The Financial and Consumer Services Tribunal consists of a chair and other members appointed by Order-in-Council. Members hold hearings, make rulings, review and analyze evidence and make decisions. Below is a list of the Tribunal's members.
Judith Keating, Q.C.
Judith Keating Q.C, was appointed the chair of the Tribunal on November 3, 2016 for a term of five years. Mrs. Keating has been a lawyer for over 34 years. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002.
After four years in the private practice of law, she became a career public servant, having been employed by the Province of New Brunswick for over 30 years. She initially joined the Department of Justice and Office of the Attorney General as a Legislative Counsel in December of 1985. She has also been Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General, Chief Legislative Counsel, and Chief Legal Advisor to the Premier. Most recently, she was the Government of New Brunswick' First Nations Representative. In this capacity, she was also designated as the Provincial Chair of the working group on Truth & Reconciliation.
Mrs. Keating is equally well versed in the democratic process, the structures of Government, administrative law, constitutional law and legislative interpretation. She has promoted the Province in her areas of expertise on the international level.
Throughout her career, Mrs. Keating worked tirelessly at promoting structures and processes which are respectful of the equal status of the English and French languages in the Province. She has also devoted herself to ensuring the equal and just treatment of women in the legal profession by both the profession and the government. In 1993, she became the founder and first president of New Brunswick’s Women in law.
Mrs. Keating is the Editor-in-Chief of the Solicitor’s Journal of the Canadian Bar Association, a past member of the Board of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, the past Chair of the Institute’s National Conference on legislative drafting, an active member of the Associations of Parliamentary Counsel and Legislative Counsel in Canada, having also been Association Chair in 2006, an active member of the Commonwealth Association of Legislative and Parliamentary Counsel, and past president and member of Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB).
Throughout the years, Mrs. Keating sat on several Moot Court Tribunals at both New Brunswick Law Faculties and delivered presentations on legislative drafting, legislative interpretation in a bilingual context, legislated bilingualism and Constitutional Law. She has also been course leader for the Law Society of New Brunswick’s Bar Admission Course on legal drafting for numerous years.
Mrs. Keating also contributed to her community by volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society andwas also a member of the Board of Women in Transition.
She is the 2015 recipient of the Muriel Corkery-Ryan Q.C. Award of the CBA, N.B. granted to recognize the outstanding contributions of an individual to the profession, as well as their significant role as mentor of women.
Mr. Boudreau was appointed a member of the Tribunal on February 18, 2016 for a term of five years. After being called to the bar in 2005, Mr. Boudreau has practiced law mostly as a sole practitioner, focusing mainly on family law, real estate law, estate law, corporate law as well as criminal law. He has worked as an ad hoc Crown Attorney since 2006 in both criminal and family proceedings.
Mr. Boudreau is fluently bilingual and is a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick and the Canadian Bar Association. Mr. Boudreau also has a bachelor of administration degree in management-marketing and a master’s degree in business administration. Mr. Boudreau is a lifelong resident of Memramcook and is also the owner and operator of the LeBlanc Restaurant in Memramcook.
John M. Hanson, Q.C. Member
Mr. Hanson became a member of the Tribunal on January 22, 2014 for a term of five years. Mr. Hanson possesses more than 40 years of experience in the legal profession and prior to retiring from private practice, had extensive experience in corporate, commercial, securities and business law. Mr. Hanson was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986.
Mr. Hanson also has experience with various tribunals, boards and government dealings where he counselled both corporate and individual clients in relation to negotiations, contractual and statutory matters. Since retiring from private practice, Mr. Hanson has been legal counsel for a public-private partnership in the transportation industry and was also Chair of the Canada Pension Plan Appeal Tribunal from 2008 to 2014.
Ms. Thibodeau was appointed a member of the Tribunal on September 27, 2017 for a five-year term.
Ms. Thibodeau has practiced law since 1999. She is a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick and the Canadian Bar Association. Her bilingual practice focuses on civil litigation, insurance law, municipal law, medical malpractice, and administrative law. Ms. Thibodeau has represented clients before all levels of New Brunswick courts as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada.
She is the practice group leader for Life and Disability with the law firm of Stewart McKelvey. Ms. Thibodeau is vice-chair of the Law Society Complaints Committee. She is also the past chair of the Law Society Examining Committee, a past member of the Law Society Bar Review Committee as well as a past member of the council of the Canadian Bar Association, New Brunswick Branch.
Ms. Thibodeau lives in Dieppe with her family.
Mr. Legere was appointed a member of the Tribunal on January 22, 2014 for a term of four years. Mr. Legere is an accountant with extensive experience working in private practice, as well as owning his own accounting practice. In addition to his accounting experience, he was part owner of a mid-sized company that manufactured windows and doors.
Mr. Legere has been the Chair of the Employment Insurance Appeal Board of Referees and a board member for a number of foundations and associations, such as Canadian Business Development Corporation and Insulated Glass Manufacturing Association of Canada.
Lucie Laboissonnière Member
Ms. LaBoissonnière was appointed a member of the Tribunal on September 27, 2017 for a term of four years. She has been practicing law since 1998.
Ms. LaBoissonnière’s practice focuses on labour and employment, litigation and administrative law. She is fully bilingual in French and English.
Ms. LaBoissonnière has appeared many times before the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, Court of Queen’s Bench and in arbitration hearings. She has also worked with a large international law firm in the United States for over two years, acquiring experience in class action litigation and lobbying.
She is a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick, the Canadian Bar Association, the New York Bar, the American Bar Association, Canadian Defence Lawyers and the Human Resources Association of New Brunswick, and is a board member of the Canadian Association of Counsel for Employers.