The Honourable Peter George Pamel
Justice Panagiotis (Peter) Pamel was appointed to the Federal Court on May 2, 2019. Prior to his appointment, Justice Pamel was one of the leading admiralty lawyers in Canada, and acted as counsel to numerous Canadian and international shipowners, ship operators, and other key marine stakeholders. He advised clients in such areas as casualty and environmental response, marine operations, regulatory compliance, contracts of affreightment, vessel sale and finance, contractual disputes, statutory prosecutions, marine insurance, salvage and general average.
Justice Pamel served as Chair of the Arctic Issues Committee of the Canadian Maritime Law Association and has appeared throughout his career before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court representing clients in several landmark cases in the area of maritime law. During his career, Justice Pamel was a regular speaker at major marine and arctic shipping conferences, and co-authored scholarly works on issues relating to Arctic navigation and maritime law.
After completing his Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from Concordia University, Justice Pamel obtained Bachelors of Civil and Common Law from McGill University, from where he then joined McMaster Meighen (a predecessor firm of Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG)) in 1988. Apart from a short stint in industry, Justice Pamel remained and practiced within the Shipping Law Group at BLG in Montréal for over 30 years. Justice Pamel was founder and initial Chair of BLG’s Team North, a practice group designed to provide legal advice to both the public and private sectors in Northern Canada.
Justice Pamel was a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation / McGill University Health Centre Foundation until 2018, and continues to actively support numerous charities in the Montréal area.