On May 6, 2019, the Hon. David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the appointment of Peter Pamel, partner in the Montreal office of Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP, as a judge of the Federal Court of Canada and a judge ex officio of the Federal Court of Appeal, replacing Mr. Justice M.M.J. Shore, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective March 21, 2018. Peter Pamel obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from Concordia University in 1983 and graduated from the Faculty of Law of McGill ... University, with civil and common law degrees, in 1987. Admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1988, he joined McMaster Meighen, a predecessor firm of Borden Ladner Gervais ("BLG"), and has practised maritime law for over 30 years, as well as working for a short time in the shipping industry. Peter has served as counsel to numerous Canadian and international marine stakeholders, dealing with all aspects of admiralty law and marine insurance. A longtime member of the CMLA, Justice Pamel was a founding member of BLG's Team North and head of its maritime law section.
He is also past chair of the CMLA's Arctic Issues Committee. He has spoken at, and chaired, conferences on Arctic navigation issues around the world. He also contributed to the second edition of "Canadian Maritime Law" and is the author of numerous articles on maritime law and Arctic navigation. All CMLA members join in transmitting hearty congratulations to Mr. Justice Pamel on his well-deserved appointment to the Bench, as well as best wishes for success and happiness as he assumes the challenging responsibilities of a judge in Canada's Federal Court.