The Honourable Simon Ruel was a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec from 2014 to 2017. He has experience hearing matters in all areas of law, including criminal law, family law, constitutional law, Aboriginal law and administrative law, civil law and commercial law.
As a lawyer, Justice Ruel practiced mainly in public and administrative law and government affairs. He was a member of the Quebec Bar (1995) and of the Law Society of Upper Canada (2007). After beginning his career with the firm Grey Casgrain, he subsequently became a litigator and counsel to the federal Department of Justice, the Privy Council Office, and the Department of Finance. Before his appointment to the Superior Court, he was a partner with the firm BCF Business Law in Quebec City and, prior to that, with Heenan Blaikie.
Justice Ruel participated as counsel in numerous federal and provincial public inquiries and investigations. These included the federal Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities, the Cornwall Public Inquiry, and the Commission of Inquiry on the Process for Appointing Judges presided by the Honourable Michel Bastarache. He also participated in the coroner’s inquest into deaths caused by Legionnaires’ disease in Quebec City in 2012 and represented the Manitoba Commission of Inquiry into the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Phoenix Sinclair. In addition, he advised the Canadian Judicial Council on reforms to the judicial disciplinary process.
Beyond his practice, Justice Ruel taught public and administrative law at the Quebec Bar School and was a lecturer at the University of Ottawa in Civil and Commercial Evidence. He has authored or co-authored numerous legal publications, articles, and commentaries in public and administrative law. He has participated as a speaker, organizer, or moderator in legal conferences on topics ranging from legal ethics to public law and inquiries. Justice Ruel currently serves on the executive of the Canadian Bar Association Judges’ Forum.
Justice Ruel was appointed to the Court of Appeal on June 21, 2017.