The Honourable Catherine M. Kane
Born in Ottawa, Ontario. Educated at Saint Patrick’s College (BA 1977) and the University of Ottawa (LLB 1980). Admitted to the bar of Ontario in 1982. Certificate in Public Sector Leadership and Governance from the University of Ottawa (2012). Madam Justice Kane has been a counsel with the Department of Justice since 1982. She was counsel with the Policy Programs and Research Branch from 1982 to 1984; Legal Advisor in the Policy Secretariat of the Department of the Solicitor General of Canada from 1984 to 1985; and has been counsel, general counsel, and senior general counsel in the Criminal Law Policy Section since 1985. Her main area of practice was criminal law and was responsible for the development of a wide range of criminal law reforms. She also served as the Senior Counsel and first Director of the Policy Centre for Victim Issues in the Department of Justice from 1999- 2007. Madam Justice Kane was actively involved in numerous Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Working Groups and with the Uniform Law Conference, in various positions, including ten years as the secretary to the Criminal Section and as Chair in 2004. In 2011 Justice Kane received the John Tait Award for exemplary public service from the Department of Justice. Since June 21, 2012, judge of the Federal Court and ex officio member of the Federal Court of Appeal. Address: Federal Court, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0H9.