Daniel Johnson was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada in April 2008.
Mr. Johnson was born in Montréal, Quebec. A law graduate of the Université de Montréal and a member of the Quebec bar since 1967, he also holds LLM (1968) and PhD (1971) degrees from the University of London (United Kingdom), as well as an MBA (1973) from the Harvard Business School (Boston).
A counsel in the Montréal office of the firm McCarthy Tétrault since June 1998, Mr. Johnson provides strategic and practical advice to clients regarding their relations with public and governmental institutions. He also acts as mediator in disputes between private parties. A former Premier of the Province of Quebec (from January to September 1994), he was a member of the National Assembly of Quebec for more than 17 years and held numerous offices in the Government of Quebec, among them Minister of Industry and Commerce, Chairman of the Treasury Board, and Minister responsible for Administration and the Public Service. He practised law as Secretary and Vice-President of Power Corporation from 1973 to 1981.
Mr. Johnson is a director of Bombardier Inc., IGM Financial Inc., Mackenzie Financial Corporation, Investors Group Inc., and Trow Global Holdings Inc., as well as Chairman of the Board of Victhom Human Bionics Inc. He has been Chairman of the remuneration committee for Quebec judges since October 2007. He was named Grand Officer and then Grand Croix of the Ordre de la Pléiade in January 2000 and March 2010 and has been Honorary Consul of Sweden in Montréal since April 2002. In June 2008, he was appointed Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, the Government of Quebec’s highest honour.