Montréal (March 22, 2016) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is delighted to announce that The Honourable Louise Arbour was presented with the 2016 Pearson Peace Medal by the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada). The medal was bestowed during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on March 17, 2016 by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and honorary patron of the UNA-Canada.

"Louise Arbour has devoted her life and dedicated her career to the pursuit of justice in Canada and around the world," said John G. Murphy, Montréal regional managing partner at BLG. "She truly deserves this prestigious recognition for her exceptional contribution in making the world a better place one cause at a time."

Madam Arbour is counsel and jurist in residence at BLG. In this capacity, she provides strategic advice to lawyers of the International Trade and Arbitration Group, in particular on issues pertaining to international disputes. She also serves as a mentor to younger lawyers. Madam Arbour is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty.

Prior to joining BLG, Madam Arbour sat as a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1999 to 2004, on the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Ontario. She has held senior positions at the United Nations, including that of High Commissioner for Human Rights.

About the Pearson Peace Medal

The Pearson Peace Medal is awarded to a Canadian who has personally contributed, through his or her working life and voluntary commitments, to those causes to which Lester B. Pearson devoted his distinguished career: aid to the developing world; mediation between those confronting one another with arms; succour to refugees and others in need; equal rights and justice for all humanity; and peaceful change through world law and world organization.

A jury of eminent Canadians selects the recipient of this honour. The medal is awarded by UNA‑Canada, a registered charity founded in 1946, with a mandate to educate and engage Canadians in support of the United Nations and its critical issues, which have a global impact.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a leading, national, full-service Canadian law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and arbitration, and intellectual property solutions for our clients. BLG is one of the country's largest law firms with more than 725 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in five cities across Canada. We assist clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing to trademark and patent registration.

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