OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has formally appointed Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Nadon fills the vacancy left by the mandatory retirement of former justice Morris Fish in August.
The new justice appeared before a parliamentary committee this week after his nomination by the prime minister.
Nadon was a justice of the Federal Court of Appeal when he was nominated to the high court.
Before that, he was a Federal Court judge, a judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada and a judicial member of the Competition Tribunal.
He is a recognized authority on maritime law.
Harper said Nadon came highly recommended.
"Mr. Justice Nadon’s remarkable knowledge of both common and civil law and his wealth of experience as a lawyer, a judge and an arbitrator make him highly qualified to join the illustrious ranks of the Supreme Court of Canada," Harper said in a statement.
"I have every confidence that he will serve with distinction and honour."