Jacques Courtois (lawyer)

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Edmond Jacques Courtois, PC, QC (1920–1996) was a Canadian lawyer and public official. Courtois was appointed chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee on December 23, 1992, the third person ever to chair the body responsible for oversight of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

Courtois was born in Montreal. During World War II he served with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve and called to the Quebec bar in 1946. He practiced law with the firm of MacDougall, MacFarlane, Scott & Hugessen, which later became Courtois, Clarkson, Parsons & Tétreault, until 1982.

Following his retirement from his law firm he served on several board including as chair of the educational publishers McGraw-Hill Ryerson. He was also president of CIIT Inc, vice-president of the Bank of Nova Scotia and also of the Canadian Life Assurance Company as well as on several other boards of directors.[1]

He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1963. Upon being appointed to SIRC he became a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada which entitled him to the honorific "The Honourable".

Courtois was the President of the Montreal Canadiens from 1972 until 1979. He succeeded J. David Molson and was succeeded by Morgan McCammon.[1] He won 5 Stanley Cups with Montreal in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979.


His son, E. Jacques Courtois Jr, is a convicted insider trader having peddled confidential takeover information while a Vice President in Morgan Stanley's mergers and acquisitions department from 1974 to 1977. Courtois Jr fled to Bogota, Colombia, where he was a fugitive for several years before pleading guilty to insider trading charges in New York in 1983.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

His daughter, Nicole Eaton, is a Canadian Senator.


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Government offices
Preceded by
John Bassett
Chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (Canada)
Succeeded by
Paule Gauthier
Preceded by
David Molson
President of the Montreal Canadiens
Succeeded by
Morgan McCammon