Brief Biographical Note of Chief Justice George R. Strathy

The Honourable George R. Strathy was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario on April 25, 2013, and was subsequently appointed as Chief Justice of Ontario and President of the Court of Appeal for Ontario on June 13, 2014.

For the previous five years, he had served as a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in the Toronto Region, where he presided over civil, class action and criminal matters. He was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on December 13, 2007.

Chief Justice Strathy received a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in 1970. He was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to pursue graduate studies in International Relations. He received a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto in 1971. He studied law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where he received his LL.B. in 1974 and was awarded the Gold Medal. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1976.

In practice, he specialized in civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on maritime and transportation law. He was a partner at MacKinnon, McTaggart, Campbell Godfrey and Lewtas, and Fasken Martineau Walker before establishing his own firm in 1991.

The firm, which became known as Strathy and Isaacs, acted for a variety of domestic and international clients, including financial institutions, shipping and transportation enterprises, resource companies, and insurers.

In practice, he was active in a number of professional organizations, including the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Maritime Law Association and the Canadian Association of Maritime Arbitrators. He is the author of two books on maritime law, as well as numerous papers and articles.

Chief Justice Strathy is married to Elyse Strathy. They have five daughters and nine grandchildren. He is an enthusiastic, but not particularly talented, golfer and tandem cyclist.

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