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March 6, 2015 – Ottawa, ON – Department of Justice.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C. Q.C. Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the appointment of Marie-Claude Landry, Ad.E., as the Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission for a seven-year term.

Marie-Claude Landry is a bilingual lawyer who was called to the Quebec Bar in 1989. She is the founder of the successful law firm Landry Boucher and Associates in Cowansville, Quebec. Her legal practice has included labour law, civil law, and corporate and commercial law. Ms. Landry has extensive litigation and mediation experience and is an accredited mediator for small claims.

Ms. Landry is very familiar with the administration of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Employment Equity Act, having served 10 years on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (1991-2001), where she conducted hearings in English and French.

Ms. Landry completed her Bachelor of Law degree at the University of Sherbrooke in 1989.

Since 2009, Ms. Landry has served on the Disciplinary Tribunal in Federal Prison Institutions for the Quebec Region. Her work also included the establishment of uniform and clear rules of practice, working collaboratively with other independent chairpersons from other regions in the country.

An active member of her professional community, Ms. Landry has been a recipient of numerous awards, including the Advocatus Emeritus Award granted by the Barreau du Québec in 2009, and the Leadership Award of the Association québécoise d'établissements de santé et de services sociaux in 2008. In 2005, she was honoured by the University of Sherbrooke for her professional, social and community involvement.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission, along with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, administers the Canadian Human Rights Act. The Act was created in 1977 to provide equal opportunity to everyone in Canada and to help people confront discrimination in their daily lives. This appointment is effective on March 30, 2015.

For further information on the Canadian Human Rights Commission, visit


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