First woman Chief Justice of Canada
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin was promoted to a companion “for her prodigious impact on our country’s legal landscape, notably as the longest-serving chief justice of Canada, as well as the first woman in the role.”
McLachlin earned an MA in philosophy and a law degree from the University of Alberta in 1968. She was sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1989 and was chief justice, the first woman in the position, from 2000 to 2017. Concordia granted McLachlin an honorary degree in 2011.