978, he was appointed a part-time judge of the Provincial Court Criminal Division and in 1992 was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench as a full-time superior court judge. Mr. Justice MacInnes has heard cases and written decisions arising out of civil and criminal law trials as well as acting in administrative capacities including Secretary of the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association. Before coming to the Bench, he was a frequent speaker, lecturer and prominent member of the Law Society of Manitoba, the Federation of Law Societ ies of Canada and several charitable foundations in Winnipeg.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Glenn D. Joyal, a Judge of Appeal of the Court of Appeal for Manitoba sitting in Winnipeg, is appointed a Judge of Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Manitoba. He replaces Mr. Justice A.L. Clearwater (Winnipeg) who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

Mr. Justice Joyal received a Master of Arts (with distinction) from the University of Manitoba in 1992 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1986 after studying at the University of Manitoba and McGill University. He was admitted to the Bar of Manitoba in 1986 and practised as Provincial Crown Attorney in Manitoba (1986-1990), with Justice Canada (1990-1997) and then with Wolch Pinx Tapper Scurfield in Winnipeg (1997-1998). Mr. Justice Joyal was appointed a judge of the Manitoba Provincial Court in 1998 where he developed his expertise in criminal law, Charter law and family law. In 2007, he was appointed to the Court of Appeal. He works in both English and French and has acted as a Member of several Provincial Court Committees. He has been Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for St. Mary's Academy, a Member of Board of Directors for Cercle Molière Theatre and a Member of l'Association des juriste s d'expression française du Manitoba.

The Honourable Douglas N. Abra, Q.C., a partner at the law firm of Hill Abra Dewar in Winnipeg, is appointed a Judge of Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Manitoba. He replaces Mr. Justice A. D. MacInnes (Winnipeg) who was appointed a Judge of Appeal of the Court of Appeal for Manitoba.

Mr. Justice Abra received a Bachelor of Laws in 1972 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1968 from the University of Manitoba and was admitted to the Bar of Manitoba in 1973. He practised as an associate with Monk Goodwin & Company, then as a Crown Attorney with the Department of the Attorney General of Manitoba (1974-1979) before returning to private practice with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman (1980-1989) and with Hill Abra Dewar (1989-2007). Mr. Justice Abra’s practice expertise is in the areas of administrative law, civil litigation, criminal law, insurance and professional liability litigation, regulation of professions and professional discipline, employment law and labour law. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992, Mr. Justice Abra has acted as President of the Law Society of Manitoba, as a member of the Court of Queen’s Bench Rules Committee, as a frequent lecturer for the Law Society of Manit oba Continuing Legal Education Programmes and as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Westminster United Church.

These appointments are effective July 10, 2007.

Quebec Judicial Appointment[s] Announced

OTTAWA, June 22, 2007 - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments:

The Honourable Martin Castonguay, a partner with De Grandpré Chait in Montreal, is appointed a Puisne Judge of the Superior Court for the District of Montreal, in the Province of Quebec. He replaces Mr. Justice M. Laramée (Montreal) who recently passed away.

Mr. Justice Castonguay received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Montreal in 1975 and was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1976. He practised with several Montreal firms beginning with Savoie Smith Léger Lussier in 1976 before coming to De Grandpré Chait in 2001. Mr. Justice Castonguay's practice expertise is in the areas of banking and insolvency law, aviation insurance law and class action law. He has acted as administrative counsel for the International Aviation Management Training Institute, an organization created for aiding the development of aviation management for developing countries. Mr. Justice Castonguay is active in civic and community affairs acting as a member of the Guilde du pain d'épices, an organization which promotes child literacy in developing countries, as a member of the Vallée du Richelieu Golf Club, and as a sponsor of local minor sports.

The Honourable Jacques Gauthier, a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Montreal, is appointed a Puisne Judge of the Superior Court for the District of Montreal, in the Province of Quebec. He replaces Mr. Justice D.H. Tingley (Montreal) who elected to become a supernumerary judge.

Mr. Justice Gauthier received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Montreal in 1985 and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1986. He then articled and practised with McMaster Meighen (1986–1994) which later became Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. His areas of expertise include medical and hospital malpractice, professional responsibility and disciplinary law, class action law and general commercial litigation. Mr. Justice Gauthier also acted as the coordinator of the health law group of the Montreal office of Borden Ladner Gervais and as a presenter at conferences on medical and hospital liability and recent developments in health law. He has also acted as an advisor and a member of the Ethics Committee at various hospitals.

These appointments are effective immediately