BC Appoints New Supreme Court Masters

  • February 20, 2019

From Chief Justice Christopher E. Hinkson 

I am pleased to advise that Steven Schwartz and Bruce Elwood have each been appointed as a Master of the Court effective immediately.

Master Schwartz will be resident in Kelowna, and Master Elwood will be resident in Vancouver.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Master Schwartz and Master Elwood.

Christopher E. Hinkson
Chief Justice

From the Ministry of Attorney General 

The Government of British Columbia is appointing two new Supreme Court of B.C. masters to  support the judiciary with the resources needed to continue providing access to justice.

The appointment of Bruce Elwood, who takes his seat in Vancouver, was effective Feb. 19, 2019. Elwood received a bachelor of laws from the University of British Columbia in 1992. In 2015, Elwood joined the Ministry of Attorney General’s civil litigation group, where he has worked on numerous complex trials and appeals. Prior to joining government, his work in private practice included experience in commercial litigation, Indigenous law, constitutional litigation, medical malpractice and more. He also teaches courses on the rules of evidence as an adjunct professor at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia.

The appointment of Steven Schwartz, who takes his seat in Kelowna, is also effective Feb. 19, 2019. Schwartz obtained his bachelor of laws from the University of Ottawa in 1997. In 2009, he founded Schwartz & Company, where he practiced until his appointment. Through his private practice and previous work at Kelowna firms Pushor Mitchell and Benson & Company, he has gained experience in divorce and family law, corporate/commercial litigation, employment law and more. At the time of his appointment, Schwartz was the treasurer of the Kelowna Bar Association and was involved in facilitating access to justice through volunteer work with Access Pro Bono at the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society law clinic.