Members' Biographies

 

Jean Bédard (Chairperson)

Jean Bédard (Chairperson)

Jean Bédard was appointed Member of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) on June 18, 2014. He became Acting Chairperson on May 2nd, 2016 and was appointed Chairperson of the Tribunal on May 3rd, 2018.

He holds an LLL and an MBA from Université Laval (1974 and 1978), and an LLM in International Business Law from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School (1992). He has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1975 and of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1988, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Government of Canada in 1992. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Administrators of the Province of Quebec.

Mr. Bédard began his career operating a family-owned business in Quebec City and has practised law both in private practice and in-house, in Quebec City, Toronto and Kingston. He was in private practice in Quebec City until 1988 when he became General Counsel of Beneficial Canada Inc. He acted as General Counsel (International Operations) for Beneficial Corporation, until 1999, having responsibility for major files in Canada, Europe and Latin America. After his return to private practice in 2000, his corporate and commercial law practice had a special focus on domestic and international franchising.

In 2002, he was appointed as a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court of Ontario, where he sat in Toronto and in the East Region until his appointment to the CITT. Immediately prior to his appointment, he was a Partner at Marlay Bédard LLP, in Kingston.

Over the years, he served on the board of directors of several professional and not-for-profit organizations. In 2000, he was appointed to the Investing in Students Task Force by the Minister of Colleges and Universities of Ontario. He is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of York University’s Glendon College in Toronto. He is also the Chancellor of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario of the Anglican Church of Canada.

 

Peter Burn (Member)

Peter Burn (Member)

A member of the Ontario bar since 1981, Mr. Peter Burn has provided counsel on matters of international trade and investment to governments, firms, industry associations and multilateral organizations, most recently as a Counsel in the Ottawa office of Dentons Canada LLP. He also gained first-hand experience doing business in Latin American and Asian markets while serving as a senior executive with Bell Canada International.

Mr. Burn holds a B.A. from Huron University College (1974), an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University (1977) and an LL.M. in international business law from the University of Exeter, UK (1978).

 

Serge Fréchette (Member)

Serge Fréchette (Member)

Mr. Fréchette served as Vice-Chairperson of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal between 2006 and 2014. During that same period he also served as a panelist on a number of dispute settlement matters before the World Trade Organisation.

Since then and until his most recent appointment, Mr. Fréchette returned to the private sector where he provided advisory services to various clients on matters related to international trade, investment and regulatory affairs. He also provided advice on matters that relate to administrative justice and good governance. During this latest period, Mr. Fréchette also served as a temporary member of the Tribunal during two separate terms.

Prior to his initial appointment at the Tribunal, M. Fréchette was a senior official with the departments of Justice and Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Mr. Fréchette was involved in several important government initiatives, including the negotiation and implementation of various international trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization. In 1997, he became partner in a boutique law firm specialized in international trade, investment and regulatory matters. He also founded his own law firm specialized in the same areas of practice. He represented Canada and other parties in several matters before the World Trade Organization. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Ottawa.

Randolph W. Heggart (Member)

Randy Heggart

Randolph W. Heggart, P.Eng., MBA, CFE, was appointed Member of the Tribunal on June 18, 2018.

He holds a B.Eng. (1978) from Carleton University in Ottawa and a Master of Business Administration (1986) from the University of Ottawa. He also has a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation (2013).

In 1982, Mr. Heggart joined the public service in the Road Safety Directorate of the Department of Transport. After completing the Career Assignment Executive Development Program, he was appointed Director, Research and Analysis at the Procurement Review Board of Canada, whose mandate was later transferred to the Tribunal.

Mr. Heggart returned to the CITT in 2002 following a secondment to Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and held a number of executive positions. In 2014, he was the last Secretary of the CITT, during which time he assisted in the transition of the secretariat function to the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada.

For the past three years, Mr. Heggart worked at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in research and policy.

Ann Penner (Member)

Ann Penner (Member)

Ms. Penner was appointed Member of the Tribunal on January 14, 2013.

She holds a PhD in Canadian politics and comparative politics from Carleton University.

In 1996, she began work as a trade policy analyst in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Multilateral Trade Policy Division, becoming Acting Director of the Division's Communications and Consultations Unit in 2006. While at the department, she dealt with legislative changes to Canada's Special Import Measures Act and safeguards under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture, and was also a member of Canada's negotiating team on WTO agricultural negotiations.

From 2008 to 2012, she operated her own consulting firm, AEP Communications, providing strategic communications advice and support to a number of organizations within and outside government.

 

Rose Ritcey (Member)

Rose Ritcey (Member)

Ms. Rose Ritcey was the Special Advisor to the Chairperson of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT). In her role as Special Advisor, she contributed to the restructuring of the CITT and to the creation of a development program for trade remedy investigations staff.

Ms. Ritcey had an accomplished career in the public service, holding various roles within the CITT such as Director General and Research Manager, Research Branch. She has also worked at the Department of Finance in the International Trade and Finance Branch.

Ms. Ritcey holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University (1981) and a Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University (1983).