Federal Court Judicial Appointment Announced

OTTAWA, December 14, 2012 – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments:

The Honourable Yvan Roy, a lawyer with the Government of Canada, Privy Council Office, in Ottawa, is appointed a Judge of the Federal Court, to replace Mr. Justice M. Beaudry, who elected to become a supernumerary judge as of January 25, 2012.

Mr. Justice Roy received a Bachelor of Civil Laws degree from the Université de Montréal in 1976, and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1977. He attended the École des hautes études commerciales, where he obtained a Master’s in Business Administration in 1981.

At the time of his appointment, Mr. Justice Roy was Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, responsible for legislative and House planning as well as machinery of government. He was also Counsel to the Clerk of the Privy Council. From 2001 to 2006, he was Assistant Deputy Minister, Central Agencies Portfolio, and counsel to the Department of Justice and the Department of Finance. He was a Senior General Counsel with the Criminal Policy Section of the Department of Justice from 1994 to 2001, after serving as General Counsel in various capacities at Justice from 1987 to 1994. He practised with the Department’s Quebec Regional Office in Montréal from 1982 to 1986 and with Legal Aid Services in Montréal from 1977 to 1979.

Mr. Justice Roy has been an instructor for the École du Barreau du Québec. He was a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. He has headed Canadian delegations to various international events, as well as being a frequent conference speaker in Canada and abroad.

The Honourable Cecily Y. Strickland, a lawyer with Stewart McKelvey in St. John’s, is appointed a Judge of the Federal Court, to replace Mr. Justice M. Kelen, who resigned effective June 14, 2012.

Madam Justice Strickland received a Diploma in Naval Architecture Technology from the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1983, a Bachelor of Laws in 1989, and a Master of Laws in 1990 from Dalhousie Law School. She was admitted to the Bar of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1991.

Madam Justice Strickland practised with Stewart McKelvey from 1991. Her main areas of practice were marine law, admiralty law, environmental law, litigation, insurance law, and administrative law.

Madam Justice Strickland was a member of the Canadian Bar Association, and has been a member of the Federal Court Statutory Rules Committee since 2001. She was Vice President (East Coast) and Director of the Canadian Maritime Law Association and past provincial chair and national chair of the Maritime Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (1996 to 2002).

This appointment is effective immediately.



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