|18th Chief Justice of Canada|
December 18, 2017
|Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada|
October 5, 2012 - December 18, 2017
|Puisne Justice of the Quebec Court of Appeal|
February 3, 2011 - October 5, 2012
|Born||April 2, 1957|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Alma mater||University of Ottawa, BSocSc, LLL|
Richard Wagner (born April 2, 1957) is a Canadian jurist who serves as the 18th and current chief justice of Canada. He was sworn into office on December 18, 2017, having previously served as a puisne justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. He previously sat on the Quebec Court of Appeal. He is the son of Claude Wagner, a former member of Parliament and senator.
Wagner was born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of Gisèle (née Normandeau) and Claude Wagner. He studied at the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal before receiving his bachelor of social science in political science from the University of Ottawa in 1978. He received his LL.L. from the same institution in 1979.
Wagner was called to the Quebec Bar in 1980, and began practice at the Montreal law firm Lavery, de Billy (formerly Lavery, O'Brien and Lavery, Johnston, Clark, Carrière, Mason & Associés). His practice centred on real estate, commercial litigation and professional liability insurance.
On December 3, 2012, a ceremony was held for Wagner's appointment in the Supreme Court of Canada courtroom. The event was attended by outgoing chief justice Beverley McLachlin, the federal minister of justice and attorney general, Rob Nicholson and the Quebec deputy minister of justice, Nathalie G. Drouin.
|Canada||18 December 2017 – Present||Member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada||PC|
|Location||Date||School||Degree||Gave Commencement Address|
|Ontario||19 June 2019||University of Ottawa||Doctorate||Yes |
|United States of America||American College of Trial Lawyers||Honorary Fellow |