QUEBEC JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED

OTTAWA, June 13, 2014 – The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments:

The Honourable Robert Mainville, a judge of the Federal Court of Appeal, is appointed a puisne judge of the Quebec Court of Appeal (Montréal) to replace Mr. Justice A. R. Hilton, who has elected supernumerary status. This appointment is effective July 1, 2014.

Mr. Justice Mainville was appointed to the Federal Court in June 2009 and to the Federal Court of Appeal in 2010. He also served as a judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court and as a judicial member of the Competition Tribunal.

Mr. Justice Mainville received a Bachelor of Civil Law from the Université de Montréal in 1975 and a Masters of Law from McGill University in 2000. He was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1976. At the time of his appointment to the Federal Court in 2009, he was a partner at Gowling Lafleur Henderson in Montréal and head of its national practice group on Aboriginal law. He was listed in the Best Lawyers in Canada and L'Expert as a leader in the field of Aboriginal law. Prior to that, he practised with Mainville and Associates, and O'Reily, Mainville. He has authored numerous articles and two textbooks on Aboriginal law, and lectured at McGill University from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Justice Mainville also developed an expertise in labour law, including public sector labour negotiations; administrative law; constitutional law; and environmental and energy law.

The Honourable Mark Schrager, a puisne judge of the Quebec Superior Court, is appointed a puisne judge of the Quebec Court of Appeal (Montréal) to replace Mr. Justice C. Gascon, who was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Justice Schrager was appointed a puisne judge of the Quebec Superior Court in February 2011 and served as coordinating judge of the Commercial Division in Montréal.

Mr. Justice Schrager received a Bachelor of Civil Laws from the Université de Montréal in 1976 and a post-graduate degree from Wadham College, Oxford University, in 1980. He was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1977. Justice Schrager practised with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg from 2004 to 2011, and with Goldstein, Flanz & Fishman from 1980 to 2004. His main areas of practice were insolvency law, commercial litigation and asset-based lending. His expertise in these areas was recognized by many publications, including The Best Lawyers in Canada and L'Expert.

Mr. Justice Schrager was a member of several professional bodies, including the Canadian Bar Association, the Turnaround Management Association and the Insolvency Institute of Canada. He was also a member of the Lord Reading Society and served as its President from 2007 to 2008.

The Honourable Jean-Francois Émond, a puisne judge of the Quebec Superior Court, is appointed a puisne judge of the Quebec Court of Appeal (Québec) to replace Mr. Justice J.J. Lévesque, who elected to become a supernumerary judge as of February 2014.

Mr. Justice Émond was appointed to the Quebec Superior Court in May 2009. He has served as the coordinator of the Commercial Division for the district of Québec since June 2010 and as co-Chair of the national seminar on judgment drafting for the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) since 2012.

Mr. Justice Émond received a Bachelor of Civil Law from Université Laval in 1988 and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1989. He practised with Stein Monast from 2007 to 2009, with Desjardins Ducharme from 2003 to 2007, and with Huot Laflamme from 1988 to 2003. His main practice areas were civil litigation, real estate law and commercial law.

Mr. Justice Émond also served with several community organizations, including the executive of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec. He is a founding member of the International Festival of Military Music of Québec and the Rendez-Vous Naval de Québec.

The Honourable Michel Fortin, a crown prosecutor with the Québec Office of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, is appointed a puisne judge of the Québec Superior Court (Québec) to replace Mr. Justice J.-F. Émond, who was appointed to the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Mr. Justice Fortin received a Bachelor of Civil Law from Université Laval in 1988 and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1989. He joined the Crown Attorney's Office, now known as the Office of the Director for Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, in 1990.

Unless otherwise indicated, these appointments are effective immediately.

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