Mayor's Breakfast with The Rt. Hon. Richard Wagner
Join Mayor Jim Watson, the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal for the Mayor's Breakfast on Thursday, June 23 for a Mayor's Breakfast!
Start your morning with a cup of coffee, buffet breakfast and connect with colleagues in the business community.
At 8:00AM, Mayor Jim Watson will give his update from City Hall, followed by a presentation by the Chief Justice of Canada, The Rt. Hon. Richard Wagner.
The Mayor's Breakfast Series is an opportunity to network and stay informed on issues vital to Ottawa's prosperity and quality. Focusing on issues such as economic development, transportation and the environment, this breakfast series provides an opportunity to network and stay informed.
Guest Speakers: Chief Justice of Canada, The Rt. Hon. Richard Wagner
The Rt. Hon. Richard Wagner is the eighteenth Chief Justice of Canada. He was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2012 and became Chief Justice in 2017. As Chief Justice of Canada, he also presides over the Canadian Judicial Council, National Judicial Institute, and the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. Chief Justice Wagner currently serves as president of the Association des Cours Constitutionnelles Francophones, an international judicial organization. The Chief Justice of Canada served as the administrator of the Government of Canada from January 23 to July 26, 2021.
Before this, he sat on the Québec Court of Appeal from 2011 to 2012 and on the Superior Court of Québec from 2004 to 2011. He has a Bachelor of Social Science and Licentiate in Laws from the University of Ottawa.
Chief Justice Wagner practiced law in Montréal from 1980 to 2004. He specialized in professional liability (of lawyers, accountants, architects, and engineers), commercial litigation (especially in real estate), oppression remedies, and class action lawsuits. He argued cases before all levels of court in Québec and all quasi-judicial tribunals, as well as before the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Throughout his career, as a lawyer and a judge, Chief Justice Wagner has always been passionate about access to justice. He was one of the founders of the Centre d’accès à l’information juridique (CAIJ), which provides legal information to lawyers, judges, and law students, for which he received the Barreau du Québec’s Award of Merit. As Chief Justice of Canada, he took the Court to Winnipeg, Manitoba to hear cases outside of Ottawa for the first time in history. He launched the annual Year in Review, an informative and visually-engaging overview of the Court’s work. He directed that the Court’s plain-language judgment summaries, or Cases in Brief, were written in truly plain and accessible language. He has also been a strong proponent of judicial independence as a critical part of our democratic balance, and of civility and collegiality as a key to better decision-making on the bench.
The Mayor's Breakfast is a longstanding event that brings together hundreds of the region's top business, community and political leaders. The event includes great networking, a City Hall update from Mayor Watson and high-profile speakers addressing issues that are vital to the city, province and country.
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