R. Roy McMurtry, former Ontario Chief Justice and Attorney General and Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, currently serves as the twelfth Chancellor of York University. A Toronto native, McMurtry attended Trinity College at the University of Toronto before graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1958. After working as a trial lawyer for 17 years, McMurtry was elected to the Ontario Legislature and was appointed Attorney General in 1975. He left office in 1985 to become Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. In 1996, he was appointed Chief Justice of Ontario after serving as the Chief of the Superior Court of Justice. During his career, he has been involved in constitutional reform, the promotion of multiculturalism and bilingualism in the courts, and been a leader on same sex marriage issues. Among his many achievements, McMurtry founded Pro Bono Access Ontario as well as the Osgoode Society, which is dedicated to the writing of Canadian legal history. In recognition of his work, McMurtry has received numerous awards and honors, including Osgoode Hall Law School’s Alumni Award of Excellence, the President of the Bar Association’s Award of Merit, and an honorary degree form York University. He was invested into the Order of Ontario in 2008 and as an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2010.
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