Appointment to the Supreme Court of BC

  • June 04, 2019

This message is from Chief Justice Hinkson:

I am pleased to advise that Elizabeth McDonald has been appointed to our Court effective immediately and will be resident in Vancouver.  

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming The Honourable Madam Justice McDonald.

Christopher E. Hinkson
Chief Justice

From the Department of Justice Canada

The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the new judicial application process introduced 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.

Elizabeth McDonald, Counsel at Justice Canada, is appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Madam Justice McDonald replaces Madam Justice D.J. Dardi, who resigned effective December 31, 2018.


Justice McDonald was born and spent her early years in Seattle, Washington. She lived and studied in Ontario, Alberta, and California, but was mainly raised in Coquitlam, British Columbia. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University in 1995 and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia in 1998. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1999.

Throughout the course of her legal career, Justice McDonald practiced in a wide range of areas—initially as an associate lawyer at Davis & Company in bankruptcy and insolvency and then at Fraser Milner Casgrain in the area of construction law. She joined the Department of Justice Canada in 2002 where, as counsel and senior counsel, she conducted varied and complex commercial, tax, and collections litigation. She co-chaired a national legal committee at the Department of Justice providing advice on litigation across Canada. She has represented clients in all levels of the Courts in British Columbia and the Federal and Tax Courts of Canada, and she has responded to numerous leave applications in the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mentorship has figured prominently throughout Justice McDonald’s career, and she has actively guided and trained junior counsel. Within her community, she has volunteered in numerous capacities, most extensively in early childhood education. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and snowshoeing with her husband and their two teenaged children.