The Honourable Gloria Epstein, K.C. has 45 years of experience in the Canadian legal industry – as a lawyer, a trial judge, an appellate judge, and in leading complex government reviews. In July of 2021, Judge Epstein received her Mediator Accreditation from the London School of Mediation, recognized by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a member of Arbitration Place as an arbitrator and mediator.
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The Honourable Gloria Epstein, K.C. has 45 years of experience in the Canadian legal industry – as a lawyer, a trial judge, an appellate judge, and in leading complex government reviews.
Judge Epstein graduated from Queen’s University in 1972 with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce. From Queens she went to an island in Northern Ontario where, for two years, she owned and ran a fishing camp before moving to Toronto to study law at the University of Toronto. After obtaining her L.L.B. in 1977, Judge Epstein practised civil litigation at two large Toronto law firms until 1985, when she started her own firm - one of the first Toronto law firms to be led by a woman.
In 1993, she was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. While a trial judge, the Premier of Ontario appointed Judge Epstein to review the government’s involvement in the lives of the Dionne Quintuplets.
In 2007, Judge Epstein accepted an appointment to the Court of Appeal for Ontario, where, for 11 years she wrote and otherwise participated in the determination of appeals covering a wide range of topics including contract and tort law, commercial, real estate, condominium, environmental and franchise law.
In 2018, she retired from the Court of Appeal to accept the Toronto Police Services Board’s invitation to lead the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Persons Investigations, a review prompted by the disappearances of a number of people connected with Toronto’s Gay Village, many of whom were found to have been murdered by Bruce McArthur. Released in April 2021, Judge Epstein’s Report was received with universal acclaim. Significantly, the Chief of the Toronto Police Service has publicly committed to implementing all of the Report’s 151 Recommendations.
Judge Epstein’s many community contributions include her having founded the McMurtry Gardens of Justice, being Co-Chair of the Ontario Justice Education Network, and serving as a Director of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She is currently a member of the Pathways to Education National Board of Directors, the Sinai Health Foundation Board of Directors, and the Smith School of Business Advisory Board.
In 2007, Judge Epstein received a University of Toronto Arbor Award for volunteerism, and in 2013 she received a YWCA Women of Distinction Award. Judge Epstein has been further honoured by having bestowed upon her three honorary Doctor of Laws - the first by the Law Society in 2019, the second in 2022 by the University of Toronto, and the third by Queens University in 2023.
In July of 2021, Judge Epstein received her Mediator Accreditation from the London School of Mediation, recognized by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Judge Epstein is a member of Arbitration Place as an arbitrator and mediator.