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Board Members

Meet our board members at CFCJ.

 


Carl BAAR

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Carl Baar is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Brock University and is now an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at York University. He is a leading scholar in judicial administration and court system management.

Mark BENTON, QC

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Mark has been a lawyer since 1980 and has served as the Executive Director of the Legal Services Society (BC’s legal aid provider and its largest public legal education provider) since 2002. Mark holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, a LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a LL.M. from the Dalhousie University Faculty of Law. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008.

His legal experience includes small office practice, legal aid work, appellate advocacy in the BC Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada, and 4 years as an adjunct professor at the UBC Faculty of Law. He is past-Chair of the Association of Legal Aid Plans of Canada and continues to work on a number of government and non-government task forces addressing justice issues of importance to Canadians, including the National Action Committee on Access to Justice and the Re-inventing Criminal Justice Forum

He is the co-author of a seminal 1997 article on the right to counsel in Canada.

Mark has been recognized in the B.C. Legislature as “a passionate advocate for access to justice for the economically disadvantaged in British Columbia, and he brings along with that passion great creativity in the search for solutions for how to make a difference in people's lives.” 

Melina BUCKLEY

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Melina Buckley is a lawyer and legal policy consultant working primarily in the areas of access to justice, constitutional law, human rights, and class actions. She is associated with the firm Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman in Vancouver. She has served as co-counsel in numerous public interest litigation cases at all levels of court and has directed several national research projects. Ms. Buckley has also worked internationally serving as a senior adviser on a comprehensive justice reform project in Jamaica, as an advisor on the constitutional reform process in Nepal, and is currently assisting on a public interest litigation case in Kenya. She has written several legal policy reports and is a published author on legal aid, access to justice, equality rights, constitutional law, dispute resolution, and international human rights law. The thread connecting Melina’s work is her deep commitment to making equal rights real for marginalized individuals and groups. In 2011, The Canadian Bar Association awarded Melina the Louis St-Laurent Award for distinguished service to the Association’s objectives and goals.

Brian A. CRANE, QC

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Brian A. Crane, QC, Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Ottawa, ON.  Mr. Crane practises in the areas of constitutional, administrative and aboriginal law. He has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court and the Ontario Courts. He has also worked extensively throughout Canada in the negotiation of native land claims and related litigation, and commercial arbitration and mediation. A frequent speaker at legal seminars and conferences, Mr. Crane (with co-authors Robert Mainville and the late Martin Mason) is author of First Nations Governance Law (2nd Edition) LexisNexis Canada, (2008). Mr. Crane has been an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and in 1996-98 was Chair of the Systems of Civil Justice Implementation Committee.

(Chair of the Board) Trevor C.W. FARROW

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Trevor C.W. Farrow, AB (Princeton), BA/MA (Oxford), LLB (Dalhousie), LLM (Harvard), PhD (Alberta), is a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and Principal Investigator of the SSHRC funded "Cost of Justice" CURA project. He is also the Co-Director of the York Centre for Public Policy and Law. Professor Farrow’s teaching and research focus on the administration of civil justice, including legal process, legal and judicial ethics, advocacy, globalization and development. He was formerly a litigation lawyer at the Torys law firm in Toronto.  Professor Farrow has received teaching awards at Harvard University and Osgoode Hall Law School

The Honourable Stephen T. GOUDGE

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Hons. B.A. (Political Science/Economics), University of Toronto, 1964.  M.Sc. (Econ.), London School of Economics, 1965.  LL.B. (Awarded Dean's Key), University of Toronto, 1968. 

The Honourable Stephen T. Goudge, Q.C. is currently a member of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice Board of Directors. Justice Goudge was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 1996, and retired from the bench this past April. Although best known to the public as the Commissioner who led the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology, Justice Goudge has been active on the boards and committees of several organizations including the Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Pro Bono Law Ontario, Law Commission of Ontario, and was a bencher for the Law Society of the Upper Canada (1991-1996). Over the course of his long and distinguished career - first as a managing partner at Gowling, Strathy & Henderson and then as a Judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario - Justice Goudge has been committed to advancing access to justice and excellence the profession. In 2013 he received a Guthrie award from the Law Foundation of Ontario in recognition of his exceptional work improving access to justice in Ontario. He was nominated for the award by Osgoode Hall Law Dean Lorne Sossin, who called Goudge’s work on building up the capacity and commitment of Canadian law schools to offer innovative programming in legal ethics as “simply unprecedented.” His contributions to the academic community include teaching courses in Labour Law and Native Rights, and in Professional Responsibility at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Since retiring, Justice Goudge has taken on a new role as counsel at Paliare Roland. He looks forward to continuing his work in access to justice through his work on the Board of the CFCJ and as a Fellow of the newly established Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution where he will continue to advance theory and practice in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, legal ethics, and professionalism in law schools in Ontario.

Patricia Hughes

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Dr. Patricia Hughes has been the Executive Director of the Law Commission of Ontario since its launch in September 2007. A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School (’82), she was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1984 and the Alberta bar in 2006. She was granted a PhD in Political Economy from the University of Toronto and received her BA and MA in Political Science from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

She has served as Counsel in the Policy Development Division of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, a Vice-Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Alternate Chair of the Ontario Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal, the Chair in Women and Law at the University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Law, Dean of Law at the University of Calgary and Executive Director of Education and Scholar in Residence at Bennett Jones LLP (Calgary).

Active on issues of particular concern to women, Patricia has written, spoken and taught on constitutional law, particularly on equality issues and judicial independence, access to justice, feminism and legal education, among other areas. As Executive Director of the LCO, she supervises the LCO’s law reform projects, among other responsibilities, and participates in a range of access to justice initiatives organized by other bodies with similar objectives.

Desmond LEVIN

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Des Levin is a partner in Crowe Soberman’s Audit & Advisory Group. 
 
Des advises owner-managed businesses, investment companies, distributors, trustees (estates and trusts, manufacturers, professionals, and not-for-profit organizations on integral matters relating to their business.
 
As an active participant in the community, Des sits on the Board of the Canadian Forum of Civil Justice (CFCJ). He was the former acting board member and treasurer for the Parkdale Community Legal Service and also sat on the Board for the Kidney Foundation of Canada (Ontario Branch and of the Central Ontario Chapter), serving as the treasurer for the Central Ontario Chapter.

Gillian Marriott, QC

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Ms. Gillian D. Marriott, QC is currently the Executive Director of Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve access to justice by increasing the scope and availability of pro bono legal services for low income Albertans. She also practices family law as Counsel with Widdowson Kachur Ostwald Menzies LLP and is an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta (LSA). Ms. Marriott is also a Past President of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and currently is a member of both the National Access to Justice Committee and the Pro Bono Committee. She has been an active member on several CBA and LSA committees over the years. In addition, Ms. Marriott is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Law at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, has been a guest lecturer and instructor and has published several papers and articles.
 
Ms. Marriott sits on the Board of the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Advisory Committee of the Alberta Law Information Society (ALIS) and on the South Health Campus Clinical Ethics Committee. She continues to volunteer with the Dispute Resolution Officer Program at the Court of Queen’s Bench. She was a founding member of the Board of PBLA and of the Children’s Legal and Educational Resource Centre and is a past member of the Board of the Immigrant Access Fund. Ms. Marriott was appointed Queen’s Counsel in January 2010. In 2011 she received the “Women in Law Leadership Award—Leadership in the Community”. In 2015 she was awarded the Cecilia Johnstone Award for Outstanding Service for her exceptional involvement, dedication and service to the CBA – Alberta Branch. Ms. Marriott is also the 2015 recipient of the WK Moore Award from the University of Calgary for outstanding contribution to the Faculty of Law.

M. Jerry McHALE, QC

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M. Jerry McHale, QC is jointly appointed to the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and the School of Public Administration as the Lam Chair in Law and Public Policy. Before this appointment in July 2011 Mr. McHale spent 10 years as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Justice Services Branch of the B.C. Ministry of Justice, responsible for legal aid, civil law, family law and criminal policy and legislation, alternative dispute resolution and justice reform, family law and maintenance enforcement programs. In addition to holding government positions, McHale has worked in the private sector as a litigator and mediator.

Darrel I. PINK

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Darrel I. Pink is Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, a position he has held since 1990.

Mr. Pink has been a regular lecturer on professional responsibility at Dalhousie Law School (now Schulich School of Law), and a frequent presenter to other law societies across Canada and internationally. In 2010, he spent six months on a consultancy with the Tanganyika Law Society in Tanzania, East Africa, assisting in its efforts to strengthen capacity in governance and regulation. From 2005 to 2007, he participated with the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and law society partners in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia, in a program aimed at improving access to justice through legal sector development in Eastern Africa.    

Born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Mr. Pink received his BA at Acadia University, LLB at Dalhousie University, and Master of Laws in public and comparative law at the University of London/London School of Economics. He was called to the Bar in 1979 and practised civil and criminal litigation and administrative law at Patterson Kitz in Halifax, first as an Associate Lawyer and then Partner. He was a member of NSBS Council prior to his appointment as Executive Director.

His extensive community involvement includes serving on the national board of directors for Volunteer Canada , including several years as Chair. Mr. Pink spent seven years on the board of the Metro United Way (Halifax), including two as Chair, and received the United Way’s Helen Cooper Award for Outstanding Contribution. He is a Past President for the Continuing Legal Education Society of Nova Scotia and the Children's Aid Society of Halifax, and has been an executive member of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Atlantic Jewish Council.

Mr. Pink recently co-edited a book, Why Good Lawyers Matter (Toronto: Irwin Law), with the Hon. Justice Thomas A. Cromwell, Supreme Court of Canada, and David L. Blaikie, Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Law.
 

Donald K. PIRAGOFF

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Donald K. Piragoff, B.A. LL.B., LL.M., is Senior Assistant Deputy Minister with the Policy Sector of the Department of Justice, Canada. He was educated at the Universities of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Toronto, where he obtained Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law and Masters of Law degrees. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1979. He joined the federal Department of Justice in 1981.

During his career at Justice Canada, he has worked on various criminal law related legislative and policy initiatives, both national and international. Internationally, he has represented Canada at the G8, Council of Europe, Commonwealth, Organization of American States, and the United Nations, as well as other international meetings. Regarding the establishment of the International Criminal Court, he was a member of the Canadian delegations to the various Preparatory Committees and the Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries that negotiated the Rome Statute and the Rules of the ICC, including the coordination of negotiations and drafting of various Articles and Rules related to criminal law and evidence.

He has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, Toronto, and at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, and has authored a book and several publications.

The Honourable François ROLLAND

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The Honourable François Rolland graduated from University of Montréal in 1974 and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1975. Before his appointment as a judge, he was a partner at the law firm Fasken Martineau, practicing mainly in the field of commercial and civil litigation. He chaired the firm's civil and litigation section for many years and played an active role in its management, chairing the professional practice committee and acting as vice-chair of the executive committee.

After being appointed to the Superior Court as a judge on May 7, 1996, the Honourable François Rolland held the position of Chief Justice of the Superior Court from September 23, 2004 to June 30, 2015. He retired from the bench on August 31, 2015. During his time as a judge, François Rolland worked actively to set up the settlement conference division and the class action division, and also helped develop the commercial division.

François Rolland has chaired numerous settlement conferences in civil, family and commercial cases, as well as several facilitation conferences in criminal matters.

He has been a frequent guest speaker and also taught ethics at the National Judicial Institute for 10 years.

The Honourable François Rolland has been a member of the board of governors of the National Judicial Institute from 2001 to 2006. Until his appointment as Chief Justice, he was a member of the board of the Conférence des juges des cours supérieures du Québec and a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association. He was a member of the Canadian Judicial Council from 2004 to 2015 and of its executive committee from 2007 to 2010. He is also a founding member and former chairman of the Judges' Forum of the Canadian Bar Association.

Since June 17, 2015 he has been a member of the board of the Centre d’accès à l’information juridique (CAIJ).

Since his retirement from the court as Chief Justice and as a judge in 2015, François Rolland has been appointed by the Québec government, as the Director of the Voluntary Reimbursement Program established under the Act to ensure mainly the recovery of amounts improperly paid as a result of fraud or fraudulent tactics in connection with public contracts. He took up his duties on September 2, 2015.

He also does private mediation and arbitration.