Former government minister to join firm’s public policy group
John Manley, Canada’s former deputy prime minister, minister of foreign affairs, finance minister and industry minister, has joined Bennett Jones LLP as senior business advisor.
Based in Ottawa, Manley will be part of Bennett Jones’ public policy group, the firm said in an announcement. The group provides clients with integrated policy and legal expertise, and advisory services on domestic and international issues, it added.
From 2010 to 2018, Manley was president and CEO of the Business Council of Canada (formerly the Canadian Council of Chief Executives), which represents CEOs of leading Canadian businesses. He is currently the board chairman of CIBC and CAE, as well as a board member of Telus.
Manley is an officer of the Order of Canada and is active in the not-for-profit and international affairs sectors. He is the chairman of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute’s advisory council and former chairman of the Canadian branch of the Trilateral Commission. He is also a member of the international advisory councils of the Brookings Institution and the Wilson Center.
“John is one of the most highly respected business leaders in Canada,” says Hugh MacKinnon, chairman and CEO of Bennett Jones. “He has enjoyed senior leadership positions in both the public and private sector, and has worked with top CEOs and entrepreneurs nationwide. He has a unique and constructive vision for Canada's success and economic growth. John has an incredible understanding of where business opportunities lie and will be a tremendous advisor for our clients and lawyers.”