Chair of the Canadian Firearm Advisory Committee

The Honourable John C. Major, C.C., Q.C.

The Honourable John C. Major, C.C., Q.C.

The Honourable John C. Major, C.C., Q.C.

The Honourable John C. (Jack) Major is a retired Supreme Court of Canada judge who has helped shape the legal landscape in Canada through his years as a lawyer, judge and now as counsel at Bennett Jones Calgary. In 1967, he became a litigation partner at Bennett Jones and practiced actively at the firm for 34 years. He was involved in several Supreme Court of Canada cases that brought about changes in local, provincial and federal policies and legislation. He also served as counsel to the Canadian Medical Protective Association (Alberta); counsel for the City of Calgary Police Service; counsel at the CCB and Northland Bank (Estey Commission) and was counsel for the Province of Alberta at the Code Inquiry into the collapse of Principal Group of Companies, 1987.

On July 11, 1991, the Honourable Jack Major was appointed to the Alberta Court of Appeal. The following year, on November 13, 1992, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. During his time with the Supreme Court of Canada, he presided over approximately 1000 cases on matters ranging from assisted suicide, to the death penalty, to Quebec separation.

In March 2006 to 2012, he was appointed to the Alberta Securities Commission as an independent member. In May 2006, he was appointed as commissioner to conduct an inquiry into the investigation of the bombing of Air India Flight 182. The Report was released in January 2010.  In 2011 he was retained by the Province of Alberta to conduct a review and report on compensation to elected members of the Province of Alberta. Such written report was released in May 2012.

The Honourable Jack Major is a member of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice and the Canadian Judges Conference. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1972, and was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in July 2008.

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