On December 11, 2018, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the appointment of Justice Gabrielle St-Hilaire, LL.B. M.B.A., 1991, to the Tax Court of Canada. She replaces Justice R. Favreau, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective February 26, 2018.
University of Ottawa Alumna Justice Jodie-Lynn Waddilove, LL.B. 2003, has been appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice. The Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General for Ontario, announced the appointment, along with four other new justices, effective December 26, 2018.
University of Ottawa Alumna Colette Downie, LL.B. 1990, has been appointed Vice President of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. She is responsible for Business, Investment, and Community Development.
In October 2018, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to accompany John Packer, Director of the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre, to Chișinău – capital of the Republic of Moldova – to assist and participate in an OSCE-supported training course to improve the effective protection of national minority rights.
The Polowin Family Law Course, offered in memory of Justice Heidi Levenson Polowin, is being taught for the second year by Ottawa-based lawyer Julie Guindon. Offered during the January term, this course offers students the opportunity to examine the child protection legislation and law in Ontario.
Professor Stephanie Ben-Ishai, (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University) delivered the Annual Thomas Feeney Memorial Lecture on January 16th, 2019. She began with some statistics on the high level of Canadians’ consumer debt.
Students, faculty, staff, trade officials, representatives from the diplomatic community and members of the public came out on Monday January 14 to hear Professor Michael Ewing-Chow speak on “Trade Wars: Does WTO Law Matter”. Professor Ewing-Chow is the 2019 Soloway Visiting Professor, whose visit is sponsored by the Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade law.
University of Ottawa Alumnus Jay S. Hennick, LL.B. 1981, LL.D. 2011, has been named to the Order of Canada. Governor General of Canada Julie Payette announced the new appointees, a group of 103, on December 27, 2018.
Three University of Ottawa Professors, Larry Chartrand (currently Academic Director, Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre, College of Law, at the University of Saskatchewan), Joanne St. Lewis, Assistant Professor, Common Law Section, Faculty of Law and Gilles LeVasseur, Lawyer and Law and Business Management Professor, were named to the Court Challenges Program in November.