The Honourable Albert Clements Killam

Albert Clements Killam was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, on September 18, 1849. He was the son of George Killam and Caroline Clements. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in 1872, he enrolled at the Law Society of Upper Canada and articled with the Toronto firm of Crooks, Kingsmill & Cattanach and was called to the bar of Ontario in 1877. He practised law in Windsor, Ontario, for two years, and in 1879 moved to Winnipeg and was called to the bar of Manitoba. In 1883 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba but sat for only two years before being appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba in 1885. He was a member of the panel that heard the appeal of Métis leader Louis Riel in September of that year. In 1899 he was named Chief Justice of Manitoba and on August 8, 1903, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. He served on the Supreme Court for a year and resigned on February 6, 1905 to become Chief Commissioner of the Board of Railway Commissioners. Justice Killam died on March 1, 1908, at the age of 58.