George R. Wray

George R. Wray  


Executive Summary

A partner within our Insurance and Tort Liability group, George Wray has extensive experience defending public and private sector clients, both Canadian domiciled and multi-national entities, against all manner of claims. His practice includes personal injury, property, professional and municipal liability matters with particular emphasis on product liability. This extends to motor vehicles, construction equipment, recreational vehicles, electrical appliances, power and outdoor equipment and numerous other consumer products.

While principally a litigator, George also acts as counsel to numerous Canadian and multinational corporations and insurers and provides strategic advice to designers, manufacturers, importers and distributors of products across various industry sectors regarding risk management issues of products, including product warnings and safety issues. George has represented clients in a range of civil trials and has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and Workplace Safety Insurance Appeals Tribunal.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, "Stop Here, Not There: Court of Appeal Comes to Seemingly Different Conclusions in Two Strikingly Similar Roadway Repair Cases", BLG's Insurance and Tort Liability Bulletin, October 2018.
  • Author, "Destructive Testing Marks Start of Two-Year Limitation Period in Product Claim", BLG's Insurance and Tort Liability Bulletin, August 2018.
  • Author, "Soccer Violence and the Occupiers’ Liability Act", BLG's Insurance and Tort Liability Bulletin, July 2018.
  • Author, "Municipality Slides Away from Liability... Again", BLG's Insurance and Tort Liability Bulletin, June 2018.
  • Author, "Limitation Period Reconsidered For Failure to Appropriately Insure", BLG's Insurance and Tort Liability Bulletin, March 2018.
  • Author, "Beware of Limitation Defences on Duty to Defend Application: Enforcing the Insurance Covenant," February 2018.
  • Speaker, "Public Law Litigation and Professionalism Issues for External Counsel," International Municipal Lawyers Association Annual Conference, October 2017.
  • Speaker, "Autonomous Vehicles and the Connected City," RIMS Canada Conference, September 2017.
  • Author, "What's Old is New Again: Ontario Court of Appeal Affirms First Principles in Roadway Liability", BLG's Insurance and Tort Liability Bulletin, May 2017.
  • Author, "Court Recognizes Contractor's Obligation to Fund the Defence of the Municipality where Contractor Failed to Obtain Insurance", BLG's Insurance and Tort Liability Bulletin, June 2017.
  • Author, "Superior Court Affirms Municipality's Right to Counsel of their Choosing", BLG's Insurance and Tort Liability Bulletin, June 2017.
  • Chair, "Defending Products Claims," Canadian Defense Lawyers Conference, February 2017.
  • Author, "Municipality Slides Away from Liability", BLG's Insurance and Tort Liability Bulletin, January 2017.
  • Panelist and Speaker, “Testify Without Fear,” Advocates’ Society, May 2013.
  • Author, “Professionalism and the Law – A Civility Movement? A comments on Law Society of Upper Canada v. Joseph Peter Paul Groia,” American Bar Association Trial Techniques Committee Newsletter, Summer 2013.
  • Author/Speaker, "Top 10 Accident Benefits Cases of 2009-2010," 6th Annual Personal Injury Law and Practice Update, Osgoode Hall Law School, Professional Development Program, September 2010 (with Tamara Tomomitsu).

Rankings & Recognitions

​While obtaining his LLB at Queen's University in 2005, George received the following accolades:

  • Mildred K. Walters Academic Award;
  • Reuben Wells Leonard Prize in Aboriginal Law;
  • R.W. Leonard Prize in Immigration and Refugee Law;
  • Fraser Milner Casgrain Award for paper entitled, "Liberals on Speed: Immigration, Culture and Cosmopolitanism";
  • J.S.D. Tory Writing Award for paper entitled, "The Demands of Equality and the Value of Self-Determination: A Normative Argument for Aboriginal Self-Government";
  • George M. Hood (SC'43) Award;
  • Elwin and Beverly Derbyshire Academic Achievement Award;
  • Cassels Brock & Blackwell Award in Constitutional Law and Human Rights;
  • Sabbath Prize in Comparative Constitutional Law; and
  • Chief Justice McRuer Essay Prize for paper entitled, "Liberal Rights and Human Capabilities: Constitutionalizing a Minimum Level of Well-Being under Section 7 of the Charter").

In addition to these recognitions, George was also awarded a Queen's Graduate Student Award during his 2001 master of philosophy program at Queen's University as well as a Graduate Fellowship and UTAPS Grant during his 2007 master of laws program at the University of Toronto.