CBA Statement on the death of Gordon Proudfoot, Q.C.

  • May 04, 2020

From the President, Vivene Salmon

The Canadian Bar Association is saddened by the passing of Gordon Proudfoot, on May 1, 2020. He served the Canadian legal profession, his province and our Association with passion and commitment during his long career.

Gordon Proudfoot was called to the bar in Nova Scotia in 1979, and he worked for his entire career at the firm of Boyne Clarke, where he became a partner in 1982. He served the Canadian Bar Association in many roles, ranging from Chair of the Young Lawyers to President of CBA-NS, and culminating in his serving as CBA President in 1995-96. He joined his love of history and of the legal profession, writing A Century of Service: The Canadian Bar Association 1896-1996, which was published during his presidency.

A senior litigator, he represented clients at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Proudfoot is remembered for his determination to overcome obstacles and disprove naysayers as well as his eloquent oratory and quick wit.

The CBA extends its condolences to his wife and family, as well as friends and colleagues.