Government of Canada announces judicial appointments to the Tax Court of Canada

News release

June 7, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada  

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

K.A. Siobhan Monaghan, a partner at KPMG Law LLP in Toronto, is appointed a judge of the Tax Court of Canada. She replaces Madam Justice J.M. Woods, who was appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal on June 16, 2016.

Susan Wong, Regional Director and General Counsel at the Department of Justice Canada in Vancouver, is appointed a judge of the Tax Court of Canada. She replaces Madam Justice V.A. Miller, who resigned effective June 1, 2017.

Biographies

Born in Sudbury, Ontario to parents who emigrated from Ireland, Justice K.A. Siobhan Monaghan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University of Newfoundland and both an LL.B. (Gold Medalist) and LL.M. (Taxation) from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Following her articles in Calgary, Justice Monaghan was called to the Alberta Bar in 1985 and practised tax law as an associate with Bennett Jones LLP. She returned to Toronto in 1988 to join the tax group at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, where she practised for more than 25 years as both an associate and partner. In 2014, she joined KPMG Law LLP as senior partner, a position she held until her appointment.

Justice Monaghan has been extensively involved in the tax community, serving as a member of the CBA-CPA Canada (Canadian Bar Association-Chartered Professional Accountants Canada) Joint Committee on Taxation for nearly ten years, including two years as its co-chair. She is an adjunct member of the faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School’s Professional LL.M. program. She has also been a member of the Income Tax Education Committee of CPA Canada and has lectured at the CBA’s Tax Law for Lawyers program. As a Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation, Justice Monaghan is a member of the committee that selects the recipient of the Douglas J. Sherbaniuk Distinguished Writing Award, an award she herself received in 1996. She has regularly spoken and written on tax matters, including as a co-author of Taxation of Corporate Reorganizations and as a contributing editor to Tax Policy in Canada.

Outside of her professional life, Justice Monaghan enjoys theatre, music, reading, and spending time with her friends and family, particularly her husband and three children and the family dog.

Excerpts from Justice Monaghan’s judicial application will be available shortly.

Justice Susan Wong was born in Drayton Valley, Alberta, and raised in Edmonton. She is the first Canadian-born child of Chinese immigrants who came to this country in the 1950s and 1960s. Justice Wong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in medical laboratory science from the University of Alberta. She worked as a hospital emergency laboratory technologist before earning her LL.B. from the University of Victoria in 1992. She articled at the Edmonton firm Corbett & Company and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1993 and the British Columbia Bar in 1995. She practised civil litigation and corporate/commercial law in the private sector in Edmonton and Vancouver before joining the Department of Justice Canada at the end of 1996.

At the Department of Justice, Justice Wong practised exclusively in the area of tax litigation from 1996 to 2008, when she became Regional Manager of the Tax Law Services Section in the B.C. Regional Office. She served on several national departmental committees in the areas of good practices, judicial review and employment insurance. She has appeared before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. In 2015, she was appointed General Counsel and Regional Director of the Business and Regulatory Law Section, a group of more than 70 counsel, paralegals and support staff responsible for general civil litigation on behalf of the Government of Canada in British Columbia.

Excerpts from Justice Wong’s judicial application are available.

Quick facts

  • In 2017, the Minister of Justice made 100 appointments and elevations – the most a Minister of Justice has made in one year in at least two decades. Of these appointees, half are women, four are Indigenous, and 16 have self-identified as a member of a visible minority population, LGBTQ2, or a person with a disability.

  • The Government of Canada is committed to promoting access to justice for all Canadians. To improve outcomes for Canadian families, Budget 2018 proposes $77.2 million over four years to support the expansion of unified family courts, beginning in 2019-2020. This investment in the family justice system will create 39 new judicial positions in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • In addition, Budget 2018 proposes funding for a further seven judicial positions in Saskatchewan and Ontario, at a cost of $17.1 million over five years.

  • The funding outlined in Budget 2018 comes on top of resources allocated under Budget 2017, which created 28 new judicial positions across the country.

  • Additionally, the Government will ensure that a robust process remains in place to allow Canadians to voice their concerns and submit complaints about judicial conduct to the Canadian Judicial Council and the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs. This investment of $6 million over two years, beginning in 2018-2019, will support the judicial discipline process through which allegations of judicial misconduct are investigated.

  • Federal judicial appointments are made by the Governor General, acting on the advice of the federal Cabinet and recommendations from the Minister of Justice.

  • The Judicial Advisory Committees across Canada play a key role in evaluating judicial applications. There are 17 Judicial Advisory Committees, with each province and territory represented.

  • Significant reforms to the role and structure of the Judicial Advisory Committees, aimed at enhancing the independence and transparency of the process, were announced on October 20, 2016. Sixteen Judicial Advisory Committees have been reconstituted to date.

Contacts

For more information, media may contact:

David Taylor
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
613-992-4621

Media Relations
Department of Justice Canada
613-957-4207
media@justice.gc.ca


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