The CCIL community was saddened by the passing of Allan Gotlieb on April 18, 2020. Most people will remember him as a distinguished Canadian international lawyer, and in particular one who has made a lasting mark on Canada-US relations as Ambassador to the US in the 1980s. However, few may know that he was one of the members of the first Executive Board of CCIL. Specifically, he was elected at the June 5, 1972 meeting where the CCIL was established. Over the years, he was a speaker and participant in some of the CCIL conferences.
On behalf of CCIL, we offer our condolences to his family and loved ones.
Our next CCIL Bulletin will offer a tribute to Allan Gotlieb.
From his obituary: A Rhodes scholar and graduate of Berkeley, Oxford, and Harvard, Allan taught law at Oxford before returning to Canada to join the Department of External Affairs. He held a number of senior positions over the course of a distinguished career in public service, including serving as deputy minister of several government departments before returning to External Affairs as undersecretary of state. Between 1982 and 1990 he served as Canada's ambassador to the United States, an experience recounted in memoirs published in 2006. He was made Companion to the Order of Canada in 1987. Upon retiring from public service, he and (his wife) Sondra moved to Toronto. Subsequently Allan was appointed Chairman of the Donner Canada foundation and Sotheby's Canada, and also served as advisor to several legal firms, and as director on national and international boards.