The Honourable Jules Allard, S.J.C., obtained his law degree from Université Laval. He has been practising law since 1966 and has been a member of the Canadian Bar since 1975. He served as president of the Barreau d'Arthabaska in 1976 and of the Barreau du Québec in 1979 and 1980. He was appointed Judge of the Quebec Superior Court in 1986. From 1995 to 2005, he was the judge in charge of the administration of justice in the districts of Arthabaska and Frontenac. Justice Allard became a supernumerary judge in 2005. He has served on a number of Court committees, including four years as secretary-treasurer and then as chair of the general committee of Quebec Superior Court judges during the terms of chief justices Larry Poitras and Lyse Lemieux.
Mr. Raymond Hudon is a full professor of political science at Université Laval and holds a Ph.D. from Queen's University in Kingston. His research focuses on representation in democratic systems, political party favouritism, interest groups and lobbying. He has published extensively, having written books, chapters in anthologies, and articles in national and international reviews. His most recent publications include La politique, jeux et enjeux (2011) and Engagements civiques et politiques de jeunes (2012). He has also participated in numerous international conferences and taught at a number of foreign universities. He has served on the boards or executive councils of the Société québécoise de science politique, the Canadian Political Science Association, the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and many others.