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Honorary Patrons

Mr. James Blanchard

CGLR

United States Ambassador to Canada (1993 – 1996) and Governor of Michigan (1983 – 1991)

Governor James Blanchard joined DLA Piper upon the conclusion of his duties as United States ambassador to Canada in April 1996. Read More

The Honourable Jean Charest

CGLR

Premier of Québec (2003-2012); Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada; Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

With a public service career spanning almost 30 years, Jean Charest is one of Canada’s best known political figures. Mr. Charest was first elected to the House of Commons in 1984 and, at age 28, became Canada’s youngest cabinet minister as Minister of State for Youth. Read More

Mr. Raymond Chretien

CGLR

Canadian Ambassador to the United States (1994 – 2000)

Former Canadian ambassador to France, the United States, Belgium, Mexico and the Congo, Raymond Chrétien acts as Partner and Strategic Advisor at Fasken Martineau. Read More

Gary Doer

CGLR

Canadian Ambassador to the United States (2009-2016)

Gary Doer was the 23rd Canadian Ambassador to the United States and former Premier of Manitoba. Read More

Bruce Heyman

CGLR

United States Ambassador to Canada (2014-2017)

Bruce Heyman was confirmed as President Obama’s personal representative to Canada on March 12, 2014 and served in this capacity until 2017. Read More

Mr. Michael Kergin

CGLR

Canadian Ambassador to the United States (2000 – 2005)

Mr. Kergin spent forty years with the Public Service of Canada serving in the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Privy Council Office. He ended his career in government as Ambassador to the United States (2000-2005). Read More

The Honourable Jim Peterson, P.C.

CGLR

Minister of International Trade (2003 and 2006)

Jim Peterson, a former federal Minister and Secretary of State, is Counsel at Fasken Martineau. Jim has extensive knowledge and first-hand experience in government affairs, having served in the Government of Canada as Minister of International Trade, Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions), and Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. Read More

Mr. David Wilkins

CGLR

United States Ambassador to Canada (2005 – 2009) and Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives (1994 – 2005)

Ambassador David H. Wilkins is a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and chairs the Public Policy and International Law practice group, which focuses primarily on representing businesses on both sides of the US-Canadian border and offers experience on a wide range of strategic bilateral issues. Read More