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Policy Speaker Series: George Thomson - Policy Making and the Law: Confessions of a Government Lawyer

Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Robert Sutherland Hall
Room: 138 Union St., room 202
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Speaker: George Thomson

George Thomson received his B.A. and his LL.B. from Queen’s University, and his LL.M. from the University of California. His career in law and public service began at the University of Western Ontario, where he taught law and became Assistant Dean of the Law School. In 1972, Mr. Thomson was appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for the Province of Ontario.  Subsequently, he was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Community and Social Services, responsible for children’s services. Mr. Thomson returned to the bench, and then, from 1985-1989, he was the Director of Education for the Law Society of Upper Canada and also chaired a provincial committee on social assistance reform.  In 1989, he became Deputy Minister of Citizenship for the Province of Ontario, followed by appointments as Deputy Minister of Labor, and Ontario Deputy Attorney General.  Mr. Thomson was then Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada from 1994-1998.  After a term as Skelton-Clark fellow at Queen’s University, he assumed the position of Executive Director of the National Judicial Institute in 2000. In 2006, he became Senior Director, International Programs for the Institute. He also chaired Ontario’s Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. He has been involved in judicial education projects in more than 12 countries over the past decade.

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