The past managing partner of McCarthy Tétrault law firm’s Vancouver office, Mitchell Gropper, has been appointed chairman of the dean’s advisory committee for the Centre for Business Law at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Allard School of Law.
“Like many educational institutions across the country, the current pandemic has brought forward a number of challenges,” said UBC Board of Governors chairman Michael J. Korenberg. “To have the leadership and wise counsel of Mitch at a time like this will serve the Centre well. We are fortunate to have his wisdom and extra engagement as we navigate through to better times.”
Gropper spent 28 years at McCarthy Tétrault’s Vancouver office. In 1998 he joined Farris LLP, where he practices law as a senior member of its business and corporate law group.
Gropper has received multiple awards over his career, including Lexpert’s Zenith Award as one of 40 leading Canadian lawyers. He was named one of Canada’s 40 “deal-makers,” one of Canada’s 100 most creative lawyers and one of Canada’s 100 leading cross-border transaction lawyers.
Gropper has served as a director of Diversified Royalties Inc. (TSX:DIV), Catalyst Paper Inc., Crew Gold Inc. and Concert Properties Ltd. He is chancellor and a director of the University of Canada West and a member of the project assurance committee for BC Hydro’s Site C dam.
Other members of the advisory committee are DLA Piper partner Ryan Black, World Bank administrative tribunal judge Lynne Charbonneau, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada managing partner Janet Grove, McCarthy Tétrault partner Ted Koffman, Wreath Group Holdings Inc. managing CEO Brenda Leong, Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia president and CEO Lori Matheson and McMillan LLP partner Tom Theodorakis. •