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 Ratification of HNS Protocol

Canada presented its instrument of ratification of the HNS Protocol (Hazardous and Noxious Substances) 2010 at IMO headquarters in London on April 23, 2018. Norway, Turkey and Canada are the first three States to have ratified the Protocol, which will foster the eventual coming into force of the HNS Convention.

 Mark A.M. Gauthier - Appointment

Mark A.M. Gauthier was recently appointed as Deputy Administrator of the Fund for Railway Accidents Involving Designated Goods. Congratulations to Mr. Gauthier, a former Chair of the CMLA's IMO Liaison Committee, and an Honorary Member of the CMLA, on this important appointment.

 Anne Legars - Re-appointment

Anne Legars was recently re-appointed for another five-year term as Administrator of the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund. Congratulations to this distinguished member and former director of the CMLA on her re-appointment to this important position.

 Gillian Grant appointed permanent representative of Canada to the IMO

The CMLA joins in congratulating Gillian Grant, Senior Counsel in Maritime Law at Transport Canada, on her recent appointment as permanent representative of Canada to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, for an initial term of three (3) years. Gillian has long been a CMLA member and Chair of its IMO Liaison Committee. She will be greatly missed at meetings of the Board of Directors, but she will now be able to deploy her considerable talents in a most effective manner, in her new, international posting. All members, directors and officers of the CMLA wish to thank Gillian for her devoted service over the years and wish her every happiness and success in London. At the same time, the Board of Directors is looking forward to working with Gillian's successor at Transport Canada, Joseph Melaschenko.

 Administrator and Deputy Administrator, SOPF and FRAIDG

Applications may now be submitted for two (2) part-time positions, viz.: a) Administrator of the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund (SOPF) and the Fund for Railway Accidents Involving Designated Goods (FRAIDG); and b) Deputy Administrator of the SOPF and FRAIDG Funds. These are part-time, Governor-in-Council appointments, involving no fixed salary or benefits, but providing a per diem allowance, based on the number of days actually worked in the said positions. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 23, 2017, via the Governor in Council Appointments website ( Cover letters should be addressed to the Deputy Secretary of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

 Prothonotary Roger Lafrenière Appointed a Federal Court Justice

It was announced on June 9, 2017 that Prothonotary Roger Lafrenière has been appointed a justice of the Federal Court of Canada. Born in Saint-Boniface, Manitoba, Justice Lafrenière graduated from the University of Manitoba Law School in 1982 and was admitted to the Manitoba Bar in 1983 and to the Ontario Bar in 1996. After working in private practice, then in the federal Department of Justice in Winnipeg and in Treasury Board Legal Services in Ottawa, he was appointed Prothonotary of the Federal Court in the Toronto Local Office in 1999 and since 2003 has been a Prothonotary of the Federal Court. The CMLA, whose members have often had occasion to appear before him, join in extending congratulations and best wishes to Justice Lafrenière, as he assumes his important new functions in the Federal Court of Canada.

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