The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin is an icon. Full stop. There’s no other way to describe the small-town girl from Alberta who grew up to become the first woman and longest serving Chief Justice of Canada. If you’re lucky enough to see her speak, you’ll hear a thoughtful reflection on her rich, wide-ranging career and her time as Chief Justice (which she calls the “centrepiece of her life”). You’ll marvel at her deep knowledge of so many hot-button issues—from mental health to diversity to politics to the justice system and beyond. You’ll love how bold she is; how unafraid to dig into the challenges Canadians are facing right now. And above all, you’ll walk away with that buzzing feeling you get when you know you just witnessed something very, very special.
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin was appointed Chief Justice of Canada on January 7, 2000. She is both the first woman in Canada to hold this position and the longest serving Chief Justice of Canada. She retired on December 15, 2017. In 2018, she was named a Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest level of the Order of Canada.
Throughout her judicial career, she has covered countless areas of the Canadian legal system. In addition to her judicial duties at the Supreme Court, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin has chaired the Canadian Judicial Council, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada, and the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute. She is the author of numerous articles and publications.