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Background and Career

Core Leadership Skills

  • Organizational Communications
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Systems Improvement
  • Human Resources Management
  • Consensus Building
  • Strategic Planning
  • Policy and Legislation
  • Plain Language Writing

Education & Certifications

  • Juris Doctor, 2008, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law
  • Call to the Ontario Bar 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1994, University of Ottawa, School of Translators and Interpreters
  • Diploma, 1993, University of Ottawa, Bilingual Writing Skills

Career

Senior Associate, 2023

Vanier & Associates

Senior Associate, 2023

Vanier & Associates

Senior Associate, Family Law, 2020

Nelligan O’Brien Payne (National Law Firm)

Owner, Sole Practice, 2009

Family Law

Owner, Sole Practice, 2009

Family Law

Privy Council Officer, 2008

Legal Services, Privy Council Office

Freelance Translator, 2005

Fox Translations

Freelance Translator, 2005

Fox Translations

Editor-in-Chief (Bilingual), 2003

Governor General Adrienne Clarkson

Speechwriter, 2001

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Elinor Caplan

Speechwriter, 2001

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Elinor Caplan

Speechwriter, 2000

Deputy Prime Minister, Herb Gray

Editor-in-Chief (Bilingual), 1999

Department of Natural Resources

Editor-in-Chief (Bilingual), 1999

Department of Natural Resources

Legal Editor (Bilingual), 1998

Canadian International Trade Tribunal

Business Officer, 1995

Industry Canada

Business Officer, 1995

Industry Canada

Who Are Chris’s Influences?

After high school, Jeanne Sauvé went on to study at the University of Ottawa, taking classes at night and working as a government translator by day to pay for her schooling. Chris took his inspiration partly from Sauvé, taking night classes in translation at the University of Ottawa in the 1980s while he worked for the government during the day.

Like Adrienne Clarkson, Chris’s mother, Joan, was born in Hong Kong, and had also had to leave after the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong in 1941. Growing up, Joan imparted on Chris an admiration for Clarkson’s resilience, professionalism, and bilingualism, which Chris never forgot.

In the Monck Wing of Rideau Hall, overlooking its gardens and greenhouses, Chris led and directed Adrienne Clarkson’s teams of English and French writers, editors, and translators for many years.

When Chris turned 40, John Raulston Saul invited Chris to join him in the office of the Viceregal Consort for a conversation. There, Saul and Chris had a wonderful discussion about many things. Saul encouraged Chris to pursue his dream to become a lawyer. Within the year, Chris had sold his house, become a “gentleman farmer” and was reading law full time.

Last, Chris had been Herb Gray’s speechwriter during his history-making full-time cabinet appointment as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.

Top photo (left to right): Jeanne Sauvé; Jeanne Sauvé with HRH Queen Elizabeth and Brian Mulroney; Commander-in-Chief Jeanne Sauvé inspecting the Ceremonial Guard; Commander-in-Chief Adrienne Clarkson inspecting the Ceremonial Guard; Adrienne Clarkson and John Raulston Saul with HRH Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip; Herb Gray’s investiture in the Order of Canada by Adrienne Clarkson.

Top photo (left to right): Jeanne Sauvé with HRH Queen Elizabeth and Brian Mulroney; Commander-in-Chief Jeanne Sauvé inspecting the Ceremonial Guard; Commander-in-Chief Adrienne Clarkson inspecting the Ceremonial Guard.

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