Speaker Profiles

Allan Rock

Allan Rock

President & Vice-Chancellor

University of Ottawa

Allan Rock is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa.

A graduate of the University’s Faculty of Law, he practiced for more than two decades as a trial lawyer with the Fasken firm in Toronto. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1988 and was elected as head of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1992.

In 1993, Allan Rock was elected to the Canadian Parliament. He spent 10 years in Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s Cabinet as Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1993-1997), Minister of Health (1997-2002) and Minister of Industry (2002-2003).

He left Parliament in 2003 when appointed as Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, where he was involved in humanitarian, peace-building and development efforts, particularly in Africa, Haiti and Sri Lanka.
He joined the University of Ottawa in 2008, where he serves as President and Vice-Chancellor.

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