Brief Biographical Note of Justice Eileen E. Gillese

Justice Eileen E. Gillese was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2002, after serving as a Superior Court Justice from 1999-2002. Prior to her judicial appointments, she was Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law, where she taught trusts, pensions, property, administrative law, and legal research and writing (1983-99). Justice Gillese holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Commerce from the University of Alberta and undergraduate and graduate law degrees from Oxford University, England, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, she is married to Robert Badun and has four children.

Justice Gillese served on the Pension Commission of Ontario from 1988-96 (Chair 1994-96). She was Chair of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and the Financial Services Tribunal of Ontario (1998-99). She practised law with McCarthy Tétrault in London, Ontario (1989-91) and with Reynolds, Mirth and Coté in Edmonton, Alberta (1980-83). Justice Gillese has published widely in the trusts and pension fields, and she is a member of the Bars of Alberta (1981) and Ontario (1988).

Justice Gillese was awarded the inaugural OBA Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Pensions & Benefits Law Law in 2009, named a Leading Educator of the World in 2008, one of Canada’s top 100 women in 2006, and a Globe and Mail Nation Builder in 2003 (joint award winner). In 2001, she received an honourary degree (LLD) from the Law Society of Upper Canada, and in 1997 she was named one of the “20 Most Influential Canadians in the Pension Field”. Her teaching awards include: the Edward Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Western Ontario (1992); the (inaugural) National 3M Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching (1987); and the Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Legal Society, Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario (1986 (inaugural) and 1995).

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