Mr. Justice (ret'd) Paul R. Bélanger was born in Ottawa on September 30, 1942. He completed his undergraduate studies at
the University of Ottawa with a B. Com. in 1962. He served as a regular member of the Royal Canadian Navy from 1958 to 1965.
He studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School graduating with an LL.B. in 1968 and was called to the bar in 1970.
He was elected president of the County of Carleton Law Association (the Ottawa bar) in 1977. He practiced law
in Ottawa with the firm of Paris, Mercier, Sirois, Paris & Bélanger until his appointment to the
Provincial Court (Criminal Division) on July 12, 1978. He was appointed Senior Judge for Eastern Ontario in 1984 and
remained in that position until 1990. He served as Regional Senior Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice for the
East Region of the Province from 1996 to 2002. At various times during his judicial career, he was the Eastern Ontario
representative of the Provincial Court Judges' Association. In 1978, he became the founding president of the Collège
catholique Samuel-Genest of Ottawa and remained in that position until 1987. In 2002, he was appointed by the Chief
Justice to be the chair of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee of the Court, a position he held until his retirement to
part-time service on September 30th 2008. In 2011, he was appointed his court's representative on the Attorney-General's
French Language Bench and Bar Advisory Committee. In June of 2012, he was appointed a deputy judge of the Tax Court of Canada.
On 20 July 2012, he was appointed Commissioner of the Public Inquiry into the Elliot Lake Algo Mall Collapse.