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Blakes hires former CBC president as counsel

Monday, February 04, 2019 @ 12:50 PM | By John Chunn

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) announced that Hubert T. Lacroix, former president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, has joined Blakes as strategic counsel. Lacroix will work from the firm’s Montreal office.

After a decade with CBC/Radio-Canada, Lacroix returns to private practice where he gained over 20 years of experience serving various Canadian and international clients, particularly in the areas of governance, securities and mergers and acquisitions.

“The experience that Hubert has acquired in recent years, combined with his private practice, make him an invaluable asset to our clients,” said Robert Torralbo, managing partner of the firm’s Montreal office. “As evidenced from the unprecedented, coast-to-coast digital transformation that he oversaw at CBC/Radio-Canada, it's clear that Mr. Lacroix is a one-of-a-kind resource.”

The firm’s press release said Lacroix will take on the new role of strategic counsel and will assist clients with the development of business strategies, governance, long-term planning and major deals.

“I had been considering the idea of joining Blakes for a while, as the firm offers seamless service across practices and industries in a fully integrated way, a model that I myself applied at CBC/Radio-Canada,” said Lacroix.

“At Blakes, we make it a priority to understand our clients as well as their industries, challenges and cultures. Hubert has led major operations across the country. Having him on our team will allow us to be even closer to the reality of our clients and business partners,” said Brock Gibson, firm chair.

Over the course of his career, Lacroix has served on the boards of numerous companies and non-profit organizations. He has been a member of the Barreau du Quebec since 1977 and holds an MBA from McGill University.