Board Member Philippe Bélanger Appointed Judge of the Superior Court of Quebec

Published on november 19, 2020

November 19, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces judicial appointments in the province of Québec

The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the judicial application process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit, and the diversity of the Canadian population, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Philippe H. Bélanger, Partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Montréal, is appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montréal. Mr. Justice Bélanger replaces Mr. Justice M. Bureau (Sherbrooke), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective September 16, 2018. The Chief Justice has transferred Mr. Justice C. Villeneuve (Grandby) into this vacancy, and Madam Justice J. Brodeur (Montréal) into the vacancy of Justice Villeneuve. The vacancy is therefore located in Montréal.

“I wish Justices Baudouin, Bachand and Bélanger continued success as they take on their new roles. I am confident they will serve the people of Quebec well as members of the Court of Appeal and Superior Court.”

—The Hon. David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Justice Philippe Bélanger completed his law studies at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Law in 1988 and subsequently completed a Master of Philosophy in Law degree at Oxford University (Brasenose College) in 1991.

Mr. Justice Bélanger has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1989. He articled at the Supreme Court of Canada from 1989 to 1990, serving as a law clerk for the Right Honourable Antonio Lamer. His entire career has been spent with McCarthy Tétrault practising bankruptcy law, commercial restructuring, and commercial litigation.

Justice Bélanger taught courses annually at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Law for over 25 years (interpretation of statutes, securities, and bankruptcy and restructuring). He was president of the Insolvency Institute of Canada from 2016 to 2018 and chair of the Liaison Committee of the Commercial Division of the Montreal Superior Court from 2014 to 2016.

Justice Bélanger is the co-author of two books on bankruptcy and restructuring and has published many articles in this field. Since 2017, he has been a member of the Canadian delegation on UNCITRAL Working Group V – Insolvency Law. In 2018, he received the designation of Advocatus Emeritus (Ad. E.) from the Barreau du Québec.

An avid runner, Justice Bélanger has completed the Boston Marathon four times. He is a co-founder of a charitable organization (Welcome Collective) that helps vulnerable asylum seekers.

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