June 26, 2015 – Ottawa, ON – Department of Justice.
The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments:
The Honourable Lauri Ann Fenlon, a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, is appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal of British Columbia to replace Madam Justice S.S. Stromberg-Stein (Vancouver), who elected to become a supernumerary judge as of September 1, 2014.
Madam Justice Fenlon was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 2008. Prior to her appointment, she had been associate counsel with the firm of Fasken Martineau Dumoulin since 1997. She was an associate with Russell and DuMoulin from 1985 to 1992 and a partner from 1992 to 1997. Her main areas of practice were civil litigation, family law, administrative law, commercial law, privacy law, and health law.
Madam Justice Fenlon received a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Queen's University in 1979 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria in 1983. She was admitted to the Bar of British Columbia in 1985.
The Honourable Barbara M. Young, Master and Registrar of Bankruptcies (Central Okanagan) with the Supreme Court of British Columbia, is appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia to fill a new position created by Bill C-31.
Madam Justice Young, from St. Catharines, Ontario, had been the Master and Registrar of Bankruptcies in Central Okanagan with the Supreme Court of British Columbia since 2006. Previously, she was a partner with Berge Horn from 2003 to 2006, a lawyer with Kendall Penty & Company from 1997 to 2003, and a lawyer with Young Noble & Wirsig from 1990 to 1997. She practised primarily in the areas of family law, personal injury, and bankruptcy.
Madam Justice Young received a Registered Nursing diploma in 1975 from Mohawk College. She received a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in 1983 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1985, both from the University of Calgary, and was admitted to the Bar of British Columbia in 1986. She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2005.
Appointments to the country's Superior Courts not only reflect the rich and diverse social fabric of our country, but also take into consideration the merit and legal excellence of each individual jurist. Through these appointments, the Government of Canada has demonstrated an awareness of the need to bring greater gender balance to the bench, to help ensure that the judiciary is more representative of Canadian society.
These appointments are effective immediately.
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