John Hurley, a partner in Gowling WLG's Montréal office, has been named Advocatus Emeritus by the Québec Bar for the year 2021. He joins Luc Deshaies as a recipient of this prestigious honour at Gowling WLG.
A highly regarded lawyer, Hurley currently leads the Indigenous Law Group in Montréal and has over 30 years of experience in business law, with special emphasis on First Nations, energy and infrastructure, environmental law, regulatory affairs and international development. He has worked for many years with the Indigenous peoples of Quebec, particularly the Cree and the Inuit, on government relations, energy and natural resources, environmental assessment, local and regional government, health, taxation, economic development and commercial matters.
"John's passion and commitment to the defence of Indigenous rights is admirable and it is a real honour to work alongside such a committed, reputable colleague involved in matters that, in their own way, influence the course of history and the positive evolution of our society," said Pierre Pilote, managing partner of Gowling WLG in Montréal. "We are all very proud that the Bar has recognized his most inspiring career path."
About the Advocatus Emeritus Distinction
Established in 2007, the Advocatus Emeritus (Ad. E.) distinction is awarded by the Québec Bar to members who distinguish themselves by the excellence of their professional career, their exceptional contribution to the legal profession, or their unique influence on their social and community environment.
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