Marc-André Blanchard

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Marc-André Blanchard
24th Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
April 1, 2016 – July 31, 2020
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byGuillermo Rishchynski
Succeeded byBob Rae
Personal details
Born (1965-11-10) November 10, 1965 (age 54)

Marc-André Blanchard (born November 10, 1965)[1] is a Canadian executive, lawyer and former diplomat. He served as Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, from April 1, 2016 until July 31, 2020.[2][3]

In 2017, he was named as a member of Canada's North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Council.[4] 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 the Aga Khan.[5] Blanchard retired from his diplomatic postings on July 31, 2020.

Effective September 8, 2020, he is an executive vice-president of pension fund manager Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in charge of its CDPQ Global division, with responsibility for the United States/Latin America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.[6]

Prior to his appointment to the United Nations, Blanchard was chairman and CEO of McCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada's largest law firms,[7] and was president of the Quebec Liberal Party from 2000 to 2008.[8][9] 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.[10]

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.[11]


  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. ^ "Canadian Club - Ambassador Marc-Andre Blanchard - Media Events". Media Events. 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  5. ^ "Diplomatic Appointments". Global Affairs Canada. 2018-05-18. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
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  7. ^ "Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016: #43 — Marc-André Blanchard". Canadian Business, November 17, 2015.
  8. ^ "Jean Charest returns to legal practice, joins Bay Street firm". The Globe and Mail, January 10, 2013.
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  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "Advocatus Emeritus 2017 - Le Barreau du Québec annonce les récipiendaires de la distinction Avocat émérite". (in French). Retrieved 2018-05-30.