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Richard Pound, BCL Biography

Former President, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“Well, sports is so important to so many people, particularly young people, and it’s a precursor to how you’re going to behave in other aspects of social intercourse. You look around the world today and what have you got? The accounting profession is in the tank. You’ve got the business community in the tank. You’ve got the Enrons. You’ve got political shortcuts and all these kind of things, that it’s very important to have some kind of activity where you can say to people ‘this is on the level.’ You respect the rules, you respect your opponents, you respect yourself. You play fair. I think that bleeds over into life as well.

I don’t want my grandchildren to have to become chemical stockpiles in order to be good at sports and to have fun at it. Baseball, take your kid out to the ballpark some day and you say, ‘Son, some day if you ingest enough of this sh[*!], you might be a player on that field, too.’ It’s a completely antithetical view to what sport should have been in the first place. It’s essentially a humanistic endeavour to see how far you can go on your own talent.”

“The Enforcer,” CBC Sports Online, Jan. 19, 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former President, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
  • Former Vice-president, International Olympic Committee (IOC)
  • Partner, Stikeman Elliott
  • Chancellor, McGill University, 1999–present
  • Winner, Laureus Spirit of Sport Award, 2008
  • Awarded, Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, Canadian Grenadier Guards, 2008
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctorate, Beijing Sport University, 2006
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctorate of Sports Administration, Laurentian University, 2005
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Western Ontario, 2004
  • Awarded, Gold and Silver Star of the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Government of Japan, 1998
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Windsor, 1997
  • Entitled, Officer of the National Order of Quebec, 1993
  • Entitled, Officer of the Order of Canada, 1992
  • Awarded, Queen’s Counsel, Canada, 1992
  • Recipient, Honorary PhD, United States Sports Academy, 1989
  • BCL (Bachelor of Canon/Civil Law), McGill University, 1967
  • LA (Licentiate in Accounting), McGill University, 1964
  • BA, Sir George Williams University (Concordia University), 1963
  • BComm (Bachelor of Commerce), McGill University, 1962
  • Member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, L’Association de Planification Fiscale et Financière, the Canadian Bar Association, the International Fiscal Association, and the International Association of Practising Lawyers.
  • Included in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, and in A Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada