Personality Profiles: The. Honourable Vibert Lamkin

The Honourable Vibert Lampkin was born in the Village of Kitty, now part of Georgetown, Guyana, the first of the two children of David and Rosalie Lampkin. He received his elementary education at Christchurch School in Georgetown, and at St. Winifred’s Roman Catholic School in Newtown, Kitty. Thereafter he attended St. Stanislaus College in Georgetown.

He taught Latin and Elementary Mathematics for three years at St. Stanislaus College before embarking on a legal career. He holds the Degree of Bachelor of Laws from the University of London and a Master of Laws Degree from York University. He qualified as a Solicitor under the English Legal System and was enrolled as a Solicitor in Guyana and in England. He practised as a Solicitor in Guyana from 1959 to 1967 in partnership with his uncle Sir John Carter, Q.C.

In 1967 Justice Lampkin migrated to Canada with his wife Lorna. He was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ontario and called to the Bar of Ontario in 1969. He practiced with the firm of Rosenfeld Schwartz and Brown in Toronto and was admitted into partnership in 1976. In 1982 he was appointed a Justice of The Ontario Court of Justice from which he retired in 2008 on the attainment of his 75th birthday.

In 2008 The Law Society of Upper Canada conferred upon Justice Lampkin the Degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa and in 2009 York University also conferred upon him the Degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa.

Justice Lampkin was a founding member of the Guyana Chapter of the Frontiersmen of America and a founding member and President of the Jaycees of Guyana. He was a member of the Toronto Jaycees and is a Senator of the Jaycees of Canada. He was a founding member and President of Guyana Theatre Players of Canada. He was a founding member of Delos Davis Law Guild, the fore-runner of Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. He has been a Director of OXFAM Canada; and of Canadian Executive Service Organization. He is Director Emeritus of New Leaf, Living & Learning Together Inc. He has been a member of the Toronto Police Complaints Board and of the Ontario Law Reform Commission. He is President of St. Stanislaus College Alumni Association Toronto and Vice President of St. Stanislaus College Alumni (Guyana).

In retirement Justice Lampkin works as a volunteer in the Emergency Department of Sunnybrook Hospital.