The Nominating Committee of the Committee Maritime International (CMI), chaired by Madam Justice Johanne Gauthier of the Federal Court of Appeal, in its Report of March 21, 2016, has nominated John G. O'Connor of Canada to fill the current vacant position as Executive Councillor on the CMI's Executive Council.
It is significant that the nomination was supported by 12 of the 26 national maritime law associations that responded to the Nominating Committeeâ€™s letter soliciting NMLA views on the three candidates proposed to fill the vacancy concerned -- a larger number of NMLAs than supported either of the other two candidates.
The letter from the Chair of the Nominating Committee further notes that John has contributed to the work of the CMI for many years, that he has expertise in both civil law and common law, as well as fluency in both French and English, and that his election would also be acceptable in terms of balanced geographical representation.
John must still be elected as Executive Councillor by the General Assembly of the CMI at its meetings to be held in New York City in May next, but his nomination by the Nominating Committee reflects well, not only on him as a person and a jurist, but on Canada and the whole of the CMLA, of which he is the Immediate Past President.
Please join in congratulating John O'Connor on his nomination and in wishing him a speedy confirmation in his position on the Executive Council when the matter is considered by the CMI's General Assembly in New York in May.
Robert C. Wilkins