Owen is senior general counsel with the Department of Justice. He has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario, the federal courts, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Owen served three years (2012-15) as the Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C., acting as the principal advisor to the Chief Justice and assisting her with the administration of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian Judicial Council, and the National Judicial Institute.
Earlier in his career, Owen served as a law clerk to Mr. Justice LeBel of the Supreme Court of Canada and was a college lecturer in the University of Oxford. He has been an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and at Queen’s University’s Faculty of Law, where he taught administrative law.
In addition to his litigation practice, Owen is active in the community and the profession. In 2012, the Canadian Public Health Association awarded him the National Public Health Hero Award for making a positive difference for the public’s health at the national level. Owen has been the Secretary to the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute (2012-15). He has served on Legal Aid Ontario’s Group Applications and Test Cases Committee (2010-12). He co-founded and was an Executive Director of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute (2007-11), which assists counsel appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada. In recognition of this, Owen was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada.
Owen attended McGill University (BA) and Queen’s University (LLB), and holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Oxford (BCL).