1st Annual Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture

When: Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Where: Ottawa

At the inaugural Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture, the Honorable Frank Iacobucci, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, examined the key role played by Canada’s public service as a vital national institution that maintains and enhances democratic society.

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About the Honorable Frank Iacobucci

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he completed his Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of British Columbia. He later received a Master of Laws degree and a Diploma of International Law from the University of Cambridge.

His career began in 1964 as a lawyer at a large New York firm, where he practiced corporate and securities law. From 1967 to 1985, he taught as a Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. During this time, he also served as Vice-President of Internal Affairs at the University of Toronto from 1975 to 1979, Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1979 to 1983, and Vice-President and Provost of the University from 1983 to 1985.

Mr. Iacobucci was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General for Canada in 1985, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada in 1988, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1991. Having received numerous awards, honours and other recognitions in Canada, the United States, England and Italy, he has authored and co-authored judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Canada, in addition to having written extensively on a wide array of legal and policy issues.

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci retired from the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004 and served as interim President of the University of Toronto from September 2004 until June 2005. On July 1st, 2005, he joined Torys LLP as Counsel and currently serves as Chairman of Torstar Corporation.


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