Biography of Mr. Yves Côté, Q.C. – Commissioner of Canada Elections
Mr. Yves Côté became Commissioner of Canada Elections in July 2012.
Mr. Côté began his career in 1977 when he enrolled in the Canadian Forces as a military legal officer within the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG).
In 1981, he joined the Department of Justice where he held various positions, including: Legal Adviser to the Department of Health; Legal Adviser to the Employment and Immigration Commission; Director of the Human Rights Law Section; Legal Adviser to the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces; and finally, Assistant Deputy Minister and Head of the Business and Regulatory Affairs Portfolio.
In 2003, Mr. Côté left Justice to serve as Counsel to the Clerk of the Privy Council, as well as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet – Legislation and House Planning.
From 2005 to 2008, he was Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces.
Early in 2008, he was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Justice and remained in that position until June 2012.
Mr. Côté has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1977. He earned his Bachelor of Civil Law from Université Laval in 1976, and his Honours Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 1992. Mr. Côté was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1992, and has received numerous awards for his public service.
He is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren.