Peter A Allard School of Law

The Centre for Business Law Welcomes Mitchell H. Gropper Q.C. as its Chair

May 28, 2020

May 25, 2020

Mr. Gropper, a leader in the business legal community, will serve as Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Centre.

Mitchell H. Gropper Q.C.

Dean Catherine Dauvergne and the Centre for Business Law at the Allard School of Law are pleased to announce the appointment of Mitchell H. Gropper Q.C. as the new Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Committee. Mr. Gropper is joined by an impressive group of senior members of the legal community that make up the Dean’s Advisory Committee, all of whom (including Mr. Gropper who has been a long-time member) have provided the Centre with thoughtful strategic direction and advice over the years. As Chair, Mr. Gropper will be taking on a role that has been held by esteemed members of the legal profession, including The Honourable Mr. Frank Iacobucci Q.C., who was the inaugural Chair when the Centre began in 2006.

“Like many educational institutions across the country, the current pandemic has brought forward a number of challenges. To have the leadership and wise counsel of Mitch at a time like this will serve the Centre well,” said Michael J. Korenberg, Chair, UBC Board of Governors. “We are fortunate to have his wisdom and extra engagement as we navigate through to better times.”

Mr. Gropper has been a long-time supporter of the law school. His contributions have allowed the Faculty to engage in a meaningful way with the profession and he was the named founder of the annual faculty exchange program between the Allard School of Law and the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Widely regarded as a leader in the business and legal community, Mr. Gropper spent 28 years at the Vancouver office of McCarthy Tétrault LLP where he served as their Managing Partner from 1988 to 1990 and was instrumental in the formation of national law firms in Canada. In 1998 he joined Farris LLP, where he currently practices law as a senior member of its business and corporate law group.

Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Gropper has received numerous awards in recognition of his expertise, including a Zenith Award by Lexpert as one of 40 leading Canadian lawyers. He has also been named one of Canada’s 40 “Deal-Makers”, one of Canada’s 100 most creative lawyers, one of Canada’s 100 leading cross-border transaction lawyers, and annual recognition in Lexpert as one Canada’s 500 leading lawyers. Mr. Gropper has been the chair of several organizations in the Vancouver Jewish community, has served as a board member of several community organizations, and as an advisor to the several committees established to formulate plans for a national securities commission in Canada.  He has served as a director of Diversified Royalties Inc., Catalyst Paper Inc., Crew Gold Inc., and Concert Properties Ltd. and is currently the Chancellor, and a director of, University of Canada West and a member of the Project Assurance Committee for the BC Hydro Site C Dam.

About the Centre for Business Law

The Centre for Business Law at the Allard School of Law is a vibrant intellectual hub for the scholarship and practice of business law within Canada and internationally. It provides a dynamic, interdisciplinary environment for globally-influential business law research and scholarship; outstanding educational programs to support students’ learning in business law; and programming that fosters intellectual exchange among the Centre's community members.

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