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Ottawa appoints judges in Quebec, Saskatchewan, B.C.

Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 1:58 PM | By John Chunn


On Aug. 17, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced the appointments of four judges to courts in Quebec, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.  
                                                            
Claudine Roy, a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec, was appointed a judge of the Quebec Court of Appeal in Montreal. She fills a new position created as a result of the passage of Bill C-44.
                                               
Justice Roy is and has always been actively involved in education and training — whether through her work with the Superior Court, the Barreau du Quebec, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, or the National Judicial Institute. 

Gregory Moore, a partner at Joli-Cœur Lacasse, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal. He replaces Justice Roy.
                                                                
Moore graduated from McGill University in 1994 with degrees in civil law and common law. After a clerkship at the Federal Court, he joined the Department of Justice Canada before entering private practice. He practised civil litigation, representing individuals and businesses in intellectual property, medical liability and contractual disputes. He was also a certified mediator. In 2014-2015, Justice Moore was the Bâtonnier of the bar of Montreal.
                                                               
Lian M. Schwann, a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan, is appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan. 
                                                                  
Justice Schwann was appointed to the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench in March 2011. She received her bachelor's degree (social science and education) in 1976 from Carroll College in Helena, Mont., and a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1980. She was admitted to the bar of Saskatchewan in 1981 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2007.

Justice Schwann began her legal career as an associate with McDougall Gauley from 1980 to 1984. She was a senior Crown counsel with the Civil Law Division for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice from 1984 to 2007, and the registrar of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan and registrar in bankruptcy from 2007 until her appointment to the judiciary. In these various capacities, she appeared before all levels of court in Saskatchewan, as well as before several boards and tribunals. Her main areas of practice were bankruptcy and insolvency, health, environmental, natural resource, privacy and governmental law.

She replaces Justice Jacelyn Ryan-Froslie, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective May 5, 2017.
                                                              
Janet Winteringham, a partner with Winteringham MacKay Law Corporation, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver. 

Justice Winteringham's interest in criminal and constitutional matters began at Simon Fraser University, where she majored in criminology, and continued at the University of British Columbia, where she obtained her law degree  in 1991. Justice Winteringham’s litigation practice started at a medium-sized firm in Vancouver and consisted predominantly of civil litigation matters. She later cultivated a criminal law practice in a small partnership with J.J. McIntyre. Although the focus of her practice was criminal defence, she regularly acted for the Crown as an ad hoc and special prosecutor. 

In recent years, Justice Winteringham has been involved in several constitutional cases, including a constitutional reference on the criminal prohibition against polygamy; a challenge to the cancellation of the mother-baby program at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women; and a challenge to s. 16 of the Criminal Code. She has also participated in Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University at each level of court. 

She replaces Justice Stephen Kelleher, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective May 10, 2017.