In his recent paper entitled “The Litigator and Mental Health”, Chief Justice George R. Strathy noted the enhanced awareness of the importance of mental health in our society and the legal profession brought about by the global pandemic. Chief Justice Strathy has kindly agreed to speak to our membership about mental health and the work of litigators (though he notes that the content of his remarks his likely applicable to all areas of practice) following his retirement at the end of August 2022. Chief Justice Strathy will speak for approximately 40 minutes following which he will invite questions and commentary from attendees. This CPD event will be structured as a Zoom meeting rather than a webinar to promote a more engaging and personal environment for discussion.
Honourable George R. Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario
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 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 and 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 an emphasis on maritime and transportation law. 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 ten grandchildren.
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CPD Credit: 1 hour