Government of Canada announces judicial appointment in the province of Quebec

News Release

December 19, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada  

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Johanne Brodeur, Ad.E., General Counsel and Director of Litigation for the Union des producteurs agricoles, is appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court for the district of Montréal, in and for the Province of Quebec. She replaces Madam Justice F. Nantel, who resigned effective December 1, 2017.


Justice Johanne Brodeur received an LL.B. from Université Laval and a master’s in European law from the College of Europe in Belgium. She joined the firm of Brodeur, Boileau and Associates in Saint-Hyacinthe, where she practised family law and agricultural law. In 2001, she became General Counsel and Director of Litigation for the Union des producteurs agricoles.

Justice Brodeur has been actively involved in her professional association. She served as Chair of the Professional Inspection Committee of the Barreau du Québec before becoming bâtonnière of Longueuil and then bâtonnière of Quebec in 2013-14.

She has taught civil law and evidence at the École du Barreau. For several years, she has also taught at the seminar on advocacy skills hosted annually in Sherbrooke. A co-author of Le grand collectif : Code de procédure civile, she has also published on human rights issues, particularly food security and the right to food.

An ardent promoter of access to justice, Justice Brodeur was named a commissioner of the Commission des services juridiques (legal aid) by the government of Quebec. In 2016, thanks to her expertise in governance and management, she became an administrator of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (Order of Engineers of Quebec).

Justice Brodeur received the distinction “lawyer emeritus” (2012) and the Barreau’s “Award of Merit” (2016) in recognition of her work to modernize her professional order. In addition, she has served in several governance roles within different organizations, notably Moisson Montréal and the Collège Saint-Maurice in Saint-Hyacinthe.

Excerpts from Justice Brodeur’s judicial application will be available shortly.

Quick Facts

  • Today’s announcements bring the total number of judicial appointments this year to 100, the most a Minister of Justice has made in one year in over a decade. 

  • Of these appointees, half are women, four are Indigenous, and 16 have self-identified as a member of a visible minority population, LGBTQ2, or a person with a disability. 

  • Budget 2017 includes additional funding of $55 million over five years beginning in 2017-2018 and $15.5 million per year thereafter for 28 new federally appointed judges. Of these new positions, 12 have been allotted to Alberta and one to the Yukon, with the remaining 15 being assigned to a pool for needs in other jurisdictions.

  • To ensure a judiciary that is responsive, ethical and sensitive to the evolving needs of Canadian society, the Canadian Judicial Council will receive $2.7 million over five years and $0.5 million ongoing thereafter. This will support programming on judicial education, ethics and conduct, including in relation to gender and cultural sensitivity.

  • Federal judicial appointments are made by the Governor General, acting on the advice of the federal Cabinet and recommendations from the Minister of Justice.

  • The Judicial Advisory Committees across Canada play a key role in evaluating judicial applications. There are 17 Judicial Advisory Committees, with each province and territory represented.

  • Significant reforms to the role and structure of the Judicial Advisory Committees, aimed at enhancing the independence and transparency of the process, were announced on October 20, 2016. Sixteen Judicial Advisory Committees have been reconstituted to date. 


For more information, media may contact:

Kathleen Davis
Communications and Parliamentary Affairs Advisor
Office of the Minister of Justice

Media Relations
Department of Justice Canada

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