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Jan. 27 Call to the Bar – Toronto

January 27, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Jan. 27 Call to the Bar

An honorary LLD will be presented to Thomas G. Heintzman O.C., Q.C. at the January 27 Call to the Bar ceremony in Toronto.

Licensing candidates and their guests are invited to share photos and congratulatory messages from the ceremony on social media using the hashtag #lawyered.

About Thomas G. Heintzman

Thomas G. Heintzman

Thomas G. Heintzman, O.C., Q.C., was educated at Harvard University (1962, BA cum laude in economics), Osgoode Hall Law School (1966, LLB) and the University of London (1967, LLB). He was called to the Bars of Ontario and Newfoundland in 1968 and 1977. Mr. Heintzman was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1980.


From his call to the Bar in 1968 until 2012, Mr. Heintzman practised as a trial and appellate counsel with the law firm of McCarthy Tétrault. He appeared as counsel in trials, appeals and arbitrations in Ontario, Newfoundland, Manitoba, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He appeared many times in the Federal Court of Appeal, and 19 times before the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Heintzman specialized in disputes relating to corporate commercial matters, government contracts, telecommunications, securities and shareholder rights, construction, franchise and environmental law.

Since 2012, he has acted as an independent arbitrator and mediator. He has arbitrated and mediated disputes relating to a wide variety of subject matters, including insurance, construction law, corporate law and oppression remedies, class actions, franchises, leasehold disputes and claims against financial advisors, lawyers and real estate agents.

He retired from the Bar of Newfoundland in 2012. He remains a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Bencher, teacher, author

Mr. Heintzman served as a bencher of the Law Society for eight years (2003-11). In that capacity, he was the chair of the Governance Task Force, which, in 2009, brought forth a number of governance reforms that were adopted by the Law Society.

From 1989-90, he was the president of the Ontario Bar Association (then known as the Canadian Bar Association – Ontario). He then served on the National Executive of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA; 1991-96) and was CBA president (1994-95). Under his presidency, the CBA established the Systems of Civil Justice Task Force, which in 1996 delivered far-reaching proposals to reform the civil justice system in Canada. In 1999, the CBA conferred the President’s Award on Mr. Heintzman. In 2008, Mr. Heintzman received the Ontario Bar Association Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation.

Mr. Heintzman has been active in initiating, and teaching, professional education programs for law students and lawyers, including the first law student trial advocacy programs in Canada, at Osgoode Hall Law School (1977). He has taught in most of Osgoode’s summer Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshops for young trial lawyers. In 2013, he started a course on Advanced Contract Issues at the University of Western Ontario Law School and still teaches one session of that course. In 2015, he taught a week-long intensive course on Alternative Dispute Resolution: Practice and Theory at Western Law School.

Mr. Heintzman has also delivered lectures and papers at many professional development courses for lawyers on subjects relating to civil procedure, trial practice, securities and corporate law and construction law.

He is the author of Heintzman & Goldsmith on Canadian Building Contracts (5th edition), which provides an analysis of the law of building contracts in Canada. It has been cited in over 180 judicial decisions.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Heintzman is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and is a past chair of the Toronto Chapter of CIArb. In addition, Mr. Heintzman is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, The Advocates’ Society, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, ADR Institute of Ontario and the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society.

He is a past director of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and Alliance Française (Toronto). He is a past Trustee of the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School and Youtheatre Ontario, past chairman of the Upper Canada College Association and the Upper Canada College Foundation, past Governor of Upper Canada College and past president of the Harvard Club of Toronto.

In 1998, Mr. Heintzman was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.



January 27, 2017
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe St.
Toronto, Ont. M5J 2H5