Madame Justice Suzanne Côté was sworn in as Supreme Court Judge on December 2, 2014. As head of Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt’s litigation group in Montreal, Côté distinguished herself as one of this country’s top litigators. With the appointment Côté became the first woman to join the court from private practice.
Côté grew up in the Gaspé, in the tiny village of Cloridorme. Her parents moved to the town of Gaspe when she was 14. Always a serious student, Côté became interested in the law from reading the Quebec crime tabloids, Allo Police and Photo Police. Côté attended law school at the Université de Laval and enjoyed a private practice in the Gaspe for a number of years before joining the firm of Stikeman Elliott in Montreal. It was there where Côté honed her skills and earned her reputation as one of the province’s top commercial and corporate litigators. Côté joined the firm of Osler, Hoskina nd Harcourt as a partner in 2010.
Catherine Clark spoke to Suzanne Côté at the Supreme Court in Ottawa.
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.