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Frank Iacobucci

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Former judge of the Supreme Court of Canada
Government of Canada

    Frank Iacobucci has had a distinguished career in private practice, academia, government, and the judiciary. He was born, raised, and educated in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he received his B. Comm. and LL.B. from the University of British Columbia. He went on to receive his LL.M. and Dip. International Law from Cambridge.

    He began his career in 1964 as a lawyer at a large New York firm, where he practiced corporate and securities law. In 1967, he joined the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and was a professor of law there until 1985. He also served as vice-president, Internal Affairs at the University of Toronto from 1975 to 1979 and was the dean of the Faculty of Law from 1979 to 1983. From 1983 to 1985, he was vice-president and provost of the University. In 1985, Mr. Iacobucci was appointed deputy minister of justice and deputy attorney general for Canada; in 1988, he was made the chief justice of the Federal Court of Canada; and in 1991, he became a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

    Mr. Iacobucci has received numerous awards, honours, and other recognitions in Canada, the United States, England, and Italy. In addition to authoring and co-authoring judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Canada, he has written extensively on a wide variety of legal and policy subjects.

    Mr. Iacobucci retired from the Supreme Court of Canada in June 2004 and served as interim president of the University of Toronto from September 2004 until June 2005. On 1 July 2005, he joined Torys LLP as counsel and became chairman of Torstar Corporation. He was recently given a mandate to lead discussions toward a fair and lasting resolution of the legacy of Indian residential schools. Mr. Iacobucci will lead these discussions with legal counsel for former students, the Assembly of First Nations, legal counsel for the involved church entities and other interested parties.

    Mr. Iacobucci is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a member of the Queen's Counsel.