October 5, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada
The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the judicial application process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit, and the diversity of the Canadian population, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.
Ola Malik, a lawyer at the City of Calgary, is appointed a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. Mr. Justice Malik replaces Mr. Justice E.C. Wilson (Calgary), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective May 11, 2020.
“I wish Justice Ola Malik every success as he takes on his new role. I am confident he will serve Albertans well as a member of the Court of Queen’s Bench.”
The Honorable David Lametti
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Justice Ola Malik was born in Calgary, Alberta. He is bilingual and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Calgary and an M.A. in European Politics and Administration at the College D’Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He went on to earn his LL.B. at King’s College, University of London, and was then called as a Member of Lincoln’s Inn to the Bar of England and Wales. He completed his studies at the Schulich School of Law, where he received his LL.M.
Mr. Justice Malik returned to Calgary, where he entered private practice after being called to the Alberta Bar in 2002. Since 2008, Justice Malik has been a lawyer in the Legal Services department at the City of Calgary, where he has practised in the areas of prosecutions, regulatory law, and Charter litigation. He has written on cases involving Charter issues, including the limits to freedom of expression in the context of public protests, and is often asked to speak on developments in the field of municipal prosecutions.
Justice Malik is a strong believer in giving back to community, and he has been deeply involved with professional organizations, notably the Canadian Bar Association, Calgary Legal Guidance, and the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. In 2019-20, he served as the President of the Canadian Bar Association for Alberta. Justice Malik is deeply committed to understanding the challenges that many of our most vulnerable and marginalized communities face and to improving the administration of justice so these communities can be better served.