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Former Quebec Superior Court chief justice among Order of Canada honorees

Wednesday, December 02, 2020 @ 9:37 AM | By John Chunn


Governor General Julie Payette announced 114 new appointments, including eight companions, 21 officers, one honorary member and 84 members to the Order of Canada.

According to a press release from the Governor General, François Rolland, a former chief justice of the Quebec Superior Court of Justice from 2004-2015, was among the members of the legal profession to be honoured.

Rolland, senior counsel at Langlois lawyers, was named an officer of the Order of Canada for his long-standing career in law and for his contributions as a lawyer, judge and mediator dedicated to the modernization of Quebec’s judicial system.

Also named an officer was Marcia Kran, a B.C. lawyer and member of the UN Human Rights Committee. The press release states that she was honoured “for her contributions to the advancement of international human rights and development, and for her steadfast advocacy of democratic governance.”

Daniel Bereskin, founding member of Bereskin & Parr LLP, was named a member of the Order of Canada for his leadership in the field of intellectual property law and trademark law in Canada and abroad.

Philip Michael Epstein of the family law firm Epstein Cole LLP in Toronto, was also named a member for his leadership in Canadian family law and for pioneering programs in dispute resolution now emulated across the country.

William A. Macdonald, formerly with McMillan Binch (now McMillan) was named a member for his distinguished career as a law practitioner and for his expert counsel on national public policy issues.

Former barrister and solicitor Stefan Glenn Sigurdson was named a member for his dexterous relationship-building skills and for his contributions to alternative dispute resolution across Canada and beyond.

Former corporate lawyer Tony Hendrie of Nottawa, Ont., was named a member for his volunteerism and philanthropy in support of a wide range of causes over the past 60 years.

Actor Tom Jackson and former Olympic gold medallist in swimming Mark Tewksbury were among those named as companions.