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Richard W. Pound C.C., O.Q., Q.C., Ad. E., FCA
Law Practice
Richard Pound is a Counsel in the Montréal office of Stikeman Elliott and member of the firm's Tax Group. His main areas of practice include tax litigation and negotiations with tax authorities on behalf of clients, in addition to general tax advisory work and commercial arbitration.

Among others, Mr. Pound had been recognized by:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 in the international arbitration and tax law sectors.

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017, as a leading practitioner in the areas of international commercial arbitration and corporate tax litigation.

  • Named Montréal International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers' 2016.

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2015 ranked as a most highly-regarded individual in the area of Sports & Entertainment.

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2014 in the tax sector.

  • The 2014 Lexpert Guide to the Leading Canada/US Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada in the international commercial arbitration and corporate tax litigation sectors.

  • Lexpert Special Edition on Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers, December 2014.

  • The 2012 PLC Which Lawyer? as a prominent practitioner in tax litigation in Canada and in tax in Quebec.

  • PLC's Tax on Transactions Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2012/2013.

  • He is recognized as having the highest rating ("AV") under the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.

Honours and awards

In 1992, Mr. Pound was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada (O.C.) and in December 2014 was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada (C.C.), the highest level of the Order, which recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the country.

He was appointed Emeritus Lawyer (Ad. E.) by the Quebec Bar in May 2010, named Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Canadian Grenadier Guards in 2007 and promoted to Honorary Colonel in 2014.

He is a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec (FCA) since 2001 and won the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award, the Ordre's highest recognition for members of the profession.

Mr. Pound has been named to Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for his relentless efforts to rid sport of performance- enhancing drugs.

In July 2009, he was awarded the Ernest T. Stewart Award, CASE's highest honour for a graduate who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for his alma mater. He is only the second Canadian in the 59 year history of the award to receive the prize.

In February 2008, he was awarded the Laureus "Spirit of Sport" Prize for his work as head of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Former Olympic swimmer and Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Pound has been inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in sports, both as an athlete and as an executive. He is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation of Greater Montreal and honorary chairman of Swimming Canada's CANswim Movement as well as chairman of the Partnership for a Drug Free Canada.

He was awarded the designation of Q.C. by the federal government in 1992.

Professional Activities
  • Mr. Pound is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, l'Association de planification fiscale et financière, the Canadian Bar Association, the International Fiscal Association and the International Association of Practising Lawyers. He has lectured in taxation matters at McGill University in the Faculty of Law and in the McGill Centre for Continuing Education in the Chartered Accountancy program.

  • He is a member of the Quebec and Ontario Bars and is a Chartered Accountant in both jurisdictions.

  • He was Chancellor of McGill University (1999-2009) and Chancellor Emeritus effective July 1, 2009 and was Chair of the Board of Governors (1994-1999). In recognition of his distinguished engagement McGill University has established a scholarship in his honor for incoming undergraduates showing "promise of future success and responsible citizenship" and conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws on him November 2009.

  • He is member of the International Olympic Committee and has held the position of vice president twice: from 1987 to 1991 and from 1996 to 2000. He was Chairman of the Olympic Games Study Commission. He was Chairman of the IOC's Coordination Commission for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and, from 1984 to 2001, directed, inter alia, all Olympic television negotiations, marketing and sponsorships.

  • He was the founding Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency (1999-2007) and remains a member of its Foundation Board.

  • He was Chairman of the panel reviewing the governance of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

  • He was Honorary Consul General of Norway in Montréal for more than two decades.

  • He is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Chairperson of the Canadian Judicial Council.

  • He has served as a member of the Federal Court Bench and Bar Liaison Committee from 1999-2002 and from 2003 2007.

  • He is a chairman of Canada's National History Society and a former director of the RCMP Heritage Centre.

  • He was a director of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games throughout the existence of that organization.

  • He is a member (2007-) of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport.

  • He is president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

  • He is Chairman of Olympic Broadcasting Services.

McGill University (B.C.L. 1967); McGill University (Licentiate in Accounting 1964); Sir George Williams University - now Concordia University (B.A. 1963); and McGill University (B.Comm. 1962).

Honoray degrees

Mr. Pound received, among others, the following honorary degrees:

  • Doctor of Laws (honoris causa): Concordia University and Université du Québec (2010); McGill University (2009); Lakehead University (2007); University of Western Ontario (2004); University of Windsor (1997);

  • Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) Loughborough University, England (2008);

  • Doctor of Beijing Sport University (honoris causa) (2006);

  • Doctor of Sports Administration (honoris causa) from Laurentian University (2005);

  • Chubb Fellow of Timothy Dwight College: Yale University, September (2004);

  • Honorary Ph.D. by the United States Sports Academy (1989).

Bar Admission
Ontario, 1980
Québec, 1968

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