The Honourable William F. Pentney

The Honourable William F. Pentney

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Justice William F. Pentney was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada on November 5, 2012. He first joined the public service in 1991 as General Counsel and Director of Legal Services at the Canadian Human Rights Commission, where he remained until 1999.

From 1999-2006, Justice Pentney held a number of positions within the Department of Justice, including Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for the policy sector, and Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the citizenship, immigration and public safety portfolio. From 2006-2007, he was Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Priorities and Planning) at the Privy Council Office. He later became Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of National Defence. Justice Pentney served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Plans and Consultations) at the Privy Council Office until his appointment as Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada.

Prior to joining the public service, Justice Pentney was a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. He holds a B.A. from Queen's University, in addition to an LL.B. and a master's in public law from the University of Ottawa. Justice Pentney is the author of several books and articles, including the revised edition of Justice W. Tarnopolsky's text Discrimination and the Law in Canada and Human Rights and Freedoms in Canada: Cases, Notes and Materials (with Mark Berlin).

Appointed Justice of the Federal Court, and ex officio member of the Federal Court of Appeal, on June 23, 2017.

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