Past President


Born and raised in Ottawa, Allan Rock is a three-time graduate of the University of Ottawa. A trial lawyer by profession, he spent a decade in the Canadian Parliament as Attorney General of Canada, Minister of Health and then Minister of Industry. He served as Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations in New York before joining the University in 2008.

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Allan Rock, past uOttawa president socializing with uOttawa community.


Allan Rock was President of the University of Ottawa from July 1, 2008 until June 30, 2016.

A 1971 graduate of the University’s Faculty of Law, he practised for over two decades as a trial lawyer with the Faskens firm in Toronto. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1988. He was elected by his peers as head of Ontario’s Law Society in 1992.

In 1993, Allan Rock was elected to the Canadian Parliament, and was re-elected in 1997 and 2000. He spent ten years as a member of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s Cabinet, holding various senior portfolios: Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1993-1997); Minister of Health (1997-2002) and Minister of Industry and Minister of Infrastructure (2002-2003).

He left Parliament in 2003 upon his appointment as Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, where he was deeply involved in humanitarian, peace-building and development efforts, particularly in Africa, Haiti and Sri Lanka.

As President of the University of Ottawa, Allan Rock worked with faculty, students and administrative personnel to advance the four objectives in Destination 2020, the University’s strategic plan.