Judith Keating

Senator Judith Keating

  • Province: New Brunswick (New Brunswick)
  • Affiliation: Independent Senators Group
  • Telephone: 613-947-3433
  • Email: Judith.Keating@sen.parl.gc.ca  vCard
  • Staff: Gordon, Lynn; Carroll, Corinne


An accomplished legal and constitutional expert with over 30 years of senior public service experience in the Government of New Brunswick, the Honourable Judith Keating, Q.C., was appointed to the Senate on January 31, 2020.

Senator Keating served in a variety of roles throughout her career, including as Chief Legislative Counsel, Chief Legal Advisor to the Premier, New Brunswick’s First Nations Representative, and a provincial chair of the working group on Truth and Reconciliation. She was also the first woman to serve as Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of New Brunswick.

During her career, Senator Keating has worked tirelessly to promote the equal status of the English and French languages in New Brunswick, and devoted herself to ensuring the equal and just treatment of women in the legal profession. In 1993, she became the founder and first president of New Brunswick’s Women in Law.

At the time of her appointment, Senator Keating was the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Bar Association’s Solicitor’s Journal; a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s sub-committee on judicial issues; a member and past chair of the Associations of Parliamentary Counsel and Legislative Counsel in Canada and a member of the Commonwealth Association of Legislative and Parliamentary Counsel.

She is the past president of the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick. She is a past member of the board of Women in Transition and of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ), having also served as past chair of the CIAJ’s Legislative Drafting Conference.

Senator Keating is the outgoing Chair of the New Brunswick Financial and Consumer Services Tribunal, and a former member of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals’ Committee on Tribunal Excellence in Adjudication, as well as its sub-committee on Truth and Reconciliation. She is a member of the New Brunswick Law Society’s Committee on Truth & Reconciliation and Chair of the Law Society’s Taskforce on Access to Justice. She also served on le Comité sur la Vérité et la Réconciliation de l’Université de Moncton.

Senator Keating was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002 and is the recipient of the 2015 Muriel Corkery-Ryan Q.C. Award, recognizing her outstanding contributions to the legal profession and significant role as a mentor to women.               

Senator Keating holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Moncton.  Senator Keating resides in Fredericton, New Brunswick and has 2 children and 4 grandchildren.