Robert K. (Bob) Rae, QC, OC, PC
Senior Partner

Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP

250 University Ave, Fl 8
Toronto, ON M5H 3E5
Phone: (416) 981-9441
E-mail: brae@oktlaw.com
 
 
 

Born in Ottawa and a graduate of both the University of Toronto and Oxford, Bob Rae was first elected to the Parliament of Canada as the Member of Parliament for Broadview in a by-election in October, 1978, the first of eleven successful elections both federal and provincial. Bob resigned his federal seat in 2013 to become senior partner at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, where he works with First Nations as legal counsel, advisor, and negotiator.
Bob served as Ontario’s 21st Premier from 1990–1995 and Interim Federal Leader of the Liberal Party in 2011–13. He was named Queen’s Counsel in 1984, appointed to the Privy Council of Canada in 1998, received the Order of Ontario in 2004 and was promoted to be a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2015. In 2017 Bob was appointed as Special Envoy to Myanmar by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Bob teaches at the University of Toronto as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Governance and as Distinguished Professor at Victoria College. He is a Fellow at the Forum of Federations, and consults internationally on governance issues. He has written five books and two major reports on the Air India bombing and higher education in Ontario. He writes and speaks regularly on public issues and does ADR work with ADR Chambers.


Year Called to the Bar:1980
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