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Chair and Chief Executive Officer
AREA OF EXPERTISE
Université de Montréal
Marc-André Blanchard is the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of McCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada’s leading national law firms. He also provides advice to companies on governance, strategic and public policy issues.
Prior to becoming Chair and CEO, Mr. Blanchard served two terms as McCarthy Tétrault’s Regional Managing Partner, Québec region.
Mr. Blanchard has advised Rio Tinto plc on the acquisition of Alcan Inc. He has represented CGI in an arbitration proceeding concerning an important outsourcing contract. He was part of the litigation teams involved in the fight over the control of both Air Canada and Le Groupe Vidéotron Ltée. He represented a Canadian university in an important international arbitration case. He also represented Rothmans, Benson & Hedges in the constitutional challenge of the Tobacco Act.
Through his tenure as Chair and Chief Executive Officer, he has introduced significant changes, including intensively pursuing a growth agenda and implementing an innovative service delivery model. In 2014, The Financial Times recognized McCarthy Tétrault as the most innovative law firm in Canada and as one of the most innovative law firms in North America.
In 2013, the Canadian Lawyer Magazine recognized Mr. Blanchard as one of Canada’s top 25 most influential lawyers, and he received the Catalyst Canada Honours recognizing his leadership as a diversity champion. Mr. Blanchard has received many other awards and accolades for his leadership and expertise.
Mr. Blanchard is also actively involved in his community. He is a board member of Canada’s Heart & Stroke Foundation, The Conference Board of Canada, the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC), and the WoodGreen Foundation and the advisory board of Glendon College. He is an active member in campaign cabinet for the Université de Montréal, United Way Toronto, as well as an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). From 2000-2008, he was President of the Québec Liberal Party and actively participated in the transition teams of several governments.
He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Université de Montréal (1988), a Master’s degree in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1990), and Master’s degrees in both Public Administration and International Affairs specializing in International Trade Law from the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University (1992). He was called to the Québec bar in 1992.
Mr. Blanchard is married to Monique Ryan and has two sons, Laurent and Adrien.
McCarthy Tétrault CEO named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Business People
The Catalyst Canada Honours celebrates champions of women’s advancement
McCarthy Tétrault Chair and CEO named company/firm leader champion
McCarthy Tétrault lawyers named Lawyer of the Year in The Best Lawyers in Canada
McCarthy Tétrault CEO recognized as one of Canada’s top 25 most influential lawyers
Announcing the 2013 Catalyst Canada Honourees
McCarthy Tétrault Chair and CEO Named Company/Firm Leader Champion
McCarthy Tétrault partners are named Women of Influence’s 2012 Canadian Diversity Champions
McCarthy Tétrault Chair and CEO Appointed to Board of Conference Board of Canada
New McCarthy Tétrault CEO and Chair featured in National magazine
McCarthy Tétrault Announces New Chair and CEO
Marc-André Blanchard chosen to succeed W. Iain Scott
McCarthy Tétrault the first major Canadian law firm to become a “Partner without Borders” of Lawyers without Borders
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