The Honourable Frank Iacobucci has had a varied career in private practice, academia, government and the judiciary. He was born, raised and educated in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he received his B. Comm. and LL.B. from the University of British Columbia. He went on to receive his LL.M. and Dip. Int’l L. from Cambridge University. He began his career in 1964 as a lawyer at a large New York firm. In 1967, he joined the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and was a Professor of Law there until 1985. He successively served as Vice-President, Internal Affairs, Dean of the Faculty of Law, and Vice-President and Provost of the University. In 1985, Mr. Iacobucci was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General for Canada; in 1988, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada; and in 1991, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Honourable Frank Iacobucci retired from the Supreme Court of Canada in June 2004 and served as interim President of the University of Toronto from September 2004 until June 2005. On July 1, 2005, he joined Torys LLP as Counsel and currently serves on a number of boards. He was the Federal Government’s Representative in the negotiations leading to the settlement agreement in 2005 relating to Indian Residential Schools, which is the largest financial settlement in Canada. In February, 2013 he submitted his report as an independent reviewer for the Ontario government on First Nations Representation on Ontario juries. He has also acted for the federal government and the Ontario government on major matters involving alleged terrorists, Aboriginal people, Afghan detainees, and other issues. He is also representing the Province of Ontario in its negotiations with the Chiefs of the Matawa Council on the Ring of Fire and recently completed a comprehensive report prepared for Police Chief William Blair of the Toronto Police Service that relates to encounters of police with people in crisis.
He has authored or co-authored numerous books, articles and commentaries on a variety of legal and other subjects and is the recipient of numerous awards and honours in Canada and abroad, including honorary degrees in Canada and Italy, and his election as an Honorary Fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in July 2007.