Webinar to host first Fil-Canadian justices, June 1
Canada’s first Filipino Canadian justices will be guest panelists at a webinar marking Filipino Heritage Month.
Joining a panel discussion are Justices Steve A. Coroza of the Ontario Court of Appeal, L. Bernette Ho of the Alberta Court of Appeal and Gail Gatchalian of the Nova Scotia Superior Court of Justice.
The free webinar is being hosted by the Filipino Canadian Lawyers Network ( FCLN) on June 1, Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. EDT.
Justice Steve A. Coroza was appointed as Justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario on April 6, 2020. A son of Filipino immigrants, he is the first and only Canadian Filipino appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal. He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1997. He also received a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2003.
The Honourable Justice Ho emigrated from the Philippines to Canada with her parents when she was six months old. She completed all of her early education in Cochrane, Alberta and earned a B.A. (Honours) in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary in 1992. Justice Ho completed her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta in 1995) and was called to the Bar of Alberta in 1996. She was appointed as Justice on August 6, 2021.
Lawyer Gail L. Gatchalian was appointed Justice with the Superior Court of Nova Scotia in April 2021. Justice Gatchalian, who immigrated from the Philippines, is the first female Canadian Filipino to be appointed to a provincial Supreme Court. Gatchalian graduated from Dalhousie University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto in 1996. With a Queen’s Counsel(Q.C.) designation, she specialized in labor, employment, human rights and constitutional law for over 20 years.
The Filipino Canadian Lawyers Network( FCLN) is an Ottawa-based national not-for-profit organization established last year in Ottawa and registered with Corporations Canada on May 19, 2021.
Interested parties are requested to contact 613-566-7045 or email: [email protected] or register through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fcln-rapc-a-celebration-of-filipino-heritage-month-2022-tickets-342411089787.