Chief Justice of Canada, Supreme Court of Canada
Born in 1943 in Pincher Creek, Alberta.
First woman to hold the position of Chief Justice of Canada; was appointed in 2000.
Educated at the University of Alberta, called to the Bar of Alberta in 1969.
Professor at the University of British Columbia.
Third woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.
First woman appointed to the BC Court of Appeal and the first female BC Supreme Court Justice.
When Governor General Adrienne Clarkson was hospitalized in July 2005, Justice McLachlin served as the Administrator of the Government and performed the duties of the Governor General, including giving royal assent to the Civil Marriage Act, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in Canada.
Was awarded over 21 honorary Doctor of Laws degrees.