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Justice Canada general counsel named to Quebec Superior Court

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 11:57 AM | By John Chunn

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Feb. 3 that Nancy Bonsaint, general counsel at Justice Canada, is appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Quebec.

Justice Bonsaint replaces Justice Catherine La Rosa (Quebec), who was appointed senior associate chief justice effective Sept. 30, 2019.

According to the DOJ press release, Justice Bonsaint obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil law from the University of Ottawa in 1993 and became a member of the Barreau du Québec in 1994. Until her appointment, she was the general counsel in the office of the Attorney General of Canada (National Litigation Sector-Quebec Regional Office), where she practised since 2009. Justice Bonsaint previously worked at the office of the Attorney General of Quebec and in private practice. She specialized in litigation in Aboriginal law, constitutional law and civil law (class actions).

As a litigation lawyer for 25 years, Justice Bonsaint primarily pleaded before the Quebec Superior Court, the Quebec Court of Appeal and the Federal Courts. Justice Bonsaint has given several training courses in Aboriginal law at Justice Canada, in particular on the implementation of the Attorney General of Canada’s Directive on Civil Litigation Involving Indigenous Peoples.

Justice Bonsaint was involved in the Barreau du Québec’s activities, notably in the Comité sur les femmes dans la profession of which she was the president since 2018. Finally, she was involved in the government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign.