Catherine Fraser

1992 became the first woman to be appointed Chief Justice of Alberta and Chief Justice of Northwest Territories and in

1999 appointed as the first Chief Justice of the

Nunavut Court of Appeal

Born 1947, Campbellton, New Brunswick
1958 – moved to Edmonton, Alberta

Career

  • 1969 received Bachelor of Arts degree, University of Alberta
  • 1970 Graduated Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
  • She received the George Bligh O’Connor Silver Medal in Law, awarded to the law student graduating with the second highest GPA over the three year program
  • Master of Laws from London School of Economics
  • Practiced Law at Lucas, Bishop and Fraser and taught at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law
  • 1983 became Queen’s Counsel
  • 1989 appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta
  • 1991 appointed to the Court of Appeal of Alberta
  • 1992 became the first woman appointed Chief Justice of Alberta and Chief Justice of Northwest Territories
  • 1999 named the first Chief Justice of the Nunavut Court of Appeal
  • She has served on the Canadian Institute on the Administration of Justice, as chair of the Education Committee of the Canadian Judicial Council and as a member of the Council’s Special Committee on Equality in the Courts

Awards

  • YWCA Tribute to Women Award
  • 1996 U of A Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2007 Received an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary

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