Warren Winkler

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Warren Winkler
Chief Justice of Ontario
In office
Preceded by Roy McMurtry
Succeeded by George Strathy
Regional Senior Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for the Toronto Region
In office
Succeeded by Edward Then
Personal details
Born (1938-12-10) December 10, 1938 (age 76)
Virden, Manitoba
Alma mater

Warren Keith Winkler, OOnt QC (born December 10, 1938[1]) is a Canadian jurist and a former Chief Justice of Ontario. Appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on June 1, 2007, Winkler was previously Regional Senior Judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for the Toronto Region.[2] Winkler reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 on December 10, 2013, and has since retired as the Chief Justice of Ontario.[3]

Legal career[edit]

Born in Virden, Manitoba,[1] Winkler grew up in Pincher Creek, Alberta.[4] He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1959 from the University of Manitoba, a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1962 and a Master of Laws degree in 1964 from the Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1965 and was created a Queen's Counsel in 1977. He was a partner in the law firm of Winkler, Filion & Wakely and practiced labour law on behalf of management.[1] He was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division) in 1993 and appointed Regional Senior Judge for Toronto Region in March 2004. He succeeded Roy McMurtry as Chief Justice in 2007.

Public statements[edit]

Winkler is known as an outspoken critic of the cost and delays in the justice system and has given numerous speeches on this topic.[3]


In 2007, he was awarded an honorary degree from Brandon University.[5]

In 2012, he was awarded an honorary PhD from York University.


Legal offices
Preceded by
Roy McMurtry
Chief Justice of Ontario