Former judge Louise Otis to chair CNESST board

Otis has a long career as a judge and a history of promoting mediation in Quebec and internationally.

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Quebec’s cabinet on Wednesday named former judge Louise Otis as chair of the board of the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité au travail (CNESST).

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Otis is a former judge with the Quebec Court of Appeal, where she put in place in 1998 one of the first mediation systems to resolve disputes extrajudicially. She is also president of the administrative tribunal of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), president of the appeal court at the International Organization of La Francophonie, deputy judge of the Administrative Tribunal of the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, and a member of the Internal Justice Counsel of the United Nations.

She has received several honors throughout her career, including the Quebec Bar medal, and is an officer in both the Ordre national du Québec and Order of Canada.

The new law modernizing workplace safety, adopted in September by the National Assembly, modified the CNESST’s governance. The roles of president-general manager and chair of the board, previously the same person, have been split.

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