The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced on November 19, 2020 the following appointments at the Court of Appeal of Quebec.
- The Honourable Christine Baudouin, a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montréal, is appointed a puisne Judge of the Court of Appeal of Quebec. Madam Justice Baudouin replaces Madam Justice C. Roy, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective October 6, 2019.
- The Honourable Frédéric Bachand, a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montréal, is appointed a puisne Judge of the Court of Appeal of Quebec. Mr. Justice Bachand replaces Madam Justice M. Savard, who was appointed Chief Justice of Quebec effective June 10, 2020.
Justice Christine Baudouin holds an LL.B. from the University of Montreal and an LL.M. specializing in bioethics from McGill University. She was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1993.
In 2017, Madam Justice Baudouin was appointed to the Superior Court of Quebec (Montréal). Prior to her appointment, she practised litigation as an associate and a partner with several firms, including Heenan Blaikie (1997-2009) and Casavant Mercier Avocats (2010-2017). Her fields of practice included civil law, health law, administrative law, and labour and employment law.
Justice Baudouin has contributed her expertise in bioethics to the public good by serving on the Ethics Committee of the Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre and the Research Ethics Committee of McGill University. In addition, she was involved with charities that address autism, women's health, and other causes. For instance, she contributed to the work of the Montreal Diet Dispensary, a community organization that offers nutritional and social support to pregnant women in need.
Justice Frédéric Bachand was appointed to the Superior Court of Quebec (Montréal) in 2017. He holds doctorates from the Université de Montréal and the Université Panthéon-Assas, in addition to an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge and an LL.B. from the Université de Montréal.
Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Mr. Justice Bachand had been an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, since 2003, where he taught legal interpretation, alternative dispute resolution, and evidence, among other subjects. Previously, he was a lawyer with the firm of Ogilvy Renault and at the Supreme Court of Canada, where he clerked for Justice Gérard La Forest.
In parallel with his academic career, Justice Bachand has served as an accredited arbitrator in both domestic and international cases. He has contributed his time to numerous organizations, including the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, where he served on the board. In recognition of his contributions to the law and to legal education, he was named Advocatus Emeritus (Ad. E.) by the Barreau du Québec; he also received the John W. Durnford Teaching Excellence Award at McGill University.
[Extract from press release issued on November 19 by the Department of Justice Canada]