The Right Honourable Antonio Lamer, P.C., C.C., C.D.
The Right Honourable Antonio Lamer, B.A., LL.L., LL.D., University of Montréal; LL.D., University of Moncton; D.U., University of Ottawa; LL.D., University of Toronto; LL.D., University of New Brunswick; LL.D., University of Dalhousie. Born in Montréal, July 8, 1933; son of Antonio Lamer, Q.C., and Florence Storey. Married to Danièle Tremblay, 1987; one child: Stéphane; two stepchildren: Mélanie and Jean-Frédéric. Educated at Collège de Saint-Laurent and University of Montréal (LL.L.). Called to the Bar of Quebec, 1957. Practised law, particularly with Mr. Philip Cutler and Mr. Jacques Bellemare, Q.C. Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Montréal, and Lecturer in criminology. Founder of the Defence Attorneys' Association of Quebec. National Chairman of the Criminal Justice Section of the Canadian Bar Association. Appointed to the Superior Court, December 19, 1969. Elected Chairman of the Quebec Society of Criminology and member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation in June 1974. Appointed Vice-Chairman of the Law Reform Commission of Canada in 1971 and Chairman thereof in April 1976. Appointed to the Quebec Court of Appeal, March 17, 1978 and to the Supreme Court of Canada, March 28, 1980. Appointed Chief Justice of Canada, July 1, 1990. Chairman, Canadian Judicial Council. Chairman, Advisory Council of the Order of Canada. Chairman, Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute. Member of the Privy Council of Canada. Honorary Bencher, Lincoln's Inn, London, 1990. Order of Merit, University of Montréal, 1991. Knight of Justice, Order of St. John, 1993. Honorary Colonel of the Governor General's Foot Guards. He retired on January 7, 2000. Chief Justice Lamer died on November 24, 2007, at the age of 74.
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