Harold Buchwald, LL.D., June 2, 1994

Harold Buchwald
G.M.; B.A.,LL.B.,LL.M.(Man.); Q.C.

In a city noted for its sense of community, caring and service Harold Buchwald is, quite simply, outstanding: His record of service encompasses, and all to a significant degree, the fields of health and health research, education, sports, culture, legal practice and legal education. That record of service includes a leadership role in such institutes as the Health Sciences Centre, the Children's Hospital of Winnipeg Research Foundation, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba and Canadian Bar Associations, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Football Club, the University of Manitoba Alumni Association, to name but a few. In fact he is currently holding executive or board positions with approximately 20 different organizations and has previously held another 50 such positions.

Harold Buchwald, a founding partner in the Winnipeg law firm of Buchwald Asper Gallagher Henteleff, was born in Winnipeg in 1928, where he has resided all his life.

He is a graduate of The University of Manitoba, having received the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (1948), Bachelor of Laws (1952) and Master of Laws (1957). Called to the Bar of Manitoba in 1952, he has served his profession, his clients and all levels of government in areas ranging from tax law to consumer protection.

His honours are many and richly deserved. Some of these include:

  • He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1966
  • In 1990 he was awarded the Winnipeg Symphony's first Golden Baton for his outstanding contribution to advancing the welfare of that orchestra
  • In 1992 he received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation "In recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada"
  • In 1993 he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada
  • In April of this year the Manitoba Bar Association conferred upon him its Distinguished Service Award.

Currently Mr. Buchwald is a director of the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre and chair of its Ethics Committee, a member of the Executive Committee of the Winnipeg 2000 Leaders Committee, chair of the Foundations and Corporations Division of the Jewish Community Campus of Winnipeg Capital Campaign, chair of the Foundations Division of the Foundations for Health Capital Campaign (being jointly conducted by the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre Foundation, the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg Research Foundation and the Manitoba Division of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation), chair of the Host Committee for the 7th International Winter Cities Showcase and Forum to be held in Winnipeg in February of 1996, a member of the Board of Directors of the Winnipeg Habitat for Humanity Foundation and of the Advisory Council of The University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities.

Mr. Buchwald is the immediate past chair of the Board of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation of Manitoba and a past president of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba and the Canadian Club of Winnipeg. He was chair of the Outstanding Business Achievement Awards Committee of the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, national chair of the Canada-Israel Committee, a past president of the Y.M.H.A. Jewish Community Centre of Winnipeg, chair of the Multiple Appeals Commission of the Winnipeg Jewish Community and B’nai Brith Camp, a past chair of the Boards of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation (1986-88) and C.S.T. Consultants, Inc. (1988-90), and is chair of their National Advisory Board, and co-chair of the United Way's 25th Anniversary Endowment Fund Campaign.

A national vice-president of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he is honorary president and chair of the Advisory Board of its Winnipeg Chapter (of which he is a past president) and an honorary member of the International Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He has been president of the Y.M.H.A. Jewish Community Centre, chair of the Combined Jewish Appeal, and president of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.

Harold Buchwald has been active in the affairs of his profession: A past president of both the Manitoba Bar Association (1970-71) and the Law Society of Manitoba (1956-76), he was named a Life Bencher of that Society in 1976. He was National Chair of the Taxation Section of the Canadian Bar Association and co-chair of that Association's Joint Committee with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants on Taxation Matters (1970-72). He also served on the Canadian Bar Association’s special committees on federal income tax reform.

In 1977 Mr. Buchwald was appointed the first James L. Lewtas Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, lecturing on income tax law and competition policy. He was a Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Research and Comparative Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, from January through June 1978. He has been a lecturer on corporation law and on consumer protection at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba.

He was special counsel to the Manitoba Government on consumer protection matters from 1965 to 1970 and chair of the Canadian Consumer Council, a federal government advisory body, from 1971 through 1973.

He has authored a number of booklets, papers and presentations on taxation and consumer protection matters, including The Tax Corner, a weekly column which appeared in the Toronto Globe and Mail Repod on Business In 1966 through 1968.

He has spoken frequently to a variety of groups, meetings and conferences in Canada and abroad on taxation, estate planning, consumer protection and Canada-Middle East relations, medical research and the role of directors of non-profit organizations.

Harold Buchwald is known locally, provincially, nationally and, indeed, internationally as a person who cares, cares for family, friends, colleagues, his profession, his community and, in sum, for the "family of humankind".