Alan B. Gold
1917 – 2005
Who was Alan B. Gold?
Born in Montreal, Gold received a B.A. from Queen's University in 1938 and a bachelor degree in civil law from the University of Montreal in 1941. He was called to the Bar of Quebec in 1942, but first served with the Royal Canadian Artillery during World War II. As an arbitrator, he helped avoid a strike by the longshoremen at the Port of Montreal in 1968. In 1970, he was named chief judge of the Provincial Court of Quebec, now known as the Court of Quebec.
In 1990, he negotiated a settlement between the Quebec government and the Mohawk people in the Oka standoff. In 1993, he negotiated a settlement at Nationair, bringing the 16 month-long Lockout of its Flight Attendants to an end.
In 1993, after he had retired from the bench, he joined a Montréal law firm. He represented the government of Saskatchewan in negotiating a settlement in the wrongful conviction of David Milgaard. He reviewed the out-of-court settlement between former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the federal government in Mulroney's anti-defamation suit in the alleged Airbus affair.
He served as Chair of the Board of Governors of McGill University, Chancellor of Concordia University and Associate Governor at the Université de Montréal. He served as Chairman of the Bar of Montreal's committee on access to justice in the English language in the judicial district of Montreal whose Report was submitted on March 31, 1995.