From the Spring 2002 issue of Nexus.

Robert Pritchard and Ann WilsonA new chair in law and public policy has been established to honour former law school dean and University of Toronto president, J. Robert S. Prichard, and Ann E. Wilson, a lawyer who has devoted most of her career to public policy issues. Both Prichard and Wilson are graduates of the Law School in the Class of 1975.

The J. Robert S. Prichard and Ann E. Wilson Chair in Law and Public Policy is the 16th endowed chair at the Faculty and was established by gifts from friends and colleagues of Prichard and Wilson to celebrate the significant contribution they have made to the law school and the University of Toronto.

Prichard joined the Faculty of Law in 1976 and served as dean from 1984 to 1990 where he helped the law school take its place among the finest centers of legal research and teaching in the world. He then served as President of the University of Toronto from 1990-2000. As president Prichard helped to reaffirm the University of Toronto as Canada's pre-eminent university, and one of the finest public research universities in the world. After retiring as President, Prichard returned to teaching for a year as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School where he was teaching when appointed Dean sixteen years earlier. Prichard then joined Torstar Corporation in 2001 and in May, 2002 was appointed its President and Chief Executive Officer. Torstar, whose holdings include Canada's largest daily newspaper, The Toronto Star, and Harlequin Enterprises, a leading global publisher of women's fiction, is a broadly based media company.

Ann Wilson's most recent assignment was with Ontario's Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs specializing in federalprovincial relations. Previously, she worked as a policy advisor with Ontario's Council of Regents governing the community college system and the College Standards and Accreditation Council. She also worked as coordinator of the Task Force chaired by Mr. Justice Peter Cummings on expanding access for immigrants to the professions and trades resulting in the publication of Access. Wilson articled and practiced with Tilley, Carson and Findlay before beginning her work in the public sector.

Heather ReismanGerry SchwartzMany individuals, corporations and firms combined forces to ensure the establishment of The J. Robert S. Prichard and Ann E. Wilson Chair in Law and Public Policy at the Faculty. From the very start, Gerry Schwartz, Chairman and C.E.O. of Onex Corporation and Heather Reisman, Chairman and C.E.O. of Indigo Books & Music Inc. Management, were instrumental in conceiving the idea and plan for the establishment of a chair to honour their close friends andcolleagues, and led the effort to secure the necessary financial support. In addition to their vision and commitment, Gerry and Heather made a generous personal gift to commemorate Rob and Ann.

Through the leadership of then managing partner, Bruce A. Thomas, the law firm of Cassels Brock and Blackwell also made a generous contribution to the chair, continuing its long history of support for the Faculty. The firm is also responsible for the renovations to the Cassels Brock and Blackwell classroom, the Cassels Brock and Blackwell Prize and the Centennial Entrance Scholarship at the Faculty of Law.

The Faculty is also grateful to the leadership of Norman Bacal and John Murray at Heenan Blaikie for their firm's generous gift to honour Rob Prichard and Ann Wilson. The tireless efforts of James M. Tory and Les Viner, two of the Faculty's most committed alumni, help to secure the generous support of their law firm, Torys. A long time friend of the law school, Torys has made leadership gifts to the Laskin campaign, and a number of other Faculty initiatives. In 1996, Torys established the James M. Tory, Dean's Chair. The Faculty would also like to thank the Bank of Nova Scotia for its much appreciated and generous gift. W. Edmund Clark, COO of TD Canada Trust, the Honourable David R. Peterson Q.C., Senior Partner and Chairman of Cassels Brock and Blackwell LLP, and Brent Belzberg, Managing Partner of TorQuest Partners Inc. also made very generous personal donations to help establish the chair.

"We are very honoured by the remarkable generosity of our good friends. No gift could possibly have meant more to us than this chair. The Faculty of Law has been at the center of our lives for thirty years. Our time at the law school profoundly shaped our professional and personal lives forever. We rejoice in having this permanent association with the scholarly and teaching work of this great institution and particularly welcome the focus on public policy which has engaged us both throughout our careers. We thank our many friends and colleagues who made the chair possible," said Prichard and Wilson on the establishment of the chair.

The Faculty of Law is grateful to the dedication and determination of the many friends whose have honoured Ann Wilson and Rob Prichard's extraordinary leadership and contributions to the University of Toronto, the community, and to public service.