Richard W. Pound

Richard Pound is a partner 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. He is a member of the Quebec and Ontario Bars and is a Chartered Accountant in both jurisdictions. He was awarded the designation of Q.C. by the federal government in 1992 and of F.C.A. by Quebec in 2001.

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). Mr. Pound has also taught courses on tax law at McGill University.

In addition to these professional designations, Mr. Pound is a recipient of a number of awards in recognition of his professional work. He is included in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. He is recognized by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2011, as a leading practitioner “repeatedly recommended” in the area of international commercial arbitration, and in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Media publication, A Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2009 edition.

A 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 Greater Montreal and honorary chairman of Swimming Canada’s CANswim Movement. In February 2008, he was awarded the Laureus “Spirit of Sport” Prize for his work as head of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Mr. Pound is also the recipient of a number of honorary degrees. Mr. Pound was appointed Emeritus Lawyer (Ad. E.) by the Quebec Bar in May 2010, received an honorary degree as Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from the Université du Québec and from Concordia University in 2010. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Beijing Sport University in 2006, and received a Doctor of Sports Administration (honoris causa) from the Laurentian University in 2005. He has also received honorary doctorates from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Windsor.

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Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Books

Chief Justice W.R. Jackett: By The Law Of The Land (Montreal: Osgoode Society and McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1999), 408 pp.

Chapters in Osgoode Society Books

Stikeman Elliott: The First Fifty Years (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2002), 396 pp