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Hon. Alexandre Deschênes, Q.C.
Hon. Alexandre Deschênes, Q.C., who resides in Bathurst, N.B., is a native of Kedgwick, N.B., and is married to Huguette (Savoie) Deschênes. They have two sons.
He studied at Saint-Joseph University (now Université de Moncton) from 1960 to 1962, University of Ottawa from 1962-1965 (B.A.), and University of New Brunswick (LL.B., 1968). He was admitted to the Law Society of New Brunswick in 1968. He was legal counsel to the Department of Justice in Fredericton from 1968 to 1971. He was in private practice from 1972 to 1982 and specialized in civil litigation as a partner in the law firm of Michaud, Leblanc, Robichaud, and Deschênes. While residing in Shediac, N.B., he served on town council and became the first president of the South East Economic Commission. He is a past president of the Richelieu Club in Shediac.
In 1982, he was appointed a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick and of the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick in 2000.
On July 30, 2009, he was appointed to the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada.
While on the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick, he was appointed President of the provincial Judicial Council and in 2012 Chairperson of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of New Brunswick for the 2015 federal election.
He was appointed Conflict of Interest Commissioner in December 2016 and became New Brunswick’s first Integrity Commissioner on December 16, 2016 with responsibilities for conflict of interest issues related to Members of the Legislative Assembly. As of April 1, 2017 he supervises lobbyists of public office holders under the Lobbyists’ Registration Act.
As of September 1, 2017, he will be assuming the functions presently held by the Access to Information and Privacy Commissioner.