Born in Joliette, the Honourable Pierre Dalphond has extensive legislative and judicial experience in Canada. He obtained a law degree from the Université de Montréal, before completing a masters in political philosophy and law at Oxford University in 1982.
In addition to being a member of the Quebec Bar Association since 1979, Mr. Dalphond served as Legislative Advisor to the President of the Privy Council and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons from 1982 to 1984. He then became a partner in the law firm McCarthy Tétrault, where he practiced civil law, business law, energy law, and constitutional and administrative law.
He was appointed to the Superior Court of Quebec in 1995 and to the Quebec Court of Appeal in 2002. He has sat on a number of committees for the Superior Court, the Court of Appeal, bar associations, and the Canadian Judicial Council.
During his career, he served as president of the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association, a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, and president of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee for Montréal and Western Quebec.
For more than 30 years, he has played an active role in advancing legal education in Quebec, Canada, and around the world. He has given numerous talks in Canada and abroad, hosted educational activities for judges from Canada and abroad, and written a number of legal articles.
In recognition of his exceptional contribution to educating young lawyers, the Young Bar of Montréal named him an honorary member for life. He also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Mr. Dalphond currently works as senior counsel in Stikeman Elliott’s Montréal office and as a visiting professor at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Law. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Quebec Society of Comparative Law, a faculty member at the Philippe Kirsch Institute, and a member of several national and international organizations related to commercial mediation and arbitration.