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Ottawa appoints judge to B.C. Supreme Court

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 12:33 PM | By John Chunn

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Hugh William Veenstra, associate counsel at Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP in Vancouver, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

According to the DOJ’s press release, Justice Veenstra replaces Justice Kenneth N. Affleck (Vancouver), who retired effective Nov. 5, 2019.

Justice Veenstra was born in Saskatchewan but raised in Vernon, B.C. He received his BSc (engineering physics) from the University of British Columbia, followed by an LL.B. degree from the University of Victoria. He was called to the British Columbia bar in 1992.

Justice Veenstra served as law clerk to two justices of the British Columbia Court of Appeal in 1990-91. He then spent the first part of his career at McCarthy Tétrault in Vancouver. Since 2008, he has practised with Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, with a civil litigation and arbitration practice focused on real estate, construction and general commercial disputes. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2018.

Justice Veenstra was active in the Canadian Bar Association, serving in a number of capacities both at the national level and with the BC Branch. He was chair of the National Civil Litigation Section in 2013-14, president of the BC Branch in 2017-18, and a member of the national board of directors in 2019-20. He was a member of the BC Branch Truth and Reconciliation Working Group and a co-author of its 2018 report. He was awarded the CBABC President’s Medal in 2015, and was one of the recipients of the Law Society of British Columbia’s Leadership in Legal Aid Award in 2019.