Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Friday that The Honourable Marc Noël, a Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal, is appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal, to replace the Honourable Pierre Blais, who retired on June 23, 2014.

Mr. Justice Noël was appointed to the Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division, in 1992. He was appointed a member of the Competition Tribunal in 1993 and Judge of the Federal Court, Appeal Division, in 1998. Since 2003, he has been a Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Justice Noël was a partner in the Montréal office of Bennett Jones Verchere. He also served as Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and as President of the Canadian Bar Association Tax Subsection for Québec.

For more information, please see the official press release here.