Malcolm Rowe

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Malcolm Rowe

Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
Assumed office
October 28, 2016[1]
Nominated byJustin Trudeau
Appointed byDavid Johnston
Preceded byThomas Cromwell
Personal details
Born1953 (age 66–67)
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
EducationMemorial University of Newfoundland
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Ontario

Malcolm H. Rowe QC (born 1953) is a Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Rowe is the first judge from Newfoundland and Labrador to sit on the Supreme Court.

Early life and career

Rowe was born in 1953 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, to parents who grew up in the province's small fishing communities.[2][3]

Rowe attended the Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he earned a B.Sc. and a B.A. in political science. He studied at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1975–78 and graduated with an LL.B.[4] Rowe was called to the bar by the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1978 and The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) in 1986.[4]

Before becoming a judge, Rowe worked in the Canadian foreign service.[3] He also started his own private practice in Ottawa that focused on Canadian constitutional law, foreign affairs, and arbitration over maritime boundaries.[4] He was deputy minister for Liberal cabinet minister Brian Tobin,[4] and served as secretary to Newfoundland and Labrador's cabinet after Tobin returned as premier.[3][2]

He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador (Trial Division) in 1999. He was elevated to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador (Court of Appeal) in 2001,[2] where he served for 16 years.[5]

Rowe also taught public and constitutional law as a lecturer at the University of Ottawa for two years.[4]

Supreme Court of Canada appointment

Rowe was nominated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in October 2016 to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada, succeeding Justice Thomas Cromwell who retired that September. Rowe is the first judge from Newfoundland and Labrador to sit on the Supreme Court.[2] Rowe's appointment was the result of a process newly instituted by Trudeau in which any jurist in Canada was invited to apply to a seven-member committee headed by former Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Kim Campbell.[3] Rowe's appointment to the court was effective October 28, 2016,[1] and he was formally sworn in at a private ceremony on October 31, 2016.[6]


  1. ^ a b "News Release". Supreme Court of Canada. October 28, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Tasker, John Paul (October 17, 2016). "Newfoundlander Malcolm Rowe nominated as next Supreme Court justice". CBC News. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Fine, Sean (October 17, 2016). "Trudeau appoints Newfoundland's Malcolm Rowe to Supreme Court". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e MacCharles, Tonda (October 17, 2016). "Trudeau names Malcolm Rowe as the first Newfoundland judge to the Supreme Court of Canada". thestar.com. Toronto Star. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Malcolm Rowe officially welcomed to Supreme Court bench". Toronto Star, Terry Pedwell of The Canadian Press, Dec. 2, 2016 pageA10.
  6. ^ "News Release". SCC Cases (Lexum). Supreme Court of Canada. Retrieved 1 November 2016.