Chief Justice Manon Savard, a native of Montreal, was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1986 after having earned a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Montréal and a Bachelor of Business Administration from McGill University. Her legal and business administration studies earned her numerous awards and scholarships.
Prior to her appointment to the judiciary, she was in private practice for 23 years, first as an associate and then partner, at the firm of Ogilvy Renault, now known as Norton Rose Fulbright. During that time, she developed a specialized and recognized expertise in the fields of employment and labour law as well as administrative law and she has written extensively on the former. In order to make her fields of expertise better known, she lectured at conferences and taught at the École de formation professionnelle of the Quebec Bar.
Justice Savard also served on the Conseil consultatif du travail et de la main-d’oeuvre, which advises the Minister of Labour on any question respecting matters within his competence, including legislative issues related to employment and labour law.
From 2009 to 2013, she sat on the Quebec Superior Court, notably in its Civil and Administrative Division and its Commercial Division.
The Honourable Manon Savard was appointed to the Court of Appeal of Quebec in 2013 and became Chief Justice on June 10, 2020. She is the 29th Chief Justice of Quebec.
Throughout her judicial career, Justice Savard has expressed her deep involvement and commitment to the law by contributing to many committees and working groups. She was a member of the Organizing Committee of the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association as well as a member of the Quebec Superior Court's Civil Procedure Rules Committee and the person in charge of that court’s Student Interns Committee. She was also involved in establishing the Digital Office of the Court of Appeal of Quebec.