QUEBEC JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED

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 appointments:

The Honourable Geneviève Marcotte, a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec in Montreal, is appointed a puisne judge of the Court of Appeal of Quebec to replace Mr. Justice J.R. Fournier (Montreal), who was appointed Associate Chief Justice of the Superior Court on December 17, 2013.

Madam Justice Marcotte was appointed to the Superior Court of Quebec in 2008. She completed a Bachelor of Laws at McGill University in 1986 and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1987. She practised with Lavery, de Billy from 1987 to 1998 and with Heenan Blaikie in Montreal until her appointment. Her area of practice was civil and commercial litigation.

Madam Justice Marcotte was active with the Canadian Bar Association and Barreau du Québec, notably the Civil Litigation and Insurance Section (1994-1998) and the Liaison Committee with the Court of Appeal. She has authored various legal articles.

The Honourable Daniel Dumais, a lawyer with Norton Rose Fulbright in Quebec, is appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec to replace Mr. Justice C.C. Gagnon (Québec), who was appointed to the Court of Appeal on November 7, 2013.

Mr. Justice Dumais obtained a Bachelor of Laws from l'Université de Laval in 1981 and was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1982. He completed a Masters of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School in 1987 and received the Emeritus Lawyer distinction from the Barreau du Québec in 2012.

Justice Dumais practised with Heenan Blaikie (formerly Aubut Chabot) from 1992 to 2012 and then joined Norton Rose Fulbright. His practice areas were civil litigation, commercial law, insurance law, and arbitration.

Mr. Justice Dumais was recognized in the legal directory Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of sports law in 2011 and 2012. He was a lecturer for the Bar Admission Court from 1995 to 2003 and an instructor at l'Université Laval from 1987 to 1994. He was a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Sports Lawyers Association.

The Honourable Guy de Blois, a lawyer with Langlois, Kronström, Desjardins in Quebec, is appointed a puisne judge of the Quebec Superior Court to replace Mr. Justice M. Lesage (Quebec), who elected to become a supernumerary judge as of November 18, 2013.

Mr. Justice de Blois received a Bachelor of Laws from l'Université Laval in 1984 and a Master of Business Law from the London School of Economics, University College, London (England), in 1987. He was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1985.

Mr. Justice de Blois practised with Langlois, Kronström, Desjardins and predecessor firms from 1999. Prior to that, he had practised with Hickson Martin Blanchard (1991-1999), Kronström Desjardins (1988-1991) and St-Hilaire de Blois (1985-1986). His main areas of practice were bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring, including banking litigation and commercial litigation.

Mr. Justice de Blois was a member of the Canadian Bar Association from 1999 and a member of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy's Oral Examination Committee for the licensing of trustees-in-bankruptcy. He was recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the areas of insolvency and financial restructuring.

The Honourable Chantal Lamarche, a lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais, is appointed a puisne judge of the Quebec Superior Court to replace Madam Justice M.-F. Courville, who elected to become a supernumerary judge as of October 20, 2013.

Madam Justice Lamarche received a Bachelor of Laws from l'Université de Montréal in 1988 and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1989. She practised with Heenan Blaikie from 1989 to 2014 before joining the Labour and Employment Law Group Borden Ladner Gervais. Her main areas of practice were labour law, employment law, and human rights.

She served as a professor at l'École Polytechnique de l'Université de Montréal. Since 2000, she has revised and updated the publication Le Congédiement en droit Québécois. She has been a frequent conference speaker on employment law issues.

The Honourable Donald Bisson, a lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault in Montreal, is appointed a puisne judge of the Quebec Superior Court to replace Mr. Justice R. Nadeau, who elected to become a supernumerary judge as of November 20, 2013.

Mr. Justice Bisson received a Bachelor of Laws from l'Université de Montréal in 1992 and a Master of Laws from King's College in London, England in 1995. He was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1993.

Mr. Justice Bisson served as a law clerk for the Honourable Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé of the Supreme Court of Canada. From 1995, he practised with McCarthy Tétrault and served as Chair of their Litigation Group and Class Actions Group. His areas of practise included civil and commercial litigation.

Mr. Justice Bisson's expertise in class actions and commercial litigation has been recognized by various publications, including The Canadian Legal Lexpert, Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada and the Best Lawyers in Canada. He was a contributing author of the first, second and third editions of McCarthy Tétrault Defending Class Actions in Canada, published by CCH.

The Honourable Marie-Claude Armstrong, a lawyer with Lavery, de Billy in Montreal, is appointed a puisne judge of the Quebec Superior Court to replace Madam Justice G. Marcotte (Montreal), who was appointed to the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Madam Justice Armstrong received a Bachelor of Laws from l'Université de Montréal in 1992 and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1993. She joined Lavery, de Billy and practised as a member of their Family, Personal and Estate Law Practice Group.

Madam Justice Armstrong has been Chair of the Liaison Committee for the Quebec Superior Court on family matters and a member of the Liaison Committee on the administration of civil justice of the Barreau de Montréal since 2013. She was recognized in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada for her expertise in family law.

These appointments are effective immediately.

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