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The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin was appointed Chief Justice of Canada on January 7, 2000. She is both the first woman in Canada to hold this position and the longest serving Chief Justice of Canada. She retired on December 15, 2017. In 2018, she was named a Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest level of the Order of Canada.
Throughout her judicial career, she has covered countless areas of the Canadian legal system. In addition to her judicial duties at the Supreme Court, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin has chaired the Canadian Judicial Council, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada, and the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute. She is the author of numerous articles and publications.
As Canada’s longest-serving Chief Justice, Beverley McLachlin can speak on a wide variety of topics including but certainly not limited to the judicial system, Canadian politics, culture and diversity, leadership, mental health, Indigenous affairs, and our society at large. Known for her resolute, ethical approach to the issues she faced on the bench, McLachlin brings a cool head to the podium. Her expansive talks inspire audiences to challenge the status quo; to stand up for what’s right; to make a difference. “It’s very important that Canadians be able to see themselves reflected in the judges they see on the bench,” McLachlin has said. In this case, we’re just as lucky to see her up on stage.