Minister Morneau Announces Appointment to Canadian International Trade Tribunal

News release

The Government of Canada is committed to a rigorous approach to Governor in Council appointments, in which open, transparent and merit-based selection processes result in highly qualified candidates able to best serve the interests of Canadians.

In keeping with this commitment, Finance Minister Bill Morneau today announced the appointment of Jean Bédard as Chairperson of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (Tribunal). This appointment is for a term ending on July 31, 2020.

Mr. Bédard has been acting Chairperson of the Tribunal since May 2016, and a member since July 2014. He is also currently the Co-Chair of the Chairperson's Forum of the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada. Prior to joining the Tribunal, he practised corporate and commercial law with a specialization in domestic and international franchising, and was a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court of Ontario (Toronto Region and East Region). Mr. Bédard's legal career began when he was called to the Quebec Bar in 1975.


"The Canadian International Trade Tribunal is recognized at home and around the world as a centre of excellence in the fair and timely adjudication of trade law matters. The vast business and legal experience that Mr. Bédard brings to this role will be a valuable asset to the Tribunal, and I congratulate him on this appointment."

Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

Quick facts

  • The Canadian International Trade Tribunal is an independent quasi-judicial adjudicative body reporting to Parliament through the Minister of Finance. 

  • The Tribunal conducts injury inquiries into dumping and subsidy complaints; hears appeals of decisions of the Canada Border Services Agency and the Canada Revenue Agency; inquires into complaints by potential suppliers concerning procurement by the federal government covered under various trade agreements; conducts safeguard inquiries; and provides advice to the Government and/or to the Minister of Finance on economic, trade and tariff issues. 

  • The Chairperson has supervision over and direction of the work of the Tribunal, including the assignment of members to hear, and to preside over, hearings of the Tribunal, and the management of its internal affairs. 

Associated links


Media may contact:

Chloé Luciani-Girouard
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance 

Media Relations
Department of Finance Canada

General Enquiries

Phone: 613-369-3710
Facsimile: 613-369-4065
TTY: 613-369-3230

Report a problem or mistake on this page
Please select all that apply:

Thank you for your help!

You will not receive a reply. For enquiries, contact us.

Date modified: