On May 13, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced that Emily Burke, a lawyer with Emily Burke Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Services, has been appointed a judge of the BC Supreme Court (Vancouver). Madam Justice Burke was elevated to fill a pool position created by An Act to Amend the Judges Act (S.C. 2008).
Madam Justice Burke obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in 1982 and was called to the BC Bar in 1982. She acquired her designation as a mediator and arbitrator from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2011. She has also completed the Harvard Law School Mediation Training and various other courses in advanced mediation, arbitration and dispute resolution.
Madam Justice Burke practised with Emily Burke Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Services from 1995 to 2014. Madam Justice Burke’s primary areas of practice were arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution. She served as a part-time member of the Public Service Labour Relations Board from 2013, was vice-chair of the BC Labour Relations Board from 1990 to 1999 and acted as Registrar in 1996. Madam Justice Burke is also a lecturer and author on labour relations.
Further, Madam Justice Burke has been a member of the Joint Advisory for the Collective Agreement Arbitration Bureau since 2004 and the National Academy of Arbitrators since 2006.
Her appointment was effective as of May 13, 2014.