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Honourable Graeme Mitchell BA '75, BMus '75

Distinguished Professional Achievement Award

Appointed by the Government of Canada as a judge of Her Majesty’s Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan in September 2018, Graeme previously served as Vice-Chairperson of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board, and before that as, Director of the Constitutional Law Branch of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice. In addition to his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music from the University of Regina, he holds a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, and a Masters of Law from the University of Chicago Law School.

Called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1985, Graeme earned an impressive reputation as a lawyer particularly in matters relating to Canadian constitutional law. He represented the Attorney General for Saskatchewan in more than 40 appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada, many of them ground-breaking constitutional cases. Graeme practiced, wrote and published widely on subjects of administrative, constitutional, criminal, labour and human rights law. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998.

Graeme served as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan, and the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. In 2009, he served as a Visiting International Advocate in Residence at Valparaiso University Law School in Indiana. He also taught the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to judges through the National Judicial Institute.

Graeme was a Bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan from 2000 to 2007 and was the Law Society’s representative on the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada from 2007 until 2012. He chaired the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s National Committee on Accreditation from 2012 to 2016 and served as Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section. In 2014, Graeme received the Distinguished Service Award from the CBA (Saskatchewan).

Graeme is also active in Saskatchewan’s musical community as an accomplished flautist and singer. He won first prize in the woodwind category of the Canadian National Music Festival in 1971. He studied voice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Opera Division of the University of Toronto, and his teachers include Bernard Diamant and Léopold Simoneau.

In the community, Graeme served on the boards of the Regina Lyric Light Opera Society, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Globe Theatre, and Regina Palliative Care Inc. A proud member of the LGBTQ2S community, he was a founding member of the LGBT+ Network of the Government of Saskatchewan formed in 2016 to foster an inclusive and respectful work environment for LGBTQ2S employees in the Saskatchewan public service.

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