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Minister congratulates Jean Bédard on his appointment

June 18, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance

Minister of Finance Joe Oliver today announced the appointment of Jean Bédard as a member of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT).

Mr. Bédard is a Partner in a private business law firm and is also a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court of Ontario (East Region).

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  • The CITT provides Canadian and international businesses with access to fair, transparent and timely processes for the investigation of trade remedy cases and complaints concerning federal government procurement and for the adjudication of appeals on customs and excise matters. At the request of the Government, the CITT also provides advice on tariff, trade, commercial and economic matters.
  • The CITT may be composed of up to seven full-time members, including a Chairperson, who are appointed by the Governor in Council (the Cabinet).


"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Bédard to the CITT. His extensive experience in the field of business law makes him an ideal fit for a position on the tribunal for Canada's trade remedy system."

- Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance

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Biographical Notes

Jean Bédard

Mr. Bédard is a Partner at Marlay Bédard LLP, in Kingston, Ontario. His corporate and commercial law practice has a special focus in the area of franchising. He is also a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court of Ontario (East Region).

Mr. Bédard began his career operating a family-owned business, Compagnie Médicale et Scientifique Ltée. He practised law in Québec City from 1975 until 1988. He then became General Counsel of Beneficial Canada Inc., a position he held until 1999. He has been responsible for major files in Canada, Europe and Latin America. He returned to private practice in Toronto in 2000.

Mr. Bédard holds an LL.L and an MBA from Université Laval (1974 and 1978), and an LL.M in International Business Law from York University's Osgoode Hall Law School (1992). He has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1975 and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1988.