The Honourable Justice Richard Wagner’s first time in a courtroom was when he was 7 years old while his father sat on the then Sessions Court, now the Court Of Appeal, in Montreal. Claude Wagner, Richard’s father, was not only an accomplished jurist but also a politician, serving as Solicitor General, Attorney General and Minister of Justice in the government of Quebec Premier Jean Lesage in the 1960’s. Richard Wagner on the other hand, has remained a jurist since being called to the Quebec Bar in 1980 after graduating with a law degree from the University of Ottawa. He worked as a litigator for the firm of Lavery, de Billy and argued for the first time before the Supreme Court when he was only 26. In 2004, Wagner was appointed to the Quebec Superior Court and to the Court of Appeal in 2011. Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Wagner to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2012.
Born into political life in Ottawa, Catherine Clark is no stranger to being in the public eye. As founding host of CPAC’s popular weekly television show Beyond Politics, Catherine interviews Members of Parliament, Premiers and people of influence to reveal the personal, human side of public life. Catherine is also a sought-after public speaker and emcee, and writes the “Giving Back” column for Ottawa at Home Magazine, profiling people who are improving the lives of their fellow citizens.