Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin

The Trailblazer



Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin

A Judicious Approach

17th Chief Justice of Canada

Canada's Longest Serving Chief Justice

First Female Chief Justice in Canadian History

Companion of the Order of Canada

Author, Full Disclosure: A Novel

Author of the forthcoming memoir Truth Be Told: My Journey through Life and the Law (September 24, 2019 - Simon & Shuster)

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.


An Evening with the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin

As Canada's longest-serving Chief Justice, Beverley McLachlin can speak on a wide variety of topics including but certainly not limited to the judicial system, Canadian politics, culture and diversity, leadership, mental health, Indigenous affairs, and our society at large. Known for her resolute, ethical approach to the issues she faced on the bench, McLachlin brings a cool head to the podium. Her expansive talks inspire audiences to challenge the status quo; to stand up for what's right; to make a difference. "It's very important that Canadians be able to see themselves reflected in the judges they see on the bench," McLachlin has said. In this case, we're just as lucky to see her up on stage. 

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Every time a woman is appointed or promoted to an important position, a powerful message is sent: women can do this. I will never forget the mothers and fathers bringing their little girls and sometimes their little boys forward to me… how proudly they would say, looking directly into the eyes of their little daughter, ’This is our Chief Justice.’
— the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin