L.R. Wilson and contributors

In 2002, Red Wilson made an exceptional donation of $775,000 to create the L. R. Wilson Chair in Information Technology and E-Commerce Law.

“It is a great honour for me to be intimately associated with your efforts by contributing to the creation and ongoing funding of the new Chair in Information Technology and E-Commerce Law,” said Red Wilson, former Chairman of the Board and CEO of BCE, and former Chairman of the Board of Nortel Networks, two of the biggest players in telecommunications.

Mr. Wilson is also Chairman of the Board of CAE Inc. and serves on the boards of a number of other companies. Appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 1997, he has received honorary doctorates from many Canadian universities, including from the University of Montreal in 1995.

This visionary, who lived in Montreal for eight years, has seen the importance of studying the exponential growth of the information technologies that are transforming our society, and the resulting challenges, particularly with respect to the creation of a new form of law able to regulate interactions in the Internet’s open networks.

Other generous benefactors have rallied to the cause. McCarthy Tétrault gave $400,000 to the Un monde de projets campaign. Of that sum, $250,000 goes to the L. R. Wilson Chair. The Société des alcools du Québec has contributed $250,000, the firm of Osler, Hoskin et Harcourt LLP has given $150,000 and Bell Canada, Louis Lagassé et André Charron have each donated $100,000.

The L. R. Wilson Chair in Information Technologies and E-Commerce Law was inaugurated on February 5, 2003. In addition to Mr. Wilson, the ceremony was attended by Robert Lacroix, Rector of the University of Montreal, Jacques Frémont, Dean of the Faculty of Law, David Masse, member of the Chair campaign team, Ejan Mackaay, Director of the Centre de recherche en droit public and Pierre Trudel, Chairholder.

Media coverage :

  • « Lancement de la Chaire L.R. Wilson sur le droit des technologies de l’information et du commerce électronique », Forum, February 21, 2003.
  • « Université de Montréal Chair to Study How Technology Influences Canadian Legislation » , Brian Dunn, Computing Canada , February 28, 2003, available at here
  • Speech by M. Lynton R. Wilson lors du 40e anniversaire du CRDP, February 26, 2002