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The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, P.C., C.C., O.B.C., Q.C., Chairperson

The Right Honourable Kim Campbell served in 1993 as Canada’s nineteenth and first female Prime Minister. Prior to becoming Prime Minister, she held various Cabinet positions, including Minister of State for Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Minister of National Defence, and Minister of Veterans Affairs. She was the first woman to serve as Canada’s Minister of Justice and Minister of National Defence, as well as the first to serve as Minister of Defence of a NATO member country.

Ms. Campbell was the Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles from 1996 to 2000, and later taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government from 2001 to 2004. She was also Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, and past President of the International Women's Forum. From 2004 to 2006, Ms. Campbell was Secretary General of the Club de Madrid, an organization of former presidents and prime ministers of which she is a founding member.

From 2014 to 2018, Ms. Campbell served as the Founding Principal of the new Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta. Ms. Campbell continues to speak on a wide variety of topics through her participation in the American Program Bureau and the National Speakers Bureau. She is a trustee of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King's College London, and serves on several corporate and non-profit boards, and advisory committees, including Equal Voice, a Canadian organization devoted to achieving gender parity in the Canadian House of Commons.

Ms. Campbell previously served as Chair of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments in 2016 and 2017.

The Honourable Louis LeBel, C.C., Member

A retired justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, on which he sat from 2000 to 2014, the Honourable Louis LeBel was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1962. He obtained an undergraduate degree in law from Laval University in 1965 and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Toronto in 1966. He first practised law in Quebec City as an associate of the firm LeBel, Letarte, Bilodeau, Boily from 1963 to 1964 and then at Désilets, Grondin, LeBel & Associés from 1964 to 1971. He subsequently became a partner at the firm Grondin, LeBel, Poudrier, Isabel, Morin & Gagnon, where he practised from 1971 to 1984.

Mr. LeBel is the author of various legal articles and monographs, and co-author of the labour law treatise entitled Le droit du travail en vigueur au Québec, published by Presses de l’Université Laval. Mr. LeBel has also sat on various committees of the Quebec City Bar and the Quebec Bar, including the editorial committee of the Revue du Barreau from 1976 to 1982, which he chaired from 1979 to 1982.

Mr. LeBel was a member of the board of directors of legal-aid organization Corporation du Centre communautaire juridique de Québec from 1973 to 1975, prior to which he sat on the Quebec City Bar’s legal aid committee. In addition, he was vice president of the Quebec Bar from 1982 to 1983, and the Quebec Bar’s president from 1983 to 1984. He has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Ottawa and Laval University.

Mr. LeBel was appointed to the Quebec Court of Appeal on June 28, 1984, and then to the Supreme Court of Canada on January 7, 2000. He received an honorary doctorate of laws degree from Laval University in 2001 and from the University of Ottawa in 2010. He has also been awarded both the Medal of the Quebec City Bar and the Medal of the Quebec Bar. He has been an honorary member of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2004. He was named a Companion of the Order of Canada in December 2017.

Mr. LeBel acts as legal counsel at Langlois law firm in Quebec and Montréal since May 2015 and as resident judge at the Faculty of Law at Laval University. He is a frequent conference speaker and has authored several publications in various areas of the law.

Eugénie Brouillet, Member

A law professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law from 2012 to 2017, Eugénie Brouillet is the Vice Rector of Research, Creation and Innovation at Laval University. She is a member and researcher of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Diversity and Democracy and the Research Group on Plurinational Societies. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Centraide (United Way) Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches, the Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute (MILA), the CHU de Québec-Université Laval. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation Jean-Charles-Bonenfant and the Quebec Bar.

Ms. Brouillet’s research focuses on Quebec, Canadian and comparative federalism and on legal issues around human rights and freedoms. She has published numerous studies and scientific articles and co-edited a number of collective works on these topics in French, English, and Spanish. She has also presented papers at over forty conferences as an invited speaker in Canada, France, Belgium, Spain, Venezuela, the US, and the UK.

Ms. Brouillet holds an Honours Bachelor of Law Degree, a Master’s in Constitutional Law, and a Doctorate in Constitutional Law, all from the Faculty of Law at Laval University, as well a Diploma from the Institute of Federalism at University of Fribourg in Switzerland. She was called to the Quebec Bar in 1996.

Steeves Bujold, Member

Steeves Bujold is a partner at McCarthy Tétrault in Montréal and leader of the firm’s Litigation Group for the Quebec region. Mr. Bujold has a diversified litigation practice. He has specific expertise in health law, in the pharmaceutical and medical liability areas, and in professional law. Mr. Bujold frequently appears in proceedings before trial and appeal courts, as well as administrative tribunals.

Mr. Bujold is a member of the Executive Committee of SOGIC (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community) of the Canadian Bar Association – Quebec Branch and the Diversity and Inclusion National Committee at McCarthy Tétrault. He is also a member of the Committee on applications of the Quebec Bar. 

Mr. Bujold established and is in charge of McCarthy Tétrault's partnership with Lawyers Without Borders Canada. 

Mr. Bujold has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Health Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association – Quebec Branch. He has been a member of the Organizing Committee of the 2018 YMCA Peace Medals Gala Dinner. Mr. Bujold was also involved with Pro Bono Québec since its inception, as member of the Board of Directors and member of the Approval Committee for applications for free legal services of this organization dedicated to improving access to justice. He also led for many years the firm’s pro bono initiatives in the Quebec region and is a past member of the National Pro Bono Committee.

Mr. Bujold was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his exceptional volunteer contribution to Jeunesses Musicales of Canada. Since January 2015, he is Governor of the Fondation du Barreau du Québec.

Mr. Bujold received his Bachelor of Civil Law from Université Laval in 1998. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1999.

Céline Lévesque, Member

Céline Lévesque is Dean of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Canadian Law Deans, representing the Quebec region. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Council on International Law, and the Executive Committee of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

Ms. Lévesque has been a professor at the University of Ottawa for over 20 years, specializing in international economic law, particularly international investment law. Ms. Lévesque was a visiting professor at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and at Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. She has also given lectures and conferences in a dozen countries. Ms. Lévesque is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

In 2018, Ms. Lévesque was appointed to the roster of candidates to serve on panels established under NAFTA Chapter 19. In addition, she is currently serving as an arbitrator in a NAFTA Chapter 11 case.

In 2008-2009, Ms. Lévesque was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Trade Law Bureau of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In that capacity, she participated in NAFTA Chapter 11 proceedings and in bilateral investment treaty negotiations.

Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Ms. Lévesque worked at the World Bank in Washington, DC, in a group specialized in private participation in infrastructure projects in developing countries. She was involved in projects in the water and electricity sectors and participated in missions to the Ivory Coast, Guinea (Conakry), Mauritania, and Senegal.

Lili-Anna Pereša, Member

Born in Montréal, Lili-Anna Pereša graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1987. Ms. Pereša also holds a graduate degree in management from McGill University, and a master’s degree in political science from the Sorbonne in Paris. She has been President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal since 2013, pursuing its mission of fighting poverty and social exclusion.

Ms. Pereša first became a volunteer aid worker at the age of 25 when she accepted an assignment from World University Service of Canada to teach in Malawi. She later worked for Oxfam-Québec as a management consultant to Burkina Secours in Burkina Faso and, in 1994, she joined CARE Austria as its head of mission in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina during the armed conflict there.

Ms. Pereša directed several community and humanitarian organizations, including Little Brothers, the YWCA of Montreal, and Amnesty International France, before serving as Executive Director of ONE DROP from 2009 to 2012.

She is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and the Amies d’affaires. She is a member of the National Executive Committee of the 2012, 2017, and 2020 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Since 2016, she is a board member of the Domaine Forget. She was also involved on the board of several organizations, including École Polytechnique de Montréal and Mobile Giving Foundation Canada.

Ms. Pereša’s involvement in humanitarian aid has earned her numerous distinctions, including the Mercure Leadership Germaine-Gibara Award at the 2016 Mercuriades, the Meritorious Service Award for Community Service from the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, an honorary doctorate from the Université de Montréal, and being named a Fellow of Engineers Canada. In 2018, she was named a knight of the Ordre National du Québec.

In August 2016, Ms. Pereša was appointed member of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments.

Joseph Yvon Thériault, Member

Since 2008, Joseph Yvon Thériault has been a full Professor of Sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he held the Canada Research Chair in Globalization, Citizenship and Democracy from 2008 to 2015 and is now assistant dean of research at the Faculty of Social Sciences. He was also full Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Ottawa (1978-2008), where was the Founding Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities and held the Research Chair in Identity and Francophonie.

Mr. Thériault’s research centres on the relationship between collective identities and democracy or citizenship. It is conducted from the perspective of the history of ideas and comparative analysis of small societies and national minorities, with particular emphasis on the context of Quebec, Acadian and Canadian francophone minority societies. He has published widely on these issues, most notably: L'identité à l'épreuve de la modernité, a book for which he received the Prix France-Acadie (1996); Critique de l'américanité, mémoire et démocratie au Québec, which won the Prix Richard Arès and the Prix de la présidence de l'Assemblée nationale du Québec 2003; and Évangéline : Contes d’Amérique. He recently published Sept Leçons sur le cosmopolitisme : agir politique et imaginaire démocratique. He has directed several research groups, collective publications and specialized journals related to the issues at the focus of his research.

Mr. Thériault is a respected academic involved in both the university community and society at large. He has played a key role in creating research networks to study both the Canadian and international French-speaking societies, as well as organizing research networks on small societies for the Association internationale des sociologies de langue française.

Mr. Thériault received his Ph.D. from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris) in 1981 and his M.A. from the University of Ottawa in 1973. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2004.

Han-Ru Zhou, Member

Han-Ru Zhou is an Associate Professor of Public Law at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Law, and a past Sproul Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and Boulton Fellow at McGill University. Before joining the Law Faculty, he served as a Law Clerk to The Honourable Madam Justice Marie Deschamps at the Supreme Court of Canada. A member of the Quebec Bar, Mr. Zhou also practised as a corporate lawyer at a Canadian law firm.

Han-Ru Zhou received his legal education at Montréal, Harvard and Oxford Universities. He also studied classical piano at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Professor Zhou is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Review of Constitutional Studies, Canada Correspondent of the British journal Public Law, and is the author of the second edition of Droit constitutionnel: principes fondamentaux – notes et jurisprudence. He teaches, conducts research, and acts as a consultant in the areas of constitutional law and human rights.

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