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Rothstein, Arvay and Eberts among appointees to Order of Canada

Friday, June 30, 2017 @ 1:55 PM | By Paula Kulig

Several members of the legal community were among the 99 people appointed to the Order of Canada on June 30, including a former justice of the country's top court.

They join such high-profile Canadians as former hockey player Mark Messier, comedians Mike Myers and Catherine O’Hara, Jeopardy host Alex Trebek and journalist Graydon Carter.

Marshall Rothstein, who served on the Supreme Court of Canada for nine years, has been appointed a companion of the Order of Canada, the highest honour, “for his eminent service as a jurist, notably on the Supreme Court of Canada, and for his dedication to legal education.” He joined the Vancouver office of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in May as a partner.

Joseph Arvay, a partner with Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP in Vancouver, and Toronto lawyer Mary Eberts are appointed officers. Arvay, who specializes in constitutional, Aboriginal and administrative law matters, was honoured “for his contributions as a prolific lawyer in the field of public law, particularly on matters of civil rights, while Eberts was recognized “for her visionary leadership as an advocate and litigator advancing equality and women’s rights."

Also appointed an officer is Wayne Wouters, strategic and policy adviser at McCarthy Tétrault in Toronto, “for his distinguished leadership across a range of senior portfolios within the public service, notably as clerk of the Privy Council and secretary to cabinet."

Lawyer Lorne Waldman, of Waldman & Associates in Toronto, is appointed a member “for his commitment to upholding justice through his work as an immigration and refugee lawyer."

Also appointed members are John Sims, a former deputy justice minister and deputy attorney general, “for his commitment to improving access to justice, and for his principled and respected leadership as a senior public servant,” and Catherine Latimer, executive director of the John Howard Society of Canada, “for her principled contributions to the development of criminal justice policy, notably on issues related to youth justice.”