Born in Quebec City on April 13, 1960, Justice Rancourt completed his studies at Jean-XXIII primary school, La Camaradière secondary school and CGEP Garneau. He holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations and Bachelor’s degree in Law from Université Laval. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1985.
Justice Rancourt practiced law with the firm McDougall Caron from 1985 to 1987. He later joined Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Fulbright) in 1988 and continued his practice there until his appointment to the Superior Court on June 20, 2015. At this firm, he was a member of the Employment and Labour Law Group, serving as the local chair of the group from 2007 to 2015. He became the national chair of the Employment and Labour Law Group on April 1, 2015 and was also a member of the firm’s national management committee.
Justice Rancourt is the author of many publications regarding labour law, workplace health and safety, and human rights and freedoms. He has also given numerous conferences in these areas of law, and from 2001 to 2015 taught labour law, negotiation and workplace health and safety at the Quebec Bar’s École de formation professionnelle. In 2014, the publication Best Lawyers named him “Lawyer of the Year” for Labour and Employment Law in Quebec City.
Justice Rancourt was appointed to the Court of Appeal of Quebec on June 21, 2017.