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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
Robert K. Rae

Robert K. Rae

(BA 1969 UC) (LLB 1977 Toronto) - 2014 Award Recipient

Bob Rae is a senior partner at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP. 

He was elected 11 times to the House of Commons and the Ontario legislature between 1978 and 2013. He was Ontario's twenty-first premier from 1990 to 1995 and served as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013.

Rae is working now as a negotiator, mediator and arbitrator, with a particular focus on First Nations, Aboriginal and governance issues.  He also teaches at the University of Toronto School of Governance and Public Policy and is a widely respected writer and commentator on public policy issues in Canada and abroad.   

An author of four books and many studies and reports, he is a Privy Councillor, an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario and has numerous awards and honorary degrees from institutions in Canada and around the world.   

Rae attended UC from 1966, was literary director and Students Administrative Council representative, and lived for two years in McCaul House in the Sir Daniel Wilson residence. He studied modern history and was a Rhodes Scholar for Ontario in 1969, completing his MPhil at Balliol College. He is also a graduate of the Faculty of Law at U of T.