Marc-André Blanchard

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Marc-André Blanchard
24th Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations
Assumed office
April 2016
Preceded byGuillermo Rishchynski
Personal details
Born (1965-11-10) November 10, 1965 (age 53)

Marc-André Blanchard (born November 10, 1965)[1] is a Canadian lawyer and diplomat. On January 16, 2016, he was named as the Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, effective April 1, 2016.[2][3] On May 3, 2018 he was named as Canada's Representative to the Ismaili Imamat, an announcement coinciding with the Canadian Diamond Jubilee visit of His Highness the Aga Khan.[4]

In 2017, he was named as a member of Canada’s North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Council.[5]

Prior to his appointment, Blanchard was chairman and CEO of McCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada's largest law firms,[6] and a former president of the Quebec Liberal Party.[7] He served on Justin Trudeau's transition team following the 2015 election.[2]

In 2013, Blanchard was named among the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine, and Catalyst Canada awarded him the CEO Recognition Award for his leadership in gender diversity.[8]

In 2016, Blanchard was awarded Advocatus Emeritus by the Quebec Bar Association. Blanchard is a graduate of the Université de Montréal, the London School of Economics and Columbia University.[9]


  1. ^ Apéro montréalais à l'hôtel 10 Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain
  2. ^ a b "Trudeau picks close allies as ambassadors to U.S. and UN". The Globe and Mail, January 16, 2016.
  3. ^ "Diplomatic Appointments". Global Affairs Canada. 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  4. ^ "Diplomatic Appointments". Global Affairs Canada. 2018-05-18. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  5. ^ "Canadian Club - Ambassador Marc-Andre Blanchard - Media Events". Media Events. 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  6. ^ "Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016: #43 — Marc-André Blanchard". Canadian Business, November 17, 2015.
  7. ^ "Jean Charest returns to legal practice, joins Bay Street firm". The Globe and Mail, January 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Government of Canada appoints H.E. Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN, as Canada's Representative to the Ismaili Imamat". Ismailimail. 2018-05-04. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  9. ^ "Advocatus Emeritus 2017 - Le Barreau du Québec annonce les récipiendaires de la distinction Avocat émérite". (in French). Retrieved 2018-05-30.