The LEPH 2016 Orator

Allan Rock

Allan Rock has since 2008 been President of the University of Ottawa, one of Canada’s leading research universities.

A 1971 graduate of the University’s Faculty of Law, he practised for over two decades as a trial lawyer in Toronto. In 1993, Allan Rock was elected to the Canadian Parliament, and was re-elected in 1997 and 2000. He spent ten years as a member of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s Cabinet, holding various senior portfolios: Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1993-1997); Minister of Health (1997-2002) and Minister of Industry and Minister of Infrastructure (2002-2003). He left Parliament in 2003 upon his appointment as Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, where he was deeply involved in humanitarian, peace-building and development efforts, particularly in Africa, Haiti and Sri Lanka. In June, 2012, the University of Ottawa’s Board of Governors extended Allan Rock’s mandate as President until June 30, 2016.