Allan Gotlieb

Allan Ezra Gotlieb, public servant (b at Winnipeg, Man 28 Feb 1928).

Allan Gotlieb

Allan Ezra Gotlieb, public servant (b at Winnipeg, Man 28 Feb 1928). A Rhodes scholar and international lawyer with a reputation for intellectual toughness, Gotlieb joined the Department of External Affairs in 1957, a year after being called to the Bar of England (Inner Temple). He was assistant undersecretary and legal adviser 1967-68. A member of Pierre Elliott Trudeau's inner circle, he was deputy minister of the new Department of Communications 1968-73 and of Manpower and Immigration 1973-76.

He returned to External Affairs as undersecretary 1977-81 and was ambassador to Washington (1981-89) where he played a highly visible role under both Liberal and Conservative prime ministers. He is the author of Disarmament and International Law (1965), Canadian Treaty-Making (1968), Impact of Technology on International Law (1982) and I'll Be With You in a Minute, Mr. Ambassador (1989).

Gotlieb was Chairman of the Canada Council (1989-94) and in 1989 W.L. Mackenzie King Visiting Professor at Harvard University. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award, Government of Canada in 1983. Gotlieb is currently chairman of Burston Marsteller Canada and a consultant to the Stikeman Elliott law firm. He is married to Sondra Gotlieb.