A giant of the law is gone

February 8th, 2017

It is with much sadness that the legal community has learned of the passing of Roy L. Heenan, Founding Partner of Heenan Blaikie. Roy Heenan was recognized in Canada as the leading authority on labour law and administrative law. He was an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law of McGill University, and also lectured at Queens University, Université Laval and the University of Ottawa. He was also an international speaker and a well-known patron of the arts. From 2002 to 2012, he was Founding Chairman of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. He also sat on many boards including the CBC, the Jarislowsky Foundation and the International Historic Heritage Foundation. Over the years he sat on the board of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, The Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

He was also the Chairman of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal from 1994 to 1998. Roy received numerous honours, including being appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999, in recognition of being “one of the country’s leading labour lawyers who has also made significant contributions to academic life and the art world.” He was also recognized by the Barreau du Québec, which conferred on him the honorary title of Lawyer Emeritus in 2008, and in May of the same year, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from McGill University.

The legal community has lost a giant, and the BCF firm and all its members extend their deepest condolences to Roy’s family.