(No. 108 - April 24, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced the appointment of Lyall D. Knott, a senior partner of Vancouver-based law firm Clark Wilson LLP, to the International Joint Commission (IJC) as a Canadian commissioner.
"In this, the centennial year of the Boundary Waters Treaty between Canada and the United States, I am pleased to appoint Mr. Knott to the International Joint Commission," said Minister Cannon. "His years of distinguished legal and community service will be an asset to the Commission."
The IJC is an independent, binational organization established by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. It helps prevent and resolve water-related disputes, primarily about quantity and quality, along the boundary between Canada and the United States. Decades ahead of their time and three quarters of a century before the Brundtland Commission-the World Commission on Environment and Development-raised awareness of the concept of sustainable development, the Treaty and the International Joint Commission created an impartial regime for environmental stewardship. This regime is based on the principle that precious natural resources should be managed for the benefit of all.
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A biographical note on the appointee follows.
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Lyall D. Knott (Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 1971 and 1972, respectively; Master of Laws, University of London [United Kingdom], 1973) is a senior partner of Clark Wilson LLP, a Vancouver-based law firm. He was appointed to the rank of Queen's Counsel in 1985.
Mr. Knott is an honorary captain of the Canadian Fleet Pacific and is an honorary member of the Naval Officers Association of British Columbia. In 2002, he was awarded the Commonwealth Medal for the Queen's Golden Jubilee. He serves on the boards of directors of several charitable organizations. He is chair of the Rick Hansen Foundation, board secretary to S.U.C.C.E.S.S., and former chair of the UBC Foundation. He is the honorary consul for Tunisia and a member of the British Columbia consular corps. He is an active member of the Vancouver Board of Trade and is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.
In addition to having a broad base of experience in both public and private corporations, Mr. Knott has an extensive background working with government. He was born and raised in Vancouver.