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Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney shares key experiences with law students

Students inspired to succeed as lawyers and global citizens
September 15, 2016
Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney speaks to an audience at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. Photo by Adrian Shellard, for the University of Calgary

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney speaks to an audience at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. Photo by Adrian Shellard, for the University of Calgary 

Brian Mulroney, now a senior partner for the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, was the keynote speaker for the annual William A. Howard Memorial Lecture.

Brian Mulroney, now a senior partner for the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, was the keynote speaker for the annual William A. Howard Memorial Lecture. 

The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney was the keynote speaker Tuesday for the William A. Howard Memorial Lecture, presented annually by the Faculty of Law and Borden Ladner Gervais LLP at the University of Calgary.

For more than 45 minutes in a packed lecture room in Murray Fraser Hall, Mulroney delivered an inspirational speech to an eager crowd of law students, faculty, staff and alumni. It’s not often that a group of aspiring lawyers get the opportunity to gain in-depth and valuable global insight from a former prime minister who is also a lawyer. Mulroney became Canada’s 18th prime minister in September 1984 and held office until June 1993.

As the most recent high-profile guest to present at the Howard Lecture, Mulroney shared his wisdom and experiences regarding the role of a prime minister, responsibilities and leadership. “Leaders must have vision and they must find the courage to fight for the policies that will give that vision life.” He added, “Achievement occurs when challenge meets leadership.”  

“We’re proud that we can partner with Borden Ladner Gervais to give our students the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest legal minds and leaders of our country,” said Ian Holloway, dean of the law school. “We hope that students were inspired by his remarks and will strive to be great leaders like Mr. Mulroney.”

The renowned leader also received considerable media coverage regarding comments he made, urging leadership on pipelines.

Mulroney, who is currently a senior partner for the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, offered some parting inspirational words for students. “If all of us remember that freedom and liberty are the very pillars of our national democracy, we can collectively make a contribution to the well-being of mankind that will bring honour to Canada and peace and prosperity to all her citizens.”

The Howard Memorial Lecture was established to preserve the legacy of William Howard and ensure continued investment in the next generation of legal professionals — a cause for which he had much passion. Previous guest lecturers have included Preston Manning and Major-General Blaise Cathcart.