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Public Prosecution Service hires new deputy director

Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 10:15 AM | By John Chunn


The Director of Public Prosecutions, Kathleen Roussel, announced on Sept. 13 that the governor-in-council has appointed David Antonyshyn as the Public Prosecution Service of Canada’s new deputy director of Public Prosecutions effective Nov. 1.

David Antonyshyn

David Antonyshyn

Antonyshyn comes from National Defence where he held the position of deputy judge advocate general (JAG) responsible for military justice since July 2017. Throughout his 20-year legal career supporting National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, he held increasingly senior executive level positions in various areas of practice, including director of International and Operational Law, director of Military Personnel Law, and assistant director of Military Prosecutions.

Antonyshyn was called to the Barreau du Quebec in 1996. He holds a bachelor of laws (LL.B.) from the Université de Montreal and a master’s of laws (LL.M.) from the University of Ottawa, focusing on international criminal, humanitarian and human rights law.

Roussel also announced the reappointment of George Dolhai as deputy director of Public Prosecutions, effective May 3, 2019, providing continuity to the organization.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.