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By R.C. Tino Bella
The Honourable Judge Robin McQuillan
Robin McQuillan was sworn in as a judge of the
Provincial Court of British Columbia on August 15,
2016 and assigned to the Port Coquitlam registry of
the Provincial Court.
Judge McQuillan was born in the fading years of
the baby boom in Grande Prairie, Alberta. He and his
three siblings then continued to follow the path of
their peripatetic engineer father to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, then Calgary,
and ultimately landed in Kamloops. He graduated from Westsyde Secondary
School in Kamloops, the diverse socio-economic make up of that
school having had a significant influence on his values. He then attended
what was then called Cariboo College (now the more illustrious Thompson
Rivers University) for a year before transferring to UBC to complete an arts
degree with a major in political science.
Having had quite enough of formal education, he then took a year off to
work and travel the world. That led to a second year away from school which
was mostly spent living as a ski bum in Whistler. In fact it was while he was
living and skiing in Whistler that he received the news that he had been
accepted into the UBC Faculty of Law commencing that fall. Rather than celebrating
his acceptance to the faculty he was saddened by the fact that this
meant he would have to leave the carefree life at Whistler to go back to
school and eventually become a lawyer. But that melancholy was short-lived
and he had an exciting three years of law school, graduating in 1989.
He articled with Edwards, Kenny & Bray and remained there until 1994.
He later established his practice as a sole practitioner in Vancouver, working
primarily, and later exclusively, in the areas of family law and child protection
law. That remained his focus until his appointment.