The Tribunal is currently chaired by the Honourable Martine St-Louis, a judge of Federal Court. She was appointed Chairperson on December 21, 2016 for a term of five years. Her appointment has been renewed until February 24, 2027. The Honorable Elizabeth Walker and the Honorable Ann Marie McDonald, both also Judges of the Federal Court, are the two other current members of the Tribunal.
The Honourable Martine St-Louis
She obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Montreal in 1987 and was admitted to the Barreau du Quebec in 1988. She practised with Ogilvy Renault (Norton Rose) from 1991 to 2000, with Heenan Blaikie from 2000 to 2001 and with McCarthy Tétrault from 2001 to April 2014. Her main areas of practice were immigration law, administration law, labour law and constitutional law.
Madam Justice St-Louis has been active with numerous professional organizations, including the Canadian Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the Association des avocats et avocates en droit de l'immigration.
On April 11, 2014, she was appointed Judge of the Federal Court and on June 3, 2015 she was appointed as a Member of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal.
The Honourable Elizabeth Walker
The Honourable Elizabeth Walker received a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) (Gold Medalist, summa cum laude) from the University of Ottawa in 1986 and a Masters of Laws (BCL) from Oxford University in 1987. She was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1989. Justice Walker articled and practiced with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto and Ottawa before joining the National Capital Commission in 1991 as counsel. She rejoined Osler in 1994 where her practice centered on corporate securities transactions, commercial and governance issues for Canadian and international clients. Justice Walker also taught the commercial law course at the University of Ottawa in 1995 and 1996. She was the managing partner of the Ottawa office of Osler from 2004 to 2014 and was a member of many senior management committees of the firm during that period. Justice Walker was a very active member of the business community for 20 years. She was a frequent speaker at events promoting the technology sector in Canada and was a guest lecturer at the University of Ottawa. Justice Walker speaks English and French fluently.
In 2014, Justice Walker was appointed Chair of the RCMP External Review Committee, a federal administrative tribunal located in Ottawa. As Chair, her primary focus was on administrative law, employment and labour law, and Charter and human rights issues. She guided the Committee through a significant transition period following the amendment of its mandate in November 2014.
Throughout her career, Justice Walker has been a strong proponent of the advancement of women in the legal profession. She has mentored and counselled women in all facets of the profession, informally and as a member of senior management.
Justice Walker was appointed to the Federal Court on February 26, 2018. On March 12, 2020, Justice Walker was appointed as a member of the Public Servant Disclosure Protection Tribunal for a term of five years.
The Honourable Ann Marie McDonald
Madam Justice McDonald received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1993 from the University of New Brunswick. She was admitted to the Bar of New Brunswick in 1994.
At the time of her appointment to the Federal Court in September 2015, Madam Justice McDonald was the Deputy Managing Partner of the Atlantic Canadian Law firm McInnes Cooper. Her law practice focused primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law, administrative law, and regulatory matters. She appeared before the Courts in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Ontario and the Federal Court of Appeal. She also appeared before various administrative tribunals and regulatory bodies.
In her legal practice, Madam Justice McDonald was a strong proponent of legal project management, and in 2010 she earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the International Project Management Institute. At that time, she was one of the few lawyers in Canada to hold this designation.
On September 1, 2015, she was appointed Judge of the Federal Court and on February 25, 2022, she was appointed as a Member of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal.
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