Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

Flags lowered at Queen’s University for CLCW Senior Fellow Roy Heenan

In tribute to Mr. Roy Lacaud Heenan O.C., Ad.E., B.A., B.C.L., LL.D., Queen’s University lowered its flags on campus on February 10, 2017.

Mr. Heenan, who passed away on February 3, was both a Trustee Emeritus of Queen’s and a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace. The founder of the law firm Heenan Blakie, he was also its Chairman Emeritus from 1973 to 2012, and a leading authority on administrative and labour law throughout his entire life and career.

The CLCW benefited greatly from Mr. Heenan’s contributions as Senior Fellow, including his recent presentation of a paper at a CLCW workshop on constitutional collective bargaining rights in honour of the late Professor Bernie Adell.

Mr. Heenan was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers as well as of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Mr. Heenan is recognized as a leading practitioner in the area of Labour and Employment Law in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward / White), and was designated as the 2010 Montreal Labour and Employment Lawyer of the Year by its editors. In 2006 he received the prestigious Bora Laskin Award, in recognition of his contributions to Canadian Labour Law, from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources.

In 2008, the Québec Bar conferred the honorary title of Emeritus Lawyer on Mr. Heenan. This distinction is awarded to members of the Bar having achieved excellence in their professional career and having displayed an outstanding and continued contribution to the legal profession as well as exceptional influence in their social or professional environments. In May of the same year, Mr. Heenan was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from McGill University.

“We’re deeply saddened by Roy’s passing, and proud to have worked with him. He brought an unparalleled range and depth of experience to his scholarly work. He was one of Canada's leading labour lawyers, a founder in his field, and one of Canada's first and best labour law internationalists. He will be greatly missed.” said CLCW Director Kevin Banks.