The Honourable Justice Stephen Goudge is the President of POGO’s Board of Directors.
On January 20, 2016, Justice Goudge was invested into the Order of Ontario by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario.
Justice Goudge is a highly respected member of Canada’s legal community and currently serves as Counsel with Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP. He was appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal of Ontario in 1996 and held that position until April 2014. Justice Goudge was a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada from 1991 to 1996 and has chaired its Equity of Access to Legal Education and Practice Committee, its Legal Aid Committee and its Government Relations Committee. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1995 and has been active in the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He is also a member of the Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee on Professional Responsibility, the Civil Rules Committee, and the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario. In 2007 Justice Goudge was appointed to conduct an inquiry into pediatric forensic pathology in Ontario, which required the examination of expert medical and scientific information in the consideration of the science of pediatric forensic pathology.
Justice Goudge graduated in law from the University of Toronto in 1968, was called to the bar of Ontario in 1970, and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1982. Until he was appointed to the bench, he practiced general litigation, including civil and commercial, administrative, labour and charter litigation with the firm of Gowlings.