07/27/2015 18:32 EDT | Updated 07/27/2016 01:12 EDT

Alberta appeal court judge Russell Brown named to Supreme Court of Canada

OTTAWA — Alberta Court of Appeal Justice Russell Brown has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the decision in a statement late today.

Brown will take over from Justice Marshall Rothstein, who is retiring as of Aug. 31.

A member of the bars of both British Columbia and Alberta, Brown currently sits in Edmonton, where he also serves as an appeal judge for both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

He has also served as a member of the Court of Queen's Bench.

Brown will be the second member of the high court from western Canada, the other being Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.

"Mr. Justice Brown brings to the court wide experience as a law professor and legal scholar, a barrister, and a judge at both the trial court and appellate levels," Harper said in a statement. 

"His appointment is the result of broad consultations with prominent members of the legal community and we are confident he will be a strong addition to Canada's highest court."

The Canadian Press