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Justice Canada counsel appointed to B.C. Supreme Court

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 @ 3:18 PM | By John Chunn

The federal Department of Justice on June 4 announced that Elizabeth McDonald, counsel at Justice Canada, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Justice McDonald replaces Justice D. Jane Dardi, who resigned effective Dec. 31, 2018.

According to the government’s press release, Justice McDonald was born and spent her early years in Seattle. She lived and studied in Ontario, Alberta and California, but was mainly raised in Coquitlam, B.C.. She received a B.A. in political science from Simon Fraser University in 1995 and a bachelor of laws from the University of British Columbia in 1998. She was called to the British Columbia bar in 1999.

Throughout the course of her legal career, Justice McDonald practised in a wide range of areas — initially as an associate lawyer at Davis & Company in bankruptcy and insolvency and then at Fraser Milner Casgrain in the area of construction law.

She joined the Department of Justice Canada in 2002 where, as counsel and senior counsel, she conducted varied and complex commercial, tax and collections litigation. She co-chaired a national legal committee at the Department of Justice providing advice on litigation across Canada. She has represented clients in all levels of the courts in British Columbia and the Federal and Tax Courts of Canada, and she has responded to numerous leave applications in the Supreme Court of Canada.