Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae


Born: Montreal October 3, 1941

Languages spoken: English and French



McGill University B.C.L. (1965)

Bishop’s University B.A. (1962)

Malvern College Malvern, Worcs., U.K. (1959)
Oxford and Cambridge A-Levels,
English with distinction

Stouts Hill
Preparatory School Dursley, Glos., U.K. (1955)



Marler & Associates, Senior & Managing Partner (1995-2017)

Marler, Sproule, Castonguay, Senior & Managing Partner (1980 – 1994)

Chauvin, Marler, Baudry, Partner (1973 – 1979)

McMaster, Meighen,  Associate Lawyer (1967 – 1973)



Governmental Appointments

1973: Appointed by the Minister of Transport to advise, recommend and draft regulations to govern the Laurentian Pilotage Authority (the Authority controlling the navigable waters of the St. Lawrence River below the St. Lambert Lock) these being the regulations which still govern the sector in question.

1975: Appointed by the Minister of Transport to inquire into the circumstances of the collision between the American flag motor-vessel Steelton and Bridge 12 on the Welland Canal, which collision caused the destruction of the bridge and the temporary closure of the Canal.

Pilotage Commissions

1990: Commissioned by the Laurentian Pilotage Authority to advise it in respect to the pedagogical soundness of the exams which it sets to grant certification to pilots.

Landmark Legal Decisions

Pleaded before the Supreme Court of Canada the three cases (“Buenos Aires Maru”, 1986, “Chartwell”, 1989, and “Monk”, 1991, known informally as “the trilogy”) which define the constitutional and legal parameters of Canadian maritime law, the degree to which that law is federal or provincial, the jurisdiction of the Federal Court of Canada in maritime matters, and the validity of non-responsibility and restrictive liability clauses in contracts pertaining to the carriage of goods by sea.



Martindale-Hubbell (inter alia a peer rating legal directory) AV rating.

(AV is the highest rating: it signifies legal abilities of the highest standard and professional ethics above question; held by less than 4% of all attorneys in North America.)



The Validity of Pre-Loading and After-Discharge Loss Immunity Clauses as Found Within Port-to-Port Ocean Bills of Lading, Meredith Memorial Lecture Series, McGill University, 1986

A variety of articles to maritime industry journals relating to maritime law.



Course lecturer in maritime law to The Shipping Federation of Canada (Concordia University)

Course lecturer in Business Law & Ethics, Faculty of Commerce & Administration, Concordia University

Course lecturer in International Trade Law, Dept. Cont. Education, Concordia University

Course lecturer in Starting Your Own Business, Dept. Cont. Education, Concordia University

Course lecturer in Concepts of Business Law, Dept. Cont. Education, Concordia University

Course lecturer in maritime law to the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association

Course lecturer in maritime law to the Insurance Institute of Canada

Guest lecturer in maritime law to the Faculty of Law, McGill University

Guest lecturer to the Toronto Marine Loss Group of the Canadian Board of the Marine Underwriters



Member of the Bars of Montreal and Quebec.

Associate Member and previous Director of the Canadian Maritime Law Association.

Past-Chairman of the Association of Average Adjusters of Canada.

President (1973-1975) of Quebec Division of Maritime Section of the Canadian Bar Association.



R.C.A.F. (1963)

Academic & Quasi-Academic:

Corporation of Bishop’s University
(1976-1979) Appointed Trustee – 3 year term
(1976-1978) Appointed to Executive Committee of Corporation
(1979-1981) Appointed Chairman of Executive Committee of Corporation
(1982-1985) Appointed Trustee – 3 year term
(1986-1989) Appointed Trustee – 3 year term
(1989-1992) Appointed Trustee – 3 year term
(1992-1995) Appointed Trustee – 3 year term


Festival Lennoxville
Director (1978-1982)
Responsible for the financial and leasing relationship between
this theatre company and Bishop’s University.


Morgan Arboretum Association
Member (1972-1990)
Director (1980-1984)
President (1984-1990)
As President, responsible for the direction and management of McGill’s 450-acre woodlot management preserve in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.


Sedbergh School
Trustee (1985-1987)
Responsible for liaison between this private co-educational residential school and the parents.



Municipality of Lac Tremblant Nord
Councillor (1970-1972)
Secretary-Treasurer (1972-1974)
As Secretary-Treasurer, responsible for the management of this Quebec municipality; drafted the building, zoning and environmental by-laws which have preserved Lac Tremblant and which by-laws have become a standard of lake-environmental protection in the Province of Quebec.


Lac Tremblant Property Owners Association
Director & President (1975-1980)
Drafted by-laws of this Association, which protects the Lac Tremblant environment.


Canadian Ski Marathon Inc.
Vice-President (1974-1975)
Part of the initiative which developed the Marathon into a mass appeal, annual family event enrolling at its peak in excess of 4000 participants; responsible for the transportation and housing of the participants as well as the preparation of the trails in the eastern sector (Lachute -Montebello).


Harwood Horse Trials
Organizer (1986-88)
Took over the organization of this high-profile equestrian event, setting a standard of safety for the horse and rider, and a standard of enjoyment for the spectator.


Canadian Pony Club
District Commissioner (1980-84)
Treasurer (1985)
Responsible for the organization of one of the districts of the CPC, which is dedicated to the development of youth in the equestrian world.


The Mount Royal Cemetery Company
Director (1993-2000)
Responsible for the direction of the assets and operations of the institution.


Orleans Fish and Game Club
Member (1976- )
President (1986-97) (1999-2012)
As President, responsible for the staffing, maintenance and preservation of a fly-fishing club north of Quebec City.


The 20 Club
Member (1986-1992)
Secretary-Treasurer (1988)
Vice-President (1989)
President (1990)
A bi-monthly meeting of leaders of Montreal’s academic, industrial and professional community; topics discussed set within the context of a formal debate.


Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal
Corporate fund-raiser, 1994 annual performance Handel’s Messiah


University Club of Montreal
Member (1992-2012)


Royal Montreal Curling Club
Member (1996-2003)


Knowlton Golf Club
Member (2004-2009)


Brome Lake Chamber of Commerce
Director (2004-2007)


Butters Foundation
Member (2005-2012)


Brome Lake Land Foundation Inc.
President (2009-2012)
Member (2005-2012)


Les Amis de Massey-Vanier
President (2007-2011)
An organization that raises funds through a golf tournament and other activities in aid of the local high school.



Choral singing, reading (particularly but not exclusively history and biographies), curling, sailing, gardening, canoeing, camping and fly-fishing.

Countries Lived In:


Great Britain