This release was issued under a previous government.

Bodnarek obtained his Law degree at the University of Alberta and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1986. He received his Master of Laws, specializing in environmental law, in 1992 from Dalhousie University. Bodnarek has worked with the Government of Alberta for most of his career, concentrating on the areas of environmental law and civil litigation. He leaves his current post of Deputy Minister of Justice with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, a position he has held since 2008, to join the Provincial Court Judiciary. While with the Government of Alberta, Bodnarek endeavoured to maintain and enhance a fair and accessible justice system for all Albertans. Along with his extensive legal career, Bodnarek is a United Way volunteer, and he makes further contributions to the legal community as the co-chair of the Canadian Centre for Court Technology and as a member of the National Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters.

“It is my pleasure to announce cabinet has approved the appointment of Mr. Bodnarek as a Provincial Court Judge,” said Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Jonathan Denis. “It has been an honour to work with such a dedicated and competent individual, and I am delighted he will continue to serve Albertans as a member of the Provincial Court Judiciary.”

The Alberta Judicial Council screens all candidates for Provincial Court appointments and forwards a list of recommended applicants to the Provincial Court Nominating Committee. The committee then interviews candidates from the list and recommends the names of those appointees felt to be of the highest calibre to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.

The Provincial Court Nominating Committee was established in 1999. The 11 members are appointed by the Minister of Justice and represent the Alberta Provincial Court, the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch), and other members from the legal profession and the public. The Judicial Council has representatives from the Alberta Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench, Court of Appeal and the Law Society of Alberta. It also includes two people appointed by the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.

Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Michelle Davio
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

To call toll-free within Alberta dial 310-0000.