Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sidney LindenAlumnus Sidney B. Linden, LLB 1964, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, one of 113 new appointments announced today by the Governor General of Canada. A lawyer and former justice, he was named in recognition of his many contributions to public administration and to the administration of justice in Ontario.

He was the first Police Complaints commissioner for metro Toronto, chair of the Police Complaints Board, and director of the Canadian Auto Workers Prepaid Legal Services Plan, the first privately funded national, prepaid legal service plan in Canada. In 1987, he was appointed Ontario's first Information and Privacy commissioner.

He became Chief Justice of the newly reorganized Ontario Court of Justice (provincial division) in April 1990. During this period, he co-chaired the Ontario Judicial Council and was a board member of the National Judicial Institute. He served as commissioner of the Ipperwash Public Inquiry from 2004 to 2007.

Legal Aid Ontario created the Sidney B. Linden Award, named after its first board chair, to “honour exceptional individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to helping low-income people, and who have given their time and expertise towards ensuring access to justice in Ontario.”

Linden was also recognized by the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice with a Justice Award. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctor of laws by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest civilian honours. Established in 1967 during Canada’s centennial year, it recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 49 years, more than 6, 500 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

The Faculty of Law congratulates the Hon. Sidney Linden on this notable honour.