Mark A.M. Gauthier
Mr. Gauthier received a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Common Law, in 1972 and was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1974. He was engaged in the general practice of law from his call to the Bar until he joined Justice Canada in 1982. Mr. Gauthier practiced maritime law in the Legal Services Unit of Transport Canada as Counsel and as Senior Counsel from 1982 until 2005 and thereafter as the General Counsel of the Maritime Law Secretariat until he retired in June 2011. During his career, he provided general legal services to the marine sector of Transport Canada and, in particular, was responsible for the development of major marine legislative and regulatory initiatives such as the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, and the Marine Liability Act. Mr. Gauthier also represented Canada for many years as Head of Delegation to the Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organization and as Alternate Head of Delegation to the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds. While acting in those positions, he was involved in the negotiation and adoption of several international shipping treaties, many of which were implemented subsequently into Canadian law. Mr. Gauthier is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Maritime Law Association and a Titulary Member of the Comité Maritime International.
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