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Welcome to the website of the Canadian Maritime Law Association. Members of the public are invited to browse the public parts of our website to learn about us. If you have an interest in Canadian maritime law and are not already a member of CMLA, please apply for membership.

If you are a member of CMLA, it is recommended that you proceed directly to the Members Only section which contains additional News and Events relevant to members as well as the full database of CMLA reports and AGM documents. CMLA members may retrieve their passwords here.



 CMLA Submissions re: Canada Transportation Act Review

The CMLA has filed a submission with the Canada Transportation Act Review Secretariat to address its mandate whether adjustments to the current transportation legislative and policy framework are required to support Canada’s international competitiveness, trade interests, and economic growth and prosperity. Click the hyperlink below to view the submission.

 Death of Professor William Tetley, C.M., Q.C.

Professor William Tetley, distinguished jurist, statesman and teacher and author in the field of Canadian and international maritime law and the conflict of laws, an Honorary Life Member of the CMLA, and a personal friend of so many people around the world, died peacefully on July 1st, 2014, at the long-term care residence in Montreal where he has been for some months. Visitation will take place at the Urgel Bourgie Funeral Home, 1255 Beaumont Street, Town of Mount Royal, Quebec, on Monday, July 7, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter's Anglican Church, 900 Laird Boulevard, Town of Mount Royal, Quebec. Letters of sympathy to the family may be sent to his widow, Rosslyn, at 1935 Graham Boulevard, Unit 527, Town of Mount Royal, Quebec H3R 1R1. Professor Tetley was a giant in the field of admiralty and maritime law, whose teaching and publications were respected internationally. As a former Quebec cabinet minister, he was also a great and passionate Canadian, whose passing from this world on Canada Day seems fitting. He was also a warm and personable man, a loving husband, father and grandfather, and a true Christian, whom generations of colleagues and students regarded as a friend, advisor and supporter. He will be deeply missed by a legion of admirers around the world. May he rest in peace.

 Hon. George R. Strathy becomes Chief Justice of Ontario

As of June 13, 2014, the Honourable George R. Strathy has been appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, replacing Mr. Justice W. Winkler who retired effective December 10, 2013. Justice Strathy has been on Ontario Court of Appeal since April 2013 and formerly served for five years as a justice of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario for the Toronto region. Justice Strathy was a long-time active member, director and Regional Vice-President (Central) of the CMLA. He was also active in the Canadian Bar Association and a member of the Association of Average Adjusters of Canada. He authored two major maritime law books, The Law and Practice of General Average in Canada (1995) and (with C. Moore), The Law and Practice of Marine Insurance in Canada (2003). Prior to his appointment to the Bench, Justice Strathy practiced with Strathy and Isaacs in Toronto, specializing in civil litigation, especially in the fields of maritime and transportation law. He has also practised with the firms of MacKinnon, McTaggart; Campbell Godfrey and Lewtas, as well as Fasken Martineau Walker All members of the CMLA join in congratulating Chief Justice Strathy on this appointment as and wish him well in discharging his important functions.

 New Logo

The Board of Directors of CMLA approved a new logo for the association at the Board of Directors meeting held on 18 January 2013. Many thanks to Eric Machum of Metcalf & Company, Halifax who refined the design of the new logo. The logo appears on various pages on this site and you can see a large version at the link below.

 CMLA History 1951-2000

In 2001 the late John A. Cantello, a former Secretary-Treasurer of CMLA, prepared a booklet entitled A History of the Canadian Maritime Law Association, 1951-2000. This valuable booklet was distributed to members at the time of its printing but few copies now remain readily available. To ensure the preservation of this booklet, Peter Cullen, a former President of CMLA, has obtained a digital copy which is now on the website and can be downloaded from the hyperlink below.

 Recent Web Site Changes

We continue to try to improve our communication with members via this website. In addition to numerous cosmetic changes, we have made the following substantive changes:
  • added a page for each of the major committees of CMLA. The pages can be accessed from the Committees Page or under the Members Only Menu.These committee pages will be further developed over time;
  • added a full site map, the link for which is in the header of every page;
  • added a link in all Members List tables to a popup of the full contact and membership details of the chosen member. You can view the committees of which you are a member via this link.You can also now view your full membership details at the Change Address Page; and
  • added the ability to sort and view members by Province or State.

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