June 19, 2018
Quebec, June 19, 2018 – It is with sadness that the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal of Quebec, the Honorable Nicole Duval Hesler, learned of the death of the Honorable Benoît Morin, which occurred on June 17, 2018. The Honorable Justice Morin retired from the Court of Appeal last November.
"My first thoughts today are with his spouse, his children and his family, who are going through difficult times. The Honorable Justice Morin is and will remain in our hearts as one of the great men of law, but also and especially as a colleague and a friend. His career path is more than impressive and everyone recognizes his great dedication, skill and outstanding work ethic " said Justice Duval Hesler.
The honorable Benoît Morin was born in Quebec City on November 27, 1942. He studied at the Collège des Jésuites in Quebec City (B.A. 1961), at Laval University Law Faculty (LL.L. 1964), and at the Ecole nationale d'administration in Paris (1967).
Called to the Quebec Bar in 1965, he worked as a legal adviser for the Department of Justice of Quebec from 1966 to 1969. From 1969 to 1971, he was assistant to the Law Clerk of the Quebec Legislature. In 1971 and 1972, he fulfilled the functions of Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice of Quebec and, in 1972 and 1973, he was Deputy Clerk of the Conseil exécutif.
In 1973, he was appointed Executive Assistant to the Premier of Quebec, and he fulfilled those functions until 1976. After having carried out the duties of Associate Deputy Minister of Justice of Quebec, he was appointed Vice-President and General Counsel of Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, in Ottawa, where he worked from 1977 to 1979. From 1979 to 1981, he successively carried out the roles of Vice-President and President of the Commission de refonte des lois et des règlements of Quebec. From 1981 to 1984, he fulfilled the functions of Vice-President and head of the legal department and those of Senior Vice-President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs at the National Bank of Canada, in Montreal.
In 1986, he was appointed Associate Secretary General of the Conseil exécutif, in Quebec City, position he held until 1994, when he was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec. In December 2001, he joined the Court of Appeal of Quebec where he sat until November 2017.
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