Ontario Superior Court of Justice welcomes new judges Colin Stevenson and Gilead Kay

Stevenson was appointed to the court in Toronto, while Kay will sit at Oshawa Family Court

Ontario Superior Court of Justice welcomes new judges Colin Stevenson and Gilead Kay

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Arif Virani, has announced the appointment of Colin P. Stevenson and Gilead Kay to the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario.

Colin P. Stevenson, previously the founding partner at Stevenson Whelton LLP in Toronto, has been appointed as a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. He steps into the role following Justice A.M. Pollak, who chose supernumerary status effective February 20, 2023. Stevenson's career has been marked by contributions to commercial and administrative litigation and active engagement within the legal community, including serving as President of the Ontario Bar Association from 2019 to 2020.

Born in Northern Ireland, Stevenson pursued his academic journey at Trinity College, Dublin, and furthered his legal education with an LL.M from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983. His experience includes teaching law at University College, Cork, and a sabbatical as a visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in 1985. Stevenson was called to the Ontario bar in 1988.

Gilead Kay, a seasoned family law practitioner from North York, has been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court in Oshawa. This appointment fills a vacancy authorized by the Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1 (Newmarket – Family Court). Kay brings over 25 years of experience in family law, including extensive involvement in child protection cases and appearances before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Kay’s academic credentials include a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, obtained after completing his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto. His career began as counsel for the Family Responsibility Office (FRO), and he has since gained experience as a mediator, arbitrator, and parenting coordinator in family law.

He has also been a member of the panel of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer Personal Rights Division for the past 15 years. Kay was also a regular presenter at continuing professional development programs and a guest lecturer at various Osgoode Hall Law School events.

Minister Virani expressed his best wishes to Justices Stevenson and Kay in their new roles, stating, “I wish Justices Stevenson and Kay every success as they take on their new roles. I am confident they will serve the people of Ontario well as members of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario.”

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