Former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin has been appointed to the Order of Canada as a recipient of its highest accolade, Companion of the Order of Canada.
McLachlin, Canada’s longest-serving chief justice and first woman in the role, received the honour for her work and “prodigious” influence on the nation’s legal landscape. The announcement was made June 29 by Governor General of Canada Julie Payette.
She also served as a deputy of the governor general concurrent to her chief justice role. McLachlin retired from the bench Dec. 15, 2017 and, as of March 2018, was nominated to sit on Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal.