OTTAWA, April 11, 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 appointment:

The Honourable Richard Boivin, a judge of the Federal Court in Ottawa, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Appeal, to replace Madam Justice J. Trudel, who elected to become a supernumerary judge as of November 4, 2013.

Mr. Justice Boivin was appointed to the Federal Court in June 2009, and to the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada in November 2009. He obtained a Bachelor of Civil Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1988, a Master of Laws from the University of London, King's College in 1991 and Master of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1995. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1989 and the Paris Bar in 2002, and qualified to practise as a solicitor for England and Wales in 2003.

Mr. Justice Boivin clerked with the Honourable Justice Robert Décary at the Federal Court of Appeal in 1990. He served as attorney-at-law for the Quebec Department of Justice (1991-1993) and as attorney-at-law and Crown attorney at the Department of Justice Canada (1993-1997). From 1997 to 2001, he served in London and Paris with the Quebec Department of International Relations. He joined the Paris office of Ernst & Young and worked in the field of international arbitration before joining the Department of Justice Canada as General Counsel in 2004, later serving as Associate Senior General Counsel with the Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio. He has authored numerous articles on international arbitration, constitutional law and Aboriginal law.

This appointment is effective immediately.



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