The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, P.C., C.C., O.M., Q.C., Ad. E., left the Office of Prime Minister of Canada on December 12, 2003. In January 2004, he joined Heenan Blaikie as counsel. He is primarily working in Ottawa but is also active in the Montreal office as well as other Heenan Blaikie offices.
Mr. Chrétien was elected Member of the House of Commons in 1963. During his career, he also served as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, President of the Treasury Board, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs, Secretary of State for External Affairs, and Minister in charge of Social Development.
Mr. Chrétien completed his law studies at Université Laval and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1958. He is also a member of the Ontario Bar. He was awarded an honorary degree in law by Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo (1981), as well as honorary doctorates from Laurentian University in Sudbury and from University of Western Ontario in London (1982), from the Glendon College of York University in Toronto (1986), from Alberta University in Edmonton (1987) and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay (1988). Mr. Chrétien was also the recipient of honorary doctorates from Ottawa University (1994), Meiji University in Japan (1996), the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland (1999), the Michigan State University (1999), Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2000), Memorial University in St. John’s (2000), Université Catholique Pontificate Madre y Maestra in Santiago de los Caballeros in Dominican Republic (2003), Queen’s University in Kingston (2004), McMaster University in Hamilton (2005) and the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine (2007).
In 2007, he was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada.
In 2008, he became co-president of the InterAction Council.
In 2009, he was awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty Elizabeth II.
In 2010, he received an honorary doctorate from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business as well as an honorary doctorate from Université de Montréal in 2011.
- LL.L., Université Laval, 1958
- Barreau du Québec
- Ontario Bar Association