Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces judicial appointment in province of Ontario 29 November

Department of Justice Canada

The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the judicial application process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit, and the diversity of the Canadian population, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Linda A. McKenzie, a sole practitioner in St. Catharines, is appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, Family Court Branch, in Welland. Justice McKenzie replaces Justice T. Maddalena (Welland), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective July 4, 2022.

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“I wish Justice McKenzie every success as she takes on her new role. I am confident she will serve Ontarians well as a member of the Superior Court of Justice.”

-The Hon. David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Biography

Justice Linda A. McKenzie was born in Montreal and raised in the small town of Rosemere, Quebec. She lived for several years in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she attended Memorial University of Newfoundland for two years. She returned to Montreal and graduated from Concordia University in 1985 with a degree in communications. She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1988 and was called to the bar in 1990.

Justice McKenzie has spent her entire legal career practising family law. She initially worked at Morgan, Dilts & Toppari before setting up practice with her husband, John. After taking two years off work when her children were young, she became in-house counsel with the Children’s Aid Society of Niagara for a year. She then went back into private practice and began the most fulfilling part of her career, as a panel member with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.

Justice McKenzie has been an active member of her community. She was a member of the board of the Niagara Area Business Women’s Network and the Business and Professional Women’s Club of St. Catharines. She participated in many fundraising activities and was a speaker at many Lincoln County Law Association conferences, as well as serving on the board of the Association for several years.

Justice McKenzie lives in the Niagara Region with her husband and their two very active children. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, biking, hiking and curling. She enjoys planning get-togethers, both small and large, with family and friends.

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