George Jones, Q.C., - Associate Counsel
George Jones was born in Victoria, British Columbia. George was educated in Victoria, Halifax and Ottawa. George received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia in 1958. He articled with the firm of Russell & DuMoulin in Vancouver and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1959.
George was a senior tax counsel for Revenue Canada Taxation from 1959 to 1964 and entered private practice in Victoria and subsequently established the firm now known as Jones Emery Hargreaves Swan. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1989 and has been recognized as one of the Province's foremost authorities in tax litigation. George is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Victoria Bar Association, of which he was a former Secretary, the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Law Society of British Columbia.
George is an honorary member of the City of Victoria, a former director of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, the Victoria School of Music, L'Arche Victoria (a society dedicated to the well being of special-needs persons), the Board of the Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island and former President and Director for the Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation. George was the founding member of the Victoria Commonwealth Games Society, an early director of the Society and later on the Board of Governors. He was a director of the National Sports Advisory Council and the Canadian Forces Liaison Committee and honorary member of the Saanich Firefighters Union.
George was a founding member of the Braefoot Athletic Centre Association, and was a director for many years. The concept of bringing labour and management together to benefit the community learned from Braefoot and University Heights served as a model in getting Greater Victoria and provincial politicians jointly behind the idea of facilitating the bid process for Victoria's successful Commonwealth Games bid.