She was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 2014
Ontario Superior Court Justice Catrina Braid has joined Toronto Metropolitan University’s Lincoln Alexander School of Law as a judge in residence for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Catrina Braid was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 2014. She presides in Kitchener, hearing criminal, civil and family cases. Braid is one of the founding committee members of the Braiding Diversity in Justice program, which is held in collaboration with the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN). The program aims to inspire marginalized and racialized young women between the ages of 16 and 20 to pursue careers in the legal sector.
Before her appointment to the bench, Braid was a lawyer with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, where she has served as senior counsel and team leader since 2005. She also worked as legal counsel on the major case team, superior court team, and appellate counsel with the Department of Justice’s federal prosecution service from 2000 to 2004.
Braid was also an associate with Hobson, Taylor in Waterloo from 1996 to 2000. She had been a co-op program mentor for the Law Society of Upper Canada Equity and Diversity Mentorship Program since 2001. She has provided training to the Waterloo Regional Police about informants and search issues since 2005.
As a judge in residence, Braid will examine training programs that offer judges or law students an opportunity to be on the land in Indigenous communities. In September, she will attend two law school Anishinaabe camps in Ontario.
Later in the fall, Braid plans to travel to Australia and New Zealand to attend Indigenous camps for judges. Braid’s plans include efforts to collaborate with the National Judicial Institute to create a similar program for judges in Canada.
In her new role at Lincoln Alexander School of Law, Braid says she looks forward to connecting with law students, teaching advocacy as a guest lecturer, and providing feedback for moot practice sessions at the law school.