Cox & Palmer Counsel Appointed a Trudeau Mentor

February 10, 2010

Cox & Palmer would like to congratulate the Honourable Edward Roberts CM, ONL, LLD, QC, on his recent appointment as a Trudeau Mentor through The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation was established in 2001 by the family, friends, and colleagues of the former Prime Minister as a living memorial. In 2002, the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with a donation of $125 million to honour the great humanitarian spirit of the former Prime Minister. The foundation supports creative and critical thinkers who make meaningful contributions to key social issues through scholarships, fellowship, mentorships and public interaction events.

Trudeau Mentors are selected from the most eminent Canadian practitioners in all sectors of public life, from the creative arts to business, and from public service to social activism. Each year the foundation appoints up to 12 Mentors who are then matched with Trudeau scholarship recipients. The mentorship program seeks to forge intellectual and personal bonds between renowned Canadians with extensive experience in public life and talented, young Ph.D. students. Key areas of concentration for the Trudeau Scholars and Mentors are citizenship, Canada’s role internationally, human rights and dignity, and the environment.

Mr. Roberts’s almost 50 years of service to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has made him a pillar in the legal and public communities. He was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador bar in 1965, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1979 and a Master of the Supreme Court in 1989. Mr. Roberts practiced law for many years with one of the predecessor firms of Cox & Palmer and is currently counsel in our St. John’s office.

Mr. Roberts was elected into the provincial House of Assembly in 1966, where he served for 23 years in a variety of Ministerial posts in the Cabinets of Joseph Smallwood and Clyde Wells, and as Leader of the Opposition. He was Chair of the Board of Regents of Memorial University from 1997 to 2002, and served the province of Newfoundland and Labrador as the 11th Lieutenant-Governor from 2002 to 2008. He is a Member of the Order of Canada and of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador. Memorial conferred an honorary degree upon him in 2003.

Click here to view The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation news release.