Marc‐André Blanchard has been appointed as Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York assuming his duties in April 2016. Prior to this nomination, from 2010‐2016 he was Chairman and CEO of McCarthy Tétrault, one of the largest Canadian law firms, and also advised companies on strategic issues and public policy issues. From 2003 to 2010, he was the Quebec Managing Partner for McCarthy Tétrault while practicing as a litigator. He has been involved in some of Canada’s landmark cases and transactions. During his tenure as President and CEO of the firm, he made significant changes, including by implementing a growth agenda focused on industry groups and client teams and by providing an innovative service delivery model. Canadian Business identified Mr. Blanchard amongst Canada’s top 50 most powerful business leaders for 2016. In 2014, McCarthy Tétrault was named the most innovative law firm in Canada and the second most innovative in North America by the Financial Times. In 2013, Mr. Blanchard was named among the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine, and Catalyst Canada awarded him the CEO Recognition Award for his leadership in diversity. Mr. Blanchard has received many other awards and accolades highlighting his expertise and leadership. Later in 2016 he will be awarded the distinction of Advocatus Emeritus by the Quebec Bar Association. Mr. Blanchard is actively involved in his community in various capacities. He is a Board member of the Conference Board of Canada. He has been a board member of the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. He has been the chair of the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC), an institute affiliated with Université de Montréal. He has been a board member of the WoodGreen Foundation and the Montreal Board of Trade. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of Glendon College and Catalyst Canada. He has been an active member for United Way campaigns in Montreal and Toronto, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. He has been the Chair of the Quebec Liberal Party and a member of many transition teams for the governments of Canada and Quebec.
Mr. Blanchard holds a Bachelor of Law (LL.B), from the Université de Montréal, a Master (LL.M) in Public International Law, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of International Affairs (MIA), from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1992. Mr. Blanchard is married to Monique Ryan and they have two children, Laurent and Adrien.