Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces judicial appointments to the Federal Court

February 12, 2024 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada

The Honorable Arif Virani, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the judicial application process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit and the diversity of the Canadian population, and will continue to ensure Appointment. of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Julie L. Blackhawk, General Counsel of the Canadian Department of Justice in Ottawa, is appointed Judge of the Federal Court. Judge Blackhawk replaces Judge R. Zinn, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective September 1, 2022.

Angus G. Grant, deputy vice-president of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada in Toronto, is appointed judge of the Federal Court. Judge Grant replaces Judge BR Bell, who resigned effective October 30, 2023.


“I wish Judges Blackhawk and Grant every success as they assume their new roles. “I am confident that they will serve Canadians well as members of the Federal Court.”

–The Hon. Arif Virani, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada


Judge Julie L. Blackhawk earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in political science and Indigenous studies from Lakehead University in 1995 and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia in 1998. She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1999 and to the Bar of Ontario in 2004. .

Justice Blackhawk wrote an article with the Legal Services Society, British Columbia’s legal aid services provider, on the poverty law clinic. He then worked for a small child protection and personal injury law firm in New Westminster, British Columbia. In 2000, he moved to the Canadian Department of Justice, where his practice focused exclusively on section 35 of Aboriginal law and indigenous issues. She was a member of the Film Appeals Board (British Columbia) and was co-instructor of “Special Topics in Litigation: Aboriginal Law, Litigation, Procedure and Practice” at the University of British Columbia.

Judge Blackhawk was an active member of the Federal Court Aboriginal Law Bar Liaison Committee and contributed to the development of the Practice Guidelines for Aboriginal Law Proceedings, 2016. She spoke regularly on a range of topics relating to Article 35 of Aboriginal Law and indigenous issues.

Judge Blackhawk is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Nation (Kenhtè:ke kanyen’kehá:ka) and has strong ties to the Lac Seul First Nation (Obishikokaang) through her spouse, Carl Blackhawk and their two teenage daughters . Kinew and Binesi.

Justice Angus G. Grant He was born in Scarborough. She attended Trent University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international development studies in 1996, after which she earned joint master’s and law degrees from the University of Toronto. She subsequently earned a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, where she also taught administrative, immigration and refugee law. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002.

Judge Grant began his legal career at Borden, Ladner, Gervais LLP in Toronto, after which he joined a private immigration and refugee law practice. Throughout his practice, he became a respected leader in the field, having appeared before several trial and appeal courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada on several occasions. He also worked for Legal Aid Ontario from 2004 to 2015. In 2019, he became deputy vice-president of the Refugee Appeals Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board, and has played a leadership role in the management of the Board, which is the largest in Canada. administrative law court.

Justice Grant has published widely in these legal fields and is a frequent speaker at conferences, law school programs, and training sessions throughout the country.

Judge Grant and his wife Caroline Sand are the proud parents of three lovely daughters, Noa, Talia and Maya.

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