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Chief Justice of Canada

Brian Dickson was chief justice of Canada. Bar: Manitoba 1940, created Queen's counsel 1953; privy counselor, companion Order of Canada.


Dickson, Brian was born on May 25, 1916 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada. Son of Thomas and Sarah Elizabeth (Gibson) Dickson.


Bachelor of Laws, University Manitoba, 1938. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Manitoba, 1973. DCnL (honorary), St. John's College, 1965.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Manitoba, 1973. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Saskatchewan, 1978. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Ottawa, 1979.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Queen's University, 1980. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Dalhousie University, 1983. Doctor of Laws (honorary), York University, 1985.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University British Columbia, 1986. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Toronto, 1986. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Laurentian University, 1986.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Yeshiva University, 1987. Doctor of Laws (honorary), McGill University, 1987. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Carleton University, 1988.

Data Control Language (honorary), University Windsor, 1988. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Mount Allison University, 1989. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Brock, 1990.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Winnipeg, 1991. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Law Society Upper Canada, 1993. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Victoria, 1993.

Data Control Language (honorary), University Western Ontario, 1992. Data Control Language (honorary), University Victoria, 1993.


Member firm, Aikins, MacAulay & Company, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1945-1963;judge, Court of Queen's Bench of Man, 1963-1967;judge, Court of Appeal for Manitoba, 1967-1973;justice, Supreme Court of the Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 1973-1984;chief justice, Supreme Court of the Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 1984-1990. Honorary professor of University Manitoba, 1985.


  • Bar: Manitoba 1940, created Queen's counsel 1953. Privy counselor, companion Order of Canada.


Chancellor Diocese of Rupert's Land, Church of England, 1960-1971. Chairman board governors University Manitoba, 1971-1973. Honorary member Arch Advocacy Resources Center for Handicapped.

Chairman special commission on restructuring Canada Armed Forces Reserve, 1995. Fellow American College Trial Lawyers (honorary). Member Law Society Manitoba (life bencher), Law Society Upper Canada (honorary bencher), Order of the Buffalo Hunt, Lincoln's Inn (honorary bencher), Rideau Club, Canada Bar Association (honorary chairman systems of civil justice task force 1995-1998).


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: horseback riding, swimming.


Married Barbara Melville Sellers, June 18, 1943. Children: Brian H., Deborah I. Dickson Shields, Peter G., Barry R.

Thomas Dickson

Sarah Elizabeth (Gibson) Dickson

Barbara Melville Sellers

Brian H. Dickson

Deborah I. Dickson Shields Dickson

Peter G. Dickson

Barry R. Dickson