ONTARIO JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED
OTTAWA, February 10, 2010 - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments:
The Honourable Thomas M. Wood, a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court Branch, is transferred to the Superior Court of Justice to replace Mr. Justice A.W. Bryant, who was transferred from Newmarket to London. Mr. Justice Wood will continue to sit in Bracebridge. He was first appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court Branch, in 1995.
The Honourable Ronald P. Kaufman, a lawyer with the law firm Walkerhead in Pickering, Ontario, is appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court Branch, to replace Mr. Justice Thomas Wood, whose vacancy in the Family Court Branch in Bracebridge was transferred to Newmarket.
Mr. Justice Kaufman received a Bachelor of Arts from York University in 1973 and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Windsor in 1977. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1979. Prior to his appointment, he practised with Walkerhead (2006 to present), with Murray Stroud Law Office (1981-2005), with Reiter/Schipper (1980 -1981) and with Magerman and Page (1979-1980). During the course of his career, he developed an expertise in family law and divorce, including collaborative family law. He recently qualified as a mediator and arbitrator.
Mr. Justice Kaufman was a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, Durham Region Law Association, the Advocates' Society, as well as the Durham Child Protection Alternate Dispute Resolution Panel. He served as Director of the Collaborative Family Law Association of Durham (2004 to present) and was a panel member of the Office of the Children's Lawyer from 1997 to 2005.
The Honourable A. Duncan Grace, a lawyer with the Miller Thomson LLP in London, Ontario, is appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto to replace Mr. Justice W.B. Trafford, who elected to become a supernumerary judge as of January 27, 2010.
Mr. Justice Grace received a Bachelor of Law from the University of Western Ontario in 1980 and completed a Master of Law at the University of Melbourne in 1990. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1982. Mr. Justice Grace, practised with Miller Thompson from 2006 to the present, with McCarthy Tétrault from 1991 to 2006 and with Harrison Elwood from 1980 to 1991. Over the course of his career, he acquired an extensive experience in the areas of insolvency and commercial law. He also practised financial restructuring, bankruptcy, creditors' rights and related litigation.
Mr. Justice Grace is past-adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario and past senior instructor at the Law Society of Upper Canada, Bar Admission course (1991-2002). He also authored numerous articles on insolvency matters.
In terms of community involvement, Mr. Justice Grace is a past member of the Thames Valley Children's Centre and Community Living London. He was also manager of the North London Hockey Association and London Blue Devils Competitive Teams and coach of several junior hockey teams.
These appointments are effective immediately.
Office of the Minister of Justice
Department of Justice
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