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Marc-André Blanchard


Chair and Chief Executive Officer


Corporate Commercial Litigation
International Trade & Investment Law
Securities Litigation








Université de Montréal


Québec, 1992


Since 2010, Marc-André Blanchard has been the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of McCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada’s leading national law firms with more than 550 lawyers in Toronto, Montréal, Calgary, Vancouver, Quebec City and London (UK). Mr. Blanchard also provides advice to companies on governance, strategic and public policy issues. He has actively participated in the transition teams of several provincial and federal governments

Prior to becoming Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Blanchard served two terms as McCarthy Tétrault’s Regional Managing Partner, Québec region.

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. Because of these changes, Canadian Business Magazine listed Mr. Blanchard as one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Business People for 2016 and 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, 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 advised Rio Tinto plc on the acquisition of Alcan Inc. He 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 also represented a Canadian university in an important international arbitration case.

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 the 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.

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. During his graduate studies, he interned with the Ministry of International Trade of Canada in the Office of Trilateral Trade Negotiations (OTTN/NAFTA); with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Marshall Islands at the United Nations and with the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights in New York City.

Mr. Blanchard is married to Monique Ryan and has two sons, Laurent and Adrien. Mr. Blanchard was born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield (Québec) on November 10th, 1965.


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