Mr. Justice Clément Gascon graduated from Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf (DEC, 1978) and McGill University with a Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L. 1981). He was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1982.
Mr. Justice Gascon is currently a judge of the Quebec Court of Appeal, on which he has served since 2012.
During his career as a lawyer, he spent 21 years with the Montreal-based law firm Heenan Blaikie, specializing in civil and commercial litigation. He was also a lecturer in business law, in labour law and in construction law at the Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, at l’Université du Québec à Montréal, at McGill University and for the Barreau du Québec.
Mr. Justice Gascon has co-authored books, publications and articles on the individual contract of employment, restrictive covenants, fiduciary duty and unfair competition.
Mr. Justice Gascon was appointed to the Quebec Superior Court in October 2002. He was a member of that court’s Commercial Division in Montreal, which is responsible for commercial matters cases, ranging from Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings to insolvency proceedings and shareholders’ disputes. From September 2008 to September 2011, Mr. Justice Gascon assumed the role of coordinating judge of that Division. From 2007 to 2010, he was also the representative of the Superior Court on the Canadian Bar Association, Québec Division, committee on class actions. He assumed a similar role on the working group created to study the U.S.-Canada Cross-Border Class Action Protocols.
Since 2008, Mr. Justice Gascon has been the co-chair of the annual Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice Judgment Writing Seminar for newly-appointed federal judges. He frequently participates as a speaker in continuing legal education seminars on commercial matters, judgment writing and class actions.