Board Members

The Honourable Luc Martineau


The Honourable Luc Martineau was appointed Chair of the Copyright Board of Canada in October 2020 for a five-year term. Justice Martineau was a sitting judge of the Federal Court until his retirement on August 30, 2021. He was appointed Judge of the Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division and ex officio member of the Court of Appeal, January 25, 2002 and Judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada on April 18, 2002. On July 2, 2003, the date of the coming into force of the Courts Administration Service Act, he became Judge of the Federal Court. Justice Martineau was also a member and then President of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal from 2007 to 2014. Prior to this, Justice Martineau established his own firm as a lawyer, arbitrator and mediator in Montréal from 1996 to 2002. He was a partner at Langlois Robert from 1990 to 1996 and an associate and partner at Robert, Dansereau, Barré, Marchessault & Lauzon in Montréal from 1981 to 1990. Justice Martineau was Legal Counsel to the President of the Canada Labour Relations Board from 1979 to 1981.

Justice Martineau holds a LL.L (1977) and LL.M (1985) from the University of Ottawa. He has been a member of the Bar of Quebec since 1978.

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Katherine Braun

Katherine Braun


Ms. Braun was appointed part-time Member in November 2018 for a four-year term. Her mandate was extended for another four years in November 2022. Ms. Braun is an economist whose career includes service with the United Nations working in collaboration with several international agencies on international development projects. She has also worked with the governments of Ontario and Alberta on public policy. Ms. Braun holds an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master degree in economics from the University of Geneva.

Rene Cote

René Côté


Mr. Côté was appointed part-time Member in November 2018 for a four-year term. His mandate was extended for another four years in November 2022. Mr. Côté is a retired professor of law at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), a member of the Quebec Bar since 1984 and a retired member of the same organization since 2015. Before that, M. Côté was Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Political Science and Law Faculty of UQAM. On June 30, 2020, M. Côté was appointed President of the Conseil de la justice administrative du Québec. He has a particular interest in law as it relates to technologies and has authored many publications in the fields of computer law, international law and intellectual property law. Mr. Côté holds a doctorate in public international law from the Université Paris X Nanterre and an LL.B. from UQAM.