Achtymichuk received his law degree from the University of Alberta and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1990. He was a partner with McCuaig Desrochers LLP in Edmonton, with experience in civil litigation and business law.
An active member of the province’s legal community, he has served as president of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and as director of both the Legal Education Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Insurance Association. He was chair of the national Legislation and Law Reform Committee of the Canadian Bar Association and has been a speaker at continuing legal education conferences and for the articling student admission program for many years. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008.
“Thomas Achtymichuk has had a distinguished legal career and maintains strong connections to the Edmonton area. I am pleased to appoint him to the Provincial Court and believe he will be a valuable asset.”
Candidates for Provincial Court appointments are screened first by the Alberta Judicial Council and then interviewed by the Provincial Court Nominating Committee (PCNC). The PCNC provides its recommendations to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.
The Alberta 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 individuals appointed by the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. The Provincial Court Nominating Committee has 11 members representing the Alberta Provincial Court, the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch, and representatives of the province’s legal community and the public appointed by the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.