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Edgar Gold

Biography of Edgar Gold

Edgar Gold, CM, AM, QC

Connection to MELP

Dr. Gold was a founding member of Dalhousie Law School’s Marine & Environmental Law Program, and founder and executive director of the Dalhousie Oceans Studies Program (DOSP). He currently serves as an honorary fellow of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute.


  • PhD (University of Wales)
  • LLB (Dalhousie University)
  • BA (Dalhousie University)
  • 2nd Mate, First Mate, Master Mariner (FG) (Nautical College, Australia & UK)

Areas of focus

  • Maritime law
  • Energy and environmental law
  • International commercial law


Professor Gold has completed over 250 publications in the maritime law and policy field.

Career highlights

  • Awarded the Order of Australia (2005), the Order of Canada (1997) and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit by the German government (1997)
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1995
  • Served as honorary consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for N.S. and P.E.I., 1986–1998
  • Former president of the Canadian Maritime Law Association
  • Titulary member of the Comité Maritime International
  • Master mariner (UK and Canada) and served at sea for 16 years, including several years in command
  • Professor of law (1975-1994) and professor of resource and environmental studies (1986–1994) at Dalhousie University

The Birth of DOSP

The grandparent of MELI

Brian Flemming

Biography for Brian Flemming

Brian Flemming CM, QC, DCL

Connection to MELP

Dr. Flemming was a key figure in the establishment of the Dalhousie Ocean Studies Program (DOSP). He is also an honorary fellow of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute.

Current position

  • Counsel to McInnes Cooper


  • Dip. Int. Law (Hague Academy of International Law)
  • LLM (University of London)
  • LLB (Dalhousie University)
  • BSc (Saint Mary’s University)

Areas of focus

  • International law of the sea
  • Canadian transportation policy
  • International law and policy in the Arctic


In recent years, as a research fellow of the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute in Calgary, Dr. Flemming has published articles on:

  • Arctic issues
  • the global war on terror
  • Canada-China relations in the Arctic
  • the war in Afghanistan
  • border security issues involving Canada and the U.S

Career highlights

  • Currently, the sole senior fellow of the Van Horne Institute, Calgary—Canada’s foremost transportation think tank
  • Former research fellow of the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute, Calgary—now a distinguished alumnus of the CDFAI
  • Appointed to the federal Advisory Council on National Security, 2005
  • After 9/11, the Canadian government made Dr. Flemming the first CEO and chairman of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), Canada’s principal public response to 9/11.
  • Given an honorary degree by the University of King’s College, 1991, 1989
  • Awarded the Order of Canada, 1989
  • Founding chairman of the International Centre for Ocean Development, a crown corporation headquartered in Halifax in the 1980s
  • Assistant principal secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, 1976-1979
  • Dr. Flemming taught the first graduate course in public international law at Dalhousie’s Law School in the mid-1960s.