Five lawyers were appointed to the Order of Canada last week, in a milestone year marking Canada’s 150th birthday and the order’s 50th anniversary.
On Dec. 30, Governor General of Canada David Johnston announced the 100 new appointments, saying in a news release all Canadians should be inspired by the accomplishments of their fellow countrymen and women and “use this occasion to build a smarter and more caring country in which every individual can succeed to the greatest extent possible.”
Retired Supreme Court justice Morris Fish was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada for his “eminent service” as a jurist, particularly on the SCC bench from 2003-13. A law graduate from McGill University, Fish practiced mostly in Quebec — though he was called to the bars of Prince Edward Island and Alberta as well — and also lectured at various Canadian law schools including holding the post of adjunct professor at his alma mater and teaching at the University of Ottawa and the Université de Montréal. His focus in practice and in his teaching was criminal law.