Ottawa, August 5, 2009
2009-074

Archived - Minister of Finance Announces Appointment to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal

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The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced the appointment of Jason W. Downey as a member of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT).

A member of the Quebec Bar since 1996, Mr. Downey is a graduate of Champlain College in Lennoxville, Quebec, and received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa. As a senior partner with the legal firm Downey Girard Avocats, he has concentrated on commercial, corporate and civil litigation. 

"Mr. Downey's outstanding credentials, and his experience before numerous forums and tribunals, make him an excellent addition to the CITT," said Minister Flaherty. "I am confident that he will help strengthen the tribunal's efforts in responding to trade and tariff issues that affect Canada."

The CITT is an administrative tribunal operating within Canada's trade remedies system. It is an independent, quasi-judicial body that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Finance.

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Biographical notes

Jason W. Downey, LL.L.

Mr. Downey is a lawyer with 12 years of experience practising civil law in Quebec. Over the past eight years he has been a senior partner with the legal firm Downey Girard Avocats, where he has concentrated on commercial, corporate and civil litigation. His professional experience includes representing clients before forums and tribunals, including the Court of Appeal of Québec, the Federal Court of Canada, the Tax Court of Canada and the Québec Superior Court.

Mr. Downey currently serves on the Board of the Musée minéralogique et minier de Thetford Mines and the Board of A.S. Johnson/St. Patrick, an English-language school in Thetford Mines. He also provides legal counsel to Bishop's College School.

Mr. Downey is a graduate of Champlain College in Lennoxville, Quebec, and received a Bachelor of Laws (LL.L.) degree from the University of Ottawa. He has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1996.