About the Council

The Council has 41 members, under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Right Honourable Richard Wagner. The Chief Justices and Associate Chief Justices of the Canadian provincial and federal superior courts represent the CJC. Since 1971, the entire team has been working to promote the excellence and independence of the judiciary. The goal of the members of the Council is to improve the efficiency and consistency in the administration of justice before the courts and the quality of services in Canada's superior courts.

Committees

As part of its mandate, the Council oversees judicial conduct and develops policies for the professional development of judges. In addition, the Council is involved in many other current issues.

Numerous committees have been created to meet the expectations of Canadians and include chief justices, other judges, experts and partners. These committees assist the Council in achieving its objectives through research, writing publications or collaborating on special projects.

The work of these committees is very varied, as are their structures. Some are ad hoc committees, created for a specific project, while others are permanent and have a specific number of members.

Below is a list of Council's current standing committees:

  • Executive Committee
  • Judicial Conduct
  • Judicial Education
  • Nominating
  • Public Information
  • Study Leave

Members & Staff

In addition to the 41 members of the Canadian Judicial Council, a team of dedicated professionals ensures that the Council operates smoothly and efficiently.

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Council members

The Council is comprised of 41 members: chief justices and associate chief justices

Supreme Court of Canada:

  • The Right Honourable Richard Wagner, P.C., C.J.C. (Chairperson)

Alberta

  • The Honourable Catherine A. Fraser, Chief Justice of Alberta
  • The Honourable Mary T. Moreau, Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta
  • The Honourable Kenneth G. Nielsen, Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta
  • The Honourable John D. Rooke, Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta

British Columbia

  • The Honourable Robert Bauman, Chief Justice of British Columbia
  • The Honourable Christopher E. Hinkson, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia
  • The Honourable Heather J. Holmes, Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia

Manitoba

  • The Honourable Richard J. Chartier, Chief Justice of Manitoba
  • The Honourable Glenn Joyal, Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba
  •  The Honourable Shane I. Perlmutter, Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba
  • Vacant, Family Division, Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba

New Brunswick

  • The Honourable J.C. Marc Richard, Chief Justice of New Brunswick
  • The Honourable Tracey DeWare, Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • The Honourable Deborah E. Fry, Chief Justice of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • The Honourable Raymond P. Whalen, Chief Justice of the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

  • The Honourable Louise A. Charbonneau, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia

  • The Honourable Michael J. Wood, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia
  • The Honourable Deborah K. Smith, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
  • Vacant, Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
  • The Honourable Lawrence I. O'Neil, Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Family Division

Nunavut

  • The Honourable Neil A. Sharkey, Chief Justice of the Nunavut Court of Justice

Ontario

  • The Honourable George R. Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario
  • The Honourable Geoffrey Morawetz, Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice (of Ontario)
  • The Honourable Alexandra Hoy, Associate Chief Justice of Ontario
  • The Honourable Frank N. Marrocco, Associate Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice (of Ontario)

Prince Edward Island

  • The Honourable David H. Jenkins, Chief Justice of Prince Edward Island
  • The Honourable Tracey L. Clements, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island

Quebec

  • The Honourable Nicole Duval Hesler, Chief Justice of Quebec
  • The Honourable Jacques R. Fournier, Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Quebec
  • The Honourable Catherine La Rosa, Senior Associate Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Quebec
  • The Honourable Eva Petras, Associate Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Quebec

Saskatchewan

  • The Honourable Robert Richards, Chief Justice of Saskatchewan
  • The Honourable Martel D. Popescul, Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan

Yukon Territory

  • The Honourable Ronald Veale, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Yukon Territory

Federal Court of Appeal:

  • The Honourable Marc Noël, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal

Federal Court:

  • The Honourable Paul S. Crampton, Chief Justice of the Federal Court
  • The Honourable Jocelyne Gagné, Associate Chief Justice of the Federal Court

Tax Court of Canada:

  • The Honourable Eugene P. Rossiter, Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada

  • The Honourable Lucie Lamarre, Associate Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada

Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada:

  • The Honourable B. Richard Bell, Chief Justice of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada

Support staff

The Council Office, led by the Executive Director and Senior General Counsel, supports Council members in their work.

Canadian Judicial Council
Ottawa (Ontario) K1A 0W8
613-288-1566, FAX: 613-288-1575

Josée Desjardins
Director, Committees Management

Josée Gauthier
Registry Officer

Odette Lalumière
Senior Counsel

Johanna Laporte
Director, Communications and Registry Services

Sylvie Lecoupe
Committees Management Officer

Julie Maurier
Committees Management Officer

Mélanie Mckinnon
Registry and Communications Support Officer

Marc-Olivier Proulx
Programmer − Analyst, Web Site and Systems Management

Marie-Lynne Robineau 
Communications Advisor

Marie-Claude Rolland
Manager, Issues Management and Administration

Norman Sabourin
Executive Director and Senior General Counsel