Former Olympian Richard Pound to be awarded LLD

Posted: 06/17/2016

Richard PoundRichard W. Pound, C.C., O.Q., Q.C., will be granted the degree of Doctor of Law, honoris causa (LLD) in recognition of the profound impact his leadership and influence have had on integrity in sports.

The Law Society of Upper Canada will present the LLD at its 9:30 a.m. Call to the Bar ceremony in Toronto on June 21. The Law Society awards honorary degrees to distinguished people in recognition of outstanding achievements in service to the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice.

A lawyer, chartered professional accountant, author and athlete

Richard Pound is a lawyer, a chartered professional accountant, an author and one of Canada’s most recognized figures in international sport.

A senior counsel of Stikeman Elliott’s tax section in Montreal, Pound was educated at McGill University where he earned three degrees: Bachelor of Commerce, Licentiate in Accounting and Bachelor of Civil Law (1962; 1964; 1967). He was called to the Bar of Quebec in 1968 and the Ontario Bar in 1980.

As an athlete, he was a double Olympic swimming finalist at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, and captured four medals at the 1962 Commonwealth Games. He was elected into the International Swimming and Canadian Swimming Halls of Fame.

Internationally influential

Photo of Dick PoundPound has played many important and significant Olympic roles for Canada. He is a member of the International Olympic Committee and has held the position of vice president twice (1987-91; 1996-2000). He was director and executive member of the Organizing Committee for Canada’s first Olympic Winter Games, Calgary 1988. He was Deputy Chef de Mission of the Canadian Olympic delegation for the Munich 1972 Olympic Games and a director of the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee, helping influence the successful delivery of the Games.

In 1999, he became the founding chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The agency aims to bring consistency to anti-doping policies and regulations within sport organizations and governments around the world. He remains a member of its foundation board and, in 2014, was appointed chair of the WADA Independent Commission. The group investigated allegations of widespread performance-enhancing drug use.

Among his many awards and honours, Pound is a Companion of the Order of Canada and an Officer of l’Ordre national du Québec. He was awarded the Canadian Olympic Order and was recognized as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, in 2005, for his efforts to rid sport of performance-enhancing drugs. He has been inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in sports, both as an athlete and as an executive.

After receiving his LLD, Pound will deliver a keynote address to the 293 candidates being called to the Bar.

The Law Society will call almost 1,600 new lawyers to the Bar of Ontario at ceremonies in OttawaLondon and four calls in Toronto between June 15 and June 21.