Department of Justice Canada Minister's Transition Book

Biographical Notes

Department of Justice

(alphabetical order)

Justice Portfolio

(alphabetical order)

Courts

(Alphabetical order)

Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Justice

(Coast to Coast)

Newfoundland & Labrador
Andrew Parsons
Prince Edward Island
Jordan Brown
Nova Scotia
Mark Furey
New Brunswick
Andrea Anderson-Mason
Quebec
Sonia LeBel
Ontario
Caroline Mulroney
Manitoba
Cliff Cullen
Saskatchewan
Don Morgan
Alberta
Kathleen Ganley
British Columbia
David Eby
Yukon
Tracy-Anne McPhee
Northwest Territory
Louis Sebert
Nunavut
Jeannie Ehaloak

Department of Justice

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CLARE BARRY
REGIONAL DIRECTOR GENERAL
ATLANTIC REGIONAL OFFICE

Clare Barry is a graduate of St Francis Xavier and Dalhousie Universities. She is a member of the Law Societies of British Columbia (1983), Ontario (1988), and Nova Scotia (2017) and has a wealth of experience as a litigator, advisory counsel and manager with the Department of Justice.

After starting her career as a crown prosecutor for the Attorney General of British Columbia, she worked in private practice and then joined the Department of Justice in Toronto in 1989 as a prosecutor. In 1998, she was appointed to the position of the Deputy Head of the then Federal Prosecution Service in the BC Regional Office (BCRO), and was appointed the Director of the Business and Regulatory Law section in the BCRO in 1999.

In 2000, she became the Director of the Criminal Law Section of the Federal Prosecution Service at Headquarters in Ottawa where she remained until 2006. In 2006, she was appointed Deputy Assistant Deputy Minister for the Business and Regulatory Law Portfolio (BRLP) where she assisted the Assistant Deputy Manager with managing a portfolio of over 20 Departmental Legal Service Units. She remained with the BRLP until her appointment in 2010 as Counsellor, International Criminal Operations at the Canadian Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.

In 2017, Clare returned to Canada as Regional Director General of the Atlantic Regional Office. Clare is responsible for managing a group of 106 employees and tax and civil litigation arising in the courts of the four Atlantic provinces. The Atlantic Regional Office also has lawyers involved in providing advisory services in relation to real property transactions, commodity and tax benefit issues, and aboriginal law, and it serves diverse communities including the large Francophone population in New Brunswick, First Nation communities and rural and remote fishing communities.

ALEX BENITAH
REGIONAL DIRECTOR GENERAL
NORTHERN REGION

ALEX BENITAH

Alex Benitah obtained his undergraduate degree in physical geography in 1998 from the University of Concordia. He also obtained a post-baccalaureate diploma in environmental sciences in 1999 from Capilano College. After completion of his education, Alex began a career in the area of natural resources management. His work in this area included assisting indigenous groups in the negotiation and implementation of land claim agreements. 

Alex eventually returned to school, obtaining a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. He articled and stayed on as litigation counsel with McInnes Cooper in Halifax until 2009.

In 2009, Alex accepted a position as legal counsel with the federal Department of Justice in the Yukon Office of the Northern Regional Office, providing general litigation and advisory services. In 2010, Alex was appointed Regional Director of the Yukon Office, where he provided management functions, and continued to carry a general litigation practice.

In 2017, Alex was appointed Regional Director General of the Northern Regional Office.

JOHANNE BERNARD
ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
MANAGEMENT AND CFO SECTOR

JOHANNE BERNARD

Johanne Bernard was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Management Sector, at the Department of Justice in July 2016.

From February 2015 to June 2016, Ms. Bernard occupied the position of Deputy Assistant Commissioner and Agency Comptroller of the Canada Revenue Agency. In this role, she was responsible for providing leadership and supporting the Chief Financial Officer in all aspects of the Agency’s financial and administration-related matters including resource management, financial administration and internal controls, security, real property, procurement and financial management systems.

Ms. Bernard held various executive positions in the government. From 2008 to 2015, she held the position of Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director General of Resource Planning and Investments at Industry Canada. From 2001 to 2007, she was the Deputy Commissioner of Compliance and Operations of the Competition Bureau. Ms. Bernard spent several years in progressively responsible positions in various federal organizations such as Heritage Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, and the former Canadian Centre for Management Development.

Johanne Bernard holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and is also a certified management accountant and a chartered professional accountant.

GEOFFREY M. BICKERT, Q.C.
ASSISTANT DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL
NATIONAL LITIGATION SECTOR

GEOFFREY M. BICKERT, Q.C.

Geoffrey Bickert was called to the Bar of Alberta in 1976 and has since been a member of the Law Societies of the Northwest Territories and Yukon. He is currently a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991.

Mr. Bickert began his law career in private practice in Edmonton, Alberta. He joined the Department of Justice Canada as a federal prosecutor in Yellowknife in 1979. In 1987, he left Justice Canada to join the Government of the Northwest Territories, as Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General until 1995. Mr. Bickert returned to the Department of Justice and, from 1997 to 2012, held several senior level positions including Executive Director/Senior General Counsel of the Fisheries and Oceans Legal Services Unit prior to being appointed as ADAG.

As ADAG, Litigation Branch, Mr. Bickert oversees all civil litigation involving the federal government. He also chairs the National Litigation Committee, which provides recommendations to the Minister of Justice on significant litigation, interventions and appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada.

PATRICK BOUCHER
DIRECTOR GENERAL
REVIEW OF LAWS AND POLICIES SECRETARIAT

PATRICK BOUCHER

Patrick Boucher was recently appointed to the position of Director General of the Review of Laws and Policies Secretariat. In his new role, Mr. Boucher will lead a multi-disciplinary team that will collaborate with colleagues from across government to ensure that the Crown is fulfilling its constitutional and international human rights obligations, including Aboriginal and treaty rights, and will support the Minister of Justice and Attorney General in fulfilling her mandate commitment to advance reconciliation and achieve a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples.

He is a dedicated and passionate public servant; a recipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence, which recognizes public servants who have demonstrated excellence in achieving results for Canadians while demonstrating key leadership competencies; and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, which was awarded to Canadians who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to their communities and to Canada as a whole. 

Previously, and over the last 8 years, he served in various key Director General positions at Public Safety Canada–most recently as Director General for Critical Infrastructure and Strategic Coordination in the National and Cyber Security Branch. Prior to that, he served as the Director for the Policy and Advocacy Directorate in the Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and non-Status Indians at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. He holds a Master of Arts in Canadian Studies (Public Policy/Aboriginal Studies) from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and is very proud of his Métis heritage.

He is a member of the Board of Directors at Desjardins, a volunteer with various local community organizations and a father of two wonderful children.

JONATHAN CHAPLAN
REGIONAL DIRECTOR GENERAL
BRITISH COLUMBIA REGIONAL OFFICE

JONATHAN CHAPLAN

Jonathan Chaplan has had a varied career as a lawyer, mediator, trainer and manager. Jonathan was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1985 and practiced law as a sole practitioner, primarily as criminal defence counsel, until 2001. In 1999 he obtained an LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution and acted as a mediator in civil and family law matters.

From 1998 to 2001 Jonathan also worked in the area of restorative justice. Jonathan initially joined the Government of Canada in 2001 to lead a dispute resolution program at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, where he later went on to become a director, responsible for the regional offices. In 2005, Jonathan returned to law, working for the Department of Justice at the Competition Bureau Legal Services, specializing in large merger files.

From 2008 to 2013, Jonathan was the General Counsel and Deputy Legal Advisor at the Office of the Department of National Defence/Canadian Forces Legal Advisor, the Justice Legal Services Unit for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces.

In January 2014, Jonathan returned to the Competition Bureau Legal Services as Executive Director and Senior General Counsel where he led a team that is responsible for legal advice on behalf of Justice Canada and litigation before the Competition Tribunal, Federal Courts of Canada and Provincial Superior Courts. He has extensive experience appearing before courts and tribunals.

FRANCISCO COUTO
REGIONAL DIRECTOR GENERAL
QUEBEC REGIONAL OFFICE

FRANCISCO COUTO

Francisco Couto has degrees in civil and common law from McGill University in Montreal, and a post-graduate diploma from École nationale d’administration publique (Québec) in public administration. He was called to the bar in 1989, and joined the Quebec Regional Office the same year as a litigator, appearing before all Quebec courts and the Federal Courts.  

In April 2011, Mr. Couto was appointed Regional Director General for the Quebec Regional Office. He is co-champion of the Department’s National Mentoring Program. He is also Chair of the Bar of Montreal’s Liaison Committee with the Federal Court of Appeal and Federal Court and is a lecturer at École du Barreau du Québec, in public and administrative law. He was also called to act as Deputy Assistant Deputy Minister of the Business and Regulatory Law Portfolio in 2016 and 2017.

Mr. Couto sits on the Quebec Federal Council where he is the sponsor of the National Managers Community.

A. FRANÇOIS DAIGLE
ASSOCIATE DEPUTY MINISTER OF JUSTICE

A. FRANÇOIS DAIGLE

François Daigle was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Justice Canada on July 31, 2017. Before his appointment to the Department of Justice, he held the position of Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Social Development Policy at the Privy Council Office since August 2015. 

Mr. Daigle also held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister of the Business and Regulatory Law Portfolio at the Department of Justice since November 2012 and was the Deputy Assistant Deputy Minister in the same Portfolio since March 2009. 

In addition to his other major positions, Mr. Daigle has had a long journey at the Department of Justice since he joined the Public Service in 1992. He occupied the position of Senior General Counsel and Executive Director of the Legal Services Unit for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans from February 2005 to March 2009. He was also General Counsel at the Legal Services Unit at Health Canada where he was responsible for legal services related to the Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement and other blood litigation, the co-ordination of class actions and the creation of the Public Health Agency of Canada. From 1992 until 1998, Mr. Daigle worked at the Legal Services Unit for the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs where he was responsible for the conduct of inquiries before the then new Indian Claims Commission. He subsequently assumed responsibility for the co-ordination of litigation against that Department.

Mr. Daigle is a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick. He left a litigation practice in New Brunswick to join the Department of Justice in Ottawa in 1992.

Mr. Daigle holds degrees in Economics from McGill University in 1987 and in Law from the Université de Moncton in 1990.

NATHALIE G. DROUIN
DEPUTY MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND
DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CANADA

A. FRANÇOIS DAIGLE

Nathalie G. Drouin was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada on June 23, 2017. Mrs. Drouin previously served as Senior Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Justice of Canada since September 12, 2016.

From 1991 to 1998, Mrs. Drouin has held various positions, such as Certification Manager and Counsel and Coordinator of Legal Services (1991-1996) and Director of Legal Affairs (1996-1998), at the Conseil des assurances de personnes.

In 1999, she joined the Bureau des services financiers, which preceded the establishment of the Autorité des marchés financiers, as the Director of Legal Affairs. She held different positions within the Autorité between 2004 and 2012, first as the Director General of Market Supervision and Legal Affairs, and, starting in 2012, as the Superintendent of Solvency Supervision and Director General of Legal Affairs.

Finally, from September 2012 to her current appointment, Mrs. Drouin was Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General for the Gouvernement du Québec.

Mrs. Drouin was named Business Legal Advisor of the Year 2009 by the magazine Le monde juridique, and received the 2012 Lawyer Emeritus (“Ad. E.”) distinction awarded by the Barreau du Québec (Quebec Bar).

Nathalie G. Drouin holds a Bachelor’s degree in law and a post-graduate diploma in business administration, both from Université Laval. She has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1992.

ELISABETH EID
ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER
PUBLIC SAFETY, DEFENCE AND IMMIGRATION PORTFOLIO

ELISABETH EID

Elisabeth Eid is the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the Public Safety, Defence and Immigration (PSDI) Portfolio. In this capacity, she manages, with the assistance of the Deputy ADM, nine Legal Service Units and the War Crimes Program, and she oversees the provision of legal services to Portfolio clients, including Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, Correctional Services Canada, National Security Litigation and Advisory Group, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Public Safety Canada, Communications Security Establishment Canada, Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, and the Parole Board of Canada. She is currently the Champion for Mental Health.

A 1990 graduate of the National Program (LLB, BCL) from the Faculty of Law at McGill University, Elisabeth Eid was called to the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Quebec Bar. She joined the Department of Justice in 1992 as counsel at Legal Services, Canadian Heritage. In 1996, she joined the Human Rights Law Section, and in 2004 she became the Section’s Director General and Senior General Counsel until 2010. In 2010, she was appointed Deputy Assistant Deputy Attorney General of PSDI.

ROBERT FRATER, Q.C.
CHIEF GENERAL COUNSEL
NATIONAL LITIGATION SECTOR

ROBERT  FRATER, Q.C.

Robert Frater, Q.C., is Chief General Counsel. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1986 and is a past member of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut bars. He is co-author of Drug Offences in Canada, 4th ed., sole author of Prosecutorial Misconduct, 2d ed. and has published a number of other academic articles.

Mr. Frater carries on a largely appellate litigation practice, primarily in the Supreme Court of Canada. He has lectured widely on a variety of topics, including criminal law, constitutional law, ethics and advocacy. He taught a Master’s of Law course on prosecutorial ethics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 2012. In 2013, his contribution to the Department was recognized by awarding him the John Tait Award. In 2015, Queen’s University awarded him the inaugural Thomas Cromwell Award for distinguished public service.

DAVID HANSEN, Q.C.
REGIONAL DIRECTOR GENERAL
PRAIRIE REGION

DAVID HANSEN, Q.C.

David Hansen is the Regional Director General and Senior General Counsel for the Prairie Regional Office of Justice Canada.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Hansen had been the Director of the Civil Litigation and Advisory Services Section in Justice Canada’s Atlantic Regional Office. In this position, David managed a group responsible for litigation and regional advisory services in the Atlantic provinces.

David’s previous positions included Deputy Director for the Civil Litigation and Advisory Section, Atlantic Regional Office; Acting Executive Director of the Veterans Affairs Canada Legal Services Unit; and Manager of Dispute Resolution with the Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio. David began his Justice Canada career as a litigation counsel in the BC Regional Office and then moved to the Atlantic Regional Office where he continued litigating for a number of years. David possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Victoria Law School.

ISABELLE T. JACQUES
ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER
CENTRAL AGENCIES PORTFOLIO

ISABELLE T. JACQUES

From August 2016 to February 2017, Ms. Jacques served as Deputy Assistant Deputy Minister, Business and Regulatory Law Portfolio.

A 1991 graduate of the Faculty of Common Law from the University of Ottawa, Ms. Jacques was called to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1993. She joined the Department of Justice in 1999 as counsel at Environment Canada Legal Services. In 2004, she served as Counsel and Special Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister and Deputy Head of the Business and Regulatory Law Portfolio. From 2006-2014, she joined Transport Canada Legal Services, where she first served as Senior Counsel and then as General Counsel and Director of Legal Services. In 2014, Ms. Jacques served as Senior General Counsel and Executive Director, Legal Services, Global Affairs Canada.

In April 2017, Ms. Jacques was named Champion of Official Languages.

YANIKE LEGAULT
SENIOR DIRECTOR
MINISTERIAL SECRETARIAT

YANIKE LEGAULT

Yanike Legault has a LL.L from the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Barreau du Québec.

Ms. Legault joined the Department of Justice in 2003 as Counsel in the Ministerial Secretariat. 

Prior to that, she held various positions at the Privy Council Office in the Legislative and House Planning Section as well as the Democratic Reform Team. She also practiced law in the private sector for two years before joining the federal government.

Ms. Legault was appointed Senior Director of the Ministerial Secretariat in July 2015. She had been acting in this position since December 2014 and prior to that was the Chief of the Parliamentary Affairs Unit for six years.

LYNN LOVETT
ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER
TAX LAW SERVICES PORTFOLIO

LYNN LOVETT

Lynn Lovett holds degrees in Political Science and History and in Law from the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Ms. Lovett joined the Department of Justice in 1997 as Counsel in the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Section. She became the Senior Counsel and Deputy Director in 2001 and occupied that position for five years. In that role, she worked with the Program Partners (CIC, CBSA, RCMP) to deliver the WWII and Modern aspects of the War Crimes Program.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Lovett was Counsel for the Commission of Inquiry into the Deployment of Canadian Forces to Somalia from 1995 to 1997. From 2006 to 2008, Ms. Lovett was the Departmental Policy Advisor to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. She joined the Legal Services Unit at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in September 2008 as General Counsel and Deputy Director. She became the Executive Director and Senior General Counsel at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Legal Services Unit in March 2009 and remained in that role until December 2011. In January 2012, she was part of the defence team as the Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces Legal Advisor.

In June 2013, Ms. Lovett joined the Business and Regulatory Law Portfolio as Deputy Assistant Deputy Minister and acted as Assistant Deputy Minister from August 2015 until April 2016, when she was appointed Deputy Assistant Minister of Tax Law Service

CARLA LYON
REGIONAL DIRECTOR GENERAL AND SENIOR GENERAL COUNSEL
ONTARIO REGIONAL OFFICE

CARLA LYON

Carla Lyon received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History and Languages from the University of Toronto, followed by her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. She articled with a private law firm in Toronto. Following her call to the Ontario Bar in 1982, Ms. Lyon joined the Toronto Regional Office of the Department of Justice as a solicitor in the Advisory, Commercial and Property Section.

Over the years, Ms. Lyon has provided advisory and transactional legal services in the commercial and property fields for many clients and, most importantly, for Transport Canada in its implementation of the National Airports Policy.

Ms. Lyon became the Director of the Advisory, Commercial and Property Section in 1993 and the Director of the Business and Aboriginal Law Sections in 1996 in the Toronto Regional Office. In 2001, she became Senior General Counsel and the Associate Senior Regional Director of the Office.

Ms. Lyon became the Regional Director General of the Ontario Region in July 2008.

STEVE MIHOREAN
A/DIRECTOR GENERAL
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM REVIEW SECRETARIAT

STEVE MIHOREAN

Steve Mihorean was named Director General responsible for the Review of the Criminal Justice System in March 2016. In July 2017, he was named Champion of the 2017 Justice Charitable Campaign.

Prior to his appointment, he was on assignment as Executive Director of the Secretariat to the External Panel on Physician-Assisted Dying. Previously Steve was the Director of the Research and Statistics Division of Justice Canada for 15 years. Steve spent the first decade of his career with the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics at Statistics Canada prior to joining the Department of Justice in 1999.

Steve has an undergraduate degree in Criminology from the University of Ottawa and completed his graduate studies in Sociology at Queen’s University.

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SHIRLEY ANNE OFF
Director General
Communications Branch

SHIRLEY ANNE OFF

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Shirley Anne      [Redacted]      joined the federal public service in 1996 with Parks Canada. She later moved to what was then Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, where she held      [Redacted]      communications positions including various management positions in Treaties and Aboriginal Government, Issues Management, Media Relations and Ministerial Liaison. In 2010, she became Director, Operations and Clients Services. She was appointed Associate Director General, Strategic, Corporate and Internal Communications in 2013. In October 2015, she took on the role of Acting Director General, Communications. 

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In September 2016, Shirley Anne joined the Department of Justice as the Director General, Communications.

NANCY OTHMER
ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER
PUBLIC LAW AND LEGISLATIVE SERVICES SECTOR

NANCY OTHMER

Nancy Othmer is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Public Law and Legislative Services Sector. She was appointed to that position in December 2018. Prior to that, she was Director General and Senior General Counsel of the Human Rights Law Section.

She began her career in the Regulations Section and has worked on several legislative and regulatory initiatives since then. She brings a range of experience to the position, having advised on Crown liability, constitutional, Crown and administrative law over the course of her years with the Department.

Nancy has occupied management positions in the Constitutional and Administrative Law Section, Health Canada Legal Services and, most recently, the Human Rights Law Section.

Nancy’s combined experience and expertise positions her well to respond to the current and emerging priorities of the Sector and maintain its tradition of high-quality legal services and advice.

ANNE PATENAUDE
Chief Audit Executive

ANNE PATENAUDE

Anne Patenaude was appointed Chief Audit Executive on October 9, 2018. Ms. Patenaude holds a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s Degree, Psychology, from the University of Sherbrooke. She is currently completing an internal auditor certification.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Patenaude came from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) where she held the position of Senior Director of Internal Audit, looking at the effectiveness of the Department’s risk management, control and governance frameworks. She also led the DFO Evaluation function, providing advice and guidance on issues of relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of departmental programs and services.

Prior to her work at DFO, Ms. Patenaude spent several years in progressively responsible positions in various federal organizations such as the Treasury Board Secretariat, Canadian Heritage, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Health Canada.

CATHERINE RUDICK
CHIEF OF STAFF
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY MINISTER AND DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL

CATHERINE RUDICK

In August 2016, Ms. Rudick joined the Department of Justice as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Minister and Deputy Attorney General.

Ms. Rudick joined the Department of Justice from Veterans Affairs where she had been Director General, Special Projects, Strategic Oversight and Communications. She joined the Privy Council Office in March 2010, where she served in a number of roles including Executive Director of Integration, Communications and Consultations.

She previously held senior positions at Western Economic Diversification Canada including Director, Executive and Ministerial Secretariat. Cathy has worked in senior policy roles at Industry Canada, as well as with the House of Commons and in the non-profit sector. She has a degree from the University of Manitoba.  

ANDREW SARANCHUK
ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER
BUSINESS AND REGULATORY LAW PORTFOLIO

ANDREW SARANCHUK

Andrew Saranchuk holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) from Carleton University, a Bachelor of Common Law degree (LL.B.) from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Civil Law degree (LL.B.) from Université Laval and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from Université Laval. He has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1990.

Mr. Saranchuk joined the federal public service in 1993, as a counsel in the Department of Justice. From 1993 to 2006, he occupied various positions in the Department of Justice, including in the Public Law Sector, the Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio, Criminal Prosecutions, the Canadian Unity Group, and the Minister’s Office. From 2006-2010, he was Senior General Counsel in the Aboriginal Law Centre and, from 2010 to 2012, he was Head of the Legal Services Unit at the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

In 2013, Mr. Saranchuk became Assistant Deputy Minister of the Resolution and Individual Affairs Sector at the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

In April 2016, Mr. Saranchuk returned to the Department of Justice as Assistant Deputy Minister, Business and Regulatory Law Portfolio.

LAURIE SARGENT
ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER
ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS PORTFOLIO

LAURIE SARGENT

Laurie Sargent is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio in Justice Canada. She provides legal and strategic advice to the Deputy Minister and client departments, while coordinating Aboriginal litigation with the National Litigation Sector.

Prior to her appointment as acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio, Laurie Sargent served as Deputy Director General and General Counsel of the Human Rights Law Section since October 2014.

A 1998 graduate of the McGill University Faculty of Law, Laurie was called to the bar in 2001. Laurie joined the Department of Justice in 2002 and has provided leadership not only on a wide range of important legal files but also in domestic and international human rights policy files. Laurie has also participated in workplace initiatives in support of departmental and government priorities, notably as past co–chair of the Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities. Prior to joining the Department, Laurie clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada. She also worked in Bolivia and Guatemala to advance the rights and interests of Indigenous Peoples in those countries.

Laurie leads the Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio team as they work closely with others across Justice, including the Review of Laws and Policies Secretariat, as well as with client departments, to provide integrated legal and policy advice during this time of transformational change toward a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.

LAURIE WRIGHT
SENIOR ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER
POLICY SECTOR

LAURIE WRIGHT

Laurie Wright is the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for the Policy Sector. She was previously the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Public Law and Legislative Services Sector from 2013 to 2018. In that role, she was responsible for expert legal advice across the federal government in a variety of areas of public law, and for providing legislative services to all of government. She also supported the Minister of Justice in her policy responsibilities for judicial affairs and courts, human rights, access and privacy, official languages, and international private law.

Laurie came to the Department in 1994, and specialized in constitutional and international law. She joined the executive ranks of the Department in 2007 as first the Deputy Director General and then the Director General of the Constitutional, Administrative and International Law Section before becoming an Assistant Deputy Minister in 2013.

She completed her law studies at Queen’s and at Columbia University in New York, and clerked at both the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Portfolio

ROGER BILODEAU, Q.C.
REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA

ROGER BILODEAU, Q.C.

Roger Bilodeau is a native of Ste-Agathe, Manitoba. He studied common law in French and received his law degree (LL.B.) from the Université de Moncton in 1981. In 1987, he completed graduate studies in law (LL.M.) at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

He has been admitted to the Law Society of Manitoba, the Law Society of New Brunswick and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association.

He has practiced law in Manitoba, New Brunswick and Ontario. He was also a professor of law at the Faculté de droit de l’Université de Moncton. From 1999 to 2003, he had the privilege of serving as Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister of Justice for New Brunswick.

He also worked with a Canadian consortium on a capacity–building project aimed at strengthening democratic governance in Iraq, focusing on the management of language diversity and the protection and the promotion of human rights, as well as women's political participation.

During the course of his career, he has presented cases in both official languages in all Manitoba and New Brunswick courts, in the Supreme Court and the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia, as well as in the Federal Court of Canada. He also acted as one of the senior counsel to the Commission of Inquiry into Air India Flight 182.

Since March 2009, he occupies the position of Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada.

HONOURABLE MORRIS J. FISH, C.C., Q.C.
SPECIAL ADVISOR ON WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS

HONOURABLE MORRIS J. FISH, C.C., Q.C.

Justice Fish served on the Québec Court of Appeal from 1989 to 2003 and on the Supreme Court of Canada from 2003 to 2013.

He graduated with First Class Honours from McGill University’s Faculty of Law, where he was a University Scholar, was elected Permanent Class President and received the Greenshields Prize, the Crankshaw Prize for Highest Standing in Criminal Law and the Macdonald Travelling Scholarship. He pursued postgraduate studies in constitutional law and public liberties at the Université de Paris.

Justice Fish practised law in Montréal from 1964 to 1989. He was called to the bars of Québec, Prince Edward Island and Alberta and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1984.

An adjunct professor in the Faculty of Law at McGill University, Justice Fish lectured on criminal evidence and procedure, and advanced criminal law. He has also taught in the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and at the Université de Montréal. Over his long career, Justice Fish contributed to many legal periodicals and spoke at numerous legal and judicial conferences in Canada and abroad. In 2007, he became the first Canadian to deliver the H.L.A. Hart Memorial Lecture at Oxford University.

Justice Fish served as a consultant to the federal Department of Justice, to Revenue Canada and to the Law Reform Commission of Canada. He was special counsel to the Inquiry Commission into the Exercise of Trade-Union Freedom in Quebec’s Construction Industry (Cliche Commission), as well as to the Security Intelligence Review Committee.

A former board director of Montréal’s Legal Aid Bureau, Justice Fish chaired various committees of the bars of Montréal and of Québec. He was chair of the Québec Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, was a long-time member and former chair of McGill University’s Faculty of Law Advisory Board and is a member of the McGill principal’s International Advisory Board. In 2005, Justice Fish was appointed to serve as the “person of unquestioned integrity and independence” provided for by McGill’s Regulations Relating to the Employment of Academic Staff.

Justice Fish received honorary LLDs from McGill University in 2001 and from Yeshiva University in 2009. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In recognition of his remarkable contributions to the legal community and the cause of justice, Justice Fish has received numerous awards and medals, and was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada in 2017.

MARC A. GIROUX
COMMISSIONER FOR FEDERAL JUDICIAL AFFAIRS

MARC A. GIROUX

Marc Giroux, native of Hawkesbury, Ontario, was called to the Bar in 1994 after having graduated magna cum laude from the Law and Arts faculties of the University of Ottawa

Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Mr. Giroux was Deputy Commissioner for 12 years. He also held various positions within the federal government, including those of Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, Judicial Affairs Advisor to the Minister of Justice and Chief of Staff to the Minister for International Cooperation.

Amongst other things, he has appeared before many parliamentary committees; led various delegations of Canadian judges in international cooperation projects to Mexico, China, Russia, Ukraine; has been a panellist at numerous conferences; and has lectured at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. He has significant management experience and has acquired expertise in the areas of judicial independence and the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court of Canada and superior courts throughout the country.

Mr. Giroux is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario and the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice.

Mr. Giroux was appointed Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs on June 21, 2017, for a five-year term by Order–in–Council P.C. 2017-0928.

DANIEL GOSSELIN
CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR
COURTS ADMINISTRATION SERVICE

DANIEL GOSSELIN

Daniel Gosselin was appointed Chief Administrator of the Courts Administration Service (CAS) on January 31, 2011.

As Chief Administrator, Mr. Gosselin is accountable to Parliament for the provision of a complete range of judicial, registry and administrative support services to the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada and the Tax Court of Canada (the Courts). His role is to enhance the effective and efficient use of human, financial and material resources to meet the evolving needs of the Courts, while taking into account their respective specificities and safeguarding judicial independence. He must also ensure the provision of timely registry services, judicial support and corporate services to the judiciary and the Canadian public, while ensuring vigorous stewardship of public funds.

Before his appointment at CAS, Mr. Gosselin was Vice President of Corporate Management and Chief Financial Officer at the National Research Council. He also held the position of Executive Director of Finance and Awards Administration for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He worked at the National Capital Commission, where he occupied the positions of Senior Financial Analyst, Chief Accountant, and Director of Finance and Procurement.

Before joining the federal public service, Mr. Gosselin worked at the Centre hospitalier régional de l’Outaouais where he was in charge of budgetary control, and also practiced in the private sector, at the accounting firms of Touche Ross and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.

Mr. Gosselin currently serves as the Co-President of the Heads of Court Administration Committee, a federal-provincial-territorial committee which serves as a national forum for the discussion of court administration and related issues, and as President on the Comité des comptables professionnels agréés dans le secteur public et parapublic of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec.

He has been very involved in his community, most notably in the areas of health, education and youth. He was also a part–time professor at the École nationale d’administration publique.

Mr. Gosselin is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant with over thirty years of experience in a range of public and private sector organizations. He is a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (FCPA) and a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec (FCA), and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Hull.

HEIDI ILLINGWORTH
FEDERAL OMBUDSMAN FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME

HEIDI ILLINGWORTH

Heidi Illingworth was the full-time Executive Director of the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime and was employed at the Centre since 1999.

Heidi holds a B.A. Honours in Law with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Carleton University.

She has assisted many victims and survivors at various stages of the criminal justice system, met with Federal Ministers on issues of importance to crime victims and made presentations before numerous Parliamentary committees.

She was involved with curriculum development for the Victimology Graduate Certificate Program at Algonquin College, taught as a Part-Time Professor in the program and sat on the Program Advisory Committee. Heidi has also developed training materials for victim services staff and volunteers in Ontario.

In 2012, Heidi was privileged to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in honour of her work for victims of crime.

MARIE-CLAUDE LANDRY
CHIEF COMMISSIONER
CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

MARIE-CLAUDE LANDRY

Ms. Landry is Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission and was appointed in March 2015.

Ms. Landry completed her Bachelor of Law Degree at the University of Sherbrooke and was called to the Quebec Bar in 1989. She is the founder of the successful law firm Landry Boucher and Associates in Cowansville, Quebec. Her legal practice has included labour and administrative law, civil law, as well as corporate and commercial law. She has extensive litigation and mediation experience and is an accredited mediator for civil and corporate litigation and for small claims.

Familiar with the administration of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Employment Equity Act, she also served 10 years on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (1991-2001), where she conducted hearings in English and French.

In addition to her active law practice, Ms. Landry held numerous positions of distinction, including bâtonnière of the Barreau de Bedford, member of the Barreau du Québec general council, and first President of the Disciplinary Tribunal in Federal Prison Institutions for the Quebec Region (2009-2015). Her work as an independent chair person included establishing uniform and clear rules of practice, and working collaboratively with other independent chairpersons from other regions in the country. She has also served as member of both the Inquiry Committee for the Canadian Judicial Council, and the Review Committee of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec on recommendation by the Office des professions du Québec.

Ms. Landry’s desire to contribute to the well-being of her community has guided her toward many leadership positions, including President of the Centre de santé et de services sociaux La Pommeraie, and President of the local Chamber of Commerce. She has worked to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of her community, in particular by providing support to the United Way of Haute-Yamaska, as well as Au Diapason, a regional center for palliative care. Ms. Landry has also presided over the administrative body of the pediatric center “Main dans la main,” inspired by the works of Dr. Gilles Julien.

In recognition of her outstanding work, community outreach and engagement, Ms. Landry has been awarded numerous awards and distinctions, including the Keys to the City of Cowansville and recognition as City Ambassador for her important and long-standing contribution to the community (2015); the distinction of Personality of the Year by the community of Brome-Missisquoi (2015); the Merit Award from the Barreau de Bedford for her leadership (2015); Advocatus Emeritus from the Quebec Bar (2009); the Leadership award from the Association québécoise d’établissements de santé et de services sociaux (2008); “Voix de l’Excellence” award from the newspaper La Voix de l’Est (2005); and recipient of “Appréciation 1995” for volunteerism and improvement of the quality of life of the community (1995).

CAROLINE MAYNARD
INFORMATION COMMISSIONER

CAROLINE MAYNARD

Ms. Caroline Maynard holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Sherbrooke, and is a member of the Québec Bar. A highly regarded lawyer and senior executive, she is also fluently bilingual.

Ms. Maynard’s legal career with the Government of Canada spans 20 years during which time she assumed progressively senior leadership positions.

Since January 2017, Ms. Maynard has been serving as Interim Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Military Grievances External Review Committee. Prior to this, she served as Director General of Operations and General Counsel with the Review Committee for 11 years. From 2001 to 2006, she was Legal Counsel for the Office of the Judge Advocate General at the Department of National Defence. From 1998 to 2001, she held the position of Legal Counsel with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police External Review Committee. Prior to this, she worked with the Canada Revenue Agency and in private practice.

MARIE-FRANCE PELLETIER
CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR
ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNALS SUPPORT SERVICE OF CANADA

MARIE-FRANCE PELLETIER

A graduate of the Université de Moncton, Marie-France Pelletier completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in French and a minor in English in 1990, and a Bachelor of Laws in 1993. She was called to the New Brunswick Bar in 1994.

Prior to her appointment as Chief Administrator, Ms. Pelletier served as a board member and Executive Vice-Chairperson of the Parole Board of Canada. She was first appointed to the Board as a full-time member for the Quebec region in 2008, and reappointed in 2009 as the Executive Vice-Chairperson. Ms. Pelletier was previously a senior advisor responsible for providing strategic advice to federal and provincial governments.

Ms. Pelletier has senior-level government and management experience, ranging from positions as Deputy Minister in the Government of New Brunswick to Senior Policy Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier. She also served as Chief of Staff to the Principal and Vice Chancellor at McGill University.

Ms. Pelletier was appointed Chief Administrator of the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada on October 27, 2014.

Kathleen Roussel
DIRECTOR
PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS

Kathleen Roussel

After graduating from the University of Ottawa, French Common Law Program in 1992, Kathleen Roussel practiced criminal law in Ottawa. She joined Justice Canada in 2001, holding various management positions of increasing responsibility.

In April 2013, she was appointed as Deputy Director of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) and had been Acting Director of the PPSC since March 2017. On June 21, 2017, Ms. Roussel was appointed as the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In addition to her duties within the PPSC, Kathleen is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Prosecutors.

DANIEL THERRIEN
PRIVACY COMMISSIONNER OF CANADA

DANIEL THERRIEN

Daniel Therrien was appointed Privacy Commissioner of Canada on June 5, 2014, after three decades serving Canadians as a lawyer with various federal departments where human rights issues were important.

Commissioner Therrien has said that the over-arching goal of his mandate is to increase the control Canadians have over their personal information. Shortly after his appointment, Commissioner Therrien was plunged into the debate over a new cyberbullying bill, legislation to reform Canada’s federal private sector privacy law, and a review of the RCMP’s lawful access practices. He has also championed privacy rights in the public debate over national security and public safety, and led research and investigations into privacy issues that go to the heart of consumer trust and confidence.

Commissioner Therrien has identified new strategic privacy priorities and strategic approaches that will guide the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s work in the coming years, and has spoken publicly on a range of privacy issues throughout Canada and around the world. He values collaboration and consultation and works with public and private sector stakeholders, academia, civil society organizations, consumer groups and individuals to help improve privacy protections for Canadians.

Commissioner Therrien began his career practising correctional law for the Department of the Solicitor General, the Correctional Service of Canada and the National Parole Board. He then practiced immigration law at the Department of Justice and Citizenship and Immigration Canada, becoming Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Public Safety, Defence and Immigration Portfolio at the Department of Justice in 2005. In that capacity, Commissioner Therrien had a leadership role in giving legal advice to government on public safety and national security issues. He was also instrumental in negotiating the adoption of privacy principles governing the sharing of information between Canada and the U.S. under the Beyond the Border accord.

Commissioner Therrien holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Licence en droit from the University of Ottawa. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1981.

DAVID THOMAS
CHAIRPERSON OF CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL

David Thomas

David Thomas attended the University of British Columbia and the American College of Switzerland, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in International Political Studies. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1989. Mr. Thomas began his career at a large law firm in Vancouver. In 1994, he formed his own law firm to focus his practice on immigration and administrative law.

In private practice, Mr. Thomas was a regular guest speaker for the Canadian Bar Association, the BC Society for Continuing Legal Education and other professional organizations. His work has required extensive international travel and as such, Mr. Thomas is well experienced with numerous cultures, traditions and customs. Mr. Thomas also has a keen interest in international human rights, and has taken the opportunity to visit and research troubled regions around the world.

Mr. Thomas has served several non-profit organizations, including as President of the Canada-Korea Business Association, Chair of the West Vancouver Parks & Recreation Commission and Province President of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honours Society.

He was appointed Chairperson of the Tribunal for a term of seven years commencing on September 2, 2014.

Courts

HONOURABLE B. RICHARD BELL
CHIEF JUSTICE
COURT MARTIAL APPEAL COURT OF CANADA

The Honourable B.  Richard Bell

The Honourable B. Richard Bell was born in Woodstock, New Brunswick. He joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1973, graduated as valedictorian of his class, and served as a constable at various locations throughout Nova Scotia until 1976. He received a Bachelor of Laws in 1979 and a Master of Laws in 1998, both from Dalhousie University.

Mr. Justice Bell was called to the Bar of New Brunswick in 1979. He was a partner with Buchanan Bell from 1984 to 2000. He then became a senior partner with the firm McInnes Cooper from 2000 to 2006. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2004.

Mr. Justice Bell was appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick, Trial Division, in 2006, and a judge of the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick in 2007.

During his more than 25 years in practice, Justice Bell appeared before numerous administrative tribunals and all levels of the courts, including the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Bell is a former President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the Canadian Bar Association, New Brunswick Branch, and a member of l’Association des juristes d’expression française du Nouveau-Brunswick and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is the author of several legal publications.

He was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Canada, a judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, and Chief Justice of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada on February 5, 2015.

HONOURABLE PAUL CRAMPTON
CHIEF JUSTICE
FEDERAL COURT

HONOURABLE PAUL CRAMPTON

The Honourable Paul Crampton received a Bachelor of Arts (Philosphie) from l’Université du Québec in 1981. He received a combined Bachelor of Laws and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa in 1985 and a Masters of Law from the University of Toronto in 1987. He was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1988.

Between 1987 and 1991, he held various positions within the Competition Bureau, including Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Competition (formerly the Director of Investigation and Research). From 1992 to 2002, he was a partner in the Competition Law Group at Davies, Ward, Phillips and Vineberg LLP. Between 2002 and 2004, he was Head of Outreach, Competition Division of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing the Organization’s work in the competition field with developing and transitioning countries. From 2004 to 2009, he was a partner in the Competition Law Group at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, in Toronto.

He is a past Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Task Force on Competition Law and Policy; a former member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Working Party on International Competition Law Convergence; a former member of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council’s Competition Principles Working Group; and a past Chair of committees of the Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and the Section of International Law and Practice of the American Bar Association. He also is the author of Mergers and the Competition Act, a leading text on the merger provisions of the Competition Act, and of numerous articles published in domestic and international journals. He has spoken extensively on competition law throughout the world.

Justice Crampton was first appointed a judge of the Federal Court in November 2009, and a member of the Competition Tribunal in March 2010. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court on December 16, 2011.

HONOURABLE MARC NOËL, Q.C.
CHIEF JUSTICE
FEDERAL COURT OF APPEAL

Chief Justice Marc  Noël

Chief Justice Marc Noël was born in Quebec, Quebec. He graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Common Law, and was called to the Bar of Quebec and the Bar of Ontario. Prior to his appointment as Chief Justice, he was partner in the Montreal office of Bennett Jones Verchere. He was also a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, McGill University; the Quebec Bar School; and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990.

Chief Justice Noël was appointed Judge of the Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division and ex officio member of the Court of Appeal and Judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court in 1992. He was appointed a member of the Competition Tribunal in 1993 and Judge of the Federal Court of Canada, Appeal Division, in 1998. Since 2003, the date of the coming into force of the Courts Administration Service Act, he has been Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal on October 9, 2014.

HONOURABLE EUGENE P. ROSSITER
CHIEF JUSTICE
TAX COURT OF CANADA

HONOURABLE EUGENE P. ROSSITER

Eugene P. Rossiter was educated at St. Francis Xavier University (B.B.A., 1974) and Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1978). He was called to the Bar of Prince Edward Island in 1978 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991. He was an associate and partner at Stewart McKelvey (formerly Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales, Scales Jenkins McQuaid) (1978–2006).

Prior to his appointment, he held the position of President of the Prince Edward Island Law Society. He also was a member of the Prince Edward Island Supreme Court Rules Committee, Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Governor of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, Governor of the Prince Edward Island Junior Achievement, member of Stewart McKelvey Partnership Board, Chairman of Stewart McKelvey.

He was previously appointed a Judge of the Tax Court of Canada on November 23, 2006, and Associate Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada on July 15, 2008. He is the founding Director and Secretary General of the International Association of Tax Judges (IATJ) for 2010-2011 and has chaired the IATJ since 2011.

The Honourable Chief Justice Rossiter was appointed Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada on December 19, 2014.

RIGHT HONOURABLE RICHARD WAGNER, P.C.
CHIEF JUSTICE OF CANADA

RIGHT HONOURABLE RICHARD WAGNER, P.C.

Richard Wagner was born in Montreal on April 2, 1957. He studied at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal and obtained his Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in 1975. He earned a Bachelor of Social Sciences (B.Soc.Sc.) with a major in Political Science from the University of Ottawa in 1978, graduating cum laude. He received a Licentiate in Laws (LL.L.) from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law in 1979, also graduating cum laude.

Richard Wagner was called to the Quebec Bar in 1980 and practised law until being appointed to the Quebec Superior Court on September 24, 2004. He was a partner in the law firm of Lavery, de Billy (formerly Lavery, O’Brien and Lavery, Johnston, Clark, Carrière, Mason & Associés) from 1980 to 2004. His practice there focused mainly on professional liability of lawyers, accountants, architects and engineers, and on commercial litigation related in particular to real estate law, oppression remedies and class action suits. He argued cases before all the Quebec courts and quasi-judicial tribunals, as well as before the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.

A member of the Canadian Bar Association from 1980 until he was appointed to the bench in 2004, he sat on the board of the Association’s Quebec Branch and was president of, among others, the Construction Law Section. He also chaired the liaison committee of the Bar of Montréal and the Superior Court. He sat on a number of committees of the Bar of Montréal and the Barreau du Québec, was elected to the Council of the Bar of Montréal in 1998 and chaired the Bar of Montréal’s ad hoc committee on Quebec law libraries. In 1998, he was a founding Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers (CCCL). In 1989-90 and in 2001, he taught trial advocacy courses at the École du Barreau du Québec. He was elected First Councillor of the Bar of Montréal for 2000-2001 before being elected Bâtonnier of the Bar of Montréal for 2001-2. At the time, he also chaired the Barreau du Québec’s applications committee and sat on the General Council of the Barreau du Québec as well as on its administrative committee and finance committee. In 2003, he taught a course on civil procedure under both the former and the new Code of Civil Procedure at the École du Barreau du Québec.

In June 2005, he received the Barreau du Québec’s Award of Merit in recognition of his contribution to the legal profession and, in particular, to the creation of the Centre d’accès à l’information juridique (CAIJ) which has provided access to legal information for members of the profession throughout Quebec since 2002. He was a member of the CAIJ’s board of directors and its vice-president until being appointed to the Quebec Superior Court.

On September 24, 2004, Richard Wagner was appointed to the Quebec Superior Court for the District of Montréal, where he sat in the Civil Division, the Commercial Division and the Criminal Division. He was appointed to the Quebec Court of Appeal on February 3, 2011.

As a Superior Court judge, he sat on several of the court’s committees, including the judicial practice committee, which oversaw training for newly appointed judges. He became a member of the board of directors of the Conférence des juges des cours supérieures du Québec in 2006, and its president in 2009. He has been a member of the Judicial Conduct Review Committee and the Remuneration Committee of the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association and has sat on its board of directors since 2011. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on October 5, 2012 and appointed Chief Justice of Canada, December 18, 2017.

Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General

THE HONOURABLE ANDREW PARSONS
MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
AND ATTORNEY GENERAL
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

THE HONOURABLE  ANDREW PARSONS

The Honourable Andrew Parsons was appointed Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General on December 14, 2015.

Minister Parsons practiced law in the region before entering provincial politics. He previously served as the Opposition House Leader and the Opposition Critic for Justice, Health and Community Services, and other key portfolios.

Minister Parsons has served on the executive of Port aux Basques Minor Hockey, including four years as president. He served as a committee member for Port aux Basques Come Home Year 2005, a member of the Southwest Coast Marine and Mountain Zone Committee, and as a Board member on the Dr. Charles L. Legrow Health Care Foundation. He has also served as President of the Port aux Basques Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized and awarded numerous times for his public service and volunteerism

THE HONOURABLE JORDAN BROWN
MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY AND ATTORNEY GENERAL

THE HONOURABLE JORDAN  BROWN

Jordan Brown was elected to the Prince Edward Island Legislature in the May 4, 2015 provincial general election, as the representative for District 13, Charlottetown - Brighton, the same district formerly held by his grandfather, the late Addie MacDonald, who was also Government Whip. On October 23, 2017, Premier Wade MacLauchlan appointed him Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture, and on January 10, 2018, he added the Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General portfolio to his cabinet duties.

Jordan was born and raised in Prince Edward Island. He graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2002 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a minor in economics. He then attended the University of New Brunswick to pursue his legal education. Jordan was admitted to the bar in Prince Edward Island in 2005, and began his practice with Cox & Palmer in Charlottetown.

As an MLA, Jordan is a member of the Standing Committee on Education and Economic Development and the Standing Committee on Health and Wellness, and a former member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

THE HONOURABLE MARK FUREY
MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL
NOVA SCOTIA

THE HONOURABLE MARK  FUREY

The Honourable Mark Furey was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as MLA for Lunenburg West in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017.

He has served as Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Business, Minster of Service Nova Scotia, and Minister responsible for Tourism Nova Scotia.

Prior to becoming an MLA, he was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 32 years. During his career in law enforcement, he served in detachments around Nova Scotia, including Halifax, Cape Breton, and the South Shore, where he retired as District Commander for Lunenburg County. He also fulfilled policing roles in Haiti and Kosovo.

THE HONOURABLE ANDREA ANDERSON-MASON
MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL
NEW BRUNSWICK

THE HONOURABLE  ANDREA ANDERSON-MASON

Andrea Anderson Mason,      [Redacted]     , grew up in Andersonville, a rural community in St. James Parish, Charlotte County.

Mason was called to the bar in 2002 and primarily works in litigation.

She lives in St. George with her husband, Rick, and two children.

SONIA LEBEL
MINISTER OF JUSTICE
QUEBEC

SONIA LEBEL

A lawyer by profession, Sonia LeBel has made a noteworthy appearance as chief prosecutor at the Charbonneau Commission.

A law graduate from the University of Montreal, Sonia worked for more than 20 years with the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP), where she specialized in criminal law and drug-related offenses and organized crime. She has been a member of the Offenses Committee of the Montreal Bar for fifteen years.

Minister Lebel was elected as Member of the National Assembly for Champlain in the Quebec general election held on October 1, 2018. Minister Lebel was given three roles in cabinet as Minister of Justice, Intergovernmental Affairs and Status of Women.

THE HONOURABLE CAROLINE MULRONEY
ATTORNEY GENERAL
ONTARIO

THE HONOURABLE CAROLINE  MULRONEY

Caroline has had a successful career in the private sector spanning business and law while effectively running a charity benefitting homeless and at-risk women.

She was most recently the Vice President of BloombergSen Investment Partners, a Toronto-based investment firm, where she managed client services, marketing and business development. Prior to that, Caroline spearheaded corporate and regulatory matters related to growth opportunities in Canada and the United States for Wellington Financial LP.

As a lawyer, she was an associate at Shearman & Sterling and then Associate Director of the NYU Center for Law & Business. Caroline began her career as a financial analyst in the investment banking department of Bear Stearns & Co. Inc.

Caroline is a graduate of Harvard College and the NYU School of Law.

In addition to her work in the private sector, Caroline is passionate about the charitable organization she co-founded and chairs called the Shoebox Project for Shelters. With local chapters across Canada and the United States, they coordinate and deliver gifts to thousands of women and girls in shelters or facing homelessness.

She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for SickKids Foundation and is a Governor of the National Theatre School of Canada. She is a former member of the Board of Directors to the Fraser Institute and the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority, a Crown corporation.

Born in Montreal, Caroline grew up in Ottawa and is bilingual.

THE HONOURABLE CLIFF CULLEN
MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL
MANITOBA

THE HONOURABLE CLIFF  CULLEN

Cliff Cullen was born and raised on a grain and cattle farm near Wawanesa and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a diploma in agriculture. He was first elected MLA for Turtle Mountain in 2004 and re-elect in 2007. In 2011, he was elected in the new constituency of Spruce Woods and re-elected in 2016.

He has been involved in his community for many years, serving as captain of the volunteer fire department and volunteering on various community boards such as the Glenboro Community Development Corporation, Community Round Table, Glenboro Curling Club and the Glenboro United Church.

Cliff is an ardent activist for the environment. He has held the position of President of the Manitoba Weed Supervisor Association and the Provincial Manager of the Association for the Clean Rural Environment. He has worked in the agriculture, environmental and insurance fields.

On May 3, 2016, he was named Minister of the new department of Growth, Enterprise and Trade. On August 17, 2017, he was named Minister of Crown Services and Government House Leader. On August 1, 2018, Cliff was named Minister of Justice, Attorney General and Keeper of the Great Seal of the Province of Manitoba.

THE HONOURABLE DON MORGAN, Q.C.
MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL
SASKATCHEWAN

THE HONOURABLE DON  MORGAN, Q.C.

Don Morgan was born, raised and educated in Saskatoon. He graduated from the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, in 1978 and practiced law in Saskatoon from 1979 to 1988.

Between 1988 and 1992, he was Chairman and CEO of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission. He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 1990. From 1992 until 2007, he practiced law in Saskatoon. Mr. Morgan also served on the Saskatoon Public School Board from 1999 to 2003 including a term as Board Chair.

Mr. Morgan was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly in 2003 and was re-elected in the 2007 and 2011 provincial elections. From 2007 to May 2012, he served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General. He also held the portfolio of Minister of Advanced Education from May 2012 to September 2013. He has been Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety since 2010. Mr. Morgan has also served as the minister responsible for SaskTel. Mr. Morgan was re–elected in 2016.

THE HONOURABLE KATHLEEN GANLEY
MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND SOLICITOR GENERAL
ALBERTA

THE HONOURABLE  KATHLEEN GANLEY

Along with a juris doctor degree from the University of Calgary, Kathleen Ganley also holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in psychology.

In addition to receiving a number of scholarships and bursaries, Ms. Ganley was awarded the Department of Philosophy silver medallion and the University of Calgary undergraduate merit award.

Before beginning her legal career, Ms. Ganley spent a summer as a caseworker with student legal assistance and as a research assistant with RESOLVE Alberta, a research network focused on ending violence against women.

Ms. Ganley articled with the Provincial Court of Alberta from June 2011 to March 2012. She worked with a private law firm as an associate, specializing in labour, employment and human rights law. 

An avid volunteer, she has donated her time to participating in a variety of community activities over the years, including providing student legal assistance, delivering patient care at the Foothills hospital, coaching swimming, counselling children’s day camp and assisting with community theatre.

Ms. Ganley was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Calgary–Buffalo, on May 5, 2015. She was appointed Minister of Justice and Solicitor General and Minister of Aboriginal Relations on May 24, 2015.

THE HONOURABLE DAVID EBY
ATTORNEY GENERAL
BRITISH COLUMBIA

THE HONOURABLE DAVID EBY

David Eby was first elected as the MLA for Vancouver–Point Grey in May 2013. He was appointed Attorney General for the Ministry of Justice on July 18, 2017.

He is an award-winning lawyer, noted for his work on constitutional and administrative law issues related to the protection and promotion of human rights and democratic freedoms.

A proud resident of the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver, in his professional career David was an adjunct professor of law at the University of British Columbia, president of the HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and served on the Vancouver Foundation’s Health and Social Development Committee. From 2009 to 2013, David ran the B.C. Civil Liberties Association as its executive director.

David has been recognized as one of British Columbia’s most effective advocates. His work at Pivot Legal Society to protect the human rights and dignity of homeless and underhoused residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside was recognized in 2011 by the UN Association in Canada and the B.C. Human Rights Coalition with their annual award. He is the author of several books and articles on legal rights. His handbook on arrest rights is now in its third printing, with more than 10,000 copies in circulation.

THE HONOURABLE TRACY-ANNE MCPHEE
MINISTER OF JUSTICE
YUKON

THE HONOURABLE  TRACY-ANNE MCPHEE

The Honourable Tracy-Anne McPhee was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in the general election for the 34th Legislative Assembly on November 7, 2016.

Minister McPhee was appointed to the Executive Council of Yukon (Cabinet) on December 3, 2016. She is currently Minister of Justice and Minister of Education. She is also the Government House Leader.

Minister McPhee is currently a member of the Members’ Services Board. Minister McPhee was appointed to the committee by order of the House on January 12, 2017.

Minister McPhee was sworn in as Yukon’s Ombudsman and Information and Privacy Commissioner on May 25, 2007, and served in that position until April 30, 2012.

THE HONOURABLE LOUIS SEBERT
MINISTER OF JUSTICE
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

THE HONOURABLE  LOUIS SEBERT

The Honourable Louis Sebert was appointed Minister of Justice, Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Power Corporation, Minister Responsible for the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission, and Minister Responsible for Public Engagement and Transparency on December 21, 2015.

Minister Sebert was first elected to the 18th Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories in November 2015 representing the Thebacha constituency.

Prior to his election, Minister Sebert spent 14 years serving as a Municipal Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the Town of Fort Smith. He also has previous experience as a lawyer in private practice and as a part-time instructor at Aurora College.

Minister Sebert has previously volunteered with the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce, District Education Authority, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 239, Arthritis Society and the Tennis Club.

THE HONOURABLE JEANNIE EHALOAK
MINISTER OF JUSTICE
NUNAVUT

THE HONOURABLE JEANNIE  EHALOAK

Jeannie Hakongak Ehaloak was elected in the general election held on October 30, 2017, to represent the constituency of Cambridge Bay in the 5th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut.

Ms. Ehaloak was elected to serve on the Executive Council during the November 17, 2017, proceedings of the Nunavut Leadership Forum. Minister Ehaloak was formally sworn into office on November 21, 2017. She serves as Minister of Justice, Minister responsible for the Qulliq Energy Corporation, Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Minister responsible for Democratic Institutions, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Tribunal and Minister responsible for Labour.

Ms. Ehaloak has held a number of professional positions in her career with the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Municipality of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut Arctic College, the Nunavut Planning Commission and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated. Prior to her election, Ms. Ehaloak held the position of Manager of Communications for the Nunavut Impact Review Board.

Ms. Ehaloak served as the Mayor of Cambridge Bay from 2011 until her election to the Legislative Assembly. She is a past President of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities.

Ms. Ehaloak has been an active volunteer with the community’s annual Omingmak Frolics. She has also had a leadership role in a number of initiatives related to fighting cancer. Ms. Ehaloak is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.