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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.5
30 minutes
Substantive: 0.25
15 minutes
Robert Beaudoin
Nathalie Champagne
Sally Gomery
Charles Hackland
Marc Labrosse
Michelle O'Bonsawin
Heather Williams
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
45 minutes
$109.00 plus tax
Annual Civil Litigation Conference 2018

Heather Williams, Robert Beaudoin, Sally Gomery, Charles Hackland, Marc Labrosse, Michelle O'Bonsawin, and Nathalie Champagne participate in 'Jurists in Chairs Drinking Coffee'.


Justice Robert Beaudoin

B.A. 1970, (Windsor); M.Ed. 1974 (U of T); LLB 1979, (Windsor) Justice Beaudoin was called to the Bar (Ontario) in 1981. He then practiced law in Windsor, Ontario. In 1989, he was appointed the Regional Director of Courts Administration for East Region in Ottawa. He joined the Civil Justice Review in 1994 and participated in the productions of the Review’s two reports aimed at reforming Ontario’s civil justice system. He has extensive experience in civil case management and court-annexed mediation. In January of 1997, he was appointed the Case Management Master for the Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa. After his appointment, he lectured and provided advice on case management and mediation and participated in a number of international justice projects in the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. In 2007, he was named one of two Family Case Managers involved in a Pilot Project in the Family Branch of the Superior Court in Ottawa. He was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in September, 2009. He is currently the Local Administrative Judge for Civil Matters for the Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa.

Justice Nathalie Champagne

Justice Champagne is the former case management master of the Superior Court of Justice. She was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Cornwall in May 2018. Prior to her appointment as a case management master, Justice Champagne enjoyed an 18-year career with Legal Aid Ontario, last serving as Director General for the Eastern District. In that capacity, she served a vulnerable client population, about which she is passionate. She has case-managed many criminal and family law matters and conducted mediations and settlement conferences in family and child protection files. She has also helped implement a number of local court-based projects, including the first Family Law Information Centre in Ontario, Drug Treatment Court, Pathways Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Coordinated Case Management, among others. Prior to joining Legal Aid Ontario, Justice Champagne practiced family law, criminal law, and civil litigation. She has served on a number of committees and boards, including the Board of Directors of Action Logement. Outside of law, Justice Champagne volunteers in her community and has served as a leader for the Girl Guides of Canada, as a Sunday school teacher, and as a director and teacher for a local non-profit children's drama club. She enjoys snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, paddling, painting, and writing.

Sally Gomery

Prior to being appointed to the Superior Court of Ontario in 2017, Justice Gomery practiced civil and commercial litigation for over twenty-five years. She continues to be amazed by how much law there is and how much law there isn’t.

Justice Charles Hackland

Justice Hackland was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in October of 2003. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1978 after completing his legal studies at the University of Ottawa Law School (LL.B,1975) and Oxford University (B.C.L.,1977) and articling at the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to his appointment, he was a senior partner at Gowlings LL.P. (Ottawa) specializing in employment and administrative law and the representation of physicians and other professionals. Justice Hackland served as Regional Senior Judge of the Superior Court of Justice, East Region, (2008-14). During that period he served as Chair of the Committee of Administrative Judges of the Small Claims Court. Justice Hackland is currently a member of the Superior Court bench in Ottawa and a member of Deputy Judges’ Council (which administers Ontario’s Small Claims Court), and Chair of the Council’s Education Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the Canadian Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics and is a facilitator in the National Judicial Institute’s Evidence Workshop and Seminar for New Federally Appointed Judges.

Justice Marc Labrosse

The Honourable Marc R. Labrosse, was appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Ottawa) in January 2014. Justice Labrosse received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1994 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1996. He practised with the Ottawa law firm of Vice & Hunter since 1996. His main practise areas were municipal law, civil litigation and corporate law. Mr. Justice Labrosse has been a member of l’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario since 1995 and a member of the Carleton County Law Association since 1996. He has served as an instructor for the Bar Admissions Course and been a part-time professor with the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. Since being appointed, Justice Labrosse has regularly been sitting on civil, family and criminal matters in both official languages. He is the local administrative judge for the Divisional Court in Ottawa.

Justice Michelle O'Bonsawin

Madam Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin is fluently bilingual and the first Indigenous judge named to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa. Prior to joining the Superior Court of Justice, she was General Counsel at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and previously Counsel at the Canada Post Corporation. Madam Justice O’Bonsawin practiced in the areas of mental health, labour, employment, human rights and privacy law. She has also taught part-time at the University of Ottawa’s French Common Law program. Madam Justice O’Bonsawin is a frequent guest speaker on issues of mental health, labour and privacy law. She received her LL.M. (Health) at Osgoode Hall in 2014 and is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Ottawa where she received her LL.B. from the French Common Law program. Madam Justice O’Bonsawin was awarded the Rising Star Award by Lexpert Magazine, recognizing her as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40.

Madame la juge Michelle O’Bonsawin est parfaitement bilingue et la première juge autochtone nommée à la Cour supérieure de justice de l’Ontario à Ottawa. Avant d’être nommée juge, elle était l’Avocate-générale au Groupe de soins Royal Ottawa et auparavant, Avocate à la Société canadienne des postes. Madame la juge O’Bonsawin pratiquait dans les domaines de la santé mentale, du droit du travail et de l’emploi, des droits de la personne et de la protection de la vie privée. Elle a également enseigné à temps partiel à l’Université d’Ottawa, au programme de common law en français. Madame la juge O’Bonsawin est régulièrement conférencière sur des questions liées à la santé mentale, au droit du travail et à la protection de la vie privée. Elle a reçu son LL.M. (Santé) à Osgoode Hall en 2014 et est candidate au doctorat à l’Université d’Ottawa d’où elle a obtenu son LL.B. du programme de common law français. Madame la juge O’Bonsawin était Lauréate du prix Rising Star par le magazine Lexpert, la reconnaissant comme l'une des meilleures avocates de moins de 40 ans au Canada.

Justice Heather Williams

Justice Heather J. Williams was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa in May, 2017 after practising civil litigation in Ottawa for more than 25 years. Justice Williams practised with Cavanagh Williams LLP (which now goes by some other name) and before that, with Nelligan O’Brien Payne (formerly Nelligan Power). Justice Williams is proud to be a past president of the County of Carleton Law Association and a former chair of the CCLA’s Civil Litigation Updated conference at Mont Tremblant.

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