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Biographical notes – Bob Rae

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The Honourable Bob Rae, P.C., C.C., O.Ont., Q.C., former Premier of Ontario, and former interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, was born in 1948, in Ottawa. A Rhodes Scholar, he completed his studies at Oxford University in 1973 and graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1977.

Mr. Rae’s passion for social justice dates back to his early days in student politics and community service. Between 1978 and 2013, he was elected 11 times to federal and provincial parliaments.

Mr. Rae stepped down as a Member of Parliament in 2013 to return to legal practice and, in particular, to work with Indigenous communities and continue his work in education, governance, and human rights. He is a senior partner at OKT - Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr Rae is a Fellow of the Forum of Federations, and teaches at the University of Toronto in the School of Public Policy and Governance, the Faculty of Law, Massey College, and Victoria College. He is also a mediator and arbitrator with ADR Chambers.

Along with music, reading, and writing (he is working on his sixth book) he loves tennis, golf, and fishing. He is married to Arlene Perly Rae. They have three daughters and live in Toronto.

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