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. He began his career in 1964 as a lawyer at a large New York firm, where he practiced corporate and securities law. In 1967, he joined the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and was a Professor of Law there until 1985. He also served as Vice-President, Internal Affairs at the University of Toronto from 1975 to 1979 and Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1979 to 1983. From 1983 to 1985, he was 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 became Chairman of Torstar Corporation (to 2009). He currently serves as Chairman of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, Conduct Review Advisor for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Tim Hortons Inc. and of the Advisory Board of General Motors of Canada. He has served as federal representative in the negotiations leading to a settlement of the Indian residential schools (IRS) legacy. In December 2006, he was appointed Commissioner to lead an inquiry into the conduct of Canadian officials regarding certain individuals. In April of 2008 as a special advisor to the Minister of Natural Resources for Ontario, he provided advice for a framework toward a long-term agreement between Grassy Narrows First Nation and the Province of Ontario dealing with forestry and related issues.
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 in the Order of Canada in July, 2007, and in 2009 received the Justice Medal for lifetime achievement from the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice.