Appointment to the Supreme Court of BC

  • June 15, 2018

From Chief Justice Hinkson:

I am pleased to advise that Geoffrey B. Gomery, Q.C. has been appointed to the Supreme Court effective immediately and will be resident in Vancouver. 

Please join me in congratulating The Honourable Mr. Justice Gomery.

Christopher E. Hinkson
Chief Justice

From the Department of Justice Canada

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Geoffrey B. Gomery, Q.C., a partner at Nathanson Schachter & Thompson is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver. He replaces Mr. Justice B.M. Greyell, who retired effective November 24, 2017.

Biography

Justice Geoffrey Gomery was born in Montreal, and raised in Montreal and Halifax. Upon receiving his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1983, he moved to Vancouver, where he articled and later practised law with Davis & Company. He was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1984. He joined Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP in 1990 and became a partner in 1992. In 2005, he took a leave of absence from his firm to pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University, graduating with a Bachelor of Civil Law. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010 and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2018.

Justice Gomery’s practice focused on commercial and administrative litigation, including class actions, pension litigation, commercial arbitration, professional discipline, shareholder disputes and securities matters. He has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, before the courts of four other provinces, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Since 2012, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, teaching a course he created on the law of restitution. In addition, he has taught more than 30 continuing legal education courses, as well as chaired continuing legal education programs on restitution. He has also served as an instructor in the trial advocacy course at the UBC law school.

Justice Gomery’s volunteer activities have included clinic work for the Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia, serving as an officer of the Canadian Hostelling Association (British Columbia Region), and acting in various roles with the Unitarian Church of Vancouver.

Justice Gomery is married to artist Louise Bunn. They have two grown children and recently acquired an Australian Shepherd puppy. He bicycles to work and has been learning to play the violin since 2001.