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Ontario judge named to Specific Claims Tribunal

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 10:53 AM | By John Chunn

The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) on June 26 announced that Victoria Chiapetta, a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, is appointed as a full-time member of the Specific Claims Tribunal for a five-year term.

According to the DOJ’s press release, Justice Chiappetta was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. She earned a bachelor of laws from Osgoode Law School in 1993 and was admitted to the bar of Ontario in 1995.

She was appointed to the Superior Court of Ontario in Toronto in November 2012. Prior to her appointment, Justice Chiappetta served as vice-president, legal and general counsel, for Essar Steel Algoma (now Algoma Steel). She remains the only woman to hold a position on the steel company’s executive. From 1995 to 2007, Justice Chiappetta served a number of legal firms across Ontario. Her main areas of practice were corporate law, civil litigation, environmental law, labour law and human rights.

As a member of the Superior Court, Justice Chiappetta has a breadth of experience adjudicating in civil, family, and commercial courts. Her most recent position was overseeing Commercial List matters. Justice Chiappetta has been a deputy judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice since December 2017.

Justice Chiappetta has been a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Canadian Italian Advocates Organization and the Legal Advisory Committee of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. She frequently lectures on legal matters at the University of Toronto and has been a contributing writer for Influential Women of Northern Ontario and Canada Law Book.