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VOL. 77 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2019
The Honourable Mr. Justice Steven Andrew Wilson
On October 19, 2019 Steven Andrew Wilson was
appointed as a justice of the Supreme Court of British
Columbia. He will sit in Kelowna. His Lordship’s
chambers are but a few feet from his previous chambers,
where he served as a master since 2015.
Steve was born in Belper, about halfway between
Sheffield and Birmingham in Derbyshire, England.
After a few idyllic childhood years, he, along with his sister and parents,
moved to Canada in 1980 and eventually settled in Deep Cove, North Vancouver.
Traumatically, however, the move from England meant Steve had
to forgo keeping abreast of his local football club, the Derby County Foot-
ball Club, as this was well before the days of the Internet. The ’70s were
the Derby County F.C.’s glory years, with it finally reaching the First Division
and winning two league championships. Due to his new schoolmates’
complete lack of knowledge or interest in English football, Steve quickly,
and somewhat out of self-preservation, became enamoured with hockey
and the NHL. To this day he remains an appropriately fickle Canucks fan.
His sporting knowledge remains such that he can enlighten you with useless
statistics and trivia regarding the NHL from 1980 onwards. Ask him
anything pre-1980, however, and you will receive a blank and confused
After being a part of the first graduating class from Seycove Secondary
School in North Vancouver, Steve attended UBC, where he earned a bachelor
of commerce degree and then a law degree in 1991. He summered at
Braidwood, Mackenzie, Brewer & Greyell between his second and third
years of law school and articled with Mackenzie Fujisawa in Vancouver.
Once called to the bar, he became an associate with Mackenzie Fujisawa,
where one of its paralegals, Lesley, caught his eye. Within two years they
were married. His stay with Mackenzie Fujisawa was short-lived, however,
as in 1994 he and Lesley moved to Kelowna, where Steve joined what was
then Pushor, Mitchell, Davies & Montgomery as an associate. He became a
partner of Pushor Mitchell in 2000 and remained there until he was
appointed as a master in 2015.
Steve’s practice was initially broad and included family, personal injury
and commercial litigation. As his practice matured he focused more on
commercial litigation, eventually forgoing family and personal injury alto-