Richard William Pound – 2012 recipient

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Richard William Pound, FCPA, FCA

Stikeman Elliott
2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient

Recognized for his expertise in tax litigation, Richard William Pound, FCPA, FCA, is a partner with the law firm Stikeman Elliott where he practices as a general tax adviser and commercial arbitrator.
Richard Pound graduated from McGill University and Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University), and became a chartered accountant in 1964. He was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1968 and the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1980. In the years before he obtained his CA designation, he also trained as an Olympic swimmer and stood on many podiums around the world, winning four medals at the 1962 Commonwealth Games and finishing fourth at the Olympic Games in Rome.

At 36, Mr. Pound was appointed to the prestigious International Olympic Committee (IOC), an exceptional accomplishment given his age. His litigation and tax expertise were considerable assets for the ICO and led him to direct all commercial negotiations related to Olympic sponsorships and broadcasting. At the same time, he advocated for integrity in sport and Olympic institutions. In 1999, as part of his efforts to step up anti-doping controls, Pound founded the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal. He remained the founding chairman until 2007 and is still a member of the agency’s Foundation Board. His work as the head of WADA earned him the Laureus Spirit of Sport Award. He was named one of TIME Magazine’s most influential people in the world for his anti-doping efforts, and in 2011 was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. 

His extraordinary achievements have earned him numerous honorary titles and distinctions, including Officer of the Order of Canada and Officer of the National Order of Quebec. The Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec also awarded him the title of Fellow in 2001. Throughout his career, Richard William Pound has always demonstrated integrity and commitment for the common good.