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Feds announce six judicial appointments for Quebec

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 1:58 PM | By John Chunn


Justice Canada announced the following six judicial appointments for the province of Quebec on March 8:

Michel Beaupré, a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the District of Quebec, has been appointed a puisne judge of the Court of Appeal of Quebec. He replaces Justice Guy Gagnon, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective July 24, 2018.

Damien St-Onge, a founding partner at St-Onge & Assels, is appointed as a puisne judge of the Superior Court for the District of Quebec. This appointment fills the vacancy left by Justice Beaupré, who was elevated to the Court of Appeal.

Martin F. Sheehan, a lawyer at Fasken LLP, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court for the district of Montreal.  He replaces Justice Lise Matteau, who resigned effective Nov. 23, 2018.

Janick Perreault, a sole practitioner, is appointed as a puisne judge of the Superior Court for the district of Montreal.

Dominique Poulin, a partner at Robinson, Sheppard, Shapiro LLP, is appointed as a judge of the Superior Court for the district of Montreal. She replaces Justice Marie-Claude Lalande, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Nov. 5, 2018.

Christian Immer, a partner at Sheahan et associés LLP, is appointed as a puisne judge of the Superior Court for the district of Montreal. He replaces Justice Stephane Sansfaçon, who was elevated to the Court of Appeal on Jan. 29, 2019.

Justice Beaupré was born in Quebec. He completed his bachelor of laws degree at Université de Sherbrooke in 1985, where he also attained a master’s in health law. Justice Beaupré also earned a master of comparative law degree from the University of Iowa and a certificate in international public law, comparative constitutional law and common law history from the University of Mississippi.

Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court for the District of Quebec in 2014, Justice Beaupré was a partner at Langlois Desjardins (today known as Langlois lawyers), which he joined in 1990. According to the Justice Canada press release, Justice Beaupré mainly practised civil and administrative litigation, focusing mostly on medical hospital civil liability, health law and Indigenous law.

Justice St-Onge obtained a law degree from the University of Ottawa (Faculty of Civil Law) in 1980 and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1981.

He has worked mostly in the judicial districts of Bonaventure and Gaspé, although he has worked throughout various  regions of Quebec. As a regional lawyer, he has practised law as a generalist, mainly in the fields of civil law, liability, insurance, health, banking, commercial and family law.

Justice Sheehan received his bachelor of civil law and common law from McGill University in 1990.

Until his appointment, he practised law with Fasken, where he was co-leader of the national litigation and dispute resolution practice group. His main areas of practice were commercial litigation, class action and product liability.

Justice Perreault has been practising law since 1994, in the areas of health law, civil litigation and administrative law.

Justice Perreault has a bachelor of science (nutrition, 1989) from the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal, a bachelor of law (1993) from the Faculty of Political Science and Law at the Université du Québec à Montréal and a master’s in health law (1996) from the Faculty of Law at the Université de Sherbrooke.

She has also worked as a dietitian/nutritionist at a private clinic and in a hospital, and she has worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

Justice Poulin received her bachelor of law from the Université de Montréal in 1988 and was called to the bar of Quebec in November 1989. She has spent her career with the insurance law team at Robinson Sheppard Shapiro. 

Her practice focused on defending civil and professional liability cases, as well as class actions.

Justice Immer was called to the bar of Quebec in 1992. He received a bachelor of civil and common law from McGill University (1991) as well as a bachelor in secondary education in history and geography from the Université du Québec à Montréal (2008).

He did his internship and worked as a commercial litigation and employment lawyer with Woods LLP until 2005. He participated in the foundation of Sheahan LLP in 2011 and worked there until he was appointed to represent institutional, corporate and individual clients in civil and criminal liability lawsuits, especially in environmental and employment law.