TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Dentons Canada LLP is pleased to announce
that the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, P.C., C.C., O.M., Q.C., Ad.
E., has joined our firm as Counsel.
Mr. Chrétien was the 20th Prime Minister of Canada and held that office
for over ten years, from November 4, 1993, to December 12, 2003,
winning three consecutive majority governments during his tenure. As
Prime Minister, Mr. Chrétien stressed balanced budgets, national unity
and a strengthened place for Canada in the world. His government's
legacy also includes a number of social reform and humanitarian
"This is a very exciting time for Dentons and for our clients," comments
Elliott Portnoy, Global Chief Executive Officer for Dentons. "Mr.
Chrétien is a renowned global leader, bringing his international
experience and diplomacy to our Dentons team. We greatly look forward
to working with him, as will our clients."
Mr. Chrétien was first elected as a Member of the House of Commons in
1963. During his career, he also served as Deputy Prime Minister,
Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Justice
and Attorney General, Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce,
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, President of the
Treasury Board, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Minister of
National Revenue, Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs and
Minister in charge of Social Development.
"We are very honoured to welcome the internationally recognized and
highly respected Mr. Chrétien to our firm," says Chris Pinnington,
Dentons' Canada Chief Executive Officer. "Our clients, whether they are
based in Canada or around the world, will greatly benefit from Mr.
Chrétien's wealth of experience, expertise and keen insights in public
policy and government decision-making."
In 2007, Mr. Chrétien was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada,
and in 2009, he was awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty Elizabeth
In addition, in 2008, Mr. Chrétien became Co-Chair of the InterAction
Council, an international organization that mobilizes the experience,
energy and international networks of former Heads of State and
Government. Council members jointly develop recommendations and
practical solutions for the political, economic and social problems
confronting the global community.
Mr. Chrétien completed his law studies at Université Laval and was
admitted to the Québec Bar in 1958. He is also a member of the Ontario
Bar. He was awarded an honorary degree in law by Wilfrid Laurier
University in Waterloo (1981), as well as honorary doctorates from
Laurentian University in Sudbury and from University of Western Ontario
in London (1982), from the Glendon College of York University in
Toronto (1986), from the University of Alberta in Edmonton (1987) and
Lakehead University in Thunder Bay (1988). Mr. Chrétien was also the
recipient of honorary doctorates from Ottawa University (1994), Meiji
University in Japan (1996), the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland
(1999), Michigan State University (1999), Hebrew University in
Jerusalem (2000), Memorial University in St. John's (2000), Université Ste. Anne (2002), Université Catholique Pontificate Madre y
Maestra in Santiago de los Caballeros in Dominican Republic (2003),
Queen's University in Kingston (2004), McMaster University in Hamilton
(2005), the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine
(2007), Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (2008), Concordia
University's John Molson School of Business (2010), Université de
Mr. Chrétien will work out of Dentons Canada's Ottawa office and will
also be active and engaged with all other Dentons offices.
Dentons is a global firm driven to provide a competitive edge in an
increasingly complex and interconnected world. It was formed in March
2013 by the combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian
law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm
SNR Denton. Dentons is built on the solid foundations of these three
highly valued law firms. Each built an outstanding reputation and
valued clientele by responding to the local, regional and national
needs of a broad spectrum of clients of all sizes - individuals;
entrepreneurs; small businesses and start-ups; local, regional and
national governments and government agencies; and mid-sized and larger
private and public corporations, including international and global
Dentons' clients now benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and
professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries
across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle
East, Russia and the CIS, the UK and the US who are committed to
challenge the status quo and offer creative, dynamic business and legal
solutions. Learn more at dentons.com.
SOURCE: Dentons Canada LLP
For further information:
Amy Holmes, Manager, Marketing and Communications
Dentons Canada LLP
+1 416 863 4481