Mark’s life path into the practice of law included working as a roughneck on oil rigs in Alberta, falling trees in B.C., loading logging trucks in B.C., working in a sawmill in the Yukon, selling life insurance, and playing bass guitar touring Germany with a gospel band. His wealth of life experience gives him a solid grounding in life, and what it puts you through. He worked and paid his own way through school. Studying philosophy in University was the counterpoint to the callouses and blisters of the life of a labourer, graduating with a Batchelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in 1980. Law School followed after working in the Federal Penitentiary System for a year as a Living Unit Officer.
Mark was called to the bar in Ontario in 1986 and has been practicing law in Simcoe County since then. After estabilishing a general practice, he limited his practice to family law in the early 1990s. Mark has successfully appeared at the Ontario Court of Appeal several times. He still represents clients in courts in Midland, Barrie, Collingwood, Orillia, Bracebridge, and Newmarket.
Perhaps more interestingly:
Mark has been the Canadian national champion in the sport class in hang gliding four times in the last ten years, and has been on the podium at the nationals another four times in that period. He also enjoys the sports of freediving, windsurfing, and scuba diving. Over the years he has jumped out of a perfectly serviceable airplane 27 times, and very briefly raced his BMW motorcyle “back in the day”. Mark continues to fly and freedive, not having enough time to do the other things any more.
Marks Work experience
Summer, 1976, Sawmill worker, Carcross, Yukon.
Summer 1977 Loaded Logging trucks and fought forest fires, Arkinstall Logging, Revelstoke, BC
Summer 1978 Loaded logging trucks and fought forest fires, Arkinstall Logging, Revelstoke, BC
1979 – 1980 Living Unit Officer, Edmonton Federal Penetentiary
Summer 1980 Edmonton City Transit bus driver.
Summer 1981 Tree faller, Arkinstall Logging, Rogers Pass, BC
Summer 1982, 1983 Self employed landscaper, Edmonton
1980-1982 Member, Academic Appeals Committee, University of Alberta.
1985-1986 Member, Steering Committee to develop the Askenonia Senior’s Centre, Midland, Ontario
1986-1987 Secretary, Midland Power and Sail Squadron
1990-1991 Supervised Access Centre Steering Committee, Midland
1991-1998 Simcoe Supervised Access Centre, board member
1989-1992 Rosewood Women’s Shelter board member
1996-1999 Community Advisory Board member, Mental Health Centre, Penetanguishene
1999-2004 Community Advisory Board Vice Chairperson, Mental Health Centre, Penetanguishene
1999-2003 Community Resources Committee, Simcoe County Family Law Association
1999-2003 Midland Courthouse Design Committee, 2003
2013- Boardmember, Community Living Huronia Foundation
1984-5 Articles with Teskey, Heacock, Ferguson
1986 Called to the Bar April, 1986
1988-present. Panel lawyer for the Family Responsibility Office
1988- 1995 Panel lawyer for the “Official Guardian” representing the interests of children in custody disputes
1998– Pro Bono counsel to the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada since
March 2006– Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court, Ontario
Law Society of Upper Canada 1986-present
National Bar Association, 1986-present
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1986-1988
Simcoe County Bar Association 1986-present
Snowboarding, Spearfishing, Freediving, Hang gliding